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!

"whats good?" from Better Days Landscaping & 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 09-09-2011, 03:23 PM
BetterDaysLandscaping BetterDaysLandscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grasonville, MD
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
BetterDaysLandscaping is on a distinguished road
Talking "whats good?" from Better Days Landscaping & Lawn Care

Hey everyone,
My name is Chuck Nash, owner and operator of Better Days Landscaping & Lawn Care located in Grasonville, MD. Which is on the Eastern Shore side of Maryland. I am 28 years old and honestly have had better days. LOL Thats where the business name comes from. Hopefully being my own boss will open some doors for me. I used to cut grass when i was 13 but gave it up when i got a lil older.(Girls and Cars distracted me!) I have worked many different jobs since then and late this spring I decided I wanted to be my own boss. So I started Better Days Landscaping & Lawn Care. I printed a few flyers at home and started a small website hosted by go daddy www.betterdayslandscaping.com . Then I decided to put a free ad on craigslist. Not two days later I recieved a call from a contractor out of Virginia. They sub contract preservation work on foreclosed homes for banks and real estate companies. ( Grass Cuts, Lock Changes, Winterization, etc.) I didn't know what I was getting myself into at the time. I had no commercial equipment basically a push mower, a rake and a strong back! The first property i went to had waist high grass and i was overwhelmed. Not expecting this I had no one to turn to.I knew I needed some equipment. Unfortunately I have bad credit. I had to turn to good ol mom and ask her to co sign. Thank god she did..... and I was the proud new owner of a 60" Commercial Kubota. Long story short..The contractor has kept me very busy all summer but I'm not getting paid a premium for my work since I'm subbing. I have come across some disasters but my Kubota will go threw anything. I have no complaints. Shes a beast! Now fall is approaching very fast and I only have a few clients of my own. I decided that its time to buckle down and make this thing pop off! I have been watching the Gopher Haul videos, studying every possible article and even enrolled in the Gopher Haul Lawn School. I have learned alot but have so much more to learn. I'm new to this industry and want to learn from the veterans and their mistakes. But all in all I just wanted to introduce myself and extend my hand to anyone and everyone. If your ever in Maryland or have the need for a contractor in MD. You can count on me. You can contact me anytime. 443-510-5556 BetterDaysLandscaping@Gmail.com www.betterdayslandscaping.com

I love Gopher Haul! Keep up the good work! Its an amazing site for newbies like me
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 09-09-2011, 08:16 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome aboard Chuck
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-10-2011, 11:34 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Chuck,

With some of these earlier jobs, how long did you think they would take you and how long did they actually take you?

Do you have any advice for others looking to become sub-contractors for such businesses? Any do's or don'ts they should follow?

Would you start up the same way again if you could redo it all or would you do something differently?
__________________
- 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 09-13-2011, 09:19 AM
BetterDaysLandscaping BetterDaysLandscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grasonville, MD
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
BetterDaysLandscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks Ducke.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-13-2011, 09:33 AM
BetterDaysLandscaping BetterDaysLandscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grasonville, MD
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
BetterDaysLandscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Well steve... I didn't know what to expect. And it still seems to be that way today. Like yesterday i get to a property and the grass is waist high. Thats the down fall of sub work they send me an address of the foreclosed property and a due date. Nothing else so you never know what your going to find. But once you cut the property they are on a bi weekly schedule so it its only usually a pain the first few cuts. Also they are spread out all over the place so alot of fuel is wasted and since i'm the sub i'm probably only making half of what I should be. For instance I only get $45 for an acre. The plus side of doing this is I have alot of properties and there is no homeowner there breathing down my neck. The other downfall is there are a few hours spent every night sending in the pictures of the jobs............. I guess all in all i'm getting bye but I would like to get some more clients of my own, get some more equipment and a helper. Two people are better than one.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-13-2011, 03:59 PM
nickeckes nickeckes is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 60
Rep Power: 5
nickeckes is on a distinguished road
Default

if you dont mind me asking i was wondering how much do you get paid "per lawn" of the forclosed houses?? I do forclosed propertys and i get a paid a flat rate. . every house pays the same. if its a 10min job or 45min job the house pays the same. . Its not to bad, because all the houses are within a few blocks and usully 2-5miles apart at the most. . My partner and I can knock out 4 houses in a hr. thats what we have been averaging this year. . The picture taking is BullS***, but if you dont give the pictures to the banks your not getting paid. . . How many pictures do they require you to have per house??
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-14-2011, 08:16 AM
BetterDaysLandscaping BetterDaysLandscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grasonville, MD
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 4
BetterDaysLandscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

I don't mind talking bout anything thats what the forum is for. The contractor i sub for has a price for different sized properties and the different tasks involved. Most of my yards range from $25-$45 depending on the size and hieght of the grass. I'm sure they are making just as much as i am for picking up the phone and sending me the work. What are you averaging per lawn? Also they require pictures of the street sign, the house number, all four sides of the property from every angle, yard stick shot showing the height, and action shot showing the mower in front of the house, before and after shots....... How bout you? The same for you?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-14-2011, 01:27 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

they forgot to have you send them a letter from your mom ! sounds like you might spend as much time proving you did the work as actually doing the damned work .
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-15-2011, 10:27 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
sounds like you might spend as much time proving you did the work as actually doing the damned work .
It would be interesting to figure out after each day and end of the week, how much time was spent on doing that. It seems like it is a silent profit killer.
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 09-15-2011, 10:54 AM
GrantELC GrantELC is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 4
GrantELC is on a distinguished road
Default

I do the same foreclosed work, it is not bad I can easily do about 16 to 20 lawns in a day depending on the areas I am given. The pictures for me take a little bit of time but once you get into the routine it is quite easy. I upload the pictures on my computer, organize them by address/file and put them into a zip. After that I just upload them onto the ftp site.

Say you ask for 40 lawns every time they call you and they are at $25.00 per lawn, that is an easy $1,000 in two days if you can handle them in two days.

Now the question is sure it is great working with them but you start to think how much do they make? If they can afford to have you do it for $25.00 and take the pictures, ect. do they get charge $50.00? Just something to ponder.
__________________
Work Hard - Succeed - Be Happy

Elite Lawn Care - 3rd year in business
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
"Part Timers", "Low Ballers" & Self Employed doug1980 General Talk 43 01-27-2015 08:01 PM
My "Lawn Care" side is going large property it seems... MAKLawnCutter Starting a lawn care business. 2 02-28-2011 11:25 PM
Starting a Lawn Care Business with "Lawns of Wealth" startlawnbusiness Promote your products or services 0 09-08-2010 03:29 PM
NEEDED: 1 landscaping company to profile LocalAdLink's "Geo-targeting" advertising Green_Day Promote your products or services 10 04-08-2009 09:48 PM
My "Lawn Care" website. Plan-It Graphics Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 3 08-01-2008 11:07 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 06:12 PM
by rootytalbot
7 258
Hello!
brandycarlton
Yesterday 12:31 PM
Yesterday 03:54 PM
by Steve
1 50
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
07-28-2015 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 170
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
07-28-2015 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 148
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:17 PM
07-28-2015 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 155
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
07-28-2015 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 300
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
07-28-2015 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 151
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 677
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,855
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 306
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
07-27-2015 11:27 AM
by googus
8 497
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,331
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,333
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,396
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 245
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 359
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 266
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 280
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,660
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,609
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,413
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 293
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 239
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 410
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,411
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 340
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 2,177
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 305
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 2,017
» Popular Tags
accounting ad landscaping advertising aerocore apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter bob villa collections contract help demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook financials foreman free lawn care google hardscapes how to husqvarna increase customers invoicing jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due patio install per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree up sell employee walk behind web design website winterization wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:37 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:37 AM.

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