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 from MD!


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 06-11-2009, 02:49 PM
CrazyLatino CrazyLatino is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
CrazyLatino is on a distinguished road
Default Hello from MD!

hello everyone my name is tony, I'm a high school student. Maybe some of you can help me out. Me and my friends want to do this as a summer job and hand out flyers and all that. But i don't know how to make good flyers for students summer jobs. Can someone give me advice or help me with ideas of flyers cuz I'm blank with ideas. Thanks You: Tony
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 06-11-2009, 03:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,377
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Tony,

Welcome to our forum.

Have you played around yet with the free flyer templates?

They should help you with some ideas.

Keep us posted on how that works.
__________________
- 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 06-14-2009, 11:23 AM
CrazyLatino CrazyLatino is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
CrazyLatino is on a distinguished road
Default

No help.....not cool
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-14-2009, 11:57 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

If it's just for the summer, why not ask a service to hire you? It's less expensive & will most likely pay better.

Customers these days like inexpensive service, but they will usually always stick with a service that has been around awhile or will continue to be around.

The best thing you could do is make up some flyers & hand them out door to door *ringing doorbells* and speaking face to face with potential customers.

Your flyer could say "We are students looking for people interested in lawn maintenance, all profits will go towards our education"

Some people like that sorta deal, & would love to help out students. I tell my customers that I'm not a student, but I only hire students. It gives them a chance to be productive during the summer.

What kind of equipment do you have? Let's start from scratch so we don't set you off on the wrong path.

How many guys are you? What's the split?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-16-2009, 11:41 AM
CrazyLatino CrazyLatino is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
CrazyLatino is on a distinguished road
Default Thanks For Answering BREEZE2009

well the equipment we are not worried about that cuz my friends dad is putting on the equipment..what equipment idk...but he does so he gona do that...we are 4 guys...plus his dad if he joins us thats 5. The split we dont know yet we got to talk about that but its gona be depending on what u do...like we have a kid in 8 grade so he gona do the easy jobs and he gona get a lil less and we told him that..his cool with it. So thats all we know for now. My friend that just said make the fliers so i we got to come up with fliers. I never done fliers so idk. We also gona do lil jobs aside from cutting grass like cleaning gutters etc. (i think thats how u spell gutters)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-16-2009, 03:19 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazyLatino View Post
well the equipment we are not worried about that cuz my friends dad is putting on the equipment..what equipment idk...but he does so he gona do that...we are 4 guys...plus his dad if he joins us thats 5. The split we dont know yet we got to talk about that but its gona be depending on what u do...like we have a kid in 8 grade so he gona do the easy jobs and he gona get a lil less and we told him that..his cool with it. So thats all we know for now. My friend that just said make the fliers so i we got to come up with fliers. I never done fliers so idk. We also gona do lil jobs aside from cutting grass like cleaning gutters etc. (i think thats how u spell gutters)
I'd hand out flyers or business cards in envelopes.

If your offering lawn service, 2 of you cut grass, the other 2 can do gutters and odd jobs.

With flyers, it can be pretty stressful. You will need to print quite a few. So who out of your friends has a printer (if your flyer has color you need a color printer)

Some of you can purchase paper, and the others can print the flyers out.

Now you should all get together & start folding them, this is a big job unless you have a folding machine.

With 4/5 guys, I recommend having 1000 flyers minimum, they will go by fast.

Before you hand them out, you need to print a street map of your area, and cross off streets you hand out your flyers to, this saves you a lot of confusion!

Your business cards should be dropped off in shops that allow it. I have 2 convenience stores & one famous restaurant. I stop by and put out more cards every month, they go pretty fast as well!

Don't get rid of your cards in one shot, save a few because they are good for writing estimates on the back when you have a potential customer. It looks professional.

********

When you get a call, you should have a list of answers to questions the customer may ask you. And on the list you should have things you should tell your customer.

Your list should include when your service Starts & Ends, & how many weeks.

What your service includes, "Lawn mowing, trimming, blowing" etc

The locations you service, this gives them a chance to refer a friend.

Etc...

Ask, & if the customer wants an estimate you need his address. Tell him you will stop by whenever you can.

This is where you go to his home & by walking & using your feet, find out how many feet his lawn is, bring a pen & paper (i have a handbook), calculate how many feet & decide on a price. Write the total price on the back of your business card, & the price per month below it.

I would charge a tad extra if it's a lawn that looks annoying, hills & ditches, tons of obstacles, etc. I've had a lawn worth $450.00, I charged $510.00 because of the obstacles.

Think about the wear & tear on your equipment while giving an estimate.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-16-2009, 03:32 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Let's say your giving an estimate.

The front yard is 20 ft by 30 ft

The side of the house has 10 x 7 ft

The backyard has 20 x 25 ft

front yard, 20 x 30 = 600ft

Side, 10 x 7 = 700

Backyard, 20 x 25 = 500

600 + 700 + 500 = 1800ft of lawn

For every 1830 feet of lawn, I charge $420.00. My competitions price is similar.

Because this lawn is below 1830ft, I would do;

1800 divided by 1830 = .98

.9836 x $420.00 = $413.00

Now if I'm charging cash, & my customer has to pay per month, the total cost per month would be, "$68.00"

Customers will be annoyed with having to have change, so let's round it up to $70.00, it's easier for everyone.

Now because you did that, your total price should be, $420.00, charging $70.00 a month.


COOOL?

Don't follow my price, in most areas other then mine, it would be considered LOW.

Find out your competitions price, & take it from there!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-16-2009, 08:45 PM
CrazyLatino CrazyLatino is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
CrazyLatino is on a distinguished road
Default

wow thanks for all the info...this means alot and i learn alot...i see i never thought about any of that. And i dint get how much u charge for cut? like for 1 cut about how much?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-18-2009, 09:26 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Well lets go back to what I had written previously, on how I estimate my customers lawn.

The total came out to be $420.00 for the season, the season in Montreal is 6 months.

$420.00 divided by 6 months = $70.00/month

$70.00 divided by 4 weeks per month = $17.50

Remember, my price is low compare to in the states or other cities. You would probably be able to charge $20.00 - $50.00 per cut in many areas.

Call your competition & pretend your a customer looking for service, ask them how they give estimates, & how much X sqft would cost you.
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
new to the forum
SGlawncare
Yesterday 11:20 PM
Yesterday 11:20 PM
by SGlawncare
0 9
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
Yesterday 11:09 PM
by SouthallMowing
4 168
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Yesterday 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 272
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Yesterday 04:49 PM
by stevef1201
55 6,468
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
Yesterday 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,058
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
Yesterday 04:31 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 146
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 02:33 PM
by Robertf31
10 358
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
Yesterday 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,719
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 01:16 PM
by Steve
21 1,152
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 957
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 648
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 267
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 234
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 202
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 281
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 967
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 758
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 875
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 216
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 94
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,662
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 488
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,139
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-14-2014 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 667
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,853
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,145
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 684
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,403
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 889
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,481
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 393
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,129
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,183
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 592
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 870
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,654
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 950
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 568
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 524
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 604
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 627
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 875
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 948
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 849
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-02-2014 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 762
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 838
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 762
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 950
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 1,247
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 333,934
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 article marketing bid birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial credit card decorating ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris financing four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes health holiday lighting honda how much to charge hydraulic installation landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan 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 leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price native plants new buisness outdoor environments past due patio install podcast promotion running a business scag scag v-ride schedule seo snow starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services toro trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:08 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:08 AM.

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