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Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-10-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,040
Posted By Billy Goat
I have the same trailer and setup with the...

I have the same trailer and setup with the plywood walls. As you stated the trailer can only handle 1600 pounds which is not much considering. Cubic size you can fill your trailer with 3 yards of...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-25-2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By Billy Goat
If you are solo and your average yard is 1/4...

If you are solo and your average yard is 1/4 acre. You can do 60 yards a week full time if you offer basic service. Do not travel to far unless the price is worth the added windshield time.

I...
Forum: General Talk 02-22-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,411
Posted By Billy Goat
Glad to hear you got paid in full.

Glad to hear you got paid in full.
Forum: General Talk 02-18-2015, 05:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By Billy Goat
Added comments from the way I see it going...

Added comments from the way I see it going forward. I had alot more windshield time during my second season over my first season. I did up charge for the added travel time but I'm sure I lost a few...
Forum: General Talk 02-17-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,411
Posted By Billy Goat
I have been in your shoes my first season. Leaf...

I have been in your shoes my first season. Leaf removal can be very time consuming if the customers wants the leaves removed and not mulched. I learned alot going into my second season on how to...
Forum: General Talk 02-16-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By Billy Goat
Taking a step back

Going into my third season, I plan to take a step back over last year. I know it seems too early to say this only being in business for 2 years now. I doubled my accounts from my first year to my...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 02-09-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 812
Posted By Billy Goat
I'm in the same boat also going into my third...

I'm in the same boat also going into my third season. Craigslist has been my main source of advertising. I have pickup a few good clients over the last 2 years. I'm not a big fan of the flyer...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-02-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,871
Posted By Billy Goat
I have tossed up all the ways to keep or get new...

I have tossed up all the ways to keep or get new customers. I look at this way, cable companies more or less target new customers and offer good deals to sign up. After a year, there is no...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 01-26-2015, 05:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 965
Posted By Billy Goat
I just completed my second year and going on to...

I just completed my second year and going on to my third. Always learn from your mistakes going forward and try to be more efficient without investing too much money in new equipment. Compare your...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 01-21-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Posted By Billy Goat
Most new customers will get sticker shock when...

Most new customers will get sticker shock when you quote them a price for leaf removal. If you are charging your customers an average of $35 per cut for a quarter acre property in the summer and you...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 01-03-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,110
Posted By Billy Goat
I charge by the job. My customers do not have...

I charge by the job. My customers do not have deep pockets so you have to tell them what it will cost them. I never tell customers what I charge an hour because it varies due to who it is and what...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 12-30-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,002
Posted By Billy Goat
I offer yard cleanups all winter long. Even...

I offer yard cleanups all winter long. Even though most days are cold, I can work in temperatures above freezing with dry weather conditions. Surprisingly, I do get calls for leaf removal either by...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-26-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,920
Posted By Billy Goat
I offer window cleaning, even over the winter...

I offer window cleaning, even over the winter months. I do not advertise it but some customers know I can do it and call me from time to time. The squeegee method is the best and fastest way to do...
Forum: General Talk 12-24-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,166
Posted By Billy Goat
The PlayStation 4 will be the top seller this...

The PlayStation 4 will be the top seller this season. I'm a Xbox fan so no PlayStation for me or should I say my grandkids. I do need a iPhone upgrade but still hanging on to my iPhone 4. The iPad...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 12-22-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,424
Posted By Billy Goat
I personally like standers, more productive on...

I personally like standers, more productive on properties with uneven terrain, lots of trees, flower beds and obstacles in the yard.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-18-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By Billy Goat
Welcome Homey, I'm from Maryland also, Anne...

Welcome Homey, I'm from Maryland also, Anne Arundel County. You will learn alot from this forum just by reading posts from various threads. Ask questions from time to time and hope you get the...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-11-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,674
Posted By Billy Goat
Thanks for your comment... Knowledge and wisdom...

Thanks for your comment... Knowledge and wisdom in this business doesn't happen overnight, I'm slowly getting there as I make my own mistakes along the way. I work hard to keep my loyal customers...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-10-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,674
Posted By Billy Goat
I still can not figure all this out on how to...

I still can not figure all this out on how to give a reasonable estimate based on "What the market will bear". Its not like I can drive around to compare what everyone is charging for lawn service...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-09-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,674
Posted By Billy Goat
Charge what the market will bear

I'm curious... What is your 2 cents on this statement, "Charge what the market will bear". Does that even mean anything when we are all out there doing estimates? For me, I don't even know what the...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-05-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,927
Posted By Billy Goat
I been lucky and will have leaf removal jobs up...

I been lucky and will have leaf removal jobs up to Christmas. I have a few customers that pay all year long so that should help this winter. Last year I got a few leaf removal jobs in January and...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 12-02-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,676
Posted By Billy Goat
GPS trackers for equipment

It is hard to keep track of everything when you are working at several locations each day. Someone could easily steal something while you are working in a customer's backyard. Would be nice to keep...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 12-02-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,235
Posted By Billy Goat
Hiring Subs over Temps

I read a few past threads on this subject but want to get some up to date opinions on the subject. Being a one man army can be overwhelming at times. My schedule is typically booked day to day. ...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 11-19-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,922
Posted By Billy Goat
I have one other tip. Check your profile if you...

I have one other tip. Check your profile if you stopped getting requests for estimates. For some reason all my services I had checked, were unchecked.
Forum: General Business Discussions 11-18-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,790
Posted By Billy Goat
A valid point... So I guess, I'm stuck between...

A valid point... So I guess, I'm stuck between the throat cutter and the giant.
Forum: General Business Discussions 11-18-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,790
Posted By Billy Goat
What a 180 on this subject, I finally realized,...

What a 180 on this subject, I finally realized, this is a seesaw effect. All of us so-called low ballers out there, underbidding each others accounts doesn't really matter when a lawn care giant...
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