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.

HOA's


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 10-12-2012, 08:04 AM
mike0507 mike0507 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 24
Rep Power: 2
mike0507 is on a distinguished road
Default HOA's

I know there are a few people here from Florida, but this can apply to all. Anyone know of a website where local HOA's have a listing of when they are going to be hiring or looking to hire a new company for lawn and property maintenance? I know most of them require bids, but wasn't sure if this was public knowledge?
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 10-12-2012, 11:09 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,752
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I would think each of them probably does their own thing. Sure there might be a clearing house site that helps them get bids, but I don't know of one.

You can probably do a little research and find the different hoa's in your area. then find the contact person and see when they are putting their property up for bid.
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 10-12-2012, 08:50 PM
JLM's Avatar
JLM JLM is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sunshine State
Age: 36
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 3
JLM is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mike0507 View Post
I know there are a few people here from Florida, but this can apply to all. Anyone know of a website where local HOA's have a listing of when they are going to be hiring or looking to hire a new company for lawn and property maintenance? I know most of them require bids, but wasn't sure if this was public knowledge?
Ill never tell
__________________
If you can't be good..Be good at it!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-12-2012, 08:52 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 602
Rep Power: 3
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JLM View Post
Ill never tell
That's not Nice! lol
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-12-2012, 08:58 PM
JLM's Avatar
JLM JLM is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sunshine State
Age: 36
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 3
JLM is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mike0507 View Post
I know there are a few people here from Florida.
Sounds like we have a fellow CRACKER!

Dude just ask the guard at the gate who to speak with he will get you the info.

I have a large HOA and its a biaaatch. Equipment Manpower Gas $$$ BIG $$$$
Ain't no joke.

Well.... put on your big boy britches and get to work!

Good Luck!
__________________
If you can't be good..Be good at it!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-12-2012, 09:04 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 602
Rep Power: 3
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Keep in mind, even if you get it, it will quickly be up again when the contract is up. No guarantees, if you'll get it the following bid.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-13-2012, 12:33 AM
mike0507 mike0507 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 24
Rep Power: 2
mike0507 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprinkler Buddy View Post
Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Keep in mind, even if you get it, it will quickly be up again when the contract is up. No guarantees, if you'll get it the following bid.
Yea, very true. I guess it's almost like any account though. You never know when they are going to let you go and move on to the next guy.. But I will talk to the gate guards and look on the web and just see what I can find.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-13-2012, 08:17 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

the only way to get a inside track on commercial accounts these days is to join the organizations they belong to and attend the monthly meetings religiously and get to know these people first and then they will start to work with you.

keep in mind that it can take several months for some of these relationships to materialize and membership to these groups can cost a couple thousand dollars a year.
bidding commercial work is not putting your eggs into one basket and the key is not to rest on your laurels and stop hunting for work as well as if you do a great job that will weigh heavily on their decision making because anyone can talk the talk but it all boils down to these people if you can walk the walk.

some organizations you can look into are listed below and you can go to each respective web site and explore membership costs because they vary greatly from state to state.
but once again they are only as good as your persistence to go to these meetings regularly and build relationships.

some organizations are,

BOMA: building owners managers association

IFMA: international facility managers association ( banks and hospitals )

CAI: community association institute ( HOA's )

ICSC: international council shopping centers

NAIOP: national association industrial office properties

NAA: national apartment association


i am a member of all these groups and it cost me about 7,000 a year to be part of it and the meetings do take up a lot of time but i also gross over a half a million a year and all i do is work for these groups and 7 grand is a drop in the bucket for what they bring in.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-13-2012, 10:35 AM
mike0507 mike0507 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 24
Rep Power: 2
mike0507 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dpld View Post
the only way to get a inside track on commercial accounts these days is to join the organizations they belong to and attend the monthly meetings religiously and get to know these people first and then they will start to work with you.

keep in mind that it can take several months for some of these relationships to materialize and membership to these groups can cost a couple thousand dollars a year.
bidding commercial work is not putting your eggs into one basket and the key is not to rest on your laurels and stop hunting for work as well as if you do a great job that will weigh heavily on their decision making because anyone can talk the talk but it all boils down to these people if you can walk the walk.

some organizations you can look into are listed below and you can go to each respective web site and explore membership costs because they vary greatly from state to state.
but once again they are only as good as your persistence to go to these meetings regularly and build relationships.

some organizations are,

BOMA: building owners managers association

IFMA: international facility managers association ( banks and hospitals )

CAI: community association institute ( HOA's )

ICSC: international council shopping centers

NAIOP: national association industrial office properties

NAA: national apartment association


i am a member of all these groups and it cost me about 7,000 a year to be part of it and the meetings do take up a lot of time but i also gross over a half a million a year and all i do is work for these groups and 7 grand is a drop in the bucket for what they bring in.
Awesome! This was exactly what Information I was looking for! Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-15-2012, 11:43 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,752
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
i am a member of all these groups and it cost me about 7,000 a year to be part of it and the meetings do take up a lot of time
For the start up lawn care business interested in joining such organizations, how can they utilize them and benefit from them? Would they get a list of other members so they could market to the members in their area? Or what's your suggestions on how to best utilize being a member of such groups?
__________________
- 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
HOA's bid CS-LawnService Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 8 03-21-2012 05:09 PM
Flyering in HOA's TheGoat Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 4 06-30-2011 09:10 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
Today 06:26 AM
Today 11:39 AM
by kslawn
1 39
new to this forum!
mower13126
Yesterday 07:37 PM
Today 11:32 AM
by kslawn
1 45
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Today 11:17 AM
by kslawn
11 230
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
Today 10:59 AM
by kslawn
4 123
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
Today 10:29 AM
by stevef1201
6 207
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Today 10:25 AM
by grassdoctore
12 345
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
Today 09:06 AM
by jimmiemenon
18 6,732
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
Yesterday 09:53 AM
Today 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 138
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Today 07:59 AM
by xandrew245x
14 853
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Today 07:49 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 123
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Today 04:22 AM
by Tekeda1
17 356
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
Yesterday 06:55 AM
Yesterday 08:57 PM
by xandrew245x
6 112
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
Yesterday 09:52 AM
Yesterday 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 57
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
Yesterday 09:49 AM
Yesterday 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 53
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
Yesterday 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 89
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 181
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 04:41 PM
by Steve
31 1,049
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
Yesterday 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 199
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
Yesterday 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 193
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
Yesterday 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 170
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
04-17-2014 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 601
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 719
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 99
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 269
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 87
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 607
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 225
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 167
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 301
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 202
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 102
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 285,497
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 426
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 330
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 428
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 170
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 411
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 113
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 235
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 107
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 192
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,590
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 323
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 332
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 164
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 137
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 134
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 304
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 1,011
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 128
» Popular Tags
4wd 34'' aerator bid charge christmas light hanging christmas lighting color jet courtesy call credit card processing cultivation customers decorating echo ecosymbiosis escrow exmark ferris first truck florida flower bed cultivation price fs90r fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely holiday holiday lighting honda how much to charge introduction lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business show lawn service leaf removal lighting marketing mechanic mowing mowing clarksville mulch native plants new buisness new business online classifieds organize outdoor environments payday pb500t podcast reo requests riding mower rotating scag season seo social media starting a business start up lawn care business steve stihl top dresser toro trailer truck turfgrass consulting walker winter services
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:00 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:00 PM.

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