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!

Hello all (newbee with an important question)


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 09-07-2010, 01:58 AM
roysyardandhaul roysyardandhaul is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 4
roysyardandhaul is on a distinguished road
Default Hello all (newbee with an important question)

My name is Eric and I am new here.
25 years ago I made a run at this kind of living with a 79 Honda Prelude (carried the mower in the trunk) Lawn Bags filled with barkdust tied to the top of the car. no kidding- stuck the rented weed eater out the sunroof.
I was getting 15.00 per hour back then.
My girlfriend spent all the money in the business account (some of it fronted for a job and I went broke and gave up)

Last I year started a Landscape Maintenance business with my father after being laid off of a 6 year 38K - 40K per year job.
I decided that I wasen't going to rely on someone else for employment any longer. So far I have about 25 regular customers and some are year around.

There is so much good information here Im glad I found you all. I hope to share my Ideas as well - I have years of sales,marketing and customer relations experience behind me. In my opinion that is 90% of the job if not 95.

My Goal is 100 clients at an AVG of 100.00 per month in the next 8 years.
That should keep me busy.

What I would like to know is how do you guys know what the avarage price of services are in your area? How would you research this it's not like everyone advertizes their hourly rate.

Any help or Ideas in this area would be great.

Thank You

Eric.
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 09-07-2010, 06:26 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 5
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Use your yard or neighbor/freinds yard and have a few companies come out and bid the maintenance on it.

Personal sugestion you dont want to be the most expensive but you dont want to be the cheapest either. Find what and where works best for you.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-08-2010, 10:11 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Eric,

Welcome to our forum!

When you are giving your price to the customer, can you tell by reading them if you are over or underpricing yourself? Their reaction and their decision to give you the job or not should be the ultimate guide to what you can price your work at.

If that fails, you can always do what was mentioned in the previous post.

Quote:
I have years of sales,marketing and customer relations experience behind me. In my opinion that is 90% of the job if not 95.
What would you say are the 5 most important lessons you have learned when it comes to those things?
__________________
- 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 09-08-2010, 01:07 PM
roysyardandhaul roysyardandhaul is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 4
roysyardandhaul is on a distinguished road
Default

What would you say are the 5 most important lessons you have learned when it comes to those things?[/quote]

That's easy,

1.Always listen to your customer (they will tell you how to close them+they will give you the objections you have to overcome)
2.Always make them feel that they are the most important client you have.(because they are)
3.The "Law of Averages prevail" ( more estimates more business)
4.Find common ground and make friends before firing your number. ( If they like you they will buy from you)
5.Follow up , Follow Up,Follow up - (untill you get the job or they tell you to "go jump in the lake) - If you loose one job it dosen't mean that you have lost all the jobs they need.

One more.

All of this begins the second you answer the phone.

Your right about watcing their reaction btw - thinking about it again it dosen't really matter what the other guy is charging. When I was selling cars I never cared how much the "other car" was my customer always bought the best car on the lot. - The only thing that really matters to me is how to grow my business and reach...no exceed my goal.

You have a good site here and it will help me get there.
It reminds me of who really got rich in the gold rush era?

The gold prospectors? no

It was the one selling the tools.





Thank You.
Eric.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-09-2010, 12:55 AM
djmadmattr djmadmattr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
djmadmattr is on a distinguished road
Default lawns in my area go for...

Lawns in my area go for $20 small (30 min),,,,$25 med (40 min),,,,$30 hour big so that comes to a minimum of 40 hour one person max. 80 hour for two quick people. You stick by those numbers and you should be fine. charge different rates per hour based on lawn size that's my trick you make less the bigger the lawn is not more. So long as your clients live close to one another anymore and people's attitude toward there nice lawn guy changes and you will lose them.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-09-2010, 10:57 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
5.Follow up , Follow Up,Follow up - (untill you get the job or they tell you to "go jump in the lake) - If you loose one job it dosen't mean that you have lost all the jobs they need.
I have read stories about how involved one can become in following up. One story stood out in my mind on how a car salesman would send a birthday card every year to a customer who bought a car from him. He would also get as much information as he could about the customer and their family to ask about them the next time he heard from the customer.

When you say follow up, follow up, follow up, how involved do you think this process should get? Should it include the above concepts? Should it include more? What's your thoughts on 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 09-09-2010, 04:45 PM
From the Ground Up From the Ground Up is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
From the Ground Up is on a distinguished road
Default About Me

Hi, my name is David and I've been interested in lawn maintenance my whole life. I'm 18 years old and really want to pursue a career in the yard business. I have bout 20 year round regular customers and anything that a veteran could give to a rookie would be very appreciative.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-10-2010, 12:54 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi David,

Welcome to our forum!

20 lawns! WoW! what kind of marketing do you do to attract all those customers?
__________________
- 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
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
lawn care sales, sales lessons

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
How important is a company name? Steve General Business Discussions 1 02-05-2007 05:04 PM
How important it is to stand out. Steve General Business Discussions 0 05-11-2006 04:03 PM
Whats more important to you Steve General Business Discussions 5 12-19-2005 09:31 AM
how important is a web site Upstate Lawn & Tree Care General Business Discussions 1 06-26-2003 10:55 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 05:12 PM
by jymie
6 280
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 03:37 PM
by Steve
8 218
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Yesterday 10:17 AM
Today 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 121
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Today 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 169
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 03:04 PM
by Steve
7 270
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
Today 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 122
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
Today 02:48 PM
by Steve
3 210
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
Today 02:44 PM
by Steve
2 155
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
Today 02:39 PM
by Steve
2 174
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Today 02:30 PM
by Steve
1 104
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
Today 02:28 PM
by Steve
1 129
snowplowing
jshak40
Yesterday 07:20 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by kslawn
6 169
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 284
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 447
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 587
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 666
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,335
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,729
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 567
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 241
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,900
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 335
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 407
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 281
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 251
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 296
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 537
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 795
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 259
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 593
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 561
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 307
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 418
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 328
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,160
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 625
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,740
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 797
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,995
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 422
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 547
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 381
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 651
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 526
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 624
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 675
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 935
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 464
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 532
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 423
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds patio install podcast pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:52 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:52 PM.

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