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Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-12-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By Chilehead
Yes, for the most part. There was one who is a...

Yes, for the most part. There was one who is a real estate investor....still have him as a client (doing grounds care for his properties).
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-11-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,541
Posted By Chilehead
Yes, several times. Every instance resulted in...

Yes, several times. Every instance resulted in closing the sale. Most of our clients work white collar jobs. Taking a white collar prospect to lunch to discuss business (i.e. grounds care, outdoor...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-07-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,541
Posted By Chilehead
Thanks, Steve. We also NEVER try to bid the...

Thanks, Steve. We also NEVER try to bid the cheapest ** that's dumb, and destructive to any company. Instead, we have honed our selling skills, know our key demographics we want to target, and knock...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-07-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By Chilehead
I could have sworn that there was an online...

I could have sworn that there was an online printer/publisher that offered a door hanger with the option of a tear-off business card at the bottom or a magnet. I forget who it was.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-06-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,541
Posted By Chilehead
I generally aim for 20% - 30% per year. Any more...

I generally aim for 20% - 30% per year. Any more than that, and I risk the possibility of securing work without the personnel to perform it. I generally like to grow to where we are packed with hours...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-06-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By Chilehead
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Your business image is too...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Your business image is too important to take a chance with labels and pens! If $5.00 is going to make you or break you, you need to read some more threads here on Gopherhaul about...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-06-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Chilehead
Yes, you can. Golden nugget: Have pre-printed...

Yes, you can. Golden nugget: Have pre-printed copies of your certification, insurance certificate, and business license available. Hand them out on every estimate you do whether the prospect asks for...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-26-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,095
Posted By Chilehead
I did REO properties several years ago. I signed...

I did REO properties several years ago. I signed their contract, got a copy, did the work, and never got paid. Here's the scam how they legally can NOT pay you. The REO company (the scamster) gets a...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-26-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,851
Posted By Chilehead
Retail response rates for flyers is generally...

Retail response rates for flyers is generally .25% - 1% depending on when you distribute. Where I live, there is an overabundance of guys mowing grass so it's hard to get clients using just one...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-25-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,851
Posted By Chilehead
Having this info is great, but how you present it...

Having this info is great, but how you present it is what closes the sale. On the flyer it should say "Licensed & Insured", "References Available", along with your guarantee. When you get calls to do...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-24-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,851
Posted By Chilehead
Offer the following to prospective...

Offer the following to prospective clients:
*References
*Show them a portfolio of your work
*Provide them with a copy of your business license, insurance certificate, Commercial Pesticide...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-22-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,851
Posted By Chilehead
When a prospect sees your flier/brochure, you...

When a prospect sees your flier/brochure, you have 2-3 seconds to make your first impression: Either it's going in the trash, or it's not. I find having verifiable facts about how YOU are superior to...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 01-06-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 31,946
Posted By Chilehead
For some reason, mine won't show when posted....

For some reason, mine won't show when posted. Enter the following, all as one word: integrity lawn pro .com
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 10-07-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,824
Posted By Chilehead
Steve, the result was not immediate. It took a...

Steve, the result was not immediate. It took a few months for the search engines to crawl my site, and then the calls started coming in. Nearly 30% of my new business comes from my website, 10% from...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 10-03-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,824
Posted By Chilehead
After having a multi-page site for the longest...

After having a multi-page site for the longest time, I trimmed it down to only two pages: a homepage for clients to see, and an employment page for those who want a job. The response has been...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 10-03-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,003
Posted By Chilehead
My green monster is an old factory from the 1800s...

My green monster is an old factory from the 1800s that was renovated into condominiums. Roots from old, giant oaks and elms protrude all over the turf. The leaf cleanup is legendary, as there are...
Forum: General Talk 09-03-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,712
Posted By Chilehead
Go watch the movie Goodfellas. That's how one...

Go watch the movie Goodfellas. That's how one collects.:D
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 08-04-2013, 10:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,677
Posted By Chilehead
Now it's time for the Chile to weigh in..... Much...

Now it's time for the Chile to weigh in.....
Much said here, most recently the apparent banter between El Capitan Steve and newcomer Mathboy (who we really don't know if he's sexy). I have operated...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 07-02-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,385
Posted By Chilehead
Too little, too late.

Too little, too late.
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 07-02-2013, 08:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,385
Posted By Chilehead
For your mowing crews, the timeclock/gps combo is...

For your mowing crews, the timeclock/gps combo is great. I might suggest a product called "Jobclock" ( see: http://www.exaktime.com/portable-time-clock-jobclock ) for your landscaping crew.
Now...
Forum: General Business Discussions 05-02-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,758
Posted By Chilehead
It's your decision, but make sure that if you DO...

It's your decision, but make sure that if you DO decide to partner up**have a WRITTEN CONTRACT for everything between you and him. Talk it through with him and do not deviate from it to save your...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 05-02-2013, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,450
Posted By Chilehead
Customers need to be told politely, "I run a...

Customers need to be told politely, "I run a business, not a charity". If they can't handle that, so be it.
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 05-02-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,182
Posted By Chilehead
This is the way to go. If you work commercially,...

This is the way to go. If you work commercially, don't cut corners. Get a quality machine that will last.
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 05-02-2013, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,030
Posted By Chilehead
Personally, I tend to shy away from Craigslist....

Personally, I tend to shy away from Craigslist. There are too many scam artists on there. Here in Atlanta, a theft ring made the news a couple years back. They would advertise for "landscaping...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 05-02-2013, 08:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,192
Posted By Chilehead
Bingo. And BTW, some people don't consider...

Bingo. And BTW, some people don't consider respect as part of the equation.
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