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!

New Member


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 08-23-2007, 07:31 PM
Gigamitch Gigamitch is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 8
Gigamitch
Default

Greetings to all. I was a little more than half way through my business plan when I found this site. I wish I had found it sooner, there is an amazing amount of helpful info here.
I am starting to get a little discouraged though. I have practically no equipment or money at all and while reading a bunch of old posts here I got the impression that no one recommends borrowing money to start up. This sets me back a little because I'm the kind of person that wants to present the most professional image possible from day one and for me this will require a fair amount of money.
So I'm curious about everyones start up costs and equipment and the length of time it took to build from there.
As for me... I spent 6 very long years as an operations manager for the biggest national lawn care company and I gotta tell ya it will put a real bad taste in your mouth. But it did give me the motivation to get out there and do the job the right way.
The name of my business is going to be "Dandie Lawn". I love it even with the slight mixed message it sends. I really haven't done much more than that except for the business plan because of the money thing so I am really looking forward to all of your advice and opinions.
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 08-23-2007, 11:14 PM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 8
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I started with a $50 mower from the flea market. A $25 blower from the local engine shop. I bought a new Echo weed eater for $190. And then I bought a $300 trailer from Harbor freight. I went door to door talking to people and within 1 month I had 8 customers. By month 3 I had over 20 weekly customers. I was able to build from there. Good luck. You can do it without a lot of start up costs. What I found was that people dont care how pretty your equipment is. They only care if you get the job done right. I still have most of the customers I started with because I do it right.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-24-2007, 12:21 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Gigamitch,

Welcome to our forum! Would you like to share with us what you have so far with your business plan?

What lessons would you say you have learned from the lawn care business you used to work at?

What do you plan on doing differently from what they did?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 08-24-2007, 05:01 PM
Gigamitch Gigamitch is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 8
Gigamitch
Default

My experience with the "big guys" was...well the only good thing I can say is that they paid fairly well. Their two biggest mistakes are the "cookie cutter" approach to lawncare (every lawn gets the same identical treatment) and the push to get the job done. They will force employees to look for a way to do the job regardless of the repercussions to the lawn or customer perception...only the revenue matters.
That will not happen in my business...end of story.

1.0 Executive Summary

Dandie Lawn will be a residential and commercial lawn and tree care service. Our target will be rural middle and upper class homes which owners cannot care for as well on their own. Most families in our target income bracket have moved here from another state and are unprepared for the challenges our semiarid climate creates for lawn and tree care. We will also provide our services to large commercial properties without full time property managers as well as to government entities with public or BLM lands. Our business profits will be largely seasonal so we will provide snow removal to help supplement the lean winter period. Our target community has been identified by Money Magazine as one of the nations top ten fastest growing economies as well as a leader in lender available housing with a median income around $60k.

The business will be structured as a sole proprietorship. The principal being (Me). For the past six years I have worked as a State licensed Operations Manager for the local (big guy). During that time I developed the expertise, management experience and business relationships to begin my own business.

The first year I will be the primary employee with commitments from two long time friends for some part time help. (My friend)will work as Lawn Specialist. He has five years experience in the industry and has been licensed for the past year. (He) also has family ties with the Military Contractor for the local Army installation, giving us a foot in the door for local government contracts. (My other friend)will work as the Office Manager. Her graphic design experience will be useful when creating our marketing materials, business cards and brochures. As demand warrants, I will hire additional part time labor.
1.1 Mission

The mission of Dandie Lawn is to provide personalized residential and commercial lawn/tree care service. We will maintain and build our client base by treating each property as if it were our own. Our commitment to excellence will always exceed our customer’s expectations.

1.2 Objectives

My objectives for the first three years of operation are to:

★ Create a service-based business providing a pleasant alternative to “cookie cutter” lawn care.

★ Obtain 30 residential lawn care contracts, 10 commercial property contracts and 2 government contracts.

★ Increase number of client contracts served by 1%, 3% and 5% respectively.

★ Develop the business enough to outgrow its “home based” status sustainable by its own cash flow.


1.3 Keys to Success

The keys to achieving my goals for the first three years are:

★ Experienced licensed specialists with excellent customer service skills.

★ Timely, personal and professional service for all customers regardless of size.

★ Small size allowing personal communication with customers as well as direct supervision and training of employees.

2.0 Company Summary

Dandie Lawn will be offering a wide range of lawn/tree services on a weekly monthly or as needed basis with some customers receiving multiple services within the course of one visit.

2.1 Company Ownership

Dandie Lawn will be formed and operated as a sole proprietorship. As risk and revenue increase I will look more into Limited Liability options.

2.2 Start Up Summary

Dandie Lawns start up assets and expenses include:

Long Term Assets: Est. Value $18,500
● Vehicle: Owner is contributing a Jeep Wrangler.
● An enclosed utility trailer
● All Terrain Vehicle (utility) with attachments (snow blade, chem. sprayer, fert. spreader)
● Commercial Lawn Mower
● Residential Lawn Mower
● Snow thrower
● Pressure washer
● Business Phone
● GPS and digital camera (owner contributed)

Short Term Assets Est. Value $5,977
● Home Office Equipment: Owner contributing computer, printer, scanner, desk and file cabinet. Business, legal and accounting software.
● Weed trimmer
● Edger
● Hedge trimmer
● Chainsaw
● Backpack leaf blower
● Backpack chemical sprayer
● Fertilizer spreader/thrower
● 6months chemical and fertilizer
● Standard tool kit small and major repairs (owner contributed)
● Misc. safety equipment (owner contributed)
Expenses Est. Value $10,923
● Legal and accounting
● $400k liability insurance policy (6-8mths.)
● Initial Operating cash

3.0 Services

Dandie Lawn will initially provide residential and commercial lawn care service. Included will be mowing, edging, trimming, weed and insect control as well as bare ground vegetation control. Start up tree care will be limited to hedge trimming and some branch removal. During the winter months we will offer snow removal and salt service. As demand and revenue grow I will purchase the equipment necessary to expand our services provided. This will include tree insect control, lawn aeration, garden prep., rangeland and right of way services.

3.1 Service schedule

IN THIS AREA I HAVE A BAR GRAPH CALENDAR AND SERVICE SCHEDULE THAT I COULDN"T PASTE IN

4.0 Market Analysis Summary

Dandie Lawn will target middle to upper class households (>$50k) with above average size properties. Additionally we will focus on large and multi-site commercial properties. Standard canvassing, flyer and newspaper advertising techniques will be employed. I will also be using my business relationships to promote word of mouth exposure.

4.1 Market Segmentation

Dandie Lawn will focus on large residential properties in an effort to keep margins as high as possible. Commercially a unique opportunity has presented itself in that the largest local land care company has suddenly closed it’s doors. It is there that we will find our niche as property managers search for new service providers.
********************************************************************
That's what I have so far except for the rough draft including strategies, personel plan, and financial plan. If I continue the road I'm on I will need to borrow around $20k...but if general opinion here recommends against that I might revise the business plan for a lower amount or pitch the entire thing all together and start the business "bare bones".

Thanks for any advice, Mitch
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-25-2007, 07:45 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Mitch that is great information. I sure do hope it helps others reading this.

My opinion is to start bare bones and grow from there. That should allow you to make many mistakes and still make it past them.

What would you say would be your biggest issue(s) with not taking out a loan?
__________________
- 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
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 05:12 PM
by jymie
6 286
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 03:37 PM
by Steve
8 225
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Yesterday 10:17 AM
Today 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 127
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Today 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 176
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 03:04 PM
by Steve
7 275
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
Today 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 126
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
Today 02:48 PM
by Steve
3 214
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
Today 02:44 PM
by Steve
2 160
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
Today 02:39 PM
by Steve
2 179
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Today 02:30 PM
by Steve
1 109
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
Today 02:28 PM
by Steve
1 133
snowplowing
jshak40
Yesterday 07:20 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by kslawn
6 174
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 288
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 453
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 594
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 671
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,341
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,741
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 573
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 246
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,907
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 341
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 412
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 289
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 256
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 301
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 544
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 802
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 263
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 599
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 568
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 311
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 423
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 333
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,166
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 630
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,744
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 801
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 2,000
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 429
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 554
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 386
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 656
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 532
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 632
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 682
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 940
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 468
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 537
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 428
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds patio install podcast pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.

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