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? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Do customers notice alternative fuels?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-18-2011, 02:04 PM
JessyMathers JessyMathers is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 4
JessyMathers is on a distinguished road
Default Do customers notice alternative fuels?

I run my pickup truck on veggie oil and was wondering what you're thoughts are on if customers notice that you are a greener choice? I was thinking of putting my veggie oil decal on my back bumper but was not sure if personal views should be made mainstream to the public. I Know some people market that they run their equipment off of Bio-Diesel but does it get results? I was wondering if it gets customers talking, asking how does that guy run his truck off veggie oil, that's really cool. Might be another way to get you're services sold to them. What are your thoughts? go public or keep it private.
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 01-18-2011, 03:32 PM
wellbiz wellbiz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Livonia, Michigan
Posts: 129
Rep Power: 5
wellbiz is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by JessyMathers View Post
I run my pickup truck on veggie oil and was wondering what you're thoughts are on if customers notice that you are a greener choice? I was thinking of putting my veggie oil decal on my back bumper but was not sure if personal views should be made mainstream to the public. I Know some people market that they run their equipment off of Bio-Diesel but does it get results? I was wondering if it gets customers talking, asking how does that guy run his truck off veggie oil, that's really cool. Might be another way to get you're services sold to them. What are your thoughts? go public or keep it private.
I have seen a few companies market the green approach, however usually all their equipment is green. Unless all your equipment is somehow green I would keep it private. Last thing you want to do is use this as a selling point only to show up and unload your mower that runs on gasoline and pours out black smoke Exaggeration of course, but you get the point. I think this is possibly a lucrative niche as there are not alot of green lawn care companies out there yet.

Jay
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-18-2011, 04:02 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

problem....



How with this effect your productivity vs using gas powered equipment?

If your productivity is decreased, you will have to charge more in order to survive.

gas = cheaper in our line of work, give or take


If customers don't hire you because your too expensive, or you simply cannot take on more due to the drop in productivity, stay with gas.



A better example;

a Reel Mower vs a Gas Mower....

You simply cannot run a business and survive with a reel mower.






Example 2;

Shovels vs Tractors.......... You can bang out a driveway in an hour with a shovel, when a tractor can do 10 or more per hour.



ANYWAY, I'm rambling. I have yet to know if your machines are capable of performing as well as gas equipment. This is just my opinion to those who it may assist and should not come as an assumption that I know which of the two may be better.

I hope to hear more on this, we've talked about this last year I believe? I wish I remembered how that went.

I believe it was battery powered equipment vs gasoline. Gas won.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-18-2011, 08:40 PM
JessyMathers JessyMathers is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 4
JessyMathers is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey,

Just my vehicle is powered by veggie oil can't really run any of my equipment off of veggie oil as there's little equipment that is diesel and it also cost more to buy diesel machines. My veggie oil is free that's why I do it of course I pick up used oil from restaurants. Thanks for the reply's.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-18-2011, 10:09 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Next to the "Veggie Powered" sticker you could place another one that says, "Screw the Earth, I'm Doing it for the FREE FUEL!"


You know... that whole "truth in advertising" thing. LOL
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-19-2011, 01:22 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Anything you can do to differentiate your business from others is a good thing. Why not experiment with your marketing and say that 100% of your trucks are run on veggie oil.

Tell the customer how you are trying to burn cleaner fuel.

Maybe look into ways to have cleaner burning equipment? As you experiment with your marketing, if it brings in more customers, scale it up and do more with it.

You never know what will work until you try.

I would think, with this kind of marketing angle, you can't go wrong.
__________________
- 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 01-19-2011, 04:57 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

I find where I live, even though we tout ourselves as being the "Greenest" city in Canada, some clients might a little, most don't. There are even fine's here for letting your vehicle idle in some area's, mainly schools and day care's. I run bio diesel in the garden tractors, tractors and excavators, it isn't much cheaper if at all and requires more maintenance, doesn't run well in the cold temps.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-20-2011, 01:07 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Andy,

Do you feel as a marketing angle, touting yourself as green would work in certain geographic areas better than others or would it simply be better to find another way to differentiate yourself from competitors?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 01-20-2011, 07:05 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Andy,

Do you feel as a marketing angle, touting yourself as green would work in certain geographic areas better than others or would it simply be better to find another way to differentiate yourself from competitors?
When it comes to marketing anything is worth trying, in the past things that I thought would probably not work were a hit with clients and prospects. Going Green has taken some hard hits however I believe it is a great thing to market.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-21-2011, 01:30 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
in the past things that I thought would probably not work were a hit with clients
It's amazing how that goes isn't it?

I'd love to hear what you tried and didn't think would work that ultimately did work.
__________________
- 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
Alternative fuels Steve Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 0 05-23-2008 11:36 AM
Converting Seasonal Customers to Annual Customers Greenmind Starting a lawn care business. 4 03-07-2008 12:28 AM
Alternative Suggestion tiedeman Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 5 03-05-2007 08:36 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Yesterday 09:41 PM
by SGL1
24 6,384
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 08:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
122 8,517
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 558
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
Yesterday 07:35 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 177
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
Yesterday 06:07 PM
Yesterday 06:07 PM
by arazucontracting
0 45
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Yesterday 04:52 PM
by Steve
4 206
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
Yesterday 12:10 AM
Yesterday 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 154
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Yesterday 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 618
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
Yesterday 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 230
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 04:36 PM
by Steve
3 620
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 981
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 953
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,165
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,553
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 560
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,956
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 412
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 670
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,063
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 486
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 826
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 613
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,346
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,055
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,261
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 938
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 520
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 626
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 539
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,265
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,030
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,149
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 512
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 527
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,942
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 771
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,434
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,428
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 940
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,705
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,195
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,761
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 637
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,387
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,478
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 856
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,157
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,924
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,246
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 829
» Popular Tags
2wd apartment complex article marketing bid blades charge christmas lighting collections collections subcontractor commercial customers decorating ditches employee problems exmark ferris fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes holiday lighting how much to charge installation kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care 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 lawn care website seo leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mow mulch new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax running a business savannah scag schedule seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services top dresser toro trimmer rack truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 AM.

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