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 everyone


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 03-12-2011, 12:32 PM
jstonemo jstonemo is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas City, MO area
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
jstonemo is on a distinguished road
Default Hello everyone

My name is John, and I own and operate Artisan Home & Lawn Maintenance in the Kansas City area. This year is my first year working on my own in lawn maintenance.

I have 4 years experience in yard care for foreclosed homes. I worked for a local contractor who was involved with Cyprexx in Florida. I decided to go on my own after getting burned out on foreclosures which is really too much work for much too little pay. I am starting out with 4 of my own customers and am working on getting the advertising going.

I figure that after 4 years of mowing the worst possible yards, that private customers should be a lot easier. I have good word of mouth advertising already going for my home maintenance side of the business, so I need to just get it rolling on the lawn side.

Thanks to Steve for having a site like this to help out startups.
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 03-14-2011, 02:20 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi John,

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
I have 4 years experience in yard care for foreclosed homes. I worked for a local contractor who was involved with Cyprexx in Florida. I decided to go on my own after getting burned out on foreclosures which is really too much work for much too little pay.
A lot of people who aren't in this industry tend to think foreclosed home work has a lot of money in it?

What is your take on it and what would you warn others about this industry if they were looking to get into 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
  #3  
Old 03-14-2011, 12:08 PM
jstonemo jstonemo is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas City, MO area
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
jstonemo is on a distinguished road
Default

I think it is a lot like other "opportunities" that people might think would be easy money. When you really get involved with it, it is anything but easy money.

The hardest part of the foreclosure mowing work is that you have absolutely NO way to negotiate rates based on the amount of work involved. They pay a flat rate, usually $35, no matter how large the yard is, or how high the grass is. I have mowed yards that took 10 minutes and then go on to the next yard, and it is 2 acres of 2 ft. high grass. You can call the asset company to get a bit more pay for a 2 acre yard, but they most you could get is around $75.

The part that burned me out was when we started to do work for Fannie Mae. They are notorious for being extremely difficult to work for. By the end of last year, I was mowing, trimming, blowing, hedge trimming, hauling dead limbs and trash for $25 per yard. They do pay $35, but the company I contracted with took out a part since they did all of the billing and fielding phone calls on properties. The last straw for me was in the fall when they required leaf cleanup for the same mowing rate and I had to clean up a 1/4 acre yard that had 5 old growth maple trees. I had 4 waist high windrows of leaves that stretched for 50 feet each. I just put on my gator blades and mulch plate and went to town. Two hours of dusty work for $25.

So if anyone thinks it is lucrative and wants to try it out, don't say you weren't warned.

On a side note, I have used a Hustler Fastrak mower for those 4 years of punishment on equipment and it has held up great. Still have the original hydros and tires. Have had to replace the usual belts and pulleys over time, but it is built like a tank.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-16-2011, 01:30 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is very insightful!

How do you feel all that experience helped prep you for running your own business now?

What do you find are the biggest differences between your business now and the previous business you worked with?
__________________
- 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 03-28-2011, 09:38 AM
jstonemo jstonemo is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas City, MO area
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 5
jstonemo is on a distinguished road
Default

The first thing I have learned is to keep good records. Not just invoicing, expenses, and the like, but also taking pictures. I had to take before and after pics of every yard which makes sense for the banks since they are in a different state and can't do spot checks that often.

With the handyman and lawn care business, I find myself taking pics more often. It is a way to protect myself from frivolous complaints and any possible legal issues since we live in a litigious happy culture. I would recommend lawn companies to try it out. If you are mowing on a weekly basis, the customer may not always realize that the yard was cut if it is during a dry period, but you would have proof.

The biggest difference would be actually talking to a customer face-to-face. With foreclosure work, you never see anyone except the guy at the dump when you unload the trash from the houses. It is better to be able to talk to your customer and build a rapport with them. Helps to grow the business the way you want to grow and not just rely on assignments from banks or asset management companies.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-29-2011, 11:46 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Are you finding it more enjoyable to work with homeowners now than with banks? Also, have you found your marketing methods have changed since changing those who you are targeting as 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

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Today 04:14 PM
Today 04:14 PM
by madmedic8575
0 25
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Today 02:52 PM
Today 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 33
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Today 02:28 PM
by biglee
6 195
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 02:23 PM
by biglee
8 246
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
Yesterday 01:23 PM
Today 01:11 PM
by Steve
4 172
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 05:50 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by Steve
1 112
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Today 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 877
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
Yesterday 08:07 AM
Yesterday 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 132
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Yesterday 11:06 PM
by Chilehead
9 335
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 446
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
Yesterday 11:29 AM
Yesterday 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 105
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 560
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Yesterday 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 384
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Yesterday 05:13 AM
by ringahding1
5 279
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 451
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 428
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 201
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,567
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,388
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 700
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 556
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,469
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 303
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,869
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,366
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 270
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 341
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 795
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,255
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 535
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 373
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 712
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,020
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,384
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 738
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,327
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 459
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,561
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,570
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,658
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 593
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 753
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 597
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 943
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,597
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 912
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,724
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,133
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 1,038
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 679
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying billy goat brushcutter bush charge christmas deliquentaccounts exmark ferris foreman georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to how to bid hydraulic john deere quik trac labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan 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 lawn care website seo lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic mowing mulch mulch estimate new buisness new business ordinance podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scripts seo shreaded snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro walk behind walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:22 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:22 PM.

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