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 Member from Minnesota


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 06-06-2011, 01:10 AM
cbservicesllc cbservicesllc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 5
cbservicesllc is on a distinguished road
Default New Member from Minnesota

I've been working in the irrigation and landscape industry since 2003. In Fall 2007, I left full time work as a foreman to go back to school for my Fire Science degree. In the meantime, I started my company focusing on Irrigation Service in Fall 2008. Since then, I've progressed from a few Irrigation installation projects a season to now include lawn maintenance in my services.

I got a job as a full time firefighter last Fall; so only working 10 shifts a month has left me with a decent amount of time to grow my business. Last month I bought a Gravely ZTR with a JRCO dethatcher, a trailer, and a backpack blower. I also managed to convert an ATV spray tank and boom into a nice little attachment for herbicide application.

I'm adding some mowing accounts as word of mouth spreads and I am hoping to make this a nice little business on the side and a "Plan B" in case something should happen that might not be able to perform as a firefighter some day.
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 06-06-2011, 06:48 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,816
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum!

That is fantastic! What about offering snow plowing too? Would that be helpful?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 06-06-2011, 07:19 AM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 6
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

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

That is fantastic! What about offering snow plowing too? Would that be helpful?
Snow plowing would be great where your located but it also might be hard with working at the fire department for those days your on duty. I have a fireman customer here that works with someone on the opposite shift that works together. It works for them as a partnership. something you might think about to get winter income.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-10-2011, 12:41 AM
cbservicesllc cbservicesllc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 5
cbservicesllc is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the input guys. I have thought about snowplowing. Wandfsmall brings up a good point. With my shift schedule, I would need to have someone available to go out if I'm at work... decisions, decisions!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-12-2011, 11:28 AM
ringahding1's Avatar
ringahding1 ringahding1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 316
Rep Power: 6
ringahding1 is on a distinguished road
Default

Where are u in MN? If you are serious about this plan "B".....give a call! ! Bryan Ring
__________________
08 F250 Ext Cab/04 Chevy 3500
05 F350/04 F350 Diesel/12 Ram 4500 Dump
4 -60 Toro Zmaster/Lesco 48
3 -8'2" Boss V-Plows
1- Hiniker 9'6" V-Plow
20' Enclosed trailer
18' Skid & 16' Open Trailer
2012 - S185 Bobcat


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-16-2011, 12:17 AM
Derrell Jacobs Derrell Jacobs is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 6
Derrell Jacobs is on a distinguished road
Default Welcome To The Business

I am a minnesota lawn business owner, I have not yet gone into the irrigation yet.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-17-2011, 11:37 PM
cbservicesllc cbservicesllc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 5
cbservicesllc is on a distinguished road
Default

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

That is fantastic! What about offering snow plowing too? Would that be helpful?
I've thought about snow plowing, but with working 24 hour shifts I'd definitely have to get someone on standby.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-17-2011, 11:49 PM
cbservicesllc cbservicesllc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 5
cbservicesllc is on a distinguished road
Default

ringahding1, I'm in the NW Metro area... how about you? Nothing real huge at this point, but I have the ability to expand...

Derrell, the biggest thing with irrigation, if you ever decide to attempt it, is RESEARCH! Know what you are doing, take a class, etc. I've been working with irrigation for 8 years and I see poor quality installation and service ALL THE TIME. Even with years of experience I know I haven't even scratched the surface. It takes a while to learn the tricks of the trade, but a little research and classroom learning can go a long way.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-20-2011, 10:21 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,816
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Maybe you could find someone that works the opposite shift of you? Or maybe even two other guys on the department and that could help ensure one could perform the snow plowing when the others were working on the FD.
__________________
- 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
Fall clean up Minnesota ringahding1 Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 11 11-09-2011 02:32 PM
New member saying Hello! christopher_wood12 Introduce Yourself 6 04-27-2011 01:52 AM
New Member aylor70@hotmail.com Introduce Yourself 1 01-26-2010 08:46 PM
New member dieselman Introduce Yourself 1 01-10-2010 12:19 PM
Hello from Minnesota ringahding Introduce Yourself 6 02-08-2009 06:42 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
Yesterday 03:16 PM
Today 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 86
Howdy Yall !!!
B&C
Today 10:06 AM
Today 10:06 AM
by B&C
0 14
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
Today 08:54 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
17 1,263
hello
2menandmowers
Today 07:32 AM
Today 07:32 AM
by 2menandmowers
0 15
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Yesterday 09:38 PM
by Chilehead
7 96
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
Yesterday 05:32 PM
Yesterday 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 39
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 107
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Yesterday 01:06 AM
by Steve
13 347
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 217
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 96
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 167
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 217
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 246
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 130
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,498
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 251
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 109
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 131
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 202
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 268
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 148
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 235
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 132
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 151
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,145
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 365
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 317
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 327
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 255
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 213
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 184
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,697
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 642
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 392
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,092
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 466
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,933
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 302
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,134
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,427
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 216
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 276
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 257
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 937
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 423
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 276
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 590
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:24 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:24 PM.

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