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.

First job!


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
  #1  
Old 03-23-2011, 12:13 AM
ToastedToad's Avatar
ToastedToad ToastedToad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 64
Rep Power: 4
ToastedToad is on a distinguished road
Default First job!

Landed my first job today under the new company. Feels good to get one under my belt. Not a big job, just 3000 sq ft de-thatching. Hoping to land the mowing for the season, but not very likely. Good people though and will help get my name circulating.

Thanks to you all!
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 03-23-2011, 03:28 AM
Simpkins's Avatar
Simpkins Simpkins is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Tri-State Area
Age: 33
Posts: 100
Rep Power: 4
Simpkins is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hey, great news! What makes you think you won't land the mowing for the summer? Just curious.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-23-2011, 12:13 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,422
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is fantastic!

How did you land that one? Were you marketing de-thatching services specifically?
__________________
- 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 03-23-2011, 11:20 PM
ToastedToad's Avatar
ToastedToad ToastedToad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 64
Rep Power: 4
ToastedToad is on a distinguished road
Default

@Simpkins

The owner of the property is retired and likes to mow his lawn. He just didn't want to de-thatch. I will of course give him a bid on the mowing, don't expect him to accept it this year, but hopefully will set me up for the future. It's in a great neighborhood so I expect a referral or two.

@Steve

In our local newspaper they have a thing like Groupon, called Daily Deals. I did one of those for a $30 gift certificate for $15. Only sold 3, but one was the de-thatch job, so it was awesome free marketing. Haven't heard from the other two buyer yet, could be good. Or could just be someone looking for a cheap mow. The deal gets sent out to like 5,000 subscribers so it's a great way to market for no cost to me. You can only do it once every two months, but free is free right.

Scored 3 more accounts today!! One weekly and two bi weekly. The weekly was from just plain old door to door sales, the customer is a local bank manager. And the two bi weeklies were from door hangers. The customer was calling his doog so it wouldn't eat me and I stopped to talk to him. Sold him on his yard plus a small rental that he owns. Got two more estimates to do this week so it could be a good week for this new biz owner!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-23-2011, 11:20 PM
ToastedToad's Avatar
ToastedToad ToastedToad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 64
Rep Power: 4
ToastedToad is on a distinguished road
Default

And yes Steve I have de-thatchin in my list of services.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-23-2011, 11:32 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

take care of the bank manager,he might have some bank repo work for you down the line ,and of course,the bank as well .
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-24-2011, 10:51 AM
ToastedToad's Avatar
ToastedToad ToastedToad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 64
Rep Power: 4
ToastedToad is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bruces View Post
take care of the bank manager,he might have some bank repo work for you down the line ,and of course,the bank as well .
That's what I'm hoping for. Thanks for the tip.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-24-2011, 05:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,422
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I did one of those for a $30 gift certificate for $15.
How does that work? Does the paper say contact this lawn care company to get a $30 gift certificate for $15 and then you take the orders on your phone for it?

Are there any conditions to the gift certificate purchase?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 03-24-2011, 10:42 PM
ToastedToad's Avatar
ToastedToad ToastedToad is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 64
Rep Power: 4
ToastedToad is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
How does that work? Does the paper say contact this lawn care company to get a $30 gift certificate for $15 and then you take the orders on your phone for it?

Are there any conditions to the gift certificate purchase?
The paper takes care of all of it. On the site they have a nice page with a picture and write up about your company. You have to offer a deal that is at least 50% off. The customer has an account on the site and can purchase the item directly from there. The business owner does nothing yet. Once the deal is done (24 hrs), they send you the list of people that bought the deal. It is then up to the customer to get in touch with you, or come to your store or whatever thew case may be. The only thing I have to do is go out and give an estimate on work to which they can apply the gift certificate. You set the restrictions and conditions on what they can use it for so hopefully you don't get screwed. It's good for attracting new customers and showing what you can do.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-26-2011, 07:46 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,422
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That's great! Keep us posted on how all this goes after you do the jobs to tell us what you thought of the experience of using that type of marketing. It sounds very exciting.
__________________
- 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
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
Today 04:10 PM
Today 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 16
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,183
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Today 02:46 PM
by jrs.landscaping
15 711
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
Today 07:05 AM
Today 02:38 PM
by Steve
3 92
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
Today 10:06 AM
Today 02:23 PM
by Steve
1 65
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
Today 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 263
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Today 02:11 PM
by Steve
3 334
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
Yesterday 06:02 PM
Today 02:08 PM
by Steve
1 110
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Today 02:03 PM
by Steve
5 277
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
Yesterday 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 195
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
Yesterday 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 254
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
Yesterday 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 268
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 403
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
Yesterday 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 659
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
Yesterday 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 512
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
Yesterday 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,530
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,029
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
09-26-2014 06:08 PM
by jrs.landscaping
23 1,047
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,052
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-25-2014 09:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,076
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,261
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 752
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,141
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 700
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,034
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 771
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,405
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,418
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,640
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,065
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,474
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 872
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,059
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,490
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 888
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,247
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 999
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,750
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,491
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,677
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,397
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 899
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,023
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 947
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,745
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,473
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,541
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 889
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 927
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 2,391
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment lawn care estimate bob villa charge christmas lighting commercial demonstration ditches employee problems estimate exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul gravely hardscapes holiday how much to charge how to how to bid hydraulic introduction kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf removal lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate new buisness new mower past due patio install podcast property management company redmax reo rotating running a business scag scag v-ride seo sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns stihl tips top dresser toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:00 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:00 PM.

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