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!

Hello from Chicago Hts IL


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 10-16-2009, 10:01 PM
HiTEQ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Hello from Chicago Hts IL

Hello to all. Name is Vince owner/operator of Rodriguez Lawn Care. It was my fathers company for the longest but he grew tired of it and passed it on to me. I currently service 25 clients and plan to service more in the future. I love the drums when I'm not tired from a long day's work and love spending time with the kids. Thats about it.

I do have a question I don't know if i should post here though.

I currently have a Hustler 44" Fast Trak Z and want to buy Wright Stander (so envious of the other people i see with these). Which is better or is it worth it, the 36 Stander RH or the 36 Sentar Sport. I checked them out at the dealer but I couldnt ride because the batteries were dead. Please let me know of any info you may have on this.
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 10-17-2009, 10:49 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,199
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Vince,

Welcome to our forum!

There have been a bunch of posts on here about the Wright Stander. Check out that link and do a search on it here too. There are other posts. Maybe this one will help.

Quote:
checked them out at the dealer but I couldnt ride because the batteries were dead.
I would tell them to fix the batteries so you could try it or you're not gonna buy it

I bet you are in a very good spot with your father handing the business off to you. Had he done much marketing over the years or was it all word of mouth? Do you have any marketing plans now to push it forwards?

What type of growth would you like to see come from 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
  #3  
Old 10-17-2009, 11:56 PM
HiTEQ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

No he hadn't done much marketing, he's a little old school. I plan to take it as far as I can, Sky's the limit. I promoting all Fall Cleanups, Aeration, and Dethatching. Door to Door is my marketing strategy for now until I can get a website up.

Thanks for the Link on the Stander.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-18-2009, 02:05 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,199
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you hand out door hangers or flyers? What do you think a new start up should be focusing on when they are trying to market their services in the fall?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 10-19-2009, 12:09 AM
HiTEQ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I do both Door Hangers (Aeration) and Flyers (Fall Cleanups). Both have all the other services I provide. I believe Aeration and Fertilizing is the way to go in early fall. Once the leaves fall then the cleanups will come. Knock on the doors and just get the word out. Thats the best advice I have. Word of Mouth is the best advertising. FREE
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-19-2009, 04:17 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,199
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you find that those customers who go with fall cleanups also sign up for aeration or are they two different groups?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 10-19-2009, 07:42 PM
HiTEQ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I would have to say 80% just do the cleanup. The 20% that do the Aeration always go with fertilizer as well, so that a plus. People are skeptical around here, they dont believe that holes in the ground can make your lawn healthier & greener.

Aeration is probably the best thing to do for your Lawn. Its cheap to do (contractors side if you own an aerator) but very labor intensive.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-20-2009, 12:24 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,199
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
People are skeptical around here, they dont believe that holes in the ground can make your lawn healthier & greener.
I would venture to say this could apply to many home owners in many areas.

How do you deal with customers who are skeptical? How do you convince them that this service really works? Do you use any before and after pictures or what's the best way to go about 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
  #9  
Old 10-20-2009, 01:38 AM
HiTEQ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I have some picture diagrams of the process and explain that its a proven process. I talk to them about golf courses and how they keep their grass nice and healthy (Tee boxes and Greens) and how they aerate on a yearly basis.

I haven't tried the before & after pics but I really need to do it.

Do you have any rebuttals for customers Steve? Any info is much appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-20-2009, 02:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,199
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Do you have any rebuttals for customers Steve? Any info is much appreciated.
As far as rebuttals for the sale process? Well, I was thinking about the aeration and fertilization service. If you could combine the two together and maybe a third service like the fall cleanup, you could potentially make an offer like this to the customer that is skeptical.

'I will take a picture of your lawn before and after the service and if it does not show improvement, I will refund 100% of your money for the fertilization and aeration service. That's how confident I am that the service works.'

Maybe you only offer it where there is an additional service that wouldn't have to be refunded, just in case. Like yard cleanups and gutter cleanouts.

You make them this offer and then upsell them on the additional services and the customer gets this guarantee their lawn will look healthier. You both potentially win.

I hadn't seen this applied yet, but it could be a great way to really get more upsells. The customer would have to sign on for all the services in order to get that guarantee. It's the kind of thing that would make the average person potentially want to jump on it.

What's your thoughts on that?
__________________
- 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
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 05:26 AM
by Dan Tanner
6 105
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
Yesterday 08:51 PM
Yesterday 08:51 PM
by phlawncare
0 34
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Yesterday 06:21 PM
by kslawn
3 87
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Steve
2 111
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
Yesterday 01:30 PM
by Steve
1 56
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:29 PM
by Steve
3 130
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by Steve
2 107
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 01:21 PM
by Steve
14 630
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
Yesterday 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 327
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 341
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
07-27-2014 01:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
80 4,649
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 185
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 327
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 505
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 97
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 210
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,277
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 391
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 225
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 922
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 226
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 279
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 316
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 216
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,431
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 252
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 162
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 295
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 678
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 529
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 308
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 639
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 202
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 193
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 760
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,071
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 801
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 727
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 320,772
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,751
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 470
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 385
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 844
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 583
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 596
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,925
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 583
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 236
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 685
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 335
» Popular Tags
advertisement article marketing bid charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating ecosymbiosis escrow estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting honda how much to charge introduction kawasaki lawn lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf removal managing a lawn care business marketing native plants new buisness new mower office management online classifieds outdoor environments podcast push versus ride redmax reo rotating scag scripts search engine optimization season seo snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl subcontractor theft toro tractor auger turfgrass consulting walker wright stander rh zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:28 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:28 AM.

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