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Forum: General Talk 09-14-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Billy Goat
Normally these kids fly in then out.

Normally these kids fly in then out.
Forum: General Talk 09-13-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By Billy Goat
Keep us posted over the next several weeks. I'm...

Keep us posted over the next several weeks. I'm sure you will drive by some of these accounts at some point and time. Is their property still being serviced by the owner or someone else? I can...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 08-26-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,374
Posted By Billy Goat
So far, I have been lucky and have not lost any...

So far, I have been lucky and have not lost any accounts. I currently have no penalty if a customer decides to cancel my service. Having a prepaid policy really helps so if a customer ever did...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 08-25-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,374
Posted By Billy Goat
I only have a few accounts that pay monthly all...

I only have a few accounts that pay monthly all year long. Since I do not offer snow removal, its nice to get some money coming in over the winter months.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 08-22-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,374
Posted By Billy Goat
I have the same issue with first year customers. ...

I have the same issue with first year customers. What I do is, which some do bite going into the second year. If a customer paid me $900 over the season (6 payments at $150 per month) to mow their...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 08-16-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 795
Posted By Billy Goat
Preparing the soil

Preparing the soil where a pool used to be. I have a customer that had above ground pool removed. I was contracted to prepare the soil so grass can grow. From what I see there is 3 to 4 inches of...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 08-05-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,789
Posted By Billy Goat
I will have the same situation in the future. I...

I will have the same situation in the future. I been only bidding on jobs that I can do by myself. I have passed up a few nice jobs because I just don't have the manpower to complete the job within...
Forum: General Business Discussions 07-29-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Billy Goat
I'm on the other side of the fence. I have too...

I'm on the other side of the fence. I have too much credit. The banks keep me in debt. The banks want to make money too. They want you in a revolving credit status and you will get credit card...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 07-16-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By Billy Goat
"You're in the jungle baby..." lyrics from a Guns...

"You're in the jungle baby..." lyrics from a Guns N' Roses song "Welcome to the jungle". I love these properties. You can make big bucks if you estimate correctly. Where I live that is a $500...
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 662
Posted By Billy Goat
I'm only in my 3rd year in the lawn service. So...

I'm only in my 3rd year in the lawn service. So far for me I noticed calls for new potential customers goes down during the mid to end of summer. I would guess most are locked in with current...
Forum: General Talk 06-13-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,366
Posted By Billy Goat
In 2013, I ended up with 55% total profit for the...

In 2013, I ended up with 55% total profit for the year. I hope to do even better in 2014. If you estimate well and plan your route with the least amount of travel time between accounts, you should...
Forum: General Talk 06-10-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,366
Posted By Billy Goat
I personally like the residential side of the...

I personally like the residential side of the lawn business. Mainly due to I like to work alone. I only bid on jobs that I can do myself. That way I can work at my pace and get all the profit. My...
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 763
Posted By Billy Goat
I don't like to lose a customer either if they...

I don't like to lose a customer either if they were considered a good customer. I remember the first customer I lost. I mowed their lawn for one season and they never called me back the next...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 05-20-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,454
Posted By Billy Goat
Get a few mow and goes under your belt by placing...

Get a few mow and goes under your belt by placing an ad on craigslist. Keep it simple starting out, when you do an estimate just figure how long it you take you to complete the job for one person...
Forum: General Talk 05-18-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 895
Posted By Billy Goat
Very strange... I have a potential customer with...

Very strange... I have a potential customer with 2 properties to service. He asked if I can provide proof of insurance. Now I can say its rare for a customer to ask if I'm insured.
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 895
Posted By Billy Goat
I do alot of estimates for residential for the...

I do alot of estimates for residential for the past 2 years and no one has never asked me to prove that I'm insured. I'm not sure if its a good selling point or not or if a customer really even...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-06-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By Billy Goat
Large leaf removal jobs this time of year is the...

Large leaf removal jobs this time of year is the worst. Way too time consuming when the grass is growing like crazy. This is the time of year to get as many new customers you can handle to ride the...
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By Billy Goat
Steve that is a great idea for marketing. I will...

Steve that is a great idea for marketing. I will work on it and post what I come up with to get some feedback before I market it.
Forum: General Talk 05-05-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By Billy Goat
Customer pays the price

Sometimes you don't always get what you pay for. Showed up to a new customer's house to mow and trim the yard. Surprise!!! The lawn was already mowed. Thinking WTF!!! I figured I would knock on...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 04-28-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By Billy Goat
I'm no expert in small engine repair but, I try...

I'm no expert in small engine repair but, I try to fix my own equipment if all possible to save money if I have the time. With engine issues, I do a few simple checks before digging deeper. 90% of...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-28-2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Billy Goat
I feel the same way, I mainly operate a mow and...

I feel the same way, I mainly operate a mow and go type of operation. That's the main reason I try to stick with at least $100 per yard with no more than 5 yards of mulch total per property. Like...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-27-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By Billy Goat
For 9 yards, $675 would be the lowest I would go...

For 9 yards, $675 would be the lowest I would go if I had no other work lined up. I would shoot more for the $100 per yard range on average. More demand higher the price. My best so far this...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-27-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By Billy Goat
$100 per yard installed is a good average to...

$100 per yard installed is a good average to start with.
Forum: General Talk 04-22-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 769
Posted By Billy Goat
I feel your pain, I work a 40 hour full time job...

I feel your pain, I work a 40 hour full time job plus mow lawns 30-40 hours a week. Yes, I work 7 days a week all summer long and only take off the when it rains. I also take off on the major...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-16-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 789
Posted By Billy Goat
Thanks for the reply. I will need to do some...

Thanks for the reply. I will need to do some calling around.
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