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 > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Had a great day


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-23-2009, 07:19 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Had a great day

Had a great day!

I did 3 small lawns, gave 10 estimates and got 4 of them. When I got home, I had 10 phone calls to return and 11 emails replys for Free Estimates from my website (not counting the duplicates).

A happy vent for a change.

Hope everyone else is doing great!

Steve
__________________


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 04-23-2009, 07:58 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That is awesome!

Congratulations!
__________________
- 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 04-23-2009, 08:23 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

That is great news Steve and I am very happy for you, keep it up, for the ones you do not get, do you do a follow up to see why? Sometimes is something other than price, not often but a follow up may lead to a sale, I had that happen last week, the lady I guess misunderstood her written quote, I explained it and we ended up with the deal. If it is pricing I personally maintain a list as I plan to do a call in a month or six weeks and just say I wanted to once again thank them for comsidering us .....weeks ago and if there is any services that we could offer we would be pleased to provide a free quote, the actual goal will be to see if they are happy with their current provider that we may have lost something to.

Also, did you do something that is generating your leads, especially to your website?

All the Very Best!

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-23-2009, 09:46 PM
Steve W's Avatar
Steve W Steve W is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SOWEGA
Age: 48
Posts: 103
Rep Power: 6
Steve W is on a distinguished road
Smile

Hey Thats GOOD News! Things around here seem to be picking up a lil for me too. 2 weeks ago I cut a small Front yard Only for a Man and last Sat. he called and wanted me to look at his 92 yr old Moms Yard which she has lived for over 60 years. It was grown up real bad and had 4 trailer loads (6x12) of
small wild oaks everywhere I had to remove. The place looked like real bad.
So far 2 days and about 2 hrs in the morning and it will be done. It looks like someone built a house over night, LOL! When I seen it I thought the man would turn down my estimate but he jumped on it quick. That made me think I might have been to cheap. LOL! But I am happy with it and makes the old Lady (PROUD TO HAVE HER YARD BACK!) she says that all day and tells me (IT LOOKS BETTER THAN IT EVER DID!) I LOVE IT!
Hope it picks up for all of us!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-23-2009, 10:20 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Wbsite and other things

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
That is great news Steve and I am very happy for you, keep it up, for the ones you do not get, do you do a follow up to see why? Sometimes is something other than price, not often but a follow up may lead to a sale, I had that happen last week, the lady I guess misunderstood her written quote, I explained it and we ended up with the deal. If it is pricing I personally maintain a list as I plan to do a call in a month or six weeks and just say I wanted to once again thank them for comsidering us .....weeks ago and if there is any services that we could offer we would be pleased to provide a free quote, the actual goal will be to see if they are happy with their current provider that we may have lost something to.

Also, did you do something that is generating your leads, especially to your website?

All the Very Best!

Andy
Hi Andy,

I pretty much folloowed the Dothan Lawn Care Caper ebook with a great deal of help and suggestions from many Forum members. I now hold Google positions 1-5 for Stout Services Lasw Care Plus, 2 - 4 For Lawn Care Hartsville SC, 2 and 3 for Lawn Mowing Hartsville SC, 2 for All natural Insect Control Hartsville SC, and 2 for Hartsville SC Lawn Services.

I've only been blogging for 6 days and don't have any data from that yet.

I am the only company that is licienced and insured in the area.

I made a deal with the local ACE Hardware. I buy my supplies from them (that they carry), rent my equipment when needed, and they display my fliers.

When canvasing neighborhoods I leave a magnet ad. I either hand it to them or if no one's home I stick it on their metal door if they have one or on the doorknob it they don't. Flyers they just throw away, but the magnet goes on their Refrig.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-24-2009, 04:15 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

That is excellent Steve, looks like things are taking off, once you get to a certain size, I think in this industry around 30 customers, they spread the word which is probably our best marketing tool and growth from that will just snowball.

Good for you on the search engine data, I get a few from the website but mainly word of mouth, our mail drop is today/Monday to very specific areas, I had called Canada Post as I know the manager and asked that they hold off for a week as I was overwhelmed....things are settling down.

And good luck on the sprayer!

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-24-2009, 04:26 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default You don't sleep eitherm huh

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
That is excellent Steve, looks like things are taking off, once you get to a certain size, I think in this industry around 30 customers, they spread the word which is probably our best marketing tool and growth from that will just snowball.

Good for you on the search engine data, I get a few from the website but mainly word of mouth, our mail drop is today/Monday to very specific areas, I had called Canada Post as I know the manager and asked that they hold off for a week as I was overwhelmed....things are settling down.

And good luck on the sprayer!

Andy
This is my first year but I have been indoctrinated into business most of my life. My father was "Self Employed" and I learned a great deal by osmosis. Although I spent 22 years in the Navy, I used the GI bill and received A BS in Business management and then my MS. I have been in other business ventures, but this is my first active, full time venture. Family pressures are off so I no longer "need" a JOB (Just Over Broke

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-24-2009, 05:16 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swstout View Post
This is my first year but I have been indoctrinated into business most of my life. My father was "Self Employed" and I learned a great deal by osmosis. Although I spent 22 years in the Navy, I used the GI bill and received A BS in Business management and then my MS. I have been in other business ventures, but this is my first active, full time venture. Family pressures are off so I no longer "need" a JOB (Just Over Broke

Steve
Well buddy from what I read of your posts, you have it nailed down. Education in Self Employment from family can't be beat.

Have a super day and weekend!

Andy
Reply With Quote
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-24-2009, 07:10 AM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swstout View Post
My father was "Self Employed" and I learned a great deal by osmosis.
I agree, my father was self employed most of his life & something causes that mentality mindset to be passed on automatically. Not everyone takes advantage of it though. I am the oldest of 5 boys, I am the only one to have started his own business as of yet, but I believe my brothers would also have the ability to thrive doing so if they try it.

I have been using magnet business cards for about a year & a half. Money well spent.
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What's it take to be great? Steve General Business Discussions 4 10-26-2006 08:00 AM
Great Idea! Howard Roark Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 7 07-16-2006 04:38 PM
Great People Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 02-02-2005 02:30 PM
Great Job Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 0 01-20-2005 08:22 AM
Great site Lawn Cafe General Talk 1 11-03-2003 06:26 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Today 10:10 AM
by stevef1201
8 492
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
Today 07:43 AM
Today 10:03 AM
by stevef1201
2 55
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 07:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 378
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by SGL1
22 6,215
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
120 8,244
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 03:16 PM
by kslawn
2 515
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-19-2014 05:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 872
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,043
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,412
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 419
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,820
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 271
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 532
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 961
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 353
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 719
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 498
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,249
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,935
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,155
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 839
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 426
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 530
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 444
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,144
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 919
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,053
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 415
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 385
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,833
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 672
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,315
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,318
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 840
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,582
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,070
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,658
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 542
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,286
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,357
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 751
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,041
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,827
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,131
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 728
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 675
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 767
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 780
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 1,033
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,105
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex auger birdscaping blades charge christmas lighting collections credit card processing customers decorating ditches exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business holiday lighting how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kansas city kawasaki 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 seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf leaf removal lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mulch estimate new and restored landscapes new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax rotating running a business savannah scag season seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:56 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:56 PM.

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