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 all (newbee with an important question)


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 09-07-2010, 01:58 AM
roysyardandhaul roysyardandhaul is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 5
roysyardandhaul is on a distinguished road
Default Hello all (newbee with an important question)

My name is Eric and I am new here.
25 years ago I made a run at this kind of living with a 79 Honda Prelude (carried the mower in the trunk) Lawn Bags filled with barkdust tied to the top of the car. no kidding- stuck the rented weed eater out the sunroof.
I was getting 15.00 per hour back then.
My girlfriend spent all the money in the business account (some of it fronted for a job and I went broke and gave up)

Last I year started a Landscape Maintenance business with my father after being laid off of a 6 year 38K - 40K per year job.
I decided that I wasen't going to rely on someone else for employment any longer. So far I have about 25 regular customers and some are year around.

There is so much good information here Im glad I found you all. I hope to share my Ideas as well - I have years of sales,marketing and customer relations experience behind me. In my opinion that is 90% of the job if not 95.

My Goal is 100 clients at an AVG of 100.00 per month in the next 8 years.
That should keep me busy.

What I would like to know is how do you guys know what the avarage price of services are in your area? How would you research this it's not like everyone advertizes their hourly rate.

Any help or Ideas in this area would be great.

Thank You

Eric.
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 09-07-2010, 06:26 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 6
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Use your yard or neighbor/freinds yard and have a few companies come out and bid the maintenance on it.

Personal sugestion you dont want to be the most expensive but you dont want to be the cheapest either. Find what and where works best for you.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-08-2010, 10:11 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,231
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Eric,

Welcome to our forum!

When you are giving your price to the customer, can you tell by reading them if you are over or underpricing yourself? Their reaction and their decision to give you the job or not should be the ultimate guide to what you can price your work at.

If that fails, you can always do what was mentioned in the previous post.

Quote:
I have years of sales,marketing and customer relations experience behind me. In my opinion that is 90% of the job if not 95.
What would you say are the 5 most important lessons you have learned when it comes to those things?
__________________
- 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 09-08-2010, 01:07 PM
roysyardandhaul roysyardandhaul is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 5
roysyardandhaul is on a distinguished road
Default

What would you say are the 5 most important lessons you have learned when it comes to those things?[/quote]

That's easy,

1.Always listen to your customer (they will tell you how to close them+they will give you the objections you have to overcome)
2.Always make them feel that they are the most important client you have.(because they are)
3.The "Law of Averages prevail" ( more estimates more business)
4.Find common ground and make friends before firing your number. ( If they like you they will buy from you)
5.Follow up , Follow Up,Follow up - (untill you get the job or they tell you to "go jump in the lake) - If you loose one job it dosen't mean that you have lost all the jobs they need.

One more.

All of this begins the second you answer the phone.

Your right about watcing their reaction btw - thinking about it again it dosen't really matter what the other guy is charging. When I was selling cars I never cared how much the "other car" was my customer always bought the best car on the lot. - The only thing that really matters to me is how to grow my business and reach...no exceed my goal.

You have a good site here and it will help me get there.
It reminds me of who really got rich in the gold rush era?

The gold prospectors? no

It was the one selling the tools.





Thank You.
Eric.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-09-2010, 12:55 AM
djmadmattr djmadmattr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
djmadmattr is on a distinguished road
Default lawns in my area go for...

Lawns in my area go for $20 small (30 min),,,,$25 med (40 min),,,,$30 hour big so that comes to a minimum of 40 hour one person max. 80 hour for two quick people. You stick by those numbers and you should be fine. charge different rates per hour based on lawn size that's my trick you make less the bigger the lawn is not more. So long as your clients live close to one another anymore and people's attitude toward there nice lawn guy changes and you will lose them.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-09-2010, 10:57 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,231
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
5.Follow up , Follow Up,Follow up - (untill you get the job or they tell you to "go jump in the lake) - If you loose one job it dosen't mean that you have lost all the jobs they need.
I have read stories about how involved one can become in following up. One story stood out in my mind on how a car salesman would send a birthday card every year to a customer who bought a car from him. He would also get as much information as he could about the customer and their family to ask about them the next time he heard from the customer.

When you say follow up, follow up, follow up, how involved do you think this process should get? Should it include the above concepts? Should it include more? What's your thoughts on it?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 09-09-2010, 04:45 PM
From the Ground Up From the Ground Up is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
From the Ground Up is on a distinguished road
Default About Me

Hi, my name is David and I've been interested in lawn maintenance my whole life. I'm 18 years old and really want to pursue a career in the yard business. I have bout 20 year round regular customers and anything that a veteran could give to a rookie would be very appreciative.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-10-2010, 12:54 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,231
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi David,

Welcome to our forum!

20 lawns! WoW! what kind of marketing do you do to attract all those customers?
__________________
- 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

Tags
lawn care sales, sales lessons

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
How important is a company name? Steve General Business Discussions 1 02-05-2007 05:04 PM
How important it is to stand out. Steve General Business Discussions 0 05-11-2006 04:03 PM
Whats more important to you Steve General Business Discussions 5 12-19-2005 09:31 AM
how important is a web site Upstate Lawn & Tree Care General Business Discussions 1 06-26-2003 10:55 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
Yesterday 08:46 PM
Today 03:25 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 18
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Today 03:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
57 5,043
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
Yesterday 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 352
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
Yesterday 09:40 PM
by avetslawncare
9 163
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
Yesterday 08:41 PM
by SGL1
11 190
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
Yesterday 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,558
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Yesterday 08:00 PM
by avetslawncare
48 2,201
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
Yesterday 07:44 PM
by avetslawncare
24 860
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
Yesterday 03:45 PM
by SC93
12 370
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
Yesterday 02:24 PM
by Steve
2 129
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
Yesterday 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 170
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 507
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 908
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 922
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 428
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 296
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 444
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 123
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 482
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 452
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,268
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 166
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-16-2015 03:38 PM
by Steve
3 225
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 7,961
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 175
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 194
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,191
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 487
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 219
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 255
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 485
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 218
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 432
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 248
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 362
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
04-13-2015 11:07 AM
by biglee
15 866
Landscape Fabric
CurbAppeal1
04-10-2015 03:58 PM
04-13-2015 08:02 AM
by Chilehead
4 298
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
04-12-2015 04:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
17 3,925
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
03-31-2015 02:57 PM
04-10-2015 11:37 AM
by kslawn
6 508
Do you have medical...
Steve
09-10-2011 11:46 AM
04-10-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
17 5,226
Shopping Centers
avetslawncare
04-07-2015 07:16 PM
04-10-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
7 413
Leaf Vac's?
ABurlison
11-07-2007 10:18 PM
04-10-2015 06:12 AM
by RSE
14 5,731
Grass and Leaf vacuum
captain200
04-07-2015 07:05 PM
04-10-2015 06:02 AM
by RSE
4 374
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
04-10-2015 06:00 AM
by Dan Tanner
19 975
I have a great idea!
biglee
04-05-2015 06:20 PM
04-09-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
4 419
lawn care school
kevinburch48
04-09-2015 09:13 AM
04-09-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
1 275
What do you suggest?
Growing Green
09-20-2011 09:56 AM
04-08-2015 03:09 PM
by Steve
8 3,151
Survey
Ducke
09-20-2011 07:27 PM
04-07-2015 11:33 PM
by SGL1
12 3,466
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
04-07-2015 10:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,289
Avoiding Clients
CHEESE2009
09-08-2011 10:58 PM
04-07-2015 06:05 PM
by GLAN
24 6,439
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business past due per hour charge per hour service pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 AM.

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