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? > Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!

Dead trees saved me! It all started with a machine!


Introduce Yourself

Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-21-2012, 08:30 PM
stumpsandmore stumpsandmore is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 3
stumpsandmore is on a distinguished road
Default Dead trees saved me! It all started with a machine!

Hello,

It all started with working a factory job that was earning me less than what it was costing to support a family of six. The last job I had was six months before and they had gone bankrupt. Fortunately, it was a sales job that paid very well and we live fairly frugally after having been through some financially difficult situations in recent years...

I have a friend who was now a CEO of a non-profit organization. He left the tree service to get back to the non-profit culture.

We've known each other for about seven years, and I guess I was complaining a little about the work, bla bla. He asked me if I had considered starting my own business.... hmmm. Only every day at the factory. But how?

He had an old stumpgrinder, Vermeer 665a monster. He told me I could use it to see if I like the business. If I was still interested, I could buy it from him.

It was the break I was needing.

I put in my notice at work, got my license, insurance, website, and a backup plan.

He gave me a crash course on some friend's stumps. I started going door to door (which I had been doing for the past four years), anytime I saw a stump (I call it stump-hunting).

After having a web-presence, and word of mouth has spread, each week has filled up. Three months ago I added Tree Service, and I'll take down most trees under 60 ft. Anything more than that I have a friend in the business that I subcontract to.

I joined this site since I found an old youtube video on pricing snow plowing/removal. I'm really a newbee, but I've have a handful (about 8) customers who are interested in signing a contract (and they are almost all on the same street!)

So here is little about me.
Lewis Meyer
Stumps And More
http://www.stumpsandmore.com
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 10-21-2012, 10:41 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Thats great man, glad everything is finally working out for you. Website is great, to the point , love the customer feedback on the main page. I might do that! Your logo is very cool too. Best of luck with all you do. Looks like youlle be just fine.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-22-2012, 02:53 AM
stumpsandmore stumpsandmore is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 3
stumpsandmore is on a distinguished road
Wink Thanks for the Feedback!

Thanks for the feedback! Site is always needing a little work. Not sure whether to keep this "feel", or something a little more formal. A work in progress.

I'm actually an IT geek that likes the outdoors. We're not all like Norman in "Cubical Golf" (fun game btw if you have A smartphone) The IT field has gotten pretty fierce with all the outsourcing. Anyone who has taken a couple of classes is "qualified", and the fact I've been working with computers at a program level since 1984 (In Jr High I was helping the Teacher by making programs for him to use in class). But I don't have the certifications to "qualify" me.

The learning curve for starting a business is pretty steep, but its been successful. I had enough "techy" to get me going and on google "page 1", I remember the first day it happened. I shouted "YES!" And woke the baby.

I'm looking forward to being a student here. Still struggling with pricing with snow removal,o and wondering whether to include lawn services in the spring.

The "More" part of the business always leaves room for expansion.

Lewis.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-23-2012, 12:58 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Lewis,

Welcome to our forum!

How have you liked the stump business so far? Would you like to focus mainly on that and grow it as a niche service or do you see it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things?

Also, have you checked out the snow plow estimation calculator here? It should help you in getting an idea on how much it is costing you to perform that service.
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 10-24-2012, 03:59 AM
stumpsandmore stumpsandmore is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 3
stumpsandmore is on a distinguished road
Default

Hello Steve,
I started doing stumps primarily. Just started driving around looking for stumps. I had to do that while I was waiting for an online presence. I had some 4x6 club flyers made and I used a hole punch with a rubber band. I also had some vistaprint cards made.

Things were going very well since everyone dislikes stumps in their yard, and I provided full service stump removal (debris removed, filled with screened soul and seeded). It's hard work, but I enjoy the outdoors. I quickly realized that about 20 to 30% of my customers were wanting additional trees removed. But I turned them down, since I wasn't insured.

I decided to get tree insurance and my insurance tripled. At least I could start taking down manageable trees of 20-30 ft or so. It was well worth it. I have gotten braver over time and experience. I'll now take down trees up to about 60 ft. Maybe a bit bigger if it can just be dropped and cut up. If it gets to 80-100ft I leave it to someone who has the right equipment and climbers. I have developed a relationship with someone who has 30 yrs experience that I sub out to.

I started got my website in March, but started doing business late April, 2012..

Thanks for the link! I might start a little slow this season. However, I've got about 8 contracts all on one street. So I may expand if I can get some more clusters. I came in a bit high to start with, but quickly negotiated down. I told people if I could get more in one location I could save them some money... That seemed to do the trick for that block.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-24-2012, 01:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

You are really doing great so far! Keep up all your marketing and I am sure you are going to have a lot more growth stories for us!
__________________
- 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
I Love This Machine! ! ringahding1 Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 2 06-30-2011 03:05 AM
How long would this residential machine last doing semi-commercial work? Reminisce32 Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 10 12-04-2010 09:24 PM
Vending Machine Business? CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 4 12-08-2009 04:59 PM
Answer Machine Baby! CHEESE2009 General Talk 2 12-01-2009 03:50 PM
my truck is dead quickcleanlawn General Business Discussions 14 06-25-2008 11:31 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
Today 12:23 AM
by SGL1
10 156
new here ! need help
pgrace
Yesterday 11:29 PM
Yesterday 11:29 PM
by pgrace
0 9
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 10:24 PM
by Chilehead
3 76
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,392
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,047
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
05-21-2015 11:23 PM
by biglee
13 324
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 456
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
by Just for Cuts
0 66
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
05-21-2015 02:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 141
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,730
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 775
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 389,066
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 92
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 189
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 1,957
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 201
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 132
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 250
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 656
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,462
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 276
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 490
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 622
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 486
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
05-12-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
9 562
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,054
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,007
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,032
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 398
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 420
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 329
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 453
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 331
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 3,917
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,014
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 284
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 326
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,087
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 358
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 393
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 425
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 391
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 807
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 702
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 465
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 567
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 463
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 425
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 592
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
04-27-2015 04:49 PM
04-27-2015 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 399
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration design edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook ferris flyers foreman grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic landscape services lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded small engine repair sq ft square foot sulky toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape web design website website design winterization won't return wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:43 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:43 AM.

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