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Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-16-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By Billy Goat
The 1 million coverage is the best to start with,...

The 1 million coverage is the best to start with, they have a 500k policy but really not that much more to have the 1M. For $500 a year is not bad, that is just over $40 a month. I look at as doing...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-16-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By Billy Goat
Starting a legit business is very time consuming,...

Starting a legit business is very time consuming, it will take months to do it by yourself. You can pay lawyers and accountants, to do the leg work to speed things up but like most getting into this...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 10-13-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By Billy Goat
I use a Trac Vac system.

I use a Trac Vac system.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-09-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,022
Posted By Billy Goat
As you grow and get more accounts you will become...

As you grow and get more accounts you will become more strict with your preferred payment policy. For now you feel like some of your customers are taking advantage of you. I tell potential new...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-08-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,022
Posted By Billy Goat
In the beginning, you see the dollar signs in...

In the beginning, you see the dollar signs in your head when you think you can do X amount of lawns in a day/week. Getting the account is one thing but, getting paid is another. Remember, the lawn...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 10-07-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By Billy Goat
Each property is a little different depending on...

Each property is a little different depending on how often the customer wants their yard done and what to do with the leaves after cleanup. I'm very lucky to live in a county where we have weekly...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 10-04-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,464
Posted By Billy Goat
Leaf removal is a money maker for me. I would do...

Leaf removal is a money maker for me. I would do fall all season long if I could but it only last for 2 months. Get yourself a category 3 hurricane backpack blower and let the money blow in your...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 09-23-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,156
Posted By Billy Goat
Well its been over a year since I posted this...

Well its been over a year since I posted this thread. I did purchase a time master at home depot and used it the last two summers. I have the pros and cons. As far as the pros, this thing is great...
Forum: General Business Discussions 09-17-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,378
Posted By Billy Goat
It has been an non-stop season for me also. I...

It has been an non-stop season for me also. I worked just about everyday since March even the last 3 holidays just to try to keep up. My biggest down fall is wet grass. I need to figure out how to...
Forum: General Talk 09-14-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,709
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: 14
Views: 2,709
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: 1,716
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: 1,716
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: 1,716
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: 1,028
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: 2,178
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: 1,146
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: 1,115
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: 725
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: 1,504
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: 1,504
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: 847
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: 1,570
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: 959
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: 959
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...
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