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 ALMA!


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 07-17-2009, 05:53 PM
tommyganz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Hello From ALMA!

Hey, everyone, it's Tommy Ganz, president of ALMA, the American Landscape Maintenance Association. I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm here to help with any aspect of growing your business. I have a very unique background in the green industry. Aside from running our own family landscape busness, Ganz Landscape, www.ganzlandscape.com, I was also a general partner of U.S. Lawns, and divsion VP for Environmental care, two of the largest landscape companies in the world. I was responsible for franchise development and training maintenance operations of all sizes all over the country. There's nothing I can't help you with so don't hesitate to ask.

Looking forward to working with everyone!
Tommy
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 07-17-2009, 08:34 PM
arthur712's Avatar
arthur712 arthur712 is offline
Artie
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Cocoa FL
Age: 43
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 7
arthur712 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Wow! Impresive!

Welcome to the forum!

Thanx!
Artie
__________________
Artie Crowley
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-18-2009, 08:57 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Tommy,

Welcome to our forum.

You have a lot going on there! What did you think about your experience with U.S.Lawns? How did you like being in charge of franchise development?

Would you ever like to create another franchise again?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 07-19-2009, 08:28 AM
tommyganz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Great Experiences!

My time growing USL was great! I had a few unbelievable mentors who taught me a great deal. The most rewarding thing for me was being able to turn around the lives of so many great people. After I left USL, two former franchise owners and myself started AgriCare. The same kind of company. But a family tragidy struck one of my partners forcing him to get out and the company just wasn't the same. So we put it on the shelf after bringing on 6 franchise owners. To operate a franchise company it takes a very dynamic team made up of people specializing in a specific aspect of operations. One of the things I didn't like about franchising was making the franchise owner pay "royalty". Some of our USL owners were paying over $5,000. bucks a month in royalty. I hated that! So with ALMA, I'm going to give them the same kind of help for $10 bucks a month...better deal hugh?

PS
I love the forum. Great way to share resources!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-19-2009, 07:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Some of our USL owners were paying over $5,000. bucks a month in royalty. I hated that!
I'd figure if they were paying that much in royalties, they must have been doing pretty well.

It seems a lot of times, the franchise model can really help take an entrepreneur and catapult them into success quicker than without going that route.

From your perspective, what do you feel are the top reasons why lawn care businesses fail? Or why do they never get beyond a single operator / owner?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 07-20-2009, 12:32 PM
tommyganz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Closed Minds!

Most fail because they are not willing to take the steps neccessary to take their company to the next level! Most contractors refuse to measure their properties. When you try to convince them that they must, they call you crazy! But they continue to watch other companies pass them by and they have tons of excuses why! If I hear another person crying about low-ballers, I'm going to shoot myself! They will call somone a low-baller when not only do they not know their OWN cost of doing business, but the certainly don't know the OTHER guys costs...but they always asume they're lowballing! When I ran USL, all the competitors thought we were lowballers, yet were growing by 40% a year. Most of our owners had boats, planes, owned their own facilities...doesn't sould like a lowball to me! It's just hard to get the landscaper to stop thinking like a "tradesman" and start thinking like a businessman!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-22-2009, 01:29 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
all the competitors thought we were lowballers, yet were growing by 40% a year. Most of our owners had boats, planes, owned their own facilities...doesn't sould like a lowball to me! It's just hard to get the landscaper to stop thinking like a "tradesman" and start thinking like a businessman!
Can you tell us more about how this was possible? Did this simply come down to knowing your costs and measuring your properties? Or was there more to it?

Also what kind of profit % did the company shoot for per lawn or hour? Were there any sort of benchmarks they would try to hit?

Also how much did they try and grow each year?
__________________
- 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
09-01-2015 11:01 AM
Today 09:04 PM
by Chilehead
5 169
Sample commercial bid
burtle
Yesterday 06:02 PM
Today 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 79
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Today 08:50 AM
by Sunpointair
15 4,981
best way to.....
Wolf4dk
Yesterday 11:35 AM
Today 06:45 AM
by Chilehead
4 86
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Yesterday 07:45 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 131
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 104
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 649
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 438
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 465
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,824
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,516
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,055
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,801
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 144
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,273
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
16 1,660
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 199
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 603
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 447
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 409
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 286
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 1,053
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 506
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,465
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 634
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,289
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,555
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 239
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 450
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,125
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 401
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 385
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,867
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 574
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 556
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 565
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 471
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 395
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,788
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 283
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 500
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,191
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 427
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 667
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 463
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush contract help curb appeal services 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 per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer 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 10:10 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:10 PM.

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