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!

From Northern CA here to learn.


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 05-10-2011, 11:03 PM
Johnny_boy02 Johnny_boy02 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
Johnny_boy02 is on a distinguished road
Default From Northern CA here to learn.

Hello everyone. I stumbled upon this site when I was searching for reviews of quickbooks pro.

In June of 2010 I realized I hated my job, I hated the industry I was in (culinary arts) and that I was depressed and miserable. So I quit, got some Prozac, relaxed and rebuilt for a few months and then in Oct of 2010 I decided I felt better and needed to get off my butt. While applying for jobs I didnt want one day Isat down and started thinking about jobs other people hate but I wouldnt mind.

I came up with "pet waste removal" aka "pooper scooper" so I was off and running. I do everything all out so I decided if I was going to do this I would go all out. I sold my car that I LOVED, bought a truck, came up with a name, got a business license, got insurance, had a logo designed, business cards made, shirts made, blah blah.

My goal from the start was to be as professional looking as possible. And that caused some unplanned on hang ups so I got discouraged, etc. Finally in January of this year I was ready to go.

The product of all this was "Vanishing Act Pet Waste Removal". I was ready for crap! But I had no idea where to start or what to do. I was reading craigslist one day and stumbled upon a ad for "lawn care" it turned out to be a large landscaping company that hires contractors to maintain foreclosed properties.

I figured I could mow lawns so I contacted them and I have been doing that off an on for a few months now. It pays hardly enough to cover the cost. BUT most important I am outside talking to people, getting exercise, a tan, and enjoying it. And buy the end of summer all the extra equipment I bought will be paid for just from this part of my income

So that turned my business into "pet waste removal and basic lawn care". About a month ago I was referred to a business owners networking group called "letip" http://www.letip.com/ I joined and got not only got a great resource but more business. It does cost some money but in less than a month I have earned back 60% of my initial cost, by the end of this month I should be even. If you want to make more money check out a local chapter, and if you join let me know so I can get credit for referring you!

Anyhow, so far business is ok, I am learning as I go. I know I dont charge nearly enough. But the customers I have are VERY happy. I am proud to come home tired and dirty everyday and I dont think I will ever be able to work for anyone else again.

I prefer to work out of the back of my truck not a trailer so I will be searching for some kind of trimmer rack I can mount in the back of my truck. Unloading/ loading the mower is a pain in the back so I am also searching for some kind of fold up tailgate mounted ramp system. If I cant find on I will build one. But I prefer to find something well designed than trial and error on my part.

I prefer ear plugs over ear muffs, husqvarna saws, Stihl trimmers, edgers and my Echo hedge trimmer (because it is light, cheaper than big commercial trimmers and I cant seem to kill it).

The gas edger is a gift from god and I am pissed I went for months without one only using a trimmer.

When I have time I enjoy beer, my dog, and motorcycles (specifically Ducati's but I like them all).

Thanks for reading my novel.


Attached Images
File Type: jpg logo2-1.jpg (211.1 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg P4272809.jpg (149.8 KB, 1 views)
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 05-10-2011, 11:44 PM
ToastedToad's Avatar
ToastedToad ToastedToad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 64
Rep Power: 4
ToastedToad is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Great job getting set up. Looks like you are on your way!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-11-2011, 02:29 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,384
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
In June of 2010 I realized I hated my job, I hated the industry I was in (culinary arts) and that I was depressed and miserable. So I quit, got some Prozac, relaxed and rebuilt for a few months and then in Oct of 2010 I
decided I felt better and needed to get off my butt.
We have talked in the past on the forum about depression and how entrepreneurship can be a way out.

Can you tell us more about what you feel helped you turn the corner in dealing with your depression? How do you feel now being a business owner has effected it?


Quote:
My goal from the start was to be as professional looking as possible. And that caused some unplanned on hang ups so I got discouraged, etc.
Since there are so many new entrepreneurs that read this forum, can you share with us your view on the different hang ups you ran into and how you over came them?
What do you feel was discouraging your early on and how do you feel you pushed through 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
  #4  
Old 05-11-2011, 05:50 PM
Johnny_boy02 Johnny_boy02 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
Johnny_boy02 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Welcome to our forum!

We have talked in the past on the forum about depression and how entrepreneurship can be a way out.

Can you tell us more about what you feel helped you turn the corner in dealing with your depression? How do you feel now being a business owner has effected it?

Since there are so many new entrepreneurs that read this forum, can you share with us your view on the different hang ups you ran into and how you over came them?
What do you feel was discouraging your early on and how do you feel you pushed through it?
Depression- Honestly I think the drugs and just finally admitting to myself I had a problem I couldnt fix helped a lot. Also I have never figured out what "I wanted to do when I grow up" So having a plan and a goal helps focus me.

Depression and ADHD is a battle I will fight everyday forever. But I am the type of person that when I say I give you my word or I say you will be 110% satisfied I will meet that goal or fall down trying. So a good reputation and complete customer satisfaction get me out of bed in the morning. I live for referrals.

So being a business owner has helped, it of course comes with its own set of concerns and stresses but life is better.

I just had the mindset that "hang ups" were a part of the learning process. At the start I had the most trouble with the company that designed my logo/ made uniforms/ business cards/ truck wrap. The were sooooo sllloowww and communication sucked. I finally got fed up and told them I am taking my business elsewhere if you dont finish my job this week. After that I think trying to find clients has been the hardest part of the job.

I am not a people person. In past jobs I have never had to sell myself. I just let my work ethic and job performance explain who I was and what I could do. And promotions were never hard to come by. No I have to sell myself and my service so it has been tough.

The starting of the business was not hard. The license process can be intimidating but it is really nothing. Bookkeeping seems like a monumental task if you have never done it, but if you take your time and set your mind to it things are doable.

So far the biggest help to me has been info on the internet and the Letip group I mentioned in my first post.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-12-2011, 02:23 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,384
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I am not a people person. In past jobs I have never had to sell myself. I just let my work ethic and job performance explain who I was and what I could do. And promotions were never hard to come by. No I have to sell myself and my service so it has been tough.
Do you find now that you are getting more into it as you reach out to others to sell too? Or is this a daily battle? What kinds of things have you been doing to help yourself get passed not being a people person and get out there more to sell yourself?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 05-12-2011, 03:42 PM
Johnny_boy02 Johnny_boy02 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
Johnny_boy02 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Do you find now that you are getting more into it as you reach out to others to sell too? Or is this a daily battle? What kinds of things have you been doing to help yourself get passed not being a people person and get out there more to sell yourself?
The Letip group I mentioned earlier has helped me in a couple ways first you are forced to talk so I am slowly becoming more comfortable and also the guidance and advice of other business people is valuable.

As I get more into I find that I am getting a bit more excited, I dont think I will ever be a "people person" but I am getting better at controlling my anxiety.

This summer I plan on getting some promotional materials together and renting a couple spaces at the farmers markets, festivals, street fair type things. I will be forced to speak with people then.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-13-2011, 02:08 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,384
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That sounds like a good plan. Keep us posted on how everything goes.
__________________
- 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 Northern Alabama! Lori0859 Introduce Yourself 2 07-09-2010 10:15 PM
new in northern ontario bruces Introduce Yourself 13 04-12-2010 12:35 AM
Northern Colorado iadams Introduce Yourself 9 03-28-2010 07:49 PM
Won Northern Ontario bowling tournament !!! justin_time General Talk 22 02-21-2010 09:42 AM
Hello from Northern Illinois kjcili Introduce Yourself 2 10-03-2009 05:31 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
Today 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 227
This sucks...
Matther777
Yesterday 04:56 PM
Today 04:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 67
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Yesterday 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,674
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 06:24 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
22 1,261
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
Yesterday 11:19 AM
Yesterday 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 93
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
Yesterday 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 345
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 863
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 179
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 529
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 331
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-16-2014 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 378
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,151
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,811
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,039
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 731
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 338
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 364
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 330
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 355
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,051
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 823
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 954
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 323
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 205
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,739
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 565
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,213
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-14-2014 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 732
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,988
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,228
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 749
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,479
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 967
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,561
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 451
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,199
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,259
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 656
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 935
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,731
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,028
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 633
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 585
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 674
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 688
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 945
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,014
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 921
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 916
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 837
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment lawn care estimate article marketing bid care charge collections subcontractor commercial credit card ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark fall ferris financing four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes health honda how much to charge hydraulic installation landscape services lawn 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 leaf managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price native plants new buisness new business outdoor environments patio install podcast push versus ride scag scag v-ride schedule search engine optimization seo snow plowing starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:25 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:25 AM.

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