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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

End of the year reflections


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-29-2009, 09:25 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,572
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default End of the year reflections

Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
__________________
- 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

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 12-29-2009, 11:49 AM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 29
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
That I've managed to get myself a ZTR which can lead to more work in the spring right off the start.

I'd love to pay the whole machine off, hopefully, if not it won't take long.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-30-2009, 08:44 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,572
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How important do you feel it was to get the ztr? I bet a lot of readers are on the fence about using a lawn tractor or going for the ztr.
__________________
- 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 12-30-2009, 11:01 AM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 29
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How important do you feel it was to get the ztr? I bet a lot of readers are on the fence about using a lawn tractor or going for the ztr.
I understand a ZTR cannot go some places a tractor can go but it all depends on the situation and for me, it helped alot since i had a lot of flat surface to cover. It helped alot to get my 5 different schools done.

I also will be getting better customer service. I will be changing cell phone companies May 1st
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-30-2009, 02:59 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 66
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 8
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Year end reflections

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
This was a learning year. I found that Door Hangers, Flyers, Posters, and Door to Door had less than desirable results.
As far as marketing results, newspaper ads and having a Blog that I got listed on the local City web site was by far the most productive.

I found competing with the competition didn't work. Offering the same services and products they had was just spinning my wheels.

Differentiating me from them was the key. I find organic lawn care is much more profitable than mowing. I won't turn down mowing contracts but I don't seek them out anymore.
Organic lawn treatments, sod, tilling and re-seeding are what I will concentrate after organic lawn treatments.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-30-2009, 03:57 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
2009 was a really year for me learning and revamping the plan.I wish I knew then and had the equipment I do now when I started.

I was performing various cost brake downs, every job we do landscaping at takes four trips, two delivery and two pick up, I average 10 mpg tops pulling gear so it really added up so I bought a 14,000 pound trailer that is 19 feet long, I can now transport everything in one shot.

I learned there is a limited market for me in mowing which is fine, I have private divisions and a few residential, basically enough to keep one crew going, no plans to expand in 2010 unless it falls on my lap.

Big money in Pressure washing, Organic Spraying, wood cutting and chipping, Post Hole digging and excavation, landscaping. Also determined that using a tractor with a chipper was a very poor choice so I traded them all in for pull units to free the tractors up where they make a lot more money, simply use one of the ATV's to pull the chipper around the clients site.

In 2010 we will build septic fields, I am told it's a license to print money and I start my course next week.

Hiring educated operators of machines from college has for me been a joke, it's simply faster for me to train someone that knows zip.

City core is not my target market and it shouldn't be, I found the area where I fit right in and we do extremely well.

Probably more but that is what comes to mind.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-30-2009, 07:42 PM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 7
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

reflections of the past year. Who on this forum was the one that motivated me to take my little company to the next level with his cornicopia of biz experience?
Thank you picfarmer!
just went and bought a new Bobcat Toolcat 5600 today from a John Deere dealer, for snow removal this winter and commericial work this summer.
With potential to utilize over 50 attachments! Without a doubt this machine will work out just perfect and will be the talk at the all important coffee shops in town.
The Golpher hangout, it's iconic leader and the regulars have been all very helpful!
Thank You all!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-31-2009, 05:14 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

I have never seen one of those before and didn't even realize anyone made one, I have seen the Gators which Deere makes but they do not have the loader that this one does, the dump cart on the back is amazing!

What attachments did you get for it?

Andy
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-31-2009, 10:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,572
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Also determined that using a tractor with a chipper was a very poor choice so I traded them all in for pull units to free the tractors up where they make a lot more money, simply use one of the ATV's to pull the chipper around the clients site.
This is fascinating. It's one of those things you just wouldn't realize at first glance until you crunched the numbers and saw the reality of the situation.

So having a chipper attached to a tractor costed more to operate and brought in less money because you now needed to run two units to perform the service and you couldn't charge as much as you would need to chip wood as you could charge for using the tractor in other ways?

That is really interesting!

What about factoring in the cost of buying a stand alone chipper? Even after such a purchase, it still made more sense to have a stand alone unit? That is amazing!

I guess some tractor attachments are worthwhile, while others may not be as profitable.
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 01-01-2010, 07:45 AM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 7
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

Wow!!! What a machine! Only does about 20 mph but what a money maker this baby is going to be. It is everything and more than I researched out.
Went cold calling for work yesterday and picked up plenty. Check it out Andy.. Pics and more to follow.

snoblower, blade, bucket for now and I WILL rent anyone one of the over 50 attatchments when needed.
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
15 year old need your help manandamower Introduce Yourself 31 07-23-2010 10:28 PM
2nd year TOUJOURS PRET Introduce Yourself 2 07-17-2008 07:37 AM
20 year old millionaire and lco!? Steve General Business Discussions 2 10-04-2007 07:35 PM
Reflections on 9/11 ? Steve General Talk 0 09-11-2006 11:46 AM
Best LCO of the year Steve General Business Discussions 6 01-28-2005 08:23 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
best way to.....
Wolf4dk
Yesterday 11:35 AM
Yesterday 11:53 PM
by SC93
3 57
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Yesterday 07:45 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 118
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Yesterday 07:44 PM
by Just for Cuts
14 4,944
Sample commercial bid
burtle
Yesterday 06:02 PM
Yesterday 06:02 PM
by burtle
0 35
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
09-01-2015 11:01 AM
Yesterday 05:58 PM
by Chilehead
3 105
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 94
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 610
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 426
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 447
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,790
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,502
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,023
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,790
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 137
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,233
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
16 1,627
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 190
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 566
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 437
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 394
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 275
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 1,021
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 463
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,289
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 615
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,274
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,525
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 230
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 435
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,108
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 392
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 374
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,841
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 549
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 538
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 523
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 462
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 387
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,773
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 275
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 450
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,170
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 413
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 648
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 450
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 334
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics walk behind 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 01:13 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:13 AM.

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