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Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation Yesterday, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 157
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.
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation Yesterday, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 157
Posted By Billy Goat
Doesn't really matter if the company uses spray...

Doesn't really matter if the company uses spray fertilizer or granular. I have see both done in my area.
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation Yesterday, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 157
Posted By Billy Goat
Craigslist has a ton of ads that offer...

Craigslist has a ton of ads that offer fertilization treatments from local companies. I'm looking more for a company that does it all, fertilization plus able to apply other treatments for lawn...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-15-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 157
Posted By Billy Goat
Nationwide lawn care services

I do not offer or have a license to apply any chemicals. I'm no green thumb when it comes to the lawn's health. I'm the guy who just wants to mow the nice straight lines every week. I was...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-08-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 555
Posted By Billy Goat
Just be careful estimating a 1600 sq foot mulch...

Just be careful estimating a 1600 sq foot mulch job if you new at estimating. You could under bid and make low profit for all your hard work. The bottom line can be sticker shock for new customers...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-31-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Billy Goat
You are looking at around $500 per year for a...

You are looking at around $500 per year for a average 1M liability coverage.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-18-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By Billy Goat
In your case the best thing to do is get a PayPal...

In your case the best thing to do is get a PayPal account for those who prefer to pay by credit/debit card. Simply invoice them via email and they can pay with their card. Your customers do not...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-18-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 384
Posted By Billy Goat
I try to get paid in-advance as much as possible....

I try to get paid in-advance as much as possible. PayPal and other types of online payment services work very well if your customers have access to the internet. Old school customers prefer to pay...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-17-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By Billy Goat
A good average would be $100 per yard installed. ...

A good average would be $100 per yard installed. Adjust your price on ratio of how many accounts you get. Example if you got 8 to 10 accounts out of 10 then your price of $100 per yard is too low...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-06-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By Billy Goat
I give out cheap pens with my business info...

I give out cheap pens with my business info printed on them to potential new customers. I normally get a good deal buying them on eBay.
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-25-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 463
Posted By Billy Goat
Schedule C - Depreciation

Does anyone know the general guidelines when it comes to tool and equipment depreciation if purchased new or used? How do you separate fuel cost between your truck expenses and fuel used by your...
Forum: General Talk 02-20-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 998
Posted By Billy Goat
Yard Waste Dump Fees

I'm lucky I live a county that has weekly curbside pickup for yard waste. The only problem is all clippings and leaves must be bagged and marked with a "X". Branches must be in small bundles for...
Forum: General Talk 02-20-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By Billy Goat
It can be frustrating buying new equipment, more...

It can be frustrating buying new equipment, more so with commercial grade that is so-called built to last and you have issues that need to be serviced by a authorized service dealer when it comes to...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-12-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,533
Posted By Billy Goat
I started out with my 1989 S10 Blazer with a...

I started out with my 1989 S10 Blazer with a odometer reading over 200,000. I bought a used but next to new condition 21inch rear self-propelled high wheel mower for $225 and 31cc string trimmer for...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 02-09-2014, 02:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By Billy Goat
I will have a 3 day window (Tues-Thurs) to get it...

I will have a 3 day window (Tues-Thurs) to get it done each week, as long as it is finished by Thursday. So I can break it up if need be. Its a nice job because I can still work early mornings if...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 02-08-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By Billy Goat
String trimmers that run upside down

I landed a sub-contract account that requires 8 hours of string trimming each week around the property. The customer wants all mulch bed borders maintained with a sharp clean edge. The only way I...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-30-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By Billy Goat
To be so called "Legit" will take some time. It...

To be so called "Legit" will take some time. It will be a pyramid domino effect. Get your business name registered with your state first, then get your FEIN from the IRS. Otherwise, you will have...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 01-27-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,184
Posted By Billy Goat
The Toro Timemaster 30 inch (Residential) or...

The Toro Timemaster 30 inch (Residential) or Turfmaster 30 inch (Commercial) walk behinds are the next best thing. If you are not a fan of Toro, eXmark makes the Commercial 30. You can mow lawns...
Forum: General Talk 01-20-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 534
Posted By Billy Goat
This season I plan on using cones also. I may...

This season I plan on using cones also. I may even mount amber strobe light(s) on the truck for added safety. Some areas I service, there is no or very little parking. I hope by doing this other...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-14-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,324
Posted By Billy Goat
LawnBoy0311 hit it on the nose. You have to find...

LawnBoy0311 hit it on the nose. You have to find your own niche. The goal is profit. I operate a legit mow and go operation for 2 years now. Iam sure many may consider me a so called low-baller. ...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-13-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By Billy Goat
You do not have to pay the same each quarter. ...

You do not have to pay the same each quarter. Each quarter your income will vary depending on how much or how little you worked so all you can do is estimate what your taxes would be for that...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 01-06-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By Billy Goat
Advertising Window (Residential)

When is a good time to advertise for potential new residential customers? I don't want to advertise to early or too late and miss the opportunity to pickup new customers for the spring/summer. If...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 12-31-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By Billy Goat
I operate a so-called mow and go operation. ...

I operate a so-called mow and go operation. Everything is based on quick quotes. Fall cleanups are the worst to estimate. You really have to make sure you don't low ball the price and not make any...
Forum: General Talk 12-19-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,751
Posted By Billy Goat
Wow a full time crew!!! That would be nice. I...

Wow a full time crew!!! That would be nice. I still have another year or two to go before I can even think about that. You know I'm a one man army, I need to find a good helper first. I do some...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-19-2013, 03:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By Billy Goat
I did do a lawn for a realtor twice this past...

I did do a lawn for a realtor twice this past summer. He would call me at the last minute (Friday) to have the lawn done before Sunday for a open house. I charged him twice my normal rate for that...
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