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!

another career shift...


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 04-05-2010, 08:38 PM
engleman engleman is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
engleman is on a distinguished road
Default another career shift...

I,ve been in the lawn care business now for about 10 years but only on a small scale (20-25 accts mostly by the cut). You see, I'm one of those "postal" workers who is about to get the shaft. I substitute on saturdays and when regular carriers take sick or vacation time off. It does'nt look good for me in that regard so I'm buying out a majority of an old (he just turned 70) friends business. This will include a 3 year old walker, a 16' enclosed trailer, and about 30 accounts, most of them monthlys. This will put me at a little over 50 accts. and I hope to increase that over the next few months. I'm also a 'certified' master gardener in Charlotte County, Fl. I anticipate an increased load of paperwork and marketing so I'm starting to read these forum letters to get some tips. I also just got the 30 day free trial of Gophers software and I'm hoping that will make things a little easier as well. My other basic equipment is:

2006 f-150 FX4 extended cab
16' flatbed trailer with fold down ramp
2008 52" Husqvarna ZTR
21" snapper self propelled push
top of the line Echo trimmers(2), edger, blower, extended reach hedge trimmer
16" Husqvarna chain saw
lesco 80# spreader
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 04-05-2010, 08:48 PM
XtreemGreen XtreemGreen is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pasco, Fla
Age: 43
Posts: 429
Rep Power: 6
XtreemGreen is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I wish all the luck to ya my fellow Floridian... Im re-starting my business here in West Pasco county this year... I hope all goes well...
__________________


In Memory of My Dad..1943-2008..Gary "Snuffy" Smith
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-05-2010, 09:03 PM
engleman engleman is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
engleman is on a distinguished road
Default is a letter to new clients a good idea?

Since I'm getting 30 new customers I'm wondering if I should put together some kind of an introduction letter. Something that states my qualifications, goals for their landscaping, pledging a continuation of excellent service they've been getting before I take over the accounts (May 1st)??? I'm going on site starting tomorrow with the seller to start getting to know the properties and meet the clients. Is a "cover" letter necessary or will just a business card do?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-05-2010, 09:07 PM
XtreemGreen XtreemGreen is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pasco, Fla
Age: 43
Posts: 429
Rep Power: 6
XtreemGreen is on a distinguished road
Default

I would do the letter and business card... Just make sure whatever you say in the letter, you stand behind it...Dont lead them on...

Good luck..
__________________


In Memory of My Dad..1943-2008..Gary "Snuffy" Smith
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-05-2010, 11:59 PM
dhawk dhawk is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 25
Rep Power: 5
dhawk is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey Engleman,

Shoot me a pm if you want a copy of my intro letter I used when I bought my accounts.

I kept all of them except one, so I guess it worked ok.

I'm down here in Cape Coral - good fishing up in the harbor
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-06-2010, 05:32 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I'm buying out a majority of an old (he just turned 70) friends business.
Welcome to our forum!

When you say you are buying a majority of the business, does this mean your friend will still have part ownership in it? Will you continue to use that business name or will you be changing the name?

Quote:
Shoot me a pm if you want a copy of my intro letter I used when I bought my accounts.
Dhawk, I'd love to see it if you could post 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
  #7  
Old 04-06-2010, 06:35 AM
engleman engleman is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
engleman is on a distinguished road
Default career shift

Hello Steve, Thanks for the welcome. The 'new' accounts will be shifting over to my already in existance business name (Eric Kansman Mowing). The seller will not have any interest in the business other than talking about it during social outings or if I have a question regarding one of the accounts. The reason I said majority is that he's keeping a few of his accounts that are real close to his home so he doesn't get too bored this summer.

Last edited by engleman; 04-06-2010 at 06:37 AM. Reason: new info
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-06-2010, 06:54 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Oh that is very interesting.

What has been your view on purchasing accounts vs marketing and trying to attract new customers?

I bet a lot of forum members are on the fence about this and don't know which way to go.
__________________
- 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 04-06-2010, 09:45 AM
XtreemGreen XtreemGreen is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pasco, Fla
Age: 43
Posts: 429
Rep Power: 6
XtreemGreen is on a distinguished road
Default

Make sure theres a no compete claus in ya'lls agreement..
__________________


In Memory of My Dad..1943-2008..Gary "Snuffy" Smith
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
Higher Growth Businesses Spend More on Marketing and Shift Marketing Online justin_time Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 7 02-03-2010 11:15 PM
Is 'Kramer's acting career over? Steve General Talk 0 11-28-2006 01:46 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Brake job!
kslawn
Today 07:49 AM
Today 07:49 AM
by kslawn
0 4
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
Yesterday 11:30 AM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 83
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
Yesterday 08:03 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
8 270
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 469
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 38
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 51
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 563
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
08-28-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 174
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
08-28-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
1 94
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
08-28-2014 11:47 AM
by Steve
5 157
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
08-27-2014 10:38 PM
by SGL1
5 162
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,147
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,561
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 456
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 152
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,802
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 239
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 308
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 190
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 169
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 205
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 441
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 706
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 174
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 496
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 477
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 221
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 330
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 241
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,062
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 533
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,619
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 712
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,892
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 332
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 439
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 283
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 552
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 439
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 540
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 578
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 842
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 378
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 443
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 336
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 343
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 686
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,317
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,545
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 726
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 advertisement article marketing bid butterfly gardens care charge christmas lighting commercial courtesy call credit card customers decorating ditches employee problems exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely holiday lighting how much to charge husqvarna hydraulic installation kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness payment podcast property management company running a business scag scag v-ride schedule seo small engine repair snow starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky toro trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:55 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:55 AM.

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