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!

Hi!


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 07-13-2011, 06:11 PM
mowman1970 mowman1970 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 4
mowman1970 is on a distinguished road
Default Hi!

My name is Derrick. Everyone say "Hi! Derrick". I feel like I just became a member of Mowers Annonymous. I was cruising the web and came across this crazy guy talking shop about mowing and the biz, so I decided I needed to stop in. I started my business several years ago and it has seesawed until I made the decision 3 months ago to leave my Full-time job due to my diability from diabetes and go to work for my self. I figure if I must kill myself working hard I might as well do it for myself. I now have a website and am looking at the possibilities of having my first major contract. A property with 16 buildings (192 doors) and am sceeeerrrreedd of failure if I actually get the bid, and it looks as though I may have it. So if any of you remember your humble beginnings, I would greatly appreciate the advice. I look forward to all fo our conversations on here.
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 07-13-2011, 06:19 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 372
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by mowman1970 View Post
My name is Derrick. Everyone say "Hi! Derrick". I feel like I just became a member of Mowers Annonymous. I was cruising the web and came across this crazy guy talking shop about mowing and the biz, so I decided I needed to stop in. I started my business several years ago and it has seesawed until I made the decision 3 months ago to leave my Full-time job due to my diability from diabetes and go to work for my self. I figure if I must kill myself working hard I might as well do it for myself. I now have a website and am looking at the possibilities of having my first major contract. A property with 16 buildings (192 doors) and am sceeeerrrreedd of failure if I actually get the bid, and it looks as though I may have it. So if any of you remember your humble beginnings, I would greatly appreciate the advice. I look forward to all fo our conversations on here.
Welcome Derrick! I have been in the business for abotu a year now but full time about two months. I have a number of commercial properties and homeowners as well. Word of mouth and doing it right the first time has been the best tool for me along with this website. The other is the tools that Steve has for estimating jobs. I have them on my phone and they help me so much!

SO FAR everyone here has been nice to me and Steve is awesome. I continue to learn something every single day. I wish you the best and like you, I look forward to converstations!!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-15-2011, 07:14 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,458
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Derrick,

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
I started my business several years ago and it has seesawed until I made the decision 3 months ago to leave my Full-time job due to my diability from diabetes and go to work for my self.
What is your view on why you felt your business see sawed for that time?

What advice do you have for others that find themselves in that same situation?
__________________
- 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 07-16-2011, 10:08 PM
mowman1970 mowman1970 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 4
mowman1970 is on a distinguished road
Default Why I see sawed?

I think it was due to the fact that I didn't put a whole lot of effort into pushing my business. I did the jobs I had well, but I just didn't grow it. I have always loved mowing and outside work and have always wanted to go into business for myself, but didn't just take the leap. I decided 3 months ago that I had to change my life for my health and my family and realized that the only way to do it was, to do it. Now it has its downside, but the plus side out weighs it by far. I love working with the public, and my son who is 10 years old told me, he saw why I loved it so much when a customer came out smiling from ear to ear and telling us how much she loved the job we had just completed for her. That's the best!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-17-2011, 08:30 PM
Shark1611 Shark1611 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 372
Rep Power: 5
Shark1611 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mowman1970 View Post
I think it was due to the fact that I didn't put a whole lot of effort into pushing my business. I did the jobs I had well, but I just didn't grow it. I have always loved mowing and outside work and have always wanted to go into business for myself, but didn't just take the leap. I decided 3 months ago that I had to change my life for my health and my family and realized that the only way to do it was, to do it. Now it has its downside, but the plus side out weighs it by far. I love working with the public, and my son who is 10 years old told me, he saw why I loved it so much when a customer came out smiling from ear to ear and telling us how much she loved the job we had just completed for her. That's the best!!!!
Same here. I am 53 years old (too old to be doing this) but I love it. Tired of managing lumber yards and hardware. It's all about me and my family now.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-18-2011, 01:57 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,458
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Derrick, that is a great story. Do you have any advice to others who might find themselves in a situation where they are see sawing?
__________________
- 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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
Yesterday 12:40 PM
Yesterday 03:53 PM
by GreenWorx
1 44
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 59
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-01-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
6 1,811
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 1,813
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 59
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
06-30-2015 07:41 PM
by hammr04
5 1,875
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,716
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 1,829
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
06-29-2015 02:30 PM
by Mr. Mow
11 2,076
Marketing ideas
xandrew245x
04-29-2014 06:35 AM
06-25-2015 07:11 PM
by GreenWorx
34 5,682
Never ending sod jobs
avetslawncare
06-05-2015 09:46 PM
06-25-2015 11:42 AM
by Steve
11 2,314
Weed and Feed Service...
mike94740
06-23-2015 05:50 PM
06-24-2015 09:56 PM
by avetslawncare
2 1,775
Trimming hedges / trees,...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
06-23-2015 07:08 PM
06-24-2015 09:59 AM
by Steve
1 1,775
Hi Everyone from Arkansas
KellyMarie
06-04-2015 04:16 PM
06-23-2015 01:34 PM
by KellyMarie
4 2,047
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
06-23-2015 06:36 AM
by GreenWorx
7 2,276
problems with a customer...
LawnCareMan280
06-16-2015 10:26 PM
06-22-2015 11:11 AM
by Steve
6 2,045
Please review this FREE...
markty
06-21-2015 07:42 AM
06-22-2015 11:00 AM
by Steve
1 1,799
A good commercial bid...
burtle
06-20-2015 09:09 PM
06-22-2015 10:56 AM
by Steve
1 1,856
What would you do with...
holymoly
06-20-2015 06:48 PM
06-22-2015 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 1,800
New Member just joined...
vgoleco@hotmail.com
06-19-2015 03:49 PM
06-22-2015 10:42 AM
by Steve
2 1,830
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 03:04 PM
06-21-2015 07:24 PM
by Chilehead
4 1,920
Blade usage
Wolf4dk
06-16-2015 12:18 AM
06-21-2015 05:35 PM
by kslawn
4 1,936
Hello, I am new to the...
adamslawnservices
06-17-2015 08:06 PM
06-19-2015 10:28 AM
by Steve
3 1,863
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
06-19-2015 10:22 AM
by Steve
4 1,932
First commercial bid
SGL1
06-12-2015 08:57 PM
06-18-2015 05:04 PM
by SGL1
9 2,294
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
06-18-2015 11:02 AM
by Steve
7 2,006
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
06-18-2015 10:46 AM
by Steve
10 2,093
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
06-17-2015 08:38 AM
by burtle
9 3,180
Customer keeps adding...
Mr. Mow
06-13-2015 06:22 AM
06-16-2015 10:23 AM
by Steve
11 2,185
Pass discounts onto...
burnell76
06-03-2015 06:33 PM
06-16-2015 10:02 AM
by burnell76
3 2,027
burned grass only where...
nhauto
06-15-2015 05:28 PM
06-16-2015 09:45 AM
by Steve
2 1,899
Half year mark review.
Steve
06-02-2015 11:24 AM
06-15-2015 01:04 PM
by Steve
18 2,613
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
06-15-2015 01:01 PM
by Steve
86 9,666
New Member
Bruce Fehr
06-05-2015 07:13 PM
06-15-2015 12:53 PM
by Steve
6 2,035
New to the business,...
CarefreeMowing
06-12-2015 02:36 PM
06-15-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
1 1,914
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
06-13-2015 08:48 AM
by holymoly
45 11,995
New to the forum, new to...
CarefreeMowing
06-11-2015 12:35 PM
06-12-2015 10:44 AM
by Steve
2 1,833
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
06-11-2015 10:50 PM
by stallman419
8 2,378
Website Review
Outdoordesignsknox
06-08-2015 08:44 PM
06-11-2015 09:48 PM
by Just for Cuts
13 2,262
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
06-11-2015 10:05 AM
by Steve
8 2,066
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
06-10-2015 01:45 PM
by holymoly
15 2,968
Hello from the GREAT...
gbfarmsllc
06-09-2015 11:10 AM
06-10-2015 01:29 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,902
Hey guys and gals, I'm...
Joeyhall
06-03-2015 03:54 PM
06-08-2015 02:15 PM
by chris2500hd
8 2,145
Mowing Bermuda...
Mr. Mow
06-02-2015 12:45 PM
06-08-2015 12:45 PM
by Steve
12 2,298
Hey Guys
PrattLandscaping
06-07-2015 06:37 PM
06-08-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
2 1,916
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
06-08-2015 11:54 AM
by Steve
25 2,849
Hello there My name is...
zwalk1839
06-04-2015 11:10 PM
06-08-2015 11:52 AM
by Steve
4 2,030
Laid off oil field...
Mr. Mow
05-30-2015 09:03 AM
06-08-2015 06:20 AM
by Mr. Mow
4 2,135
How do you find one time...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
06-02-2015 09:57 PM
06-05-2015 09:49 PM
by avetslawncare
4 2,062
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
06-04-2015 05:24 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 2,359
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook foreman free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills how to husqvarna increase customers jobs landscape landscape services landscaping lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour service plowing pricing push versus ride scripts secrets to landscaping shell shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft square foot trailer trailer mate pro tree tree pics trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:20 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:20 AM.

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