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.

New 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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 12-10-2011, 06:13 AM
turf&tree turf&tree is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 0
turf&tree is on a distinguished road
Default

In most cases less than a week
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 12-10-2011, 02:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Well it's a great lesson to be learned. I am glad you shared it.

Quote:
in Ohio I can go to the Ohio dept of agriculture website and cross reference a companies name, phone number, or persons name to see if they are licensed. If the search shows no info I send their info to one of the inspectors I know and he digs deeper.
Have you noticed any difference in the competition since you started this or does it always seem to be more and more unlicensed businesses?
__________________
- 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
  #13  
Old 12-11-2011, 08:37 AM
turf&tree turf&tree is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 0
turf&tree is on a distinguished road
Default

It is mostly the guys that quit their factory jobs and become " landscapers"
They think they can fly under the radar with no insurance and no license. Most of the time they won't even put their name on their truck. I will catch them because they drop a flyer off at my house or my customers houses. Then I check them out and report them. For them straight fertilizer is allowable according to the state. It is when the put weed or insect control in their brochure that I can report them. The fertilizing part Is only a matter of time to be licensed for.
Yes I hate the fact that this business is so easy to get into without any training!
I spent a lot of time and money on education and still do. I am completely insured and pay all of my taxes. And yet I get underbid every day by someone with no education whatsoever and who does not even want to learn about our industry or get insurance or a license. Yep I am bitter.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-12-2011, 12:13 AM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

I agree Turf and Tree with education being everything. It is what separates the average joes from the professionals. However, these average joes takes the jobs of these professionals which is completely unfair.

I'm just turning 18 and I have only one year of education and will continue furthering my education. It is very important to furher business prosperity and to take out those that are not.

But with this economy and turmoil everyone is trying to get the cheapest goods and services they can.

Paying taxes suck but like me and all the professionals out there it is a necessary thing whether we like it or not.

Curtis Michael
President
The Grounds Crew
(425) 765-2638
www.thegroundscrewllc.com
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-12-2011, 11:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I hate the fact that this business is so easy to get into without any training!
Do you find yourself at times offering other services that the start ups can't perform or compete on?

Or are there other ways you look to position your company so as you are not competing head to head with these unlicensed/uninsured startups?
__________________
- 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
  #16  
Old 12-13-2011, 08:45 AM
turf&tree turf&tree is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 0
turf&tree is on a distinguished road
Default

Curtis, you sound very mature for your age. You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders. One thing I have learned about being in business is always have a level head. Don't let your emotions rule you. I am glad to see you are headed in the right direction. Let me know if you need any help at all. I have been doing this for 34 years.
Steve! I offer my clients full service. I am versed in commercial and residential construction as well, so I can offer customers other special services as well. Years ago I had a customer looking for a siding company. I was slow at the time and did the job for him.
The main thing that separates me is all of my literature has my credentials on it. Licensed, insured, check us out on Angie's list, our website, the fact that we take credit cards, etc. Professionalism!!!
Can't stress it enough!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-13-2011, 08:48 AM
turf&tree turf&tree is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 0
turf&tree is on a distinguished road
Default

Btw Steve, I would still like to see your estimating products for apple devices.
You are missing out on some serious $$$$.
Sending this from my iPad.
Jim
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
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 01:18 AM
by Steve
15 375
Howdy Yall !!!
B&C
Yesterday 10:06 AM
Today 01:05 AM
by Steve
1 26
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
Today 01:02 AM
by Steve
18 1,286
hello
2menandmowers
Yesterday 07:32 AM
Today 12:53 AM
by Steve
1 28
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Today 12:51 AM
by Steve
8 119
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
02-09-2016 03:16 PM
Yesterday 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 112
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
02-09-2016 05:32 PM
02-09-2016 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 45
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
02-09-2016 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 116
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 221
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 100
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 168
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 218
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 256
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 133
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,503
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 256
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 112
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 134
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 207
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 271
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 149
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 241
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 135
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 155
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,147
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 369
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 318
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 329
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 256
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
1 185
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,699
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 650
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 396
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,100
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 7,936
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 304
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,163
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,431
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 220
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
2 258
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 944
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 425
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 280
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 593
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:02 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:02 AM.

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