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: 3
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
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 4
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome aboard Chuck
__________________
Ducke's lawn Care and Introducing Duck's Seasonal Decor.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-10-2011, 11:34 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,282
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: 3
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: 3
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: 4
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: 3
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: 36,282
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: 3
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 22 07-24-2011 05:32 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
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
Today 09:47 AM
by kslawn
8 228
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
Today 01:48 AM
Today 09:14 AM
by stevef1201
3 54
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
Today 08:57 AM
Today 09:08 AM
by stevef1201
1 21
Hello
M2Dave
Today 12:32 AM
Today 12:32 AM
by M2Dave
0 17
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 04:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
100 5,915
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
Yesterday 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 290
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
Yesterday 12:01 PM
by Steve
1 52
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
Yesterday 11:56 AM
by Steve
7 287
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-19-2014 07:52 PM
by SGL1
8 208
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 98
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 148
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 95
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 854
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 381
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,296
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 568
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,727
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 153
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 193
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 292
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 153
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 397
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 275
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 391
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 396
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 673
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 223
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 302
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 191
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 203
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 524
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,141
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,349
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 574
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 1,934
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 774
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 474
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,560
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 434
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 446
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 942
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 734
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,753
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 271
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
08-04-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
2 307
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:14 AM
08-04-2014 11:52 AM
by Steve
6 418
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:13 PM
08-04-2014 11:50 AM
by Steve
3 344
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-02-2014 07:55 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
24 3,487
Easy money
stevef1201
11-14-2013 10:17 AM
08-02-2014 01:03 AM
by stevef1201
3 1,496
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-01-2014 11:42 PM
by TNTurf
1,186 327,993
» Popular Tags
4wd 34'' apartment complex auger blades butterfly gardens charge christmas christmas light hanging credit card customers ditches exmark ferris financing first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday how much to charge john deere quik trac kansas city landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan 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 leaf marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business podcast property management company pto riding mower running a business savannah scag schedule seo snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business stihl top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer tree care trimmer rack walker winter winter services
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:49 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:49 AM.

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