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.

Getting into the 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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 11-22-2007, 04:23 PM
RJO
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Liking Tee Time Lawn Care more and more....and the homes I would be servicing would be familiar with golf...mid to upper end. Also like Leisure Time Lawn Care too.......
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


  #12  
Old 11-22-2007, 06:51 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,569
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Bounce the name off of some of your family and friends and see what their reaction is.

When do you plan on getting started with this?
__________________
- 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
  #13  
Old 11-23-2007, 08:27 AM
RJO
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I will do that. So far they like Tee Time Lawn Care and Leisure Time Lawn Care......
I plan on starting next mowing season.....Mid March is usually the first mow here in KC.
Plan is to do a post card mailing and maybe do flyers as well. Have seen some discussion about timing....I am guess if first mow is mid March here....might drop post cards march 1ish.....Would you agree??
RJ
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-23-2007, 10:04 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,569
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well, let me ask you, are there any services you could offer now to start reaching out to people in your area? Could you offer general winter yard cleanup services as a precursor for your spring advertising?
__________________
- 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
  #15  
Old 11-23-2007, 11:26 AM
RJO
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

RIght now I only have my truck and no other equipment...so I am limited in what I can do. I plan on buying the mower and trailer before the end of the year. But willing to listen to any advice you might have. I am willing to work now but just need to buy equipment.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 11-23-2007, 11:37 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,569
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well, here is my view. I wouldn't wait for spring. I would get started now to get your feet wet. I would get business cards made up now. I would hand them out to everyone you know.

Then go through the free flyer section here at the top of the page and look to see if any of them strike your fancy.

I know Keith is a big proponent of marketing winter yard clean up services and so am I because it gives you a chance to connect with all these potential clients now. Then when spring rolls around you will already have these contacts you can get to become mowing clients.

You don't need a mower or a trailer now to rake up leaves to clean gutters, to help around the house with cleanups.

I always feel you should get started today doing what ever it is you can do at the moment and then improve upon it as you go.

Why put off until tomorrow that which you can do today

Any thoughts on this?
__________________
- 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
  #17  
Old 11-23-2007, 11:51 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi RJ:

It's great you are researching this before jumping right in. Winter is perfect for strategic planning and getting your business started on the right foot.

Equipment - One of the biggest mistakes I see with new LCOs is in equipment selection. Since you are starting early, survey your neighborhood to get an idea of the variety of lawns you will service. Are they flat, big, small, lots of turns, narrow back fence gates, hilly, tall fescue, short bent grass, etc. Once you have a feel, you can visit lawn mower dealers to look at mowers. Demo lots of mowers...walk behind, zero turn, tricycle riders, pistol grips, loop grips, hydro, belt drive, etc. Learn what you like and what you need. Only then will you be able to make a better choice for a mower.

If you can afford it, go commercial all the way. In my experience, store bought equipment does not hold up to commercial use...this goes for string trimmers and blowers too.

Let us know how your equipment search goes and if we can be of further help.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 11-25-2007, 11:03 AM
RJO
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I have decided on Tee Time Lawn Care and next step...need to design Logo and get business cards ASAP. I plan on handing them out to everyone I know...and don't know Would be willing to do winter yard clean up...not sure about the gutter clean up...not too keen on getting on 20' latter's these days
Not sure what most guys do about removal of leaves...do they have a trailer they haul in and then pay to dump...or do they leave with home owner in bags for city pick up??
Thanks again for all the good advice.
Plan on visiting local dealer and test out the Wright 32" Stander....I "think" I can get some discounting pricing in Dec.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 11-25-2007, 11:32 AM
ritchiem
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default



what are your ideas for a logo?
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 11-25-2007, 01:21 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,569
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very nice logo design! I like the dimples on the text as well!
__________________
- 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
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
Yesterday 11:01 AM
Today 11:19 AM
by Wolf4dk
1 37
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Yesterday 02:51 PM
by Sunpointair
12 4,908
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Yesterday 11:06 AM
by Steve
4 103
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 85
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 565
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 416
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 434
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,776
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,488
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,009
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,779
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 131
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,208
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,598
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 184
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 531
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 423
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 384
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 265
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 983
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 407
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,218
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 605
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,262
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,506
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 222
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 421
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,094
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 382
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 364
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,834
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 533
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 530
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 488
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 453
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 377
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,764
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 267
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 412
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,160
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 406
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 640
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 443
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 325
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded solo sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:24 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:24 AM.

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