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Forum: General Talk 04-02-2014, 05:51 AM
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Posted By Bob E
Any response yet? How many have you put out so...

Any response yet? How many have you put out so far?
Forum: General Talk 03-31-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,217
Posted By Bob E
We're trying the post-it notes this year instead...

We're trying the post-it notes this year instead of our old card stock service cards. We designed them on Vista-print and we check off what we did that day & date it, and we just stick it on the...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-03-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,472
Posted By Bob E
Thumbs up I came upon this older thread today, but may have...

I came upon this older thread today, but may have some input.

We do more of a full service type contract. We add up all the services on an annual basis. We add the annual mowing (usually 30 cuts...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 02-10-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,440
Posted By Bob E
Post We have a 36" & a 61" Scag V-Ride. Great...

We have a 36" & a 61" Scag V-Ride. Great machines, but not 'Cheap'.

The 36" with 20 hp is a tough machine. Its a little heavy, so watch out for wet soils.

We use is it a lot for hauling...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-06-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,362
Posted By Bob E
One of the most successful smaller ad campaigns...

One of the most successful smaller ad campaigns we did was to go to a golf course community (where they build a subdivision around a golf course). The properties are small (5,000 SF). You could do...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-01-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,362
Posted By Bob E
Good to hear you are growing. Don't lose track...

Good to hear you are growing. Don't lose track of marketing your business. We all get tied up in the equipment & stuff, and forget that marketing is JOB #1.

If you can pick up 10-15 new customers,...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-09-2011, 08:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,359
Posted By Bob E
A few years ago I bought one of those 3hp units...

A few years ago I bought one of those 3hp units from H*** D****. It was about $225ish. It's worked well, but showing signs of age now. I, too, am now a solo act. Used to have a Little Wonder...
Forum: General Business Discussions 11-03-2010, 09:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,226
Posted By Bob E
Luckily, I haven't had many late pays this year,...

Luckily, I haven't had many late pays this year, but there are always those potentials on your receivable list. One thing I will try when someone refuses to pay is to go to the local police...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-15-2010, 09:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post As I said earlier, I wouldn't use a 5 man crew if...

As I said earlier, I wouldn't use a 5 man crew if I am doing more than 2 stops for the day.

Regarding the truck costs the man crews, you have to buy a truck, trailer, equipment, insurances, fuel,...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-14-2010, 08:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post I think a larger crew makes sense when you only...

I think a larger crew makes sense when you only go to one or 2 stops per day. On the projects I previously mentioned, the large crews went back to the same property every day. They would only had...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-12-2010, 07:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post Some crews has 4 door deisel duellies, others had...

Some crews has 4 door deisel duellies, others had 4 door international rack bodies. It was a large operation that I worked for.

Now I am starting a small lawn business with the goal of being...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-11-2010, 12:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post If you used a smaller crew, you would take 2 or 3...

If you used a smaller crew, you would take 2 or 3 days to finish the task.
The goal was to finish as efficiently as possible to move on to the next site.

As far as analysis, you would know who was...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-10-2010, 06:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post Well, since it as a retirement community, the...

Well, since it as a retirement community, the lots were small (6000 sq ft total). What I learned was that you had to compartmentalize the tasks, whether for mowing or for fertilizing. For mowing,...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-08-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post We didn't try that because we used them on high...

We didn't try that because we used them on high volume basis (200 homes per day), but you could print them with a "note" section to add comments if you were doing a single family type route (15-20...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-04-2010, 09:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post I don't have any pictures. They were about 4.5"...

I don't have any pictures. They were about 4.5" x 4.5", white or yellow, they had the company's name on top, and they listed the service that was done ( Fertilizer, Insect control, weed spray, etc)....
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-03-2010, 01:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,864
Posted By Bob E
Post Hi, guys. We used pre-printed post-it notes when...

Hi, guys.

We used pre-printed post-it notes when we did fertilizer applications for 1000+ retirement home communities and it saved alot of time filling out blank forms (2-3 hrs per day). We never...
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