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!

Starting in Lawn care


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 11-26-2010, 04:56 PM
Hendey21 Hendey21 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
Hendey21 is on a distinguished road
Default Starting in Lawn care

This past month i have started throwing around the idea of starting a lawn car busines. I worked a a greenhouse for a couple of years and then did landscaping this past summer and it made me have the urge to start my own lawn care business. This coming spring, i have the idea of going to the greenhouse in which i used to work and put flyers next to the registers(still really good friends with old Boss). There are alot of people that go into this business in the spring and i feel that this will be a great way of advertising. I have a truck and thought about just purchasing a push mower, weed eater and blower. My money plan is to invest my own money to purchase this equipment and then in return pay myself back when i start earning money, i will put over half the money i earn while mowing into a somwhat business acount for gas, insurance and ect.. Tel me what you think about this plan?? My biggest hurdle is what kind of equipment i should get, ive been reading alot of reviews on mowers and blowers and im not sure what the best would be?? I would really appreciate it if i could get some info on what you think are the best lawn care equipment is!!!
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 11-26-2010, 04:59 PM
Greenside Lawncare, LLC Greenside Lawncare, LLC is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 5
Greenside Lawncare, LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Stihl for trimmers, blowers
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-27-2010, 12:06 AM
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

Its mostly about personal preferenceand whats available. But as long as you go with commercial you will be ok. But also you got to start somewhere and commercial may not always be possible so do what you have to, to get yourself into it. Look to save yourself a few bucks by looking at larger walk behinds 30+ inchs rather then the riders(unless you have larger properties in your area).

Have you seen what the other companies are using in your area? Most companies use exmark and walker in our area. We dont as of yet... but looking around its a place to start.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-27-2010, 10:08 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,516
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

Did the green house you worked at have their own landscape division or if not, how did customers get their plants planted?

If you could have them refer you work, you could really hit the ground running.

Maybe have a business card display and then give the greenhouse a % of the install maybe?

Your plan sounds good so far. I'd say keep it simple and cheap early on to give yourself some breathing room and see if you like the business enough to stick with it and scale up.

Was there any specific moment that made you decide to finally take the jump and start your own business?
__________________
- 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 11-27-2010, 12:09 PM
Hendey21 Hendey21 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
Hendey21 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thankyou for your ideas!, also the greenhouse worked for didnt have a landscaping branch for their business, there was always a landscaper that wentin their for plants and i just needed a change so i called him spring time and then was working for him in the summer full time.
Like you were saying with the business cards Steve i plan on doing somthign with a flyer(or another advertisement along those lines) during the 3 years i worked there i was amazed at how many people went in their!! thats wha gave me the idea to advertise there i the spring
Alot of the companies around here use the 42in walk behinds which i would love to get but im still in high school so i dot think i can drop a couple grand on one of them, im gonna talk to local lawn moer repair service and see if they have any used ones.
I guesse the main reason why i felt the urge to start up mowing, was the fact that i really enjoy being outside and wanting to be my own boss. But by far the biggest thing was going to work with grouchy colleagues and bosses which didnt make the day very fun....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-28-2010, 10:01 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,516
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well you are doing a great job. Start small, get a mower you can afford and scale up as you need to.

What other forms of marketing will you be doing? Do you have a truck or trailer that you can put a sign on? Can you get flyers out to your neighbors that live on your block?
__________________
- 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

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
Starting new lawn care in AL jasonh Starting a lawn care business. 5 09-09-2010 04:44 PM
Starting or growing a lawn care biz Pflat1 General Talk 3 04-01-2008 10:27 AM
Insight into starting a successful lawn care Steve General Business Discussions 4 03-16-2008 11:20 AM
starting a lawn care business jbrewer Starting a lawn care business. 3 01-15-2008 12:08 AM
Lawn care was his starting point. Steve General Business Discussions 0 12-18-2007 05:00 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
Yesterday 08:07 AM
Yesterday 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 111
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Yesterday 11:06 PM
by Chilehead
9 312
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
Yesterday 01:23 PM
Yesterday 06:56 PM
by Matther777
2 123
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by robert8509
7 208
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 06:16 PM
by robert8509
5 156
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 416
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 05:50 PM
Yesterday 05:50 PM
by Dan Tanner
0 75
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 03:33 PM
by TNTurf
10 831
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
Yesterday 11:29 AM
Yesterday 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 86
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 535
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Yesterday 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 364
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Yesterday 05:13 AM
by ringahding1
5 257
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 432
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 407
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 182
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,547
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,364
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 684
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 535
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,437
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 286
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,841
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,343
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 252
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 325
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 773
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,228
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 513
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 357
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 692
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 996
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,361
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 719
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,261
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 442
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,538
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,550
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,638
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 577
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 738
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 579
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 923
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,578
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 889
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,701
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,115
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 1,020
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 662
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 654
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,191
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex article marketing bark bid blades bob villa care charge collections collections subcontractor decorating ditches edging employee problems equipment rental estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how much to charge husqvarna installation introduction kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website marketing mr dave mulch new mower past due podcast promotion pto redmax reo running a business scag search engine optimization seo shell small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steep lawns steve stihl theft of services top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:06 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:06 AM.

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