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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

End of mowing season, what about plowing?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-04-2010, 11:35 AM
devuono311 devuono311 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 74
Rep Power: 6
devuono311 is on a distinguished road
Default End of mowing season, what about plowing?

Alright,
So I have been busting my behind trying to make it so far this year, and I gotta admit its tough. However I am not giving up.

Everything started out slow, then the phone kept a ringing, (mostly calls wanting price quotes, which I don't agree with over the phone quotes, they arent really precise) Anyhow, phones a ringing, I'm slowly picking up jobs, Got to about 6 weekly customers and 2 bi-weekly customers, mowing and trimming. I had placed craigslist ads, ran a 4 week popular local paper ad, and a six month placemat ad. I ended up with 8 customers. I was happy though, not knowing exactly what to expect, I was more than happy just to get some work. Then, I lost customers it seemed all at once, though it was over roughly three weeks. I was concerned, I thought "What am I doing wrong". Then I started re-thinking what was going on. Two customers I lost due to their own business wasnt that great so they had more time to mow themselves and not enough money in there budget to keep me on. Ok, I can understand that fully. One guys son moved back home and so he took over responsibility, another guy lives in Cali. and owns a vacation home up here, called and told me his lawn had to be treated for a carpenter ant issue so his lawn had to be left alone anyways for two weeks and that with all the remodeling he had been doing he was steadily running out of money so wasnt sure if he'd be calling me back this year or not. Now that one bothered me because it seemed like a couple excuses to let me go without necessarily stating " I'm firing you". But I've racked my brain and have no idea why he would have been displeased with my work. His lawn looked great and well kept. I had a renter who was responsible for her own lawn and that included a double lot , she moved and didnt notify me until I showed up the following week and there was a for rent sign in the yard and the house was clearly empty, so I called her, sure enough no need for me. Last but not least, Another local business, is a church camp and this is there last week of camp so yesterday i was notified it would be my last week for them as the camp director would be taking over my duties due to his free time he would have until next season. Man, I have to say it feels like I've been punched in the gut. However, every single customer I have had a chance to discuss my services with say I have done an excellent job and have no problem possibly bringing me back next season, that its just a matter of due crcumstances and that I need to expect it with the economy.

I have two customers left.........

So while I am obvioiusly working on that presently, I REALLY dont want to be caught with my pants around my ankles once winter comes. I've plowed before, know how to plow, ( and no its not always drop the blade and push snow) but I've never bid plow jobs before, don't know if businesses pay for a season up front, or by the amount of plowing, nor when to approach residents or businesses for bids. I really neeed this , this year, and though I'm sure the mowing will pick up better than this year next year, I need something to keep me busy through winter. Could somebody please send me some info?

Thanks,
Mowed Over
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 08-04-2010, 02:12 PM
LLCDallas LLCDallas is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: http://brgreenlawncare.com
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 5
LLCDallas is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Nice job picking up your first customers. Do you know what your ROI is? If you're already paying for advertising, do you have a website up? I think having a website should be the very first thing you spent ad money on. It's a 24/7 advertisement that is extremely cheap. Plus, your other marketing campaigns can lead customers back to your site to see more information about your services. If you need more info on how to get started, send me a PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-04-2010, 07:26 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,141
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here is some reading for you. I think this is gonna help a lot.

http://lawnchat.com/index.php?s=snow+plowing
__________________
- 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 08-04-2010, 07:29 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Count me in as interested in this as well.

Everyone says "you have a truck, get a plow!", but I wonder how badly it will beat my truck up for one thing, and then there's salting... do most places that need lots plowed expect salt as well? I would imagine so. That means a salt box is needed. This stuff adds up quick.

I may just buy a snow blower instead.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-04-2010, 11:54 PM
LawnMoore's Avatar
LawnMoore LawnMoore is offline
Mr. Moore
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Suwannee River Florida
Age: 29
Posts: 288
Rep Power: 5
LawnMoore is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
Count me in as interested in this as well.

Everyone says "you have a truck, get a plow!", but I wonder how badly it will beat my truck up for one thing, and then there's salting... do most places that need lots plowed expect salt as well? I would imagine so. That means a salt box is needed. This stuff adds up quick.

I may just buy a snow blower instead.
Just buy one of those jet fuel flame throwers, duh..

No, im just kidding ofc!

I was just thinking and what if you get a decent commercial fertilizer, use it for spreading salt!! (i think you would certianly have to keep it lubed up some how or do something to prevent salt rust) but then when the snow clears you could use it in lawn care as well, even if you didnt use itm you would have it incase you did need it! then next winter break it back out!

I dont know if thats plausible but i hope it helps.
__________________
(352)682-3094 Suwannee River, Florida 32680

Visit my site, http://www.lawnmoore.com, Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-05-2010, 01:57 PM
robgee05 robgee05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: newfield nj
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 6
robgee05 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnMoore View Post
Just buy one of those jet fuel flame throwers, duh..

No, im just kidding ofc!

I was just thinking and what if you get a decent commercial fertilizer, use it for spreading salt!! (i think you would certianly have to keep it lubed up some how or do something to prevent salt rust) but then when the snow clears you could use it in lawn care as well, even if you didnt use itm you would have it incase you did need it! then next winter break it back out!

I dont know if thats plausible but i hope it helps.
Just get a decent snow thrower. Its a little less to worry about liability wise. Then you can focus on residential drives and sidewalks at first. Some people will be ecstatic to have you clear their snow. It will also give you a good base of leads for lawn care in the spring.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-06-2010, 12:19 AM
All Terrian landscaping's Avatar
All Terrian landscaping All Terrian landscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Age: 23
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 6
All Terrian landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default snowplowing

Seeing that i usually end up with little to no work during the summer, and end up getting swamped in the winters, i can possibilly help with this situation
If you do have a truck with a plow on it all ready make sure its in top mechanical conditon. Its better to fix everything now, then in a parking lot when its blizzarding out (or on the side of the road in my case) Remeber, no ones truck breaks before a storm, its during. and if you dont have a truck, it better to buy one with out a plow and put one on, then it is to buy a "seasoned" one, you never know what the last guy put it through.
As for getting clients, start NOW!!!, by september all the good places r taken, what i do is carry a nice shirt and alot of biz cards in the truck and when im driven around and see someone outside, ill throw it on and stop by an talk to them and give them a bid rite on the spot, it may not seem real biz like, but it works
and last but not least, make sure you have a back-up driver, because more than likley, youll need him.

Really hope this helps you out, like my old man always said, your either gona get rich, or kiss your a$$ goodbye
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
tejas mowing season? nlowplacez Starting a lawn care business. 1 07-02-2010 04:36 PM
Mowing Season Started Today picframer General Talk 20 04-11-2010 12:00 PM
Snow Plowing?? JMM0254 General Talk 24 12-01-2009 05:29 PM
First time plowing RonJohnLawnCare Starting a lawn care business. 5 09-07-2008 07:32 PM
Mowing HeightsThe following are recommended mowing ritchiem Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-07-2006 08:29 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
Today 02:57 PM
Today 02:57 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 1
Trailer flooring...
Pattersonllc
Today 02:40 PM
Today 02:40 PM
by Pattersonllc
0 7
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Today 02:21 PM
by Steve
35 4,093
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
Yesterday 10:14 PM
Today 02:14 PM
by Steve
1 48
Engine question
Blue Star Lawn Care
Yesterday 09:47 PM
Today 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 41
First big mower decision?
SGL1
03-28-2015 08:58 AM
Today 02:09 PM
by SGL1
9 169
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
Today 02:00 PM
by Steve
6 151
Dethatching attachments
jcurr33
03-29-2015 08:56 PM
Today 01:50 PM
by Steve
3 97
Tree Service
Yard Elements
09-10-2011 08:19 PM
Today 01:39 PM
by Steve
25 8,613
Hydro oil
googus
Yesterday 06:45 AM
Today 05:42 AM
by mac83
3 76
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Today 12:33 AM
by CCandALawnCare
8 289
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Yesterday 11:09 PM
by SC93
9 259
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
Yesterday 10:51 PM
by SC93
22 632
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Yesterday 07:39 PM
by SGL1
30 2,474
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Yesterday 07:36 PM
by SGL1
16 615
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
Yesterday 07:08 PM
by Dan Tanner
7 444
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Yesterday 07:03 PM
by avetslawncare
11 433
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by Steve
4 445
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
Yesterday 01:40 PM
by Steve
3 213
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Steve
16 3,508
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
03-29-2015 05:13 PM
by avetslawncare
8 258
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
03-29-2015 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 164
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-29-2015 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 617
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
03-28-2015 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 220
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 294
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 266
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
03-27-2015 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 366
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 808
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,227
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,637
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 354
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 232
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,702
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 569
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 157
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 257
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 171
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 152
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,580
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 895
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,627
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 298
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 203
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 592
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 311
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 532
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 500
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,373
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,059
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 238
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration ditches door hangers edging employee problems estimate facebook flyers google grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:11 PM.

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