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Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 06-21-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 44
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Very nice signs. I ran into bartering my serices...

Very nice signs.

I ran into bartering my serices for goods also. Last year a guy asked if I would continue mowing for a set of saddlebags. Heck yeah!
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 06-19-2011, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,951
Everything seems in order for the time being....

Everything seems in order for the time being. Customer called and paid up past due invoice. I took the opportunity to go over the new payment terms with her and she agreed to them.

Terms: Invoice...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 06-15-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,951
Great idea Steve. I will try that the next time a...

Great idea Steve. I will try that the next time a client wants monthly billing. Most of my customers pay the day of service and thats fine with me. Maybe I can convert current clients next season,...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 06-12-2011, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,951
Not sure how all the domain thing works. My...

Not sure how all the domain thing works. My son-in-law asked one day if I would like a website. He set it up and I maintain the content.

I don't know if they can do the email. Honestly I don't...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 06-12-2011, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,951
No contract. She said Saturday she wouldn't...

No contract.

She said Saturday she wouldn't have the money until next week, 6/21 or 6/22. I think she's just stalling. I plan to call her next week on the 22nd and ask if she's ready.
Bad thing is...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 06-12-2011, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,951
Update

I decided not to send a "payment past due" nasty gram. I wasn't sure how to word it so I opted for a phone call instead. ( No answer had to leave a message)
I stated she was getting a little behind...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 06-11-2011, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,951
Past due samples

Good morning Guys, I need some help today. I have a customer I have to serve a past due letter to today. This is her 2nd season and was kinda slow last year. This year she just stopped paying...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-10-2011, 12:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,163
Best practice to encourage our employees to keep...

Best practice to encourage our employees to keep wage conversions between yourself and the individual. Bad blood is usually the only out come when they compare among themselves. During performance...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-09-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,163
Fisher you are correct. I have promoted people in...

Fisher you are correct. I have promoted people in the past only because I needed a leader. Needless to say it was a disaster. The crew rejects the idea and skills needed were just lacking.
I have...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-09-2011, 05:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,163
I think if it were me I would stay away from the...

I think if it were me I would stay away from the Supervisor title. But maybe you should create job decriptions and define them to the employee's.
Something like:
Entry level = mowing, trimming,...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-08-2011, 05:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,163
I will be interested to follow along with this...

I will be interested to follow along with this subject also.

I don't have anywhere near 67 lawns but with a full time job my 11 clients keep me busy. Here in Pennsylvania the minimum wage is $7.25,...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-28-2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,445
I don't know. Its a new Toro 21" push

I don't know. Its a new Toro 21" push
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-28-2011, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,445
Under bid ?

My first under bin of the season. UGH!

I wonít know until I mow for the first time but I think I under estimated the difficultly of this one. Not a very big lawn but has 2 very steep banks. I would...
Forum: General Talk 04-26-2011, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,108
Scott If it was me, I would have done what you...

Scott If it was me, I would have done what you did.

Explain you think it was $75 but youíre not sure. (Itís always a good idea to leave the back door open). Explain you will double check and get...
Forum: General Talk 04-26-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,108
I have a customer thatís a bit of a slow payer....

I have a customer thatís a bit of a slow payer. So far Iíve been lucky, I remain patient and the money eventually shows up. She ended last season ( Nov 10) w/ $25 balance. I received payment sometime...
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,211
If the customer didn't express which day was best...

If the customer didn't express which day was best for them, I would think you have an open schedule. I only have one that likes hers done on tuesday (not sure why).
Other then Sunday I haven't been...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-20-2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,172
I will use the granule type for this job. Soil...

I will use the granule type for this job.
Soil testing is always best, but I can tell this lawn hasnít had much TLC so lime was my up sell. I will make other recommendations after the clean up /...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-20-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,295
Steve I have been to this event in past years....

Steve I have been to this event in past years. Booths that I remember were nursery type vendors, selling hanging baskets, garden plants, and landscape trees. Those kinds of things.

I spoke with one...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 04-19-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,440
Nice work Justin. Talk about setting the bar.

Nice work Justin.
Talk about setting the bar.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 04-19-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,621
Welcome Meangreen. You will find just about...

Welcome Meangreen. You will find just about everything you may need here at this forum. People here are top in the field and love to help others.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-19-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,172
People are starting to think SPRING. Estimate...

People are starting to think SPRING. Estimate went well today, landed a new customer. Spring clean up, he wants a lime app and gutters to be done after the buds fall from oak trees.

Hang on here...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-19-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,295
Scott great ideas, I have #1 covered. Lots of...

Scott great ideas, I have #1 covered. Lots of cards and flyers ready to go. I was struggling with #3, I knew I wanted to do something but wasnít sure how to collect contact info. Thanks

I think...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-19-2011, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,295
Donation idea help.

In about 2 weeks the local Garden club will host May Mart. Itís a show held in the city park and any garden related vendor or service provider can set up a booth. I have decided to take a chance this...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-19-2011, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,172
I hear ya Tom. Looking at the records from last...

I hear ya Tom.
Looking at the records from last year, I mowed customer lawns twice in April. So I guess we are too far behind schedule.
I have another estminate to give today, gutter cleaning and...
Forum: General Talk 04-18-2011, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,714
Hedge I live about 2 hours north of you, I would...

Hedge I live about 2 hours north of you, I would shoot for about $35 for 60 minutes work. Sometimes a little better / sometimes worse.

I would think in you're area you shouldn't have any trouble...
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