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Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 01-03-2013, 09:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,490
Posted By pfreeman
Been reading the various posts. I purchased my...

Been reading the various posts. I purchased my truck, plow, and spreader last year. Then, it didn't snow a lick. I sold more contracts than I could possibly service. In order to perform, I hired...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 11-14-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,421
Posted By pfreeman
I run a Ferris 2000 61". It has the 26hp...

I run a Ferris 2000 61". It has the 26hp Kawasaki, liquid cooled. The suspension is nice but is prone to scalp if turning or slowing down too quickly. The shocks dip and cause burn marks. Once...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 11-08-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,482
Posted By pfreeman
Nice project. Remember, you will need to cover...

Nice project. Remember, you will need to cover fuel, 2 blades sharpened, and disposal.

labor 6 @ 50 300
fuel 1 @ 10 10
blades 2 @ 8 16
disposal 1 @...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 10-19-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,035
Posted By pfreeman
I have a Scag ProV 36 and love it. It is...

I have a Scag ProV 36 and love it. It is dependable and cuts well. The only drawback is that it is a pull start. The 52" has an electric start option.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 09-10-2012, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,686
Posted By pfreeman
I like this thread. Not many of us on here have...

I like this thread. Not many of us on here have the balls to admit we're not doing something right. There are several questions that need to be asked:

What is my actual cost per hour?
What is my...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 08-21-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,860
Posted By pfreeman
Each has benefits, but the answer is what is your...

Each has benefits, but the answer is what is your account look like? Gated yards usually don't accept ZTR, nor do steep inclines. ZTR's are great for wide open spaces, but it takes a while to learn...
Forum: General Business Discussions 08-16-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,806
Posted By pfreeman
Never take the customer for granted. I agree,...

Never take the customer for granted. I agree, but you can charge for inconvenience or for being out of your service area. I add 20% for out of service or emergency service. People don't seem to...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 08-08-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,459
Posted By pfreeman
I have had a great experience with them. I up my...

I have had a great experience with them. I up my advertising budeget with them when I need work. When I am busy, I dial back the budget. Probably 1/3 are looking for the cheapest company out...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 08-01-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,532
Posted By pfreeman
I have a Ferris 61. It has worked quite well. ...

I have a Ferris 61. It has worked quite well. Most of our competition is using Scag. I purchased a Scag Pro V 36" this year. It's deck is great. Our next Z will be a Scag.
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 08-01-2012, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,336
Posted By pfreeman
We are designing our own compost tea brewer. We...

We are designing our own compost tea brewer. We are going to experiment with different recipes starting in sept. Several customers are willing to be my ginea pigs at a reduced rate for the...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 07-17-2012, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,796
Posted By pfreeman
I have found "no" consistancy!!!

I have found "no" consistancy!!!
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 07-17-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,376
Posted By pfreeman
This is my second season. My Ferris 61 had 500...

This is my second season. My Ferris 61 had 500 hrs. when I started, now I have 850. I have had to replace a spindle, starter time delay, and PTO switch. All repairs were manageable. When it went...
Forum: General Business Discussions 07-11-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,288
Posted By pfreeman
I sent you my # via private message to schedule a...

I sent you my # via private message to schedule a time to meet and talk.:)
Forum: General Business Discussions 07-08-2012, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,288
Posted By pfreeman
It can be a good business to work in. We started...

It can be a good business to work in. We started our business last year, while building it, I have taken a part time job to supplement our income. You may want to consider this while starting out. ...
Forum: General Business Discussions 07-06-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,288
Posted By pfreeman
What services are you offering? I live in...

What services are you offering? I live in Evansville and we are dramatically slower in mowing, but offering other services to our customers. Are you networking or marketing to help develop business?
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 07-06-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,855
Posted By pfreeman
Smile Mowed a large commercial property this morning. ...

Mowed a large commercial property this morning. I didn't set a record for completion, but it looks good. My hand is letting me know that it is done for the day. I'll try again tomorrow.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 07-05-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,389
Posted By pfreeman
I completely agree. Don't hold your breath on...

I completely agree. Don't hold your breath on additional work or timely/complete payment.
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 07-04-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,855
Posted By pfreeman
with the drought, I am able to hold off mowing...

with the drought, I am able to hold off mowing till Saturday. By then, hopefully, I will be able to use my hands.

While waiting at the minor emergency center to be stitched up, the admitting...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 07-04-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,855
Posted By pfreeman
No good deed goes unpunished!!!

Yesterday, my wife is leaving for work around 11AM. While backing up, she drove my truck over both paws of my 8mo. chocolate lab. With the dog and wife were screaming, I remove 1 paw from the tire....
Forum: Introduce Yourself 07-01-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,109
Posted By pfreeman
Welcome aboard!! I was in your same shoes last...

Welcome aboard!! I was in your same shoes last year. Learn everything you can and start marketing. What marketing are you doing to get out there or differentiate yourself from everyone else?
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 06-22-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,023
Posted By pfreeman
What is your time worth?

I utilize soil tests with ALL of my lawn rehab projects. How do you know what the soil needs to support a healthy turf? I take multiple cores with a soil probe and send it off to the lab. I have...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 06-08-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,696
Posted By pfreeman
I would be interested in the compost tea formula....

I would be interested in the compost tea formula. I use organic fertilization already and it works fine, but I'm always looking for a better mouse trap.
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,736
Posted By pfreeman
percentage of reoccuring

One half of the customers are one time project i.e. landscape maintenance, lawn installation, tree pruning, etc... I have only had 2 customers that had me mow once. All others are on contract. The...
Forum: General Talk 06-07-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,736
Posted By pfreeman
Probably not. Service Magic has worked extremely...

Probably not. Service Magic has worked extremely well for us. We have done more than $12,000 this year through them. I was hoping this would render the same type of lead and return.
Forum: General Talk 06-05-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,736
Posted By pfreeman
What is Red Beacon?

As I understand, they are a variation of Service Magic. You only pay, if you win the contract. Service Magic has been extremely successful for us and I was looking into expanding the lead...
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