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.

taking over for my cousin and wanting to grow business now


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 06-27-2011, 05:27 AM
plaster10 plaster10 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 5
plaster10 is on a distinguished road
Default taking over for my cousin and wanting to grow business now

I am going to take over my cousin's lawn care business. He has 15 yards now and I am wondering what I can do in mid summer to grow the business now. I am already thinking about guarantees to these 15 yards that I will keep there prices the same for next year as I am taking over in the middle of the mowing season. Any other ideas? Thanks in advance

plaster10
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 06-27-2011, 11:36 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,506
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum!

Have you been looking over the books and figured out if you are making enough per property? Sometimes in such situations, a new business owners comes into a business where the previous owner had underbid the jobs and there is not enough profit per property.

I would check that first before I offered any price guarantees.

Also, have you thought about talking to your existing client base and asking them for referrals? They may know a bunch of people who could use your services.

What other things has your cousin done to gain his 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
  #3  
Old 06-27-2011, 05:38 PM
plaster10 plaster10 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 5
plaster10 is on a distinguished road
Default

working on the referrals, would you recommend any type of discount for the number of referrals a person gives or if so many of them agree to a yearly contract? thanks Steve and love the site
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-27-2011, 08:40 PM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 6
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

I have a referal system that the get one free cut a month per a customer. So if in one month they get me 3 customers I will cut their lawn once a month free for the next three months. That way I am still making money on their property and not cutting it for free for a month or what have you. It seems to work for me. I trimmed the fat so to speak this year tho and got rid of 4 customers that were always late or always complained about the pettiest of things. Good luck let us know what works for you.
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-27-2011, 11:58 PM
Johnny_boy02 Johnny_boy02 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
Johnny_boy02 is on a distinguished road
Default

Where are you located?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-28-2011, 01:05 PM
plaster10 plaster10 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 5
plaster10 is on a distinguished road
Default

Tennessee halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-28-2011, 03:05 PM
Rodriguez11 Rodriguez11 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 5
Rodriguez11 is on a distinguished road
Default

craigslist is a good FREE way to get a couple jobs. It is really where I got my start and got my name out there. Will you be taking over your cousins equipment and paying for it?
__________________
2008 F-350, 2006 rzt50 23kH, 2010 tank m48 with 25kH, 16x8 vnose car hauler, echo edgers and weedeaters.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-29-2011, 06:55 AM
plaster10 plaster10 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 5
plaster10 is on a distinguished road
Default

no going to be using mine. fixing to purchase a Snapper Pro S150, have echo trimmer and hand held blower and Redmax pole saw so now just have to get brushcutter and hedge trimmer. Anything else I might need? thanks in advance
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-29-2011, 12:47 PM
Rodriguez11 Rodriguez11 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 5
Rodriguez11 is on a distinguished road
Default

Sounds like a good start with equipment. Maybe a stick edger later on after some business picks up. When trying to get new tools and equipment I like to wait for a big job or something related to the equipment I want then I buy it. For example I bought the stihl hedgeclippers with the tilt head only because I had a huge bush job, paid it off within two weeks of buying them. Just helps to do it that way so you dont go out buying equipment and having no money and not using them.
__________________
2008 F-350, 2006 rzt50 23kH, 2010 tank m48 with 25kH, 16x8 vnose car hauler, echo edgers and weedeaters.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-30-2011, 11:34 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,506
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
working on the referrals, would you recommend any type of discount for the number of referrals a person gives or if so many of them agree to a yearly contract?
You might at first want to try just asking your current customers/friends/family if they could help you out and either hand out a few of your business cards to their friends or simply tell you a few people you could contact that may need your services.
__________________
- 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
Wanting to start a part time lawn business Tovar Starting a lawn care business. 8 07-06-2010 10:30 AM
Free seminar tomorrow - 2pm - How to Use Free Online Tools to Grow Your Business" justin_time Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 1 12-02-2009 10:19 PM
Grow Grass Grow Steve W Introduce Yourself 11 04-03-2009 11:56 AM
3 Ideas to Quickly Grow Your Business Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 0 02-19-2007 03:00 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 11:27 AM
by mattthelawnguy
10 379
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
07-31-2015 01:16 PM
by Bradcook21
6 133
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-31-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
1,227 401,376
Hello Everybody
budspop
07-30-2015 11:42 AM
07-31-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
1 57
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
07-31-2015 11:34 AM
by googus
9 589
Hello!
brandycarlton
07-29-2015 12:31 PM
07-29-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
1 133
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
07-28-2015 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 249
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
07-28-2015 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 227
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:17 PM
07-28-2015 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 240
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
07-28-2015 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 387
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
07-28-2015 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 224
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 779
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,956
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 380
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,455
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,424
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,494
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 323
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 455
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 334
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 356
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,748
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,691
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,500
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 360
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 306
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 484
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,491
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental financials flyers foreman free advertising free lawn care growing a lawn care business hardscapes hiring how to husqvarna hydro increase customers invoicing landscape landscape services landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag secrets to landscaping shell shreaded small engine repair snow plowing solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee web design website website design wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43 AM.

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