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 !


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 07-01-2008, 05:44 PM
TDC
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Hello !

Hi all,

I'm a podcaster (I do a podcast about classic muscle cars) and was digging around on iTunes and found GopherHaul. I'm really enjoying the shows and there's a lot of info.

A little back story, my Father was a Fireman for 25 years, and between 1984-1987 he ran a lawn service, I remember his cars said he was a "Horticultural Consultant".

Anywho, he started out by selling his 1969 Camaro, and bought a new 84 Chevy pickup, a used Toro Groundsmaster 52", a Toro commercial self propelled 2-stroke (they were brand new then), leaf blower, and new basic (bump feed) string trimmer (I still use it to this day on my lawn)....

He got a few residential jobs, and then he landed a condo complex. He and I would hit it early in the morning (I was 14 at the time), and he mowed while I used the push mower to "trim". I basically ran through along the buildings & around trees, so he could fly through using the 52. Then as soon as I was finished using the trimming mower, we broke for lunch, and then when we got back I used the string trimmer the rest of the day. By the time I was finishing up, my Father would be behind me with the leaf blower, blowing off the areas that raising the deck on the 52 wouldn't clear.

The complex asked him to trim the trees, bushes, & edge the walkways. This was not in the mow contract, and we would do this as needed, I don't know what the agreement was. I do know this, I HATED it. It was a lot of waiting, then picking up bits and chunks, and raking. I actually preferred the string trimmer.

Well, when I turned 16 and could get a regular job, I did, and my Father would grab me early in the morning on days he needed help. This was a turning point for him because he was at the point in his business when it was time to expand, or hang it up.

He chose to sell the business.

I got into computers and the whole sitting on my butt in front of a computer and I've lost so many jobs over the years (dot bombs) that I thought very seriously about getting back into cutting again.

My wife is totally against it because she's scared, and thinks it will fail so why bother.

I've also noticed that 90% of the lawn care business is made up of a Mexican workforce. The big companies here in St. Louis like "Top Care" and "Brickman" are out there in force. I don't know if any of you have these types of operations (but I'm sure some of you do) and how do you complete?

I would love to get a couple big jobs, and when I mean big I mean like an office park and neighborhood common ground areas where there is so much grass, that you're cutting all day at one location.

The other thing I think about is winter work. I've heard, but don't know for sure, but what I hear is that plowing flat out destroys a truck. Is this true?

Also, since I've been away so long, WTF is up with all the ZTR's zipping around like they're in the Indy 500? Do those things REALLY do a quality job while ripping along at almost 10MPH?

Is this something to look into? I'm looking to replace a $45k/yr salary by cutting, is this even realistic?

BTW, Steve, I love the show, btw if the people you're skype'ing with are somewhat computer savvy, have them set up their computer with an audio application & record their side of the skype conversation. Then, they compress it to an MP3 file, and send it to you. Then you edit all of it together and it will sound like you're all in one studio.

Scott
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 07-01-2008, 10:36 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,614
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Scott,

WOW What an awesome introduction! You totally rock! Good for you with all this going on!

Quote:
Also, since I've been away so long, WTF is up with all the ZTR's zipping around like they're in the Indy 500? Do those things REALLY do a quality job while ripping along at almost 10MPH?
No, LOL just because they can go fast doesn't mean they should be driven fast hahahaha.

Quote:
Is this something to look into? I'm looking to replace a $45k/yr salary by cutting, is this even realistic?
Sure!

Quote:
BTW, Steve, I love the show, btw if the people you're skype'ing with are somewhat computer savvy, have them set up their computer with an audio application & record their side of the skype conversation. Then, they compress it to an MP3 file, and send it to you. Then you edit all of it together and it will sound like you're all in one studio.
You are totally right about this. The technical side of the podcast has been kind of an after thought so far. It was just like, lets get this done and put out on the web and make it better the next time.


Have you thought about taking your love of hot rods and lawn care and mixing them together?

Call it Hot Rod Lawn Care! Why not! It would create a theme that would really help you stand out. Make your website a 50's style website. Take some pictures of you in a hotrod with your hair greased back and some smokes in your short sleeve shirt, rolled back.

This could really rock! Put flame jobs on your mowers and your truck and trailer. Put a fake hood scoop on your trucks hood with chrome rims!

What is stopping you now from picking up small jobs and getting the gears turning?
__________________
- 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
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Today 12:22 PM
by Steve
9 1,364
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
Today 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 210
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Today 11:34 AM
by Steve
177 14,198
Hi from IL
steveinil
Yesterday 02:07 PM
Today 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 52
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
Yesterday 07:27 AM
Today 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 56
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
Today 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 623
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Today 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 377
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Today 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,254
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
Today 10:43 AM
by Steve
4 233
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 10:42 AM
by Steve
5 381
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
Today 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 447
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Today 09:28 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
8 298
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Today 01:08 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 2,560
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 208
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,239
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 688
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 337
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 562
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 174
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,019
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 570
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,935
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,515
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,247
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 834
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 614
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 538
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 381
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,450
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 310
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 579
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,663
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,779
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,939
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,756
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 496
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 698
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 384
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 443
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,396
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 664
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 564
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-10-2014 01:25 PM
by Steve
2 407
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 365
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 386
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 641
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 425
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 476
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 518
hello, new to this site
tonyorwig
10-31-2014 10:49 PM
11-04-2014 02:24 PM
by tonyorwig
3 692
» Popular Tags
2wd aerocore apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter charge christmas collections employee problems equipment rental exmark ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna hydraulic jobs kawasaki 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 managing a lawn care business marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate mulch price new buisness new business ordinance per hour service podcast push versus ride savannah scag v-ride search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer trimmer rack truck new used landscape walker won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

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


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

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

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