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!

Beginner in the Lawn Care Business


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 03-18-2010, 09:02 PM
njwsl.l.c@gmail.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Beginner in the Lawn Care Business

I live in a some what rural community in New Jersey but with lots of money to go around. I have handed out close to 750 fliers, posted ad after ad on craigslist, and put business cards around many business in and around my town. I have received 5 calls and 5 lawns 3 of them family and friends and 2 non with one being in a community of 200 homes with lots from .25 to .33 a acre. I have qouted those at 25 to 35 depending on trimming and edging and removal of clippings. I have come up with a formula for giving out estimates
25- 1/4 of a acre
30- 1/2 a acre
35- 3/4 of a acre
40- 1 acre
45- 1 1/4 acre
50- 1 1/2 acre
55- 1 3/4 acre
60- 2 acres
please let me know if you think this is too low too high

The equiment I have is:
2002 Jeep Liberty
4 x 6 Trailer
2010 Scag SW - Belt-Drive Walk-Behind- 36" 15hp Kohler
Stihl BG 55
Stihl FS 45 Trimmer

Tell me what you think feel free to critize.
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 03-18-2010, 09:39 PM
jessechaveriat's Avatar
jessechaveriat jessechaveriat is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Knoxville, Tn
Posts: 72
Rep Power: 5
jessechaveriat is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
id make my minimum 35. 50 for an acre, and so forth. depending on how far you have to drive. Good job on getting replies so early. post a copy of your flyer if you have one.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-19-2010, 12:41 AM
njwsl.l.c@gmail.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default This is my flier

Logo and Company Name Big up top here

Basic Lawn Maintenance for All Seasons

Spring to Summer Maintenance-
Mowing, Weed Whacking, Edging, and Weeding
Removal of Grass Clippings if desired

Fall Clean-Up-
Leaves, Sticks, Tree Limbs
Removal if desired

Grass Seeding

Land & Vegetation Clearing-
With Removal of Debris if desired

Storm Clean-Up-
Cutting, Chipping, and Shredding of Debris with removal if desired

Snow Removal & Salting-
Driveways, Side Walks, Patios, Oil Tank Fill Ups

Here is where my name and phone number are listed on it

I didnt know about Steve and his forum and his youtube videos until after I made up the fliers and he says not to put you logo or company name on top which I did.

I'm thinking about adding to my flier I am a firm believe in giving back to the community I would like to over senior citizens 10% discounts and active or retired military personel the same what do you about this.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-19-2010, 04:03 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
please let me know if you think this is too low too high
I don't think you can ever be too high if you are getting the job. If you aren't getting the jobs cause of price, then you might need to lower it.

Quote:
I didnt know about Steve and his forum and his youtube videos until after I made up the fliers and he says not to put you logo or company name on top which I did.
What's your view now 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
  #5  
Old 03-19-2010, 10:28 PM
njwsl.l.c@gmail.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I agree with you completely. It makes sense you need to make people want to read your flier not just see its a lawn care service but something that makes them think to continue on reading.

Thanks again for all the insight into the business.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-20-2010, 09:57 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I have received 5 calls and 5 lawns 3 of them family and friends and 2 non with one being in a community of 200 homes with lots from .25 to .33 a acre.
That is great! How do you take those properties and use them as a beach head to reach out to other customers in those immediate areas?
__________________
- 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 03-21-2010, 03:09 AM
njwsl.l.c@gmail.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Yes completely,
This first year starting out I'm not planning on going in big to make alot of money just enough to cover what I've spent I just decided today that i wasnt gonna order my scag and my utility trailer that I've been planning on getting since I first thought about starting the business, but to invest more wisely and go with a big mower a 48 bobcat classic and a haulmark 5x8 enclosed trailer with it all being the same price as a 36 scag and mesh utility trailer. With the enclosed trailer it will protect my equiment from the weather and no need to worry about come winter where am I gonna store my mower with out having to store it at my grandparents pole barn in PA. With the 48 I can cover those properties faster and the enclosed trailer looks more professional and I plan on putting my logo on both sides real big. The best part is that I went just 5 dollars under what they were charged last season for weekly mowing at all the lawns I got contracts for one of the residentals property is in a neighborhood of 200 some odd houses, I also just picked up my neighbor down the street even though he does his own lawn his craftsman mower is cutting out and I dont need to charge him that much at all for 3/4 of acre since our road leads to that big development its like model lawn to show interesting customers what I will make there lawns look like. But word of mouth is coming around and I had T-shirts and a sweatshirt made up last month and wear them where ever I go.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-21-2010, 04:09 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is fantastic! You should get some of those business card holders for your truck or trailer too.
__________________
- 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 03-21-2010, 10:36 PM
matt45 matt45 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 5
matt45 is on a distinguished road
Default

For me i need to make at least a buck a minute. Thats everything mow, trim and blow. Thats what i need to make money and if i can get more even better.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-22-2010, 02:19 AM
njwsl.l.c@gmail.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Where can I get those holders at. I Would like to put on on my trailer. I currently don't have a truck. Hopefully by next summer I'll have the money to buy a used one and fix it up and paint it new as it will be my secondary vehicle.
Thanks again
Steve for all your knowledge and useful help.
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
Making the most of lawn care business upsells? GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketin Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 08-12-2009 11:04 PM
Making the most of lawn care business upsells? GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketin Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 08-12-2009 11:02 PM
Lawn care business sales lesson - GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketing Show Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 07-30-2009 05:03 PM
Lawn care business sales lesson - GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketing Show Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 07-30-2009 05:01 PM
Napkin dispenser lawn care marketing idea. GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show. Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 9 07-27-2009 11:43 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
12-20-2014 07:57 PM
Today 05:42 AM
by Billy Goat
6 129
Complete body therapy...
zermin
Yesterday 11:51 PM
Yesterday 11:51 PM
by zermin
0 23
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Yesterday 09:46 PM
by Just Cuts
10 313
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by stevef1201
38 9,902
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
Yesterday 11:57 AM
Yesterday 11:57 AM
by Knaubone
0 48
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Yesterday 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,069
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
12-20-2014 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 264
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,774
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 125
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 373
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
12-19-2014 06:00 PM
by homey
5 217
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
12-19-2014 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 150
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 3,023
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,173
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,387
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 340
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 332
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 408
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 306
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 852
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 849
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 316
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,158
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 434
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,436
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 676
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 527
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 943
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 471
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 472
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,293
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,773
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 1,021
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,308
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,497
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 659
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 735
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,268
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 904
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,294
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,916
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 756
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,498
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 676
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,569
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,528
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,549
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 742
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,320
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,234
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush care charge christmas collections edging employee problems equipment rental estimate foreman four wheel drive georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hills holiday husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness new business new mower ordinance past due per hour service podcast profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business savannah search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair sprayer starting a business steep lawns theft toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:37 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:37 AM.

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