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Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-01-2010, 01:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,689
Posted By jimlewis
Well, I wasn't going to say anything.....but now...

Well, I wasn't going to say anything.....but now that you mention it......... :D





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Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-31-2010, 04:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,689
Posted By jimlewis
Come on! $140 per man hour??? Really??? That...

Come on! $140 per man hour??? Really??? That seems a little unbelievable to me. But maybe....

Regardless, the second comment flustered me even more. You're still having trouble keeping your head...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-10-2009, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,500
Posted By jimlewis
So you're basically charging $60 per hour? That...

So you're basically charging $60 per hour? That seems a little high, yes. We would never be able to get away with that. And we service the most wealthy areas of our state. But I can't speak to your...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-10-2009, 05:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,985
Posted By jimlewis
Yah, I used to have that happen back in the old...

Yah, I used to have that happen back in the old days of my business. I got sick of people calling super early, on weekends, late at night, etc. So the solution is;

1) You have a separate business...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-10-2009, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,664
Posted By jimlewis
Applying pre-emergent inside a lawn is odd to us...

Applying pre-emergent inside a lawn is odd to us up here in the Northwest. It's almost never done up here. So it's hard to understand the need for it. But I've been on lawn care forums for long...
Forum: Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 03-10-2009, 05:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,597
Posted By jimlewis
There are several factors that determine whether...

There are several factors that determine whether we pick up or get delivery.

First, delivery is always best. The question is; is it affordable. If you can get it delivered, this obvious saves you a...
Forum: General Talk 02-13-2009, 01:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,296
Posted By jimlewis
I guess I didn't realize this was Chris' company....

I guess I didn't realize this was Chris' company. I didn't mean to be rude or dog someone's business. I just thought it was someone on this forum saying, "Hey, check out this website you can get your...
Forum: General Talk 02-12-2009, 11:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,296
Posted By jimlewis
I know very well why I pay so much for PPC. It's...

I know very well why I pay so much for PPC. It's a little expensive but well worth the results. For instance, last June our Google Adwords bill was a little over $1350.00. But our total sales just...
Forum: General Talk 02-12-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,296
Posted By jimlewis
Like I said, I don't care too much whether my ads...

Like I said, I don't care too much whether my ads come up on those sites or not. I could specify those exact sites for my ad to come up if I wanted to. Google allows you to place your ads on specific...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-11-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,886
Posted By jimlewis
I used to have a lot of success with door hangers...

I used to have a lot of success with door hangers and flyers. I like that method of canvasing because you're not really bothering anyone. They might just throw it away, but you're not going to piss...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,957
Posted By jimlewis
The previews made it look a lot like the movie...

The previews made it look a lot like the movie "Jumper" last year, with the Annikin Skywalker dude in it.

The idea is that this guy has special powers where he can move items around with his mind....
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,382
Posted By jimlewis
I just asked because it didn't look like it was...

I just asked because it didn't look like it was done by a professional designer. And I don't mean any offense by that. I know everyone's sensitive to their own work. That's why I asked. I didn't want...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 01:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,372
Posted By jimlewis
It might work, out of sheer embarrassment for the...

It might work, out of sheer embarrassment for the homeowner who owes you. But I don't think any of those neighbors would ever hire you for anything.

Furthermore, all his neighbors probably trust...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 10:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,296
Posted By jimlewis
I don't have geo-targeting set on all my ads. But...

I don't have geo-targeting set on all my ads. But I don't like those kind of ads much anyway. So I give them such a small bid that I don't care so much if they occasionally appear outside the area I...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-11-2009, 03:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,332
Posted By jimlewis
Yah, my wife and I like his show. I like his...

Yah, my wife and I like his show. I like his other show, "Hell's Kitchen" even better.

It's amazing how ridiculously inept some of the restaurant business owners are. They have no balls and can't...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-11-2009, 03:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,716
Posted By jimlewis
I don't think I'd hire anyone under 18. If for no...

I don't think I'd hire anyone under 18. If for no other reason than THEY SHOULD BE IN SCHOOL!

Our maintenance crews work year round. We don't just mow in the 3 months of school break. I can't even...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-11-2009, 03:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,886
Posted By jimlewis
I personally wouldn't do it. But only because I...

I personally wouldn't do it. But only because I wouldn't want to annoy people. I think that can make some people upset with your company.

But as far as results, I bet it works VERY well. Probably...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 03:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,372
Posted By jimlewis
I've seen several sites like this over the years....

I've seen several sites like this over the years. Most of them are gone now. The last and most successful one I remember was clientcheck.net

Great idea. I totally applaud it.

The only problem is...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 03:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,957
Posted By jimlewis
I've been wanting to see that one. I am a movie...

I've been wanting to see that one. I am a movie buff. I typically go see most new movies in the theater. But I haven't been able to go see that movie or Taken yet.

I saw Push the other day. Don't...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 03:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,382
Posted By jimlewis
Who designed that logo, and how much did you pay?

Who designed that logo, and how much did you pay?
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 03:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,885
Posted By jimlewis
I don't know of any indemnity letter. But your...

I don't know of any indemnity letter. But your lawyer could easily make one up, if you really wanted.

I have had one or two customers over the last 13 years and hundreds of homes we maintained over...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 03:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,329
Posted By jimlewis
That was a great Superbowl. But I could have done...

That was a great Superbowl. But I could have done without Springsteen. In fact, I left the room for a while when he was on. He's too political these days. I prefer musicians and actors who aren't in...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 02:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,296
Posted By jimlewis
You can do the exact same thing yourself on your...

You can do the exact same thing yourself on your own with your Google Adwords account. You simply create an ad (takes a few minutes), set your bid price, activate geo-targeting inside your Google...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2009, 02:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,137
Posted By jimlewis
Do you have Quickbooks? (If not, you should have...

Do you have Quickbooks? (If not, you should have it).

You can just print out blank invoices in Quickbooks and photocopy them. They will have your company name, address, phone, and all the lines you...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 02-11-2009, 02:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,054
Posted By jimlewis
There is a lot that goes into figuring out what...

There is a lot that goes into figuring out what to charge. It depends on your specific overhead costs, what your plans for the future of your business are, and what your local market will bear....
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