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!

Hello its me again


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 07-22-2007, 09:17 PM
Clean Lawn Clean Lawn is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 124
Rep Power: 8
Clean Lawn
Default

Hi everyone. I was asked to make another post because my new lawn care business is not the only business that I own/own with my husband.
Approximately four years ago we bought a small restaurant. It was another business I thought it would be fun to play in. Now its not as much fun as lawn service but it has its moments. We serve Boar's head Coney Island Hotdogs, footlongs, NY Sausage, sandwich meats and cheeses. We make everything we can ourselves from our North Caroline style BBQ, BBQ sauce and cole slawn. We create our own soups all year long. Last year I created New England clam chowder for the first time and sold it without ever tasting it because I am HIGHLY allergic to onions and its just one of those soups that has onion in it. We also make our own hotdog chili and desserts.
The other business we own is a comic store. We sell old and new comics, different collectible card games, toys and statues. This is another fun industry to be a part of. Right now the big comic book story lines for anyone who is not in the know of comics is, World War Hulk. Yes, the Hulk is taking names ad kicking butt. Thor has come back to earth and there will prices to pay because a naughty fantastic four leader cloned him and he did the big NO NO and killed a hero, Goliath. I don't want to be Reed Richards right now. DC has its own stuff going on with all the 52 and Countdown but I think the biggest by far was the shot that was heard around the world...the one that killed Captain America. Can you believe shot down by your own girlfriend.
But this is basicly part of my day everyday. Three business and a two year old to chase after. Who knows one day he might be running the lawn care business talking to people about when his mom got it all started.
Well I will say each one is very different in its own way but they are all very much a hands on thing.
My husband and myself are trying to sell our house so we can look to buy 3-10 acres of land and put a new house or restore and old one. We need more land so that Mrs. greenthumb can work on a greenhouse for both business and pleasure. I want a bigger vegetable garden and to start fruits too. But with a greenhouse I can work on flowers for my customers instead of having to go out and buy everything from someone else.
I'm not sure what else you want to know but that is basicly me in a nutshell.
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 07-22-2007, 10:14 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,682
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That is just amazing. So often I think one business can just swamp a person. What advise do you have for someone trying to run multiple businesses?

Also, have you done any cross promotions yet with all 3 of your business? Such as giving out a free meal if a person signs up for a year of lawn service? etc?
__________________
- 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 07-23-2007, 10:33 AM
Clean Lawn Clean Lawn is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 124
Rep Power: 8
Clean Lawn
Default

My husband and myself were talking about that just the other evening.
Its not an easy task to run three business trust me and I won't ever discourage someone from following their dreams because that is something everyone should have and have in their hearts to continue to go on but ours were really close together. That was just how opportunity presented itself. We have 3 business' in less that 4 years time and it takes a lot to start business from nothing and make them something. Everyone starting a business knows this, I know it 3 times more that the rest. But the restaurant is 4 years old and realisticly its still a baby in the restaurant industry. It takes a lot of hard work to make a restaurant successful. The Comic store is coming up on 2 years old this fall and its slowly growing. We moved it at the beginning of the year because its growth had haulted. But its slowly starting to grow again and that is good. But with a comic store, your comics are the bread and butter of your business. They should always pay for themselves and the general bills of the business. Anything else is icing on the cake. Most business do not realize the downfalls of them and jump in without ever talking to another business owner. I want everyone to follow their dreams and open their dream business, I want to look back in 10 years and be able to really tell young people how to make opening any of these three business cake for them. If you want to do it then do it but do it the right way. Find someone you can talk to about the industry you want to persue and talk to them until you cannot find anymore questions to ask and ask questions again and again if your not 100% sure you have it.
This webpage and forums have been amazing. I started at two different forums and got one hepful person to offer help but then nothing after 1 week (for lawn service info). Then a really nice lawn service business owner offered to send me a book on getting into lawn care that he bought and found helpful to him. We talked and he sent it to me. I have been reading piece by piece over and over again since I received it a short couple of weeks ago and it led me to this forum. I cannot thank that gentleman enough and he truly was just that a gentleman.
I receive e-mail from members of this forums asking for information for new members wanting to start business and always asking questions of me. I love it!!!!! It makes me think more and more and more about what else I can do, what else did I not think about. But I am thinking and I am gradually working. I have only been a lawn care business for 1 1/2 months now and I am still really small but I brought with me knowledge from my other business and a LOT of helpful advice from great people.
I will say what I said in a previous post about feeling overrun and swamped and what to do. If your in rush hour traffic and you think your going to scream from the stress, turn up that favorite song LOUD!!!! and enjoy it and escape for a few minutes. When you get home and no one is around scream in the shower (but don't scare the dogs)and punch a pillow. Then have a nice cold beer (or whatever your fancy is) and relax for the evening. Don't let anything else inside for that night. When tomorrow comes and its time to do lawn care again go back with a fresh approach from your night off. Your welcome always to send me a tell at cleanlawn01@yahoo.com and if I can give helpful advice I will. I am always welcoming constructive advice for myself and throwing ideas in my head around if someone can use it, its yours and I hope its a good one!
This forum is great and there is so much information here. Buy the book even if you only use one piece of information out of it. If you gain 1 yearly contract from it, then its more than paid for itself. Its worth it in my opinion and a great lawn care gentleman sent it to me.
Have a great green day everyone and blast that favorite song for me today I am in the restaurant today with no radio!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-23-2007, 12:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,682
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very insightful!

Looking back on your years of running your businesses, what kind of promotions did you find worked best? Did you ever have positive results cross promoting with other businesses?

Do you think any of the marketing skills you learned previously can be applied to the lawn care industry and if so, how?
__________________
- 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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
Today 02:09 PM
by SuperiorPower
5 187
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Today 02:05 PM
by SuperiorPower
2 100
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
Yesterday 05:07 PM
Today 01:37 PM
by Steve
2 78
Hello from Md
homey
Yesterday 06:55 PM
Today 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 48
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Yesterday 05:09 PM
by Chilehead
28 8,863
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
Yesterday 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,891
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
Yesterday 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,034
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Yesterday 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,238
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-15-2014 10:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
188 16,422
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 232
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 234
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 298
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 208
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 734
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 746
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 225
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 3,967
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 327
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,287
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 562
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 410
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
12-09-2014 06:24 PM
by Steve
36 9,719
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 826
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 369
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 367
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,068
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,631
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 888
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,197
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,372
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 538
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 613
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,154
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 784
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,152
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,802
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 640
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,366
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 573
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,441
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,416
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,435
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 658
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,199
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,101
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 551
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-28-2014 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 355,344
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
11-28-2014 10:49 AM
by Steve
13 2,244
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
11-27-2014 09:48 AM
11-27-2014 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 605
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-26-2014 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 960
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush care charge christmas collections edging employee problems equipment rental estimate foreman four wheel drive georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hills holiday husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac labor cost 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 website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness new business new mower ordinance past due per hour service podcast profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business savannah search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair sprayer starting a business steep lawns theft toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 PM.

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