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 Guy From Southwest MI


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 08-19-2010, 05:30 PM
Lowrent Lowrent is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 5
Lowrent is on a distinguished road
Default New Guy From Southwest MI

Hello everyone,

New guy here from Michigan. I lost a great paying factory job a couple of years ago and realized that there isn't much out there that is going to pay me what I used to make. I love working outside and have done a bit of farming on the side so I thought that the lawn care business might be something I could make a living at and enjoy.

My dad ran an ad in our local newspaper a couple a few years ago and ended up getting more work than he wanted after the first year. He got out of lawn care a couple years later because he didn't want to be too busy after he retired.

So I thought that I would give the Lawn Care Business a try and see what happens. I have a lawn scape trailer, 48" White Hydrostatic mower, weed trimmer and leaf blower. I thought about going out and getting a Commercial Zero Turn that I could pay cash for but I want to see how much business I start getting before I spend my money.

I plan on doing some internet advertising as well as some ads in our local newspapers. I am going to make up some fliers geared toward the "weekender" lake house owners.

I would appreciate any advice that people have to offer. I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum and on the internet. Knowledge is the key!

Thanks,

Lowrent
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 08-19-2010, 06:20 PM
hounddog hounddog is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Milan Mi
Posts: 31
Rep Power: 5
hounddog is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lowrent View Post
Hello everyone,

New guy here from Michigan. I lost a great paying factory job a couple of years ago and realized that there isn't much out there that is going to pay me what I used to make. I love working outside and have done a bit of farming on the side so I thought that the lawn care business might be something I could make a living at and enjoy.

My dad ran an ad in our local newspaper a couple a few years ago and ended up getting more work than he wanted after the first year. He got out of lawn care a couple years later because he didn't want to be too busy after he retired.

So I thought that I would give the Lawn Care Business a try and see what happens. I have a lawn scape trailer, 48" White Hydrostatic mower, weed trimmer and leaf blower. I thought about going out and getting a Commercial Zero Turn that I could pay cash for but I want to see how much business I start getting before I spend my money.

I plan on doing some internet advertising as well as some ads in our local newspapers. I am going to make up some fliers geared toward the "weekender" lake house owners.

I would appreciate any advice that people have to offer. I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum and on the internet. Knowledge is the key!

Thanks,

Lowrent
Welcome,
My wife and I own Lawn and Order LLC out in the Ann Arbor area. My advice is to go llc right away to protect your self it only cost 50 to set up and 25 a year in Michigan
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-20-2010, 11:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,614
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

If you are going to be servicing homes around lakes, have you thought about other services you could offer too? Could you pull their piers out of the water at the end of the season? Could you pull their boats out? How about using that shrink rap on them as well?

As you start talking to your customers, I bet you find a lot more services you could offer.
__________________
- 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 08-21-2010, 02:43 PM
Lowrent Lowrent is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 5
Lowrent is on a distinguished road
Default

Great ideas Steve. Those are things that I am certainly going to consider offering. I have also thought about offering a service to winterize their cottages with things such as removing water and adding antifreeze to their pipes and opening them back up in the spring.

Another great service to offer some of the older people in the winter is handling their Christmas lights. Most seniors don't want to take the risk of getting up on a ladder to string their lights or are no longer physically capable.

Just a few things to think about.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-21-2010, 03:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,614
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Oh yea, all those ideas are great! When will you start promoting them?
__________________
- 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
Hello From Southwest Colorado jscaper79 Introduce Yourself 1 03-15-2010 04:15 PM
Hello from Southwest Florida dhawk Introduce Yourself 16 11-23-2009 04:59 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 10:30 PM
by Just Cuts
1,194 348,784
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
Yesterday 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 265
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Yesterday 09:16 PM
by stevef1201
9 331
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Yesterday 07:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
4 436
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 07:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
178 14,252
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 07:16 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,391
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
Yesterday 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 234
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
Yesterday 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 65
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 72
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
Yesterday 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 644
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Yesterday 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 397
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Yesterday 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,288
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Yesterday 10:42 AM
by Steve
5 392
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
Yesterday 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 458
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Yesterday 01:08 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 2,590
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 221
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,253
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 694
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 348
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 577
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 185
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,035
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 580
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,946
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,522
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,258
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 843
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 627
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 547
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 387
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,465
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 320
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 588
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,671
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,794
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,958
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,768
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 505
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 711
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 398
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 455
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,405
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 673
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 573
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 372
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 392
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 654
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 432
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 489
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 531
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment complex auger bark bob villa care charge collections commercial decorating demonstration edging employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday how much to charge jobs john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness past due patio install per hour service podcast pto push versus ride redmax scripts seo shell small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve sulky theft toro toro grand stand trailer mate pro tree turfgrass consulting up sell employee
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:01 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:01 AM.

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