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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Spring is almost here... and the calls are coming in!


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 02-01-2011, 10:42 PM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 30
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 6
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

YEsterday was a DOMINATION on the website... i average 7 views a day.

I re did my Google AdWords and added a newer Craigslist posting (stole the format from The Goat (LMFAO).

I had 37 Web Page Views yesterday thanks to my adwords and Craigslist. I have a 73% "Direct" traffic which means people are looking for me online, or i am found via keyword...

No new calls today but, phone was dead most of the day so, was turned off. Might have lost a call or two. No biggie, people are LOOKING, which means their grass is growing.

I pray it is dry in the morning, i am leaving at 7am to start my big jobs and more estimates/evaluations.

Matt
__________________
M.A.K. Landscaping

http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

407-949-1073

Volusia County FL
Seminole County FL

"Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"
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


  #12  
Old 02-01-2011, 11:00 PM
Growing Green Growing Green is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 323
Rep Power: 0
Growing Green is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Is it cold over there Matt? It is a 5 degree wind chill over here. That is unheard of for South Texas.

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-02-2011, 12:15 AM
JLH Pro Lawn Care's Avatar
JLH Pro Lawn Care JLH Pro Lawn Care is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Daytona Beach/ormond beach/Port Orange
Posts: 63
Rep Power: 5
JLH Pro Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Growing Green View Post
Is it cold over there Matt? It is a 5 degree wind chill over here. That is unheard of for South Texas.

Matt
it's terribly cold it'll in the low 80s bwahahaha!
__________________
JLH Pro Lawn Care
(386) 235-0567
jlhprolawncare@gmail.com
www.jlhprolawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-02-2011, 07:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
New calls are coming from constant work on the advertising front, both in person (gotta be a people person)
What kinds of things have you been doing to get out there in person and meet people?
__________________
- 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
  #15  
Old 02-02-2011, 09:33 AM
JLH Pro Lawn Care's Avatar
JLH Pro Lawn Care JLH Pro Lawn Care is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Daytona Beach/ormond beach/Port Orange
Posts: 63
Rep Power: 5
JLH Pro Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What kinds of things have you been doing to get out there in person and meet people?
I'd hope it comes natural to most but getting in the habit of handing out your biz card to anyone you meet as well as at any social function is a great way to meet new people, for instance I was cutting a lawn and someone stopped me to ask direction and as I gave directions I gave my card....2 days later the lost guy called and signed a yr contract:-)
__________________
JLH Pro Lawn Care
(386) 235-0567
jlhprolawncare@gmail.com
www.jlhprolawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-02-2011, 10:40 PM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 30
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 6
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

TODAY!!!

Today i traveled to Sorrento, FL, about 35miles from Daytona Beach to take care of my buddy Mike's nursery property. I showed up and looked at all of the property that he has probably 500hours in clearing already. He had about 70 trees upright and about 200 waiting to be planted. BLOWN AWAY!

His old property was about 2/3acre, no irrigation. This new one is 4 acres, cleared, ground covered on 1/3 of it. Had a big sign out front, was plain but, got the job done, more readable than the others i had seen on the way in.

I got there and his wife was around but, he wasnt anywhere to be found. I unloaded the mower and headed to the grass, Bahia, all starting to sprout and grow. 95% dead tho except where its been watered all winter. I got to mowing with my mower and got 2 acres done on the 36" in about an hour and a half. I had to blow the clippings past the fence line on about half of it tho, i dont want to be de thatching in 2 - 4 weeks. I grabed the weed-eater/brush cutter and hopped the fence, cut about 5ft back from the fence to make it look better and reduce my service at the beginning of the season.

He gets back and shakes my hand. I told him i was sorry about ditching the last month of last season, "no hard feelings, i called you back... youre the only one i trust on my turf..." Was blown away, this guy does landscape jobs that are nothing under 60K$ a pc. He has one truck, 4 trailers and 4 acres. He does 2 - 7 jobs a month during the summer. We sat and BS-ed for a while and he drops this "Want my Heathrow Accounts?" (Heathrow Florida is located in Lake Mary, MILLION DOLLAR HOMES 4million+). He runs a 7 home route two days a week... or did. He sold his lawn equipment to get ahead for the new nursery... I told him "Hell YES!" and he handed me the list of the numbers and addresses, what he is currently charging, and told me "Tell me what you will cut this one for too..." I came to 3685$ Before he handed me this paper of 365$/month contracts. I handed him a bid of 210$ a month, 4 cuts monthly. He handed me a check for the work i did today and said "Your Invoices are Awesome, i want 100..." -You want a 100 what?- "Of your invoices idiot, tomorrow morning, 100, here..." I cracked up, little me has something this guy likes over his own... Needless to say, i printed the 100 when i got home lol.

I was stressed out mid November, here i am now, 2-3 weeks away from the beginning of spring, sitting pretty with 16,000$ in contracts already, i have 4 estimates on lawn care/landscape jobs tomorrow morning. This is going to be a GOOD YEAR! BRING IT ON 2011!

Matt
__________________
M.A.K. Landscaping

http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

407-949-1073

Volusia County FL
Seminole County FL

"Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-03-2011, 01:01 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Great news! Good things happen to good people!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-03-2011, 04:36 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Matt that is fantastic!

Quote:
Today i traveled to Sorrento, FL, about 35miles from Daytona Beach to take care of my buddy Mike's nursery property.
The thing I was wondering or maybe I got confused, why was he having you mow the property when he had a mowing crew?
__________________
- 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
  #19  
Old 02-03-2011, 07:40 PM
MAKLawnCutter MAKLawnCutter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central FL
Age: 30
Posts: 249
Rep Power: 6
MAKLawnCutter is on a distinguished road
Default

He sold all of his equipment to buy in on the new property. I wish he would of talked to me before hand, i would have found another 10K to have another fully stocked rig even if to just part it out and sell it to make a profit.

He no longer does Lawn Care, only LANDSACPING, and BIG landscaping (like picframer). He does all of my curbing and hardscapes when i need them.

Matt
__________________
M.A.K. Landscaping

http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

407-949-1073

Volusia County FL
Seminole County FL

"Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-04-2011, 06:48 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Matt that is great!

Does he offer you much business advice on how to grow?
__________________
- 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
Prank Calls CHEESE2009 Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 10 05-11-2009 05:37 PM
Spring Has Sprung In Georgia So Spring Your Business Green_Day Promote your products or services 0 02-06-2009 09:17 PM
No calls MacTrina General Talk 5 10-02-2008 02:18 PM
Doody calls Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 1 06-05-2007 08:53 PM
Doody Calls Steve Starting a lawn care business. 0 11-15-2006 03:29 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
Today 02:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 8,985
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
Today 01:48 PM
by Matther777
7 126
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
Today 11:39 AM
by Just for Cuts
24 8,347
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
Yesterday 11:23 PM
by biglee
13 302
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 440
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
Yesterday 04:33 PM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by mattthelawnguy
0 37
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
Yesterday 03:07 PM
Yesterday 03:07 PM
by Just for Cuts
0 54
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
Yesterday 02:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 132
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,698
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 757
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 388,879
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 82
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 173
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 1,935
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 189
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 122
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 244
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 636
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,441
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 271
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 479
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 610
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 477
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
05-12-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
9 549
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,021
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 992
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,021
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 390
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 405
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 324
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 442
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 322
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 3,872
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 999
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 278
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 317
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,067
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 352
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 387
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 417
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 382
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 798
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 686
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 458
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 559
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 455
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 419
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 577
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
04-27-2015 04:49 PM
04-27-2015 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 393
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
04-27-2015 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 463
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration design edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook ferris flyers foreman grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic john deere quik trac landscape landscape services lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns sulky swzt toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website won't return www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15 PM.

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