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Forum: General Business Discussions 03-17-2016, 04:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 9,477
Posted By lxarth
My gains seemed to come steadily as the years...

My gains seemed to come steadily as the years went on. My first winters were very lean, but I would save up money so things didn't get really bad. As the years went on business got better and...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 03-15-2016, 02:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,028
Posted By lxarth
My site is acutely more blue than anything....

My site is acutely more blue than anything. Another in my area uses red.

I do have some Google images as headers on pages, but I have a "gallery" page to show my own work. I've had people tell me...
Forum: General Talk 03-15-2016, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,740
Posted By lxarth
I don't give people an option of what day they...

I don't give people an option of what day they want. The day of the week determines where we will be that day. I've had people turn down service because the day they would get service wouldn't work...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-15-2016, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,384
Posted By lxarth
Good god no. She doesn't even have the time or...

Good god no. She doesn't even have the time or energy to walk 1 dog!

I have a client (who is somewhat family as well) and she has a cattle dog. Because she doesn't walk it the thing it ALWAYS...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 03-15-2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,080
Posted By lxarth
I agree with this. I'd go one step more and have...

I agree with this. I'd go one step more and have a tax place go over your Quickbooks and make sure it's all correct. I'm going to switch to having a local tax preparation business handle the big...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-15-2016, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 9,503
Posted By lxarth
Depending on the size of the properties and the...

Depending on the size of the properties and the access, a 36-inch walk behind Scag is a nice machine. I have a local dealer that sells Scag, Toro, and ExMark. Last year we got a new 36-inch...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 01-28-2016, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 958
Posted By lxarth
From my own research on what Steve suggested,...

From my own research on what Steve suggested, that guy who makes the "Stealth Dump Trucks" seems grossly overpriced. $3,250 for a meek little kit that you install under your bed. As has been...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-14-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,649
Posted By lxarth
That's great advice...wave. Smile and wave. ...

That's great advice...wave. Smile and wave.

Get business cards and don't be shy handing them out. You could even say "Hey, I've started my own lawn care business, can I hand you my card and if...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 10-03-2015, 12:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,238
Posted By lxarth
One thing to think about is that if people don't...

One thing to think about is that if people don't know you, they won't call you.

Do you have any vinyl on your truck and trailer? If it's an enclosed trailer that's a huge billboard.

Do you have...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 10-01-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,153
Posted By lxarth
So far you are doing things alright. We don't...

So far you are doing things alright. We don't see much thatch here in the Pacific Northwest, but we do get a lot of moss. So we tend to have to dethatch in the summer when the moss is good and...
Forum: General Talk 10-01-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,577
Posted By lxarth
I've been using Quickbooks for years. You can...

I've been using Quickbooks for years. You can email out the invoice with an option for them to pay online with a check or a credit card, but you have to select that option.

I do have it in my...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 09-30-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,649
Posted By lxarth
Word of mouth is going to be the best. If you...

Word of mouth is going to be the best.

If you don't have business cards yet, get some. Keep the box of cards in your truck, and a few in your wallet.

I think it was last year, maybe the year...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 09-30-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,907
Posted By lxarth
I actually still travel very far on Wednesday for...

I actually still travel very far on Wednesday for work. I have a group of customers that I have had for many years. One as far back as March of 2010. A couple other since 2012.

The first...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 09-29-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,907
Posted By lxarth
As nice as it is to have commercial accounts in...

As nice as it is to have commercial accounts in your portfolio, residential accounts are the bread and butter of the business.

I can handle the loss of a residential account. Losing a commercial...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 09-29-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,632
Posted By lxarth
Any update on your bid for the Denny's? You said...

Any update on your bid for the Denny's? You said you already know what you wanted to bid, do you know if that was competitive with the company that was fired?

What was the reason they wanted to...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 06-09-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,594
Posted By lxarth
While the site itself is nice...the verbiage is...

While the site itself is nice...the verbiage is boring and all over the place, and riddled with errors.

The contact us page:
"Please reach out to us for any further inquiries or estimate request. ...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 05-16-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,043
Posted By lxarth
I recently purchased a new 36-inch Scag VRide. A...

I recently purchased a new 36-inch Scag VRide. A few things I need to get is a new edger, as my old one is...old. I'm also going to have pick up a hedge trimmer.

So what I'm thinking of doing is...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-13-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,564
Posted By lxarth
When she called me last week to ask if I was...

When she called me last week to ask if I was interested in submitting a bid she requested that she get it no later than Monday. But then she emailed me and said to get it in by Tuesday.

My...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-12-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,564
Posted By lxarth
I haven't heard anything back. I sent the bid off...

I haven't heard anything back. I sent the bid off with a good cover letter and then left a message with her voicemail that I sent it over. I left my bid at $340. I've had companies try and negotiate...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-07-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,564
Posted By lxarth
I know they decided the fire the last company...

I know they decided the fire the last company because they didn't think they were doing anything. And, in all fairness, I was taking care of weeds on the street strip of one of my customers...some...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-06-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,564
Posted By lxarth
Small HOA Bid

After serving a few customers in the same neighborhood for the last couple of years I finally get a call from a member of the HOA. She expressed to me that she has seen us in the neighborhood and...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-28-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,799
Posted By lxarth
Why not just try a simple broadleaf herbicide? ...

Why not just try a simple broadleaf herbicide? Even if it hurts the ivy a little it will come back quickly.
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 04-28-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,046
Posted By lxarth
Make your business force you to buy something. ...

Make your business force you to buy something. If you don't need a truck now, then don't get it. You can always get it later.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-28-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,450
Posted By lxarth
Ride along for a week and watch how they work. ...

Ride along for a week and watch how they work. Obviously they will work differently with you there.

You can also email your customers and ask them how they feel about the crew you are sending out. ...
Forum: Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 04-27-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,222
Posted By lxarth
Where I am at (Pacific Northwest) a yard of bark...

Where I am at (Pacific Northwest) a yard of bark is about $30. So 30 yards would cost $900.

Even a bark blowing company, which is what I would use for that much, would charge $52 per yard. So...
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