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!

New Business Owner


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 06-11-2010, 05:00 PM
Bird's Nest Bird's Nest is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
Bird's Nest is on a distinguished road
Default New Business Owner

Hello all! My name is Jenna, & me & my fiance Chuck just started our own business called Bird's Nest Lawn Care & Landscaping. We're very excited! We just got our basic equipment yesterday. We are expecting our cards & other advertising to come in the mail soon. Yes, I know, that should have been the first thing we got! Like I said, we're NEW to this! I am going to run the business behind the scenes & Chuck will do the rest. We are looking for any suggestions from experienced people on the running of the business, getting customers & ect. Chuck actually works for a lawn care business right now & he's asking me if he can hand out his cards since his employer turns away so many potential customers.... I'm kind of wary about that. His employer would never sue... But, I just don't know. Anywho, we're going to start out with him doing this in the evening & weekends & then go from there. Any feedback?
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 06-11-2010, 05:42 PM
robgee05 robgee05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: newfield nj
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 7
robgee05 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bird's Nest View Post
Hello all! My name is Jenna, & me & my fiance Chuck just started our own business called Bird's Nest Lawn Care & Landscaping. We're very excited! We just got our basic equipment yesterday. We are expecting our cards & other advertising to come in the mail soon. Yes, I know, that should have been the first thing we got! Like I said, we're NEW to this! I am going to run the business behind the scenes & Chuck will do the rest. We are looking for any suggestions from experienced people on the running of the business, getting customers & ect. Chuck actually works for a lawn care business right now & he's asking me if he can hand out his cards since his employer turns away so many potential customers.... I'm kind of wary about that. His employer would never sue... But, I just don't know. Anywho, we're going to start out with him doing this in the evening & weekends & then go from there. Any feedback?
He may not sue, but he probably would fire him. depending on how bad he needs his job and how close they are, he might want to come right out in the open with it. He may send the work he doesnt want his way. He may tell him to take a hike. Either way hell find out. And no employer deep down can be mad for an employee following a dream
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-11-2010, 08:55 PM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 31
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 7
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

Welcome to the party.

I dont recommend him handing out the cards while he is on THEIR clock, they may not sue him but, he may become unemployed before your expecting and you will be out of his income.

I started my business while i was managing a pizza shop (still work their on occasion actually) and my boss still didnt like me haggling with potentials while i was on the clock *shrug* not like i was stealing his business in anyway, it just isnt professional. Your fiance could keep a note pad with him and write the addresses of the turn-aways and go back to them after he is off the clock. Introduce himself as "Chuck" and i was given your address by a local company - or something along those line, maybe not worded EXACTLY like that sounds a bit stalkerish, or mass murder suspect?

Advertising and business start up: Starting up a lawn business is the TOUGHEST part. Finding new clients, KEEPING new clients. People DONT LIKE CHANGE in this industry. People in general DONT LIKE CHANGE. You will find out that with the minimal amount of lawns you start with, you will have drive bys "Hey, can you come cut mine?" "how much for a cut?" - Usually your best shot to cut some grass! Or YOU drive by and drop a card or something on their door to let them know, you will improve their lawn. Advertising as an independent, dont make yourself look like a big honcho' landscaping business. You as an independent can do things the big guys cant... like LISTEN TO THE CUSTOMER AND THEIR NEEDS... I am a big customer service fanatic. The might drop you but, if you follow up, youll be back in their yard the next week .

Matt
M.A.K. Landscaping
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-11-2010, 11:23 PM
Bird's Nest Bird's Nest is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
Bird's Nest is on a distinguished road
Default Thank you

Hi this is Chuck. First of all, thank you for taking time out of your day to write me your advice. That means alot. I will take great consideration of what you had to say.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-12-2010, 05:04 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,974
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Your fiance could keep a note pad with him and write the addresses of the turn-aways and go back to them after he is off the clock. Introduce himself as "Chuck" and i was given your address by a local company - or something along those line, maybe not worded EXACTLY like that sounds a bit stalkerish, or mass murder suspect?
This is a good idea. I don't see anything wrong with you going back there after hours if your employer turned the job down.

Also have you been talking to your friends and family and neighbors about your new business? When you think about all the people you know, it could be a lot! Market to them and I bet it will give you a great jump start.
__________________
- 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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best fun gift for a new business owner? Steve General Talk 2 11-17-2009 06:28 PM
GopherHaul 36 - Overcoming lawn care business owner newbie syndrome. Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 05-20-2009 07:28 PM
New business owner saying hello! Sensible Lawns Introduce Yourself 9 03-28-2008 04:50 AM
2 Things Every Lawn Business Owner Needs Daniel Pepper General Business Discussions 1 02-18-2008 10:25 AM
Business Owner Age Steve General Business Discussions 10 03-09-2006 11:19 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Today 02:53 PM
by acrajchel
4 1,403
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
Today 02:48 PM
by acrajchel
2 62
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
Today 02:34 PM
Today 02:37 PM
by Chilehead
1 14
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
Today 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 59
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 438,124
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Today 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 238
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
Yesterday 09:14 PM
by Chilehead
19 780
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,101
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,134
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,040
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 293
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-17-2016 08:46 AM
by SGL1
10 384
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,479
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
06-17-2016 06:08 AM
by SGL1
20 851
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 170
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 328
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 321
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
06-16-2016 05:24 PM
by acrajchel
6 435
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 543
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 229
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 361
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,757
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 169
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 147
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 507
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 329
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 501
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 780
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 289
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 PM.

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