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.

hmmm


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
  #1  
Old 03-03-2009, 08:14 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default hmmm

So far I have yet to get one call. Is this just a sign of the times? I did get a funny call today though. Someone who saw my local add in the paper and he was looking for work. I wish I could help but I don't even have work for myself. I politely told him I will keep his name and number in case I get busy and need some extra help, then I gave him the phone number of someone who may be able to put him to work. This is getting kinda boring just sitting here. I have put an add in the paper, put up fliers on every public board I can find, Put business card on the doors to houses who have over grown yards. I just don't get it. Maybe its just the economy who know2s.
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 03-04-2009, 05:52 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Are you posting on craigslist?

Quote:
Put business card on the doors to houses who have over grown yards.
Is it possible these houses are in foreclosure? Maybe they aren't looking for lawn care now?

Have you been promoting your services in your neighborhood?

Are there any projects you can see yourself helping with around town to get media attention? Any areas that could use some cleaning up?

When you have more money than time, you can leverage your money to market your business. When you have more time than money you should leverage your time. Make your time work for you and get attention.

What other things have you been thinking about doing?
__________________
- 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 03-04-2009, 07:38 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

I guess the first thing that crossed my mind is where are you located, it could be the season, I know many of the folks here are already starting for the season, my lawn season will not start for another 2 months so I taylor my marketing to the climate. I am heading into dead season, snow season is over, everything will start to melt and yard care is on hold until at least the first of May, so I focus on woodworking and have enough orders to keep me going with two helpers until I can start outside.

I came across what I considered a good deal on hardwood logs last week so I bought the 60 cord and have it sitting on my property, I will hire a couple of people to cut it up and split it, I have the equipment and will have them deliver it, point being just hang in there, look for oportunities, perhaps post where you are so that we have some idea what the climate is at the moment and can offer some suggestions on what you might want to consider.

If you have time, talk to some property developers, talk to banks, if they are foreclosing they still need the property to look half decent, I know times are tough but don't forget we are entrepuners, look for the oportunities, could be something as simple as washing someone's window, what may happen is they will ask you do do other chores as well, at least it will get some cash flow hapening.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-04-2009, 08:12 PM
rclandscaping
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I live in indiana and today was beautiful. I went door to door putting flyers on doors. It does get frusterating and right the times are bad. While you are sitting there email potential businesses that might want to switch to you. Where does your family members work. Maybe they can talk to thier bosses to see if they will use you. Right now the economy is bad and the snow just melted. I made my flyer out for today not tommorrow. People look at their yards right now and say ugg. when they see my flyer they called. I got one call today. already they said help do a pre spring very late fall cleanup. Basically get the leaves up and remove the sticks. Ill do it for cheap right now to get my name out there!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-05-2009, 10:42 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

I have been bypassing houses that looked like they were empty. I have only been going to houses that I am fairly sure have inhabitants but I suppose just because they live there dose not mean they are doing ok. As far as foreclosures and rentals and what not I have been sending email fliers to realtors and property managers all over my county. I did get a response asking about my services and rates but did not get a reply after that. I guess it could still be the weather. I live in Ione, Ca and our weather has been real goofy as of late. I figured it would help me though because we will have a week of rain then a week of sun then another week of rain. This biweekly nice sunny weather is making the lawns grown like weeds literally. I have trouble even keeping up with my own lawn they are growing so fast. Half the houses around here look like they are in the same boat and just dont have time to keep up on it. Maybe in another month or 2 it will start paying off.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-05-2009, 10:47 AM
outerelements's Avatar
outerelements outerelements is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 37
Rep Power: 7
outerelements is on a distinguished road
Default

Give it some time- I have learned (recently in fact), that people will wait till the last minute to obtain a lawn service. If you are still not receiving calls by the end of the month and into next month, try harder to market your business. Rotate your fliers by using different variations of the templates on this site...
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-05-2009, 11:13 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

I guess also at that time I could try harder to hustle work. I really am in no need for it and I think that makes me greatly lack in the marketing department. I think subconsciously I think "I really don't need it so if I get it good but if not oh well" I guess I also can spend from now until then really setting up a killer marketing plan.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-05-2009, 06:06 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I guess I also can spend from now until then really setting up a killer marketing plan.
I can't wait to hear what you come up with.
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 03-05-2009, 10:00 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default Hit your targets from multiple angles multiple times.

Often, a customer won't bite on the first go around.
Many marketing books say a customer needs to see/hear an ad 7 times before he's ready to buy. I do not suggest spamming your neighborhood with flyers but you should try a multipronged approach.

Instead of mailing your flyers to the real estate agents hoping they will call, pick up the phone yourself and call them. Or, better yet, take pictures of properties that need service and visit the agent's office.
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
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
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
Yesterday 10:56 AM
Today 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 97
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Today 12:50 PM
by SC93
3 376
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
Today 12:32 PM
by SC93
19 506
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Today 12:31 PM
by kslawn
9 325
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Today 12:21 PM
by kslawn
6 174
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
Today 09:01 AM
Today 09:01 AM
by Dan Tanner
0 31
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
Today 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 375
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
Yesterday 03:14 PM
by Dan Tanner
5 391
First big mower decision?
SGL1
Yesterday 08:58 AM
Yesterday 08:58 AM
by SGL1
0 63
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Yesterday 08:43 AM
by biglee
28 2,407
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Yesterday 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 192
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Yesterday 08:25 AM
by SGL1
11 539
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
Yesterday 05:35 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 165
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Yesterday 12:18 AM
by lxarth
7 202
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
03-27-2015 11:42 PM
by lxarth
15 3,446
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 236
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 232
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
03-27-2015 12:29 PM
by biglee
5 196
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
03-27-2015 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 343
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 184
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 598
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,582
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 321
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 196
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,667
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 354
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 147
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 226
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 142
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 135
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,168
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 850
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,577
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 276
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,702
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 186
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 563
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 290
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 494
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 374
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,336
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,037
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 213
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 873
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 292
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 1,008
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 528
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,721
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 301
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,158
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna introduction john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business past due per hour charge per hour service pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:02 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:02 PM.

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