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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Q.2 Getting started. What steps did you take to get started


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-22-2012, 07:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,042
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Question Q.2 Getting started. What steps did you take to get started

Here is the second question of the lawn care business documentary I want to put together. I look forwards to reading your insights.

2. Getting started. What steps did you take to get started? Which did you find were easy and which were difficult?

Question #1 - Question #3
__________________
- 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

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 08-22-2012, 08:38 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Ill say getting regular customers was the hardest. I focused on higher paying one time jobs early on because I was working. Then when I did it full time I had more trouble finding weekly and biweekly accounts since I was focused on $500 jobs from the beginning.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-22-2012, 10:16 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
Ill say getting regular customers was the hardest. I focused on higher paying one time jobs early on because I was working. Then when I did it full time I had more trouble finding weekly and biweekly accounts since I was focused on $500 jobs from the beginning.
I hear ya.

1 out of every thousand clients pays what he/she should, but the market is so bad they actually think we're ripping them off. lol... b.s.

If someone came into this industry and advertised $1 cuts then went out of business - clients would think we're ripping them off if we (heaven forbid) charged $2 per cut.

Then we have these a-holes who think they're doing us a huge favor, and think that we should kiss their arse for their lousy money. The majority of the time, if a client wants to start complaining my first reaction is to say "Ok. Go find someone else PLEASE, find someone else!!!" instead of even attempting to make a situation between me and a client better.

Maybe I'm going a little nuts (HA, I already was nuts - almost had you fooled).
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-24-2012, 09:36 PM
JLM's Avatar
JLM JLM is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sunshine State
Age: 38
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 5
JLM is on a distinguished road
Default

I found it easy to sell my services to just about anyone, landing jobs was the easy part for me. I would go door to door and shake hands like I was running for office LOL! I would frequent gas stations in high end areas and just catch the money clients at the pump... Hey buddy you need a lawn man? I got so much work at the local sunoco.

But here is where I messed up RIGHT OFF THE RIP! If I bid 10 jobs I got 9 was I that good at sales? NO! I found out the hard way that I was too cheap...funny I thought I was making money till I had 40 something accounts an COULD NOT MAKE EVEN A SMALL PROFIT.

Sales were only easy because I was low balling my services.
And that was a hard lesson learned.

Now days I am the first person to yell bloody murder about "Low Ballers" funny looking back
__________________
If you can't be good..Be good at it!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-25-2012, 08:00 PM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 5
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

i make my own in word Microsoft flyers did have any tools i start buying tools while i was getting hire.
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
Need to get started 22280610 Introduce Yourself 1 09-02-2010 12:51 PM
trying to get started lowecuts Introduce Yourself 1 08-19-2010 09:04 AM
Just getting started snakebit68 Introduce Yourself 1 07-09-2010 08:31 PM
getting started cowboy52806 Introduce Yourself 7 04-30-2008 06:32 AM
getting started galaxy Starting a lawn care business. 16 12-12-2007 02:48 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
Today 09:08 PM
by Chilehead
19 2,852
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Today 04:24 PM
by Steve
10 573
fert/lawn programs
joshp
Yesterday 10:43 AM
Today 04:17 PM
by Steve
1 139
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
Yesterday 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 752
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-27-2016 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,833
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,170
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,926
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,117
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 547
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 522
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 504
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 501
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 496
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 796
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 492
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 761
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 501
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 619
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 756
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,670
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,837
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,302
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 664
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 699
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,804
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,953
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 PM.

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