Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Buying an exsisting business


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-04-2012, 09:39 AM
LuckyClover LuckyClover is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Waterbury, CT
Age: 36
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
LuckyClover is on a distinguished road
Default Buying an exsisting business

I recently took over my Uncleís lawn care business. He has regular 40 customers, but there was no structure in his scheduling, invoicing, expenses, etc. In fact it was mainly a cash business that he did for fun, with customers he had for years. I am looking for help and advice on how to handle this transition. I work for him when he needs help with Spring/Fall cleanup, big jobs or skilled jobs, but not for the lawn care. I know most of his customers and will still have my uncle around to help with the transfer.

We plan on going to each customer personally to explain the transfer and discuss the upcoming season, but I would also like to send out a letter to them explaining the transfer and a list of services I can provide which is much more extensive than what he previously offered. Is there a letter out there for this?

I would like to make this transition as seamless as possible without losing any customers. Iím afraid that since they never have had any consistent scheduling, invoicing, etc they might be turned off by the formalness of it all. Any information, help, or advice will be greatly appreciated.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 03-04-2012, 10:06 AM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Can you make it like your working with he and your just taking on more and more of the work?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-04-2012, 10:24 AM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 120
Rep Power: 8
Upscale2
Default

Is he giving it to you? If so, then you don't have much to worry about. Just send a card and visit with them. Some will stay some will go. If you are competitive and you do good work you should be all right.

If he is selling it to you, how did you come up with a purchase price if nothing is "on the books". Don't guess, don't waste your money. He may be related but that is when feelings can be hurt.

Just calling it as I see it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-04-2012, 10:48 AM
LuckyClover LuckyClover is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Waterbury, CT
Age: 36
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
LuckyClover is on a distinguished road
Default

He will still be around, but he would like to get out of it as much as possible, He's been at it in some form for 35 years, he has had enough. He did sell it to me, but for only $2000 including most equipment. I can't complain about the price, He's a great man, just looking to help his nephew out. He wouldn't have sold it to anyone else, he knows I was going to start a home Improvement business and figured it would help me out having a list of +35customers to pull from already. Any ideas on a logo for Lucky Clover Lawn Care? I want a 4 leaf Clover to be in the logo some how.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-04-2012, 10:32 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

I like the clover and it will be easy to get embroidered, most places already have it in there design offered
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-05-2012, 10:16 AM
Sea Lancer Sea Lancer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 3
Sea Lancer is on a distinguished road
Default

I would rather talk in person,that would give the customers a chance to ask questions and/or request any changes they may want.It also gives them the opportunity to meet you and get to know you a bit.They may also have other work for you that you may miss out on if several weeks or months go by since reading a letter you send them.I kind of like old school of meet and greet i think it would go further for you.....
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-05-2012, 03:43 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,381
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Is there a letter out there for this?
I think there may be a lawn care customer transition letter in the link provided. Look through there and see if there is anything you could use.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buying someone elses business? Crazy3rdgen General Talk 13 05-18-2009 08:44 AM
Buying existing lawn business dawnacb1 Starting a lawn care business. 9 02-16-2009 10:07 PM
Buying an existing business Clean Lawn General Talk 6 08-29-2007 12:22 PM
Buying a business or starting from scratch? Steve General Business Discussions 1 02-02-2007 12:37 PM
Buying Lawn Care business sprinklerguy General Business Discussions 21 10-06-2004 11:28 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
Today 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 790
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Today 08:42 PM
by curts lawn care
57 6,555
new to the forum
SGlawncare
Yesterday 11:20 PM
Today 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 95
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 08:38 AM
Today 05:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
2 70
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
Today 03:58 PM
by stevef1201
8 237
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
Today 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 437
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
Today 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 248
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Yesterday 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 329
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
Yesterday 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,101
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
Yesterday 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,761
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 01:16 PM
by Steve
21 1,183
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 989
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 681
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 300
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 282
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 248
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 306
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 999
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 781
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 902
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 267
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 139
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,692
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 518
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,168
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-14-2014 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 688
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,902
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,186
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 706
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,429
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 915
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,514
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 414
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,153
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,211
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 617
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 897
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,678
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 978
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 593
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 546
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 628
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 651
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 901
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 974
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 876
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 863
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 785
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 980
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 1,279
» Popular Tags
apartment complex article marketing bid birdscaping blades charge christmas lighting collections credit card processing customers decorating ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes holiday lighting how much to charge husqvarna installation kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf leaf removal lighting brass outdoor lights marketing new and restored landscapes new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax running a business savannah scag seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services top dresser toro toro grand stand trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:23 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:23 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy