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? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Quick Question?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 08-23-2010, 10:25 AM
TouchtonsCLC TouchtonsCLC is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NE Florida
Posts: 53
Rep Power: 6
TouchtonsCLC is on a distinguished road
Default

This is our second year and we've doubled our first year clients, but we only have about 45 full-timers. Hubster mows 4 full days a week during week A, 5 during week B. I hope in the next two years we'll be able to bring someone on to help out. We don't have any commercial accounts, yet. Most of our clients have found us through Craigslist. We send postcards out to neighborhoods we want to work in for fall clean-ups (vistaprint.com offers these free periodically) . We also advertised on the back of our kids' school carpool signs this year. We'll see how that goes.

We also have a website. We just did a freebie at webs.com. Not ready to pay for one just yet. There's a link in the signature to our site. Google Ads sent us a $100 voucher to use their service. It brought about a few clients. We're listed on Google places, as well. I blog monthly, partly to help us rank better in search engine crawls.

Hang in there. We have up and down weeks all the time.
__________________
"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business." - Henry Ford

Touchton's Complete Lawn Care
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


  #12  
Old 08-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Chachi Chachi is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 52
Rep Power: 5
Chachi is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What pushed you over the edge with these customers? How should a lawn care business owner know when enough is enough?
Rudeness and the whole they think they are god attitudes. I started my biz because I wanted to work for myself and I hate my office job I have. I love being outside and working. I'd say they should know when enough is enough when they do not enjoy what they are doing. Why do something you hate to do? I am pretty sure we all started in this biz because we love it and our services will always be needed.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-23-2010, 07:06 PM
mburse1977's Avatar
mburse1977 mburse1977 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 4
mburse1977 is on a distinguished road
Default

I Started in the spring of this year. Spent most of the money on help equipment and adverting.I do not plain on making any profit this season this is why i keep my other job tell i get things going and it has been hard working both.

In the long run it will pay with my current business plain i plain on making about 9000 off of three crews maybe a little more depending on what the cost wind up being at the end of season. IT takes time and planing to run a business so maybe it is time to sit down and write up a plain and what your golds are and what needs to be done to meet them.

I have about 20 active clients and about 20 off and on clients that call on me from time to time. Had on commercial account but things out side of my control that fell through.I expect to take my Averting that worked and try new things for the next season and take the 20 and turn that number into 60 next season. Keep in mind i started with little investment and am adding as i go so i have no loans plain on doing this debit free.

Key is in the plain and what you should be doing to get there. Think of what you want to get out of it and what has to be done to do it. Then write it down on paper and think of things that can be done to get there.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-24-2010, 02:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,752
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Rudeness and the whole they think they are god attitudes.
Do you think this has anything to do with being a newer business? Can customers sense if you need them badly and then they take advantage of it? Or do you think this happens at any business level?
__________________
- 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
  #15  
Old 08-25-2010, 09:31 PM
OldRedFord OldRedFord is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Conyers GA
Age: 28
Posts: 32
Rep Power: 4
OldRedFord is on a distinguished road
Default

I started back in June. So far I have 14 properties and 5 customers. I have found a good way to get the ball rolling here is to get in touch with anyone you know in the real estate field. That is how I got 10 of my properties.
__________________
2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS 48" 20 Hp B&S
Little Wonder walk behind edger (from 1960's)
Weedeater blower
Weedeater hedge trimmer
Royobi 4 cycle trimmer/edger
Redmax TR2350S trimmer
21" push mower
6x12 trailer
2002 Ford Ranger
Just starting out...
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
hi, quick question about site ChrisJSIQuit Introduce Yourself 4 01-07-2008 02:17 PM
quick question jiggarule69 Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 14 11-11-2007 08:37 AM
quick question VogelLawnService Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 03-13-2007 04:58 AM
quick question please? thanks mmelskk General Business Discussions 4 02-23-2007 10:06 PM
Quick Question about Lawn care calculator MJK General Business Discussions 5 07-11-2006 06:54 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Today 05:36 PM
by Steve
13 819
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
Today 09:52 AM
Today 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 37
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
Today 06:55 AM
Today 05:29 PM
by Steve
5 70
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
Today 09:53 AM
Today 05:26 PM
by Steve
3 62
this mower is driving me...
boog
Yesterday 12:07 PM
Today 05:10 PM
by Steve
3 100
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
Today 09:49 AM
Today 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 35
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
Today 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 76
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Today 04:49 PM
by Steve
11 317
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
Today 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 173
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Today 04:43 PM
by Steve
16 330
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 04:41 PM
by Steve
31 1,020
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
Today 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 185
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
Today 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 180
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
Today 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 158
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Today 10:06 AM
by kslawn
9 206
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 597
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 709
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 93
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 256
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 83
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
04-16-2014 10:43 AM
by Steve
3 107
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 588
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 220
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 160
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 297
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 193
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 97
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 285,053
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 407
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 315
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 406
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 166
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-14-2014 10:03 AM
by Steve
5 186
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 399
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 107
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 227
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 104
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 182
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,574
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 309
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 323
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 158
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 133
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 129
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 287
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 1,003
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 124
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
04-10-2014 10:33 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
78 25,040
Trading Accounts
goodtimez
04-09-2014 05:42 PM
04-10-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
2 157
Grass that has...
erock289
04-09-2014 10:21 AM
04-10-2014 01:52 PM
by Steve
3 167
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 advertisement article marketing birdscaping blower care charge christmas light service credit card customers echo exmark fall ferris financing flower bed for sale four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul gravely gravely 34" zero turn health holiday holiday decorating how much to charge installation invoice kansas city labor cost late lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business show lawn clarksville lawn service clarksville tn leaf cleanup lesco lighting brass outdoor lights llc llp marketing mowing mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business office management oil podcast promotion redmax scag seo snow sole proprietorship starting a business stihl subcontractor theft of services tips tree care unreasonable walk behind walker yard clarksville zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:50 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:50 PM.

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