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!

Hi 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 06-09-2008, 05:15 AM
Lawn Enforcement Lawn Enforcement is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 9
Lawn Enforcement
Default

Hi again,

I submitted a post almost a year ago saying hi but haven't been back since (too busy). I started my business last July and ended the season with 7 customers. I kept it going with some snow plowing (which in Utah was awesome last winter). This season I am now up to 25 accounts with several being commercial. I offer basic mowing, trimming, edging, packages and minor landscaping and sprinkler repair. I also do fertilization and yard cleanup. I have gotten most of my customers from a local online "classified" ad that is hosted by KSL 5 tv. I also receive a lot from word of mouth.

Alot of my customers signed up before the huge jumps in gas prices. Has anyone had luck raising their prices and by how much? I am bidding new customers higher though.

I am also having trouble with one customer. I bid his property and he signed up last year. This year he wants the same price but now wants me to not mow the back each week and instead wants me to spend the time trimming trees/bushes and cleaning up the yard. The back really needs mowed each week. Has anyone dealt with customers like this and is it worth just dropping him? if so how best do you drop some one like that when they are a really good payer and haven't had any past problems?

Thanks,
Jeromy
Lawn Enforcement Lawn Care LLC
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 06-09-2008, 09:34 AM
StealthDumpTrucks
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
...do what the problem customer asks cheerfully. He'll soon notice for himself that the back needs done often. Resistance is futile until you have proof and the owner is receptive to admitting it.

I had a mall account where we did the seasonal color plantings all over the place. The manager was female and new the first year, so she let me handle it with outstanding results. The second year she wanted her personal touch reflected in the flowers, she mistook her confidence for knowledge and good taste. She decided each flower should be a different color. I explained a uniform planting of the same color draws the eye and represents organization and professionalism. Nope, do it my way. Yes mam, it's done, now the beds look like puke but I'm waiting for you to notice.

One week she mentioned the beds didn't look as good with multicolors. I commented it makes me feel confused when I look at it. I was back to doing it my way the next time.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-11-2008, 03:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Jeromy,

Welcome back! Do you have your customers on any kind of contract?

Have you experimented at all with craigslist.com? I wonder how such a free site would compare with your other classified ad.
__________________
- 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 06-16-2008, 06:20 AM
Lawn Enforcement Lawn Enforcement is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 9
Lawn Enforcement
Default

All of my customers are under a service contract that just describes the service, amount, and payment details.

I haven't tried Craigs list at all. The KSL ad I use is a free ad posting in our area.
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
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 03:58 PM
Today 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 56
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
Yesterday 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 92
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 05:46 PM
by Freshcut
2 90
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 92
Echo Bed Redefiner...
NPM_LLC
04-12-2016 10:54 AM
04-22-2016 06:15 PM
by Freshcut
4 289
Has anyone done a garden?
Brian3137
03-28-2016 10:42 AM
04-22-2016 04:42 PM
by biglee
13 9,704
What would you charge?
markty
04-18-2016 03:28 PM
04-22-2016 09:01 AM
by chris2500hd
6 229
Replaced Mower Engine
Sprinkler Buddy
04-15-2016 06:21 AM
04-19-2016 11:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 230
Hello from Oklahoma
Ron Hall
03-24-2016 06:59 PM
04-16-2016 03:51 AM
by Ron Hall
9 9,431
Laying down some stripes
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:55 PM
04-14-2016 11:55 PM
by Steve
3 304
Find out what business...
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:58 PM
04-13-2016 12:32 PM
by MATTNAPIER89
2 263
Hello my name is Matt
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:46 PM
04-13-2016 12:58 AM
by Steve
1 213
How to drop some...
nickeckes
04-11-2016 01:07 AM
04-12-2016 05:22 PM
by Steve
4 294
Trash Receptacle for a...
tannerduncan
04-12-2016 05:02 PM
04-12-2016 05:19 PM
by Steve
1 193
Small Project Lawn
tannerduncan
03-31-2016 08:21 PM
04-12-2016 05:16 PM
by Steve
7 9,319
Please Help! Bidding...
Dorali
02-15-2016 12:02 PM
04-06-2016 01:08 AM
by Steve
36 12,943
Hello
pbcleff
04-05-2016 07:45 PM
04-06-2016 12:35 AM
by Steve
1 386
Hello
llewelwa
03-18-2016 12:47 AM
04-05-2016 12:14 AM
by Steve
3 9,303
Poop and Scooping
llewelwa
04-01-2016 05:48 PM
04-05-2016 12:08 AM
by Steve
1 9,093
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
04-04-2016 05:33 PM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
2 9,262
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:14 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:14 PM.

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