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Forum: General Business Discussions 03-17-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,517
Posted By xpertlawnman
You might have better luck with that distribution...

You might have better luck with that distribution method and the fact those flyers are for installs. Putting flyers in mailbox's newspaper slots or sticking them in doors is a lost cause. I was...
Forum: General Talk 03-17-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,517
Posted By xpertlawnman
Congrats on the new account. Do a good job and...

Congrats on the new account. Do a good job and the word will spread. Word of mouth is your best way to land more yards. Good luck, you have tough sledding down in that area, with the economy and...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-17-2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,985
Posted By xpertlawnman
Not enough information. How big is the property?...

Not enough information. How big is the property? What kind of mower are you using? Seems like you will make a nice profit on this account if you get it. If you are not using a fast or big enough...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-11-2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,319
Posted By xpertlawnman
My truck is lettered. I just try to be very...

My truck is lettered. I just try to be very respectful and personal to the neighbors. But I am not pushy and do not try to push my service too much. I may hand out my card here and there. I set...
Forum: General Talk 03-10-2011, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,129
Posted By xpertlawnman
Tire-kickers

Although you can not weed out all tire kickers, I try to weed them out over the phone. If I feel someone is "priceshopping" I tell them I am not the highest guy in town, but I am by far not the...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-10-2011, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,319
Posted By xpertlawnman
What I noticed more in the last couple of years,...

What I noticed more in the last couple of years, is that I seem to pick up most of my new customers from simply being out on the job and referals from current customers. Flyers and postcards do not...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 02-17-2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,715
Posted By xpertlawnman
I have tested out and priced the Scag V Ride,...

I have tested out and priced the Scag V Ride, Toro Grandstand, Wright Stander and Exmark Vantage. I was looking at a 36",but because of the smaller tires on the 36" and the weight I feel there could...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-07-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,678
Posted By xpertlawnman
Is it any wonder the population of "Taxylvania" ...

Is it any wonder the population of "Taxylvania" shows no growth year after year. Who in their right mine would move here with all of the money you have to shell out for taxes. The real estate...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-06-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,678
Posted By xpertlawnman
Make sure to open a business checking account and...

Make sure to open a business checking account and use a program like Quickbooks to keep track of everything. Insurance will run you about $500 a year for 1mil$ in coverage. Make sure you create a...
Forum: General Talk 01-06-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,013
Posted By xpertlawnman
You may not want to actively advertise during the...

You may not want to actively advertise during the off season, but you do want to network your business year around. I start looking for new business in mid March, but for commercial work you have to...
Forum: General Talk 12-10-2010, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,600
Posted By xpertlawnman
Steve, I use an edger about 90% of the time. By...

Steve, I use an edger about 90% of the time. By October the growth has slowed enough where you can get away with a trimmer.

Dillon, You should have a dedicated commercial weedeater. Buy the...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 12-08-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,345
Posted By xpertlawnman
Smile Those are some of the nicest ads I have seen for...

Those are some of the nicest ads I have seen for lawncare on CL. Very profesional looking. I do advertise on CL here and there. It is mostly for my brushcutting service. I have got a few regulars...
Forum: General Talk 12-08-2010, 03:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,700
Posted By xpertlawnman
Grass build up under the deck can and will cause...

Grass build up under the deck can and will cause rust. I try to make sure all of the grass and dirt is scaped off really good. I will touch up any rough spots with primer or paint. I then spray...
Forum: General Talk 12-08-2010, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,700
Posted By xpertlawnman
The thing I spend the most time on is cleaning...

The thing I spend the most time on is cleaning underneath the deck of all mowers really good. I sharpen the blades also, that way I don't have to worry about in the Spring. For my bigger mowers I...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 12-08-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,348
Posted By xpertlawnman
Just pass on that job. I would not do that job...

Just pass on that job. I would not do that job with a handheld blower and rakes. 850$ seems high, around here that job would bid out alot cheaper. (without seeing the debris he needs hauled away...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 12-08-2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,285
Posted By xpertlawnman
I did not know that was your average lot size. A...

I did not know that was your average lot size. A ZT would be alot more productive than a WB on lots over an acre. Many guys start out with a WB because they are more versatile than ZT. They are...
Forum: General Talk 12-08-2010, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,600
Posted By xpertlawnman
Picframer and jymie are spot on. The only...

Picframer and jymie are spot on. The only difference, is I use a cheap Craftsman WB edger at the begining of each season. I usually use commercial stuff, but the machine only sees a couple of hours...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 12-08-2010, 07:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,285
Posted By xpertlawnman
I would buy the Snapper Pro. For the extra $1900...

I would buy the Snapper Pro. For the extra $1900 it is worth it. You are getting a better engine, a warranty, and most important a brand new machine. Now if I was starting out, I would be...
Forum: Community Assistance 12-01-2010, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,559
Posted By xpertlawnman
That is a tough situation, since they have been...

That is a tough situation, since they have been customers for so long. So now they owe you for 3 months after November's invoice. Like the others said, you will have to stop by for a visit. During...
Forum: Community Assistance 12-01-2010, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,431
Posted By xpertlawnman
I have used Vistaprint for various items. Their...

I have used Vistaprint for various items. Their prices and ease of use are second to none. Flyers do not generate much business around here. Networking and referals are my main source of new...
Forum: General Talk 11-20-2010, 09:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,830
Posted By xpertlawnman
It simply does not snow enough here for it to be...

It simply does not snow enough here for it to be a recurring service. The snowfall here could come as a couple big storms or an inch or two here and there. People just want the snow removed and...
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2010, 07:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,830
Posted By xpertlawnman
Providing snow removal services is something I...

Providing snow removal services is something I hope to never have to do. I have about 10 lawn customers that hound me every Fall to clear snow for them. I have been lucky, it seems as though they...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 11-19-2010, 07:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,187
Posted By xpertlawnman
I plan on recovering from a couple of injuries. ...

I plan on recovering from a couple of injuries. I won't be doing much until after the holidays. Honestly, I don't even feel like cleaning up my mowers or winterizing my equipment. I feel like just...
Forum: Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 11-12-2010, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,106
Posted By xpertlawnman
Mowing has finally ended

This has been what seems like the season that would never end. I mowed 6 yards yesterday and that should put a wrap on it. With the exception of a couple of small leaf cleanups, I am about done. I...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 11-11-2010, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,240
Posted By xpertlawnman
I am probably in the minority here, but I don't...

I am probably in the minority here, but I don't really carry any spare parts with me. But I always have a good variety tools with me just for a quick fix to get me through the rest of the day. ...
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