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Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-04-2012, 12:52 PM
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I guess it's just knowing your area too. There...

I guess it's just knowing your area too. There is no way I would stay around charging prices like that out here. Where I am at, I might be able to sneak a couple high prices by people but most...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-03-2012, 04:32 PM
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Holy crap, you pay $125/yard of gravel? I'm...

Holy crap, you pay $125/yard of gravel? I'm getting an entire truckload (10 yards) for $190. I wish I could charge on your scale... $125/yard X 10 yards = $1250 (gravel) PLUS $125/yard X 10 yards...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-02-2012, 10:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,441
Alright I got my first opportunity to bid a job...

Alright I got my first opportunity to bid a job this year. I have a customer who is used to only paying $15/hr and they called me up and said they wanted gravel spread on their driveway. I found...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-22-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,441
Need Help Breaking "Per Hour" Barrier... Please Help

Alright so my rookie mistakes are catching up to me. I started my business in the Spring of last year (2011). The valley I live in has a relatively low population and the average wages are low. ...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-22-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,853
I'm still new myself (this being my 2nd year in...

I'm still new myself (this being my 2nd year in business) and am a one man crew. I live in a small town so there are not A LOT of competitors. One is a guy who has been around for about 8 years...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-17-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
That sounds like a good idea but everyone looking...

That sounds like a good idea but everyone looking in their rear-view mirror would read it backwards. You'de almost want it printed in reverse (like how the ambulances have it) so they can read it....
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-16-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
It took me about an hour to do the entire truck. ...

It took me about an hour to do the entire truck. You really have to take your time (not something you want to just slap on there). Considering they wanted to charge me $180 to install or $90 for...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-16-2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
So I picked up the vinyl lettering and installed...

So I picked up the vinyl lettering and installed it yesterday. Definitely NOT easy. For the most part it was pretty straight forward but it gets tricky trying to keep all the air bubbles out and...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-13-2012, 12:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
The ultimate goal for me is to get noticed. I...

The ultimate goal for me is to get noticed. I live in a small town where a lot of people have their own "small businesses" complete with magnetic door signs for their cars. More and more people are...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-10-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
I kinda like the capital letters because they...

I kinda like the capital letters because they match the logo. I know exactly what you mean though. I was even thinking that because I'm going to have to cut the website into more manageable pieces...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-10-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
Very good points... I agree about listing...

Very good points... I agree about listing services, thats what I was saying about putting a list on the back door where it is blank now. I was also thinking that you could still add additional...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-09-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,641
Getting My Truck Lettered, Check It Out...

Alright so I attached a picture of the rendering that was e-mailed to me for my truck lettering. I just wanted to let everyone know that it is possible to look like a pro with a custom logo and...
Forum: Community Assistance 02-21-2012, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,837
Need help getting lettering on my truck!

Ok so this year I've decided to ditch the magnet attached to my truck. It's scratched, faded, and I've even seen another truck with the same generic sign (different company name and number of...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 02-04-2012, 12:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,598
Steve, Hey sorry I haven't gotten back to you on...

Steve,

Hey sorry I haven't gotten back to you on this in a couple days. Things have been busy around here.

As far as how to keep price from becoming a huge factor, I don't necessarily have a...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 02-02-2012, 12:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,598
Steve, This really all goes back to the...

Steve,

This really all goes back to the salesman. Whether we think of ourselves as salesmen or not, we are (or at least need to be). Often times I find that if a customer is trying to haggle you...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 02-01-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,598
How true is that statement. I've often found...

How true is that statement. I've often found myself compelled to get stuff from there just because it's "FREE" (Only then you find that by modifying it at all costs money, plus you have to pay for...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 01-30-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,598
What??? I know it's a few days old but deleting...

What??? I know it's a few days old but deleting the video before everyone has a chance to see it? Shame on you. Lol, kidding man, I'm sure it was great you seem like you have a good sense of humor.
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-30-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,718
Steve, I know you were directing this towards...

Steve,

I know you were directing this towards Scott but i can give you a quick example of one case I am sure of happened to me. I was mowing a yard in a senior community and noticed there was a...
Forum: Community Assistance 01-27-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,674
Where Do I Get Printed Shirts For Less???

So me trying to look like a pro for my first year with my lawn care business, I gave myself a basic uniform. Forest green shirt with dark brown pants. I felt like it set me apart from the others...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-27-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,718
Thumbs up Thanks Cheese, that was definitely some helpful...

Thanks Cheese, that was definitely some helpful information. Funny stuff man. I guess I'm just stuck in that fear that I won't find other customers. If I charge this guy to much and he says no, I...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-27-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,718
Most of my customers have been elderly. I began...

Most of my customers have been elderly. I began working for a customer who lives in a local senior community. As neighbors passed by, seeing what a great job I was doing in her yard, they would...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-27-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,718
Customers Restricting My Income?

Last year was my first year in the yard care business. It was awesome to see how quickly I could go from not having a single client to getting my name thrown around left and right until I was busier...
Forum: General Talk 01-25-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,108
This is my second year of running my own business...

This is my second year of running my own business so you better believe there are MANY things I will do differently this year. Just to name a few:

1: I already wear a "uniform" (Green shirt with...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 01-25-2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,485
Yeah I understand that. Luckily I'm not like...

Yeah I understand that. Luckily I'm not like that. I too started with nothing. Some basic equipment I had from my own yard was toted around in the back of my pickup (which I already had). As I...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 01-24-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,485
That's a great point about expanding the business...

That's a great point about expanding the business to help make more per hour rate. I have a 42 HP Tractor with a backhoe attachment and a box scraper as well. It was purchased for cleaning up my...
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