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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Couple of Business Idea's


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-30-2011, 05:04 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default Couple of Business Idea's

I came across this, this morning, extermination but a business idea for you to consider in the slow months.

The city where I live is on the Atlantic Ocean, mice and rats are an issue especially this time of the year where the weather is turning colder at night. I ran into a couple of guys my age two weeks ago that had just started and they claim they can not keep up.

Something to think about as the start up cost would not be high and it's an on going issue in many cities.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/20.../18757726.html
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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 09-30-2011, 08:45 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,822
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I wonder if you could get into that without needing a license? Possibly if you just used traps instead of chemicals or pesticides?
__________________
- 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 10-01-2011, 04:05 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
I wonder if you could get into that without needing a license? Possibly if you just used traps instead of chemicals or pesticides?
Yes, What interested me is a new company I hired to look after our building, its a new multi million dollar building I manage however its right on the water front, the Ocean is 20 feet from one side which brings mice this time of the year. They use something called sticky traps, some live traps etc. His start up costs were next to nothing however the profit margin is high, I did the math, it's a very easy business to learn and would be a great add on business for those offering home services.

Just crossed my mind as I signed a contract for our building, $1,320 a month, there are traps every 60 feet along the parimiter in the 40,000 sq/ft building, you want to get ahead of the issue before it becomes one, they come in every week to check the locations which the document, anyhow something to consider.

Another thing is garbage removal, I moved the business from the big trucks two three young guys that have small dumps on their 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks, the service is better and a little cheaper, they charge me $30,000 a year and come three times a week. Because we recycle, one young fellow laughed the other day as he is making almost $600 a month on returning pop cans and water bottles.

There are so many things we can do to make money, just look around and think outside the box.

Lawn care for the place was an interesting adventure, mowing was easy to find, taking care of our many flow beds was another story, found the right company and very happy, what I found was most of the small LCO's that came in for a presentation could serve themselves well by taking a dace to face marketing course, they were probably excellent but fell flat in the presentation.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-01-2011, 10:09 AM
Growing Green Growing Green is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 323
Rep Power: 0
Growing Green is on a distinguished road
Default

Andy, can you elaborate on the "garbage removal". What do you mean by they charge you $30,000 a year and come three times a week? Do you send them out to your customers or what do you remove the garbage from?

Thanks,

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-01-2011, 06:48 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Growing Green View Post
Andy, can you elaborate on the "garbage removal". What do you mean by they charge you $30,000 a year and come three times a week? Do you send them out to your customers or what do you remove the garbage from?

Thanks,

Matt
Matt,

I am an entrepreneur at heart, I see so many opportunities in life, some I pursue others I pass on, I find as much satisfaction in making it work as I do others taking an idea and running with it.

For $30,000 you come to our building three times a week to

1) load garbage that is not recyclable
2) Do what you will with items that can be recycled
3) Take compost

I was interested in this and am still giving some thought of starting another company then flipping it, it's what I do as I enjoy it and it gives people a chance.

There are so many restaurants screaming for this service in our city it shocks me as us little guys have overlooked what the bigger guys are doing and the profit is simply amazing, compared to lawn mowing it's 17 times the profit and I don't understand why more haven't looked into it.

Many of us understand the rose is quite often in front of our face, I just throw this out, do some leg work, at least where I live there is demand as few offer the service.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-03-2011, 09:41 AM
Growing Green Growing Green is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 323
Rep Power: 0
Growing Green is on a distinguished road
Default

So looks like you are taking on a bunch more than lawn/landscaping services now. So when you say you manage a multi-million dollar building are you talking about the outside services of it?

I'm really enjoying reading about your adventures. My mind is always thinking of other things and I too agree that there are opportunities everywhere. I have so many things I want to do. I think what I need to do is list them all and then make a game plan of how to achieve them. If I don't then 10 years from now I'll probably still be mowing lawns and then talking about how I still want to do these things.

Would you be willing to help me at times? Maybe some phone calls and I pay you for your ideas and time? I at this time am really struggling with hardscaping and I'm starting to get more and more questions on this and I think you would be a lot of help to me. Plus would like to know more about what all you are involved in.

Take care,

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-03-2011, 10:47 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Growing Green View Post
So looks like you are taking on a bunch more than lawn/landscaping services now. So when you say you manage a multi-million dollar building are you talking about the outside services of it?

I'm really enjoying reading about your adventures. My mind is always thinking of other things and I too agree that there are opportunities everywhere. I have so many things I want to do. I think what I need to do is list them all and then make a game plan of how to achieve them. If I don't then 10 years from now I'll probably still be mowing lawns and then talking about how I still want to do these things.

Would you be willing to help me at times? Maybe some phone calls and I pay you for your ideas and time? I at this time am really struggling with hardscaping and I'm starting to get more and more questions on this and I think you would be a lot of help to me. Plus would like to know more about what all you are involved in.

Take care,

Matt
Matt,

I sold most of the excavation/Landscaping business in the spring, I still have a pile of equipment and do a few jobs, I kept the pressure washing crews, I sold for a few reasons, company grew too fast and I became an office manager when I wanted to be out running equipment, most of my staff graduated university and were taking on career's.

An oportunity came along to manage this massive building, since I had never done something like this, it interested me, I have 260 small business owners/farmers in the facility.

Here is a recent overview I worked on with a consulting company, this is the building.

As for helping you, or anyone for that matter, ask away, no cost bud, my payment is simply in being able to help people, we can Skype as it will cave you money or email me.

http://www.atlanticgreenbuilding.ca/...ies&Itemid=131

It's an impressive building and one of the most efficient in North America, we generate our power with wind turbines, collect water for the bathrooms, all geo thermal, cooling is from the ocean as it's 20 feet from our building, we are big into vermiculture etc.

Andy
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-04-2011, 07:29 PM
Growing Green Growing Green is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 323
Rep Power: 0
Growing Green is on a distinguished road
Default

Andy, that building is amazing! I love all of that stuff as well. I run my business using only organic products and I'm getting more into urban homesteading. Austin is really big on this. We are in this biggest drought we have ever experienced so people are getting rid of their lawns and going into using only native plants and xeriscaping. I'm working on learning more on edible landscaping as well. So much to learn!

Great that you are getting that experience with managing. Are you enjoying it? What made you decide to go into this from what you were doing before? Seems like a big change...I sound like Steve with all the questions...hehe

Yea, I would love to talk to you more. Don't really have an agenda, but I love that you seem to take on new adventures when they arrise.

Take care,
Matt
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-05-2011, 07:27 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Matt, if you looked at my resume, you would think this is one unfocused person

The short of it is I spent most of my career in commercial financing with Canada's second largest bank, even as a Regional VP, I wasn't making a lot of money, well in my books.

I left as I refused to transfer to another province, it was a promotion however I had started a family and it wasn't what I wanted. I accepted a position with a gold exploration company and made my nest egg in a very short time.

Now I venture into jobs that I can learn at, the thrill for me is taking on a task that is against the odd's and trying to make it work.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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
A couple of Craigslist ads Travor Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 42 03-06-2011 12:06 PM
looking for idea's for new logo need help My 3 Sons Lawn Care Graphic Design Discussions 2 06-08-2010 06:24 AM
Any idea's (need logo) AJPM Introduce Yourself 2 10-20-2009 03:52 AM
Couple of questions.. Mow Right Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 12-13-2006 11:11 AM
couple of suggestions Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 04-18-2006 09:35 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
Today 02:49 PM
by Steve
26 9,250
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
Today 02:06 PM
by Chilehead
18 3,007
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
Today 01:58 PM
by Steve
5 164
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
Yesterday 01:02 PM
Today 01:56 PM
by Steve
1 50
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
Today 01:53 PM
by Steve
40 15,824
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
Today 01:33 PM
by Steve
8 468
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 09:34 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 485
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,521
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-23-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 234
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 89
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-23-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 260
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 318
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 112
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-23-2015 08:46 AM
by jrs.landscaping
8 440
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 227
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 227
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-22-2015 02:09 PM
by biglee
39 10,116
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 271
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 420
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 260
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 600
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 331
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,112
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 501
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,428
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
01-17-2015 02:21 PM
by lxarth
2 361
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 415
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 249
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 177
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,779
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 616
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 311
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,785
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
01-12-2015 06:32 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
30 1,540
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
01-12-2015 06:19 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
4 451
During Your Down Time
achri12
12-24-2014 03:03 PM
01-12-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
10 1,077
Leaf cleanup
Bradcook21
01-09-2015 02:21 PM
01-12-2015 12:22 PM
by Jamesw86
4 421
Has Anyone Used Plowz ?
dpld
01-08-2014 12:14 PM
01-11-2015 02:17 PM
by burtle
20 3,345
What to pay help
Bradcook21
01-07-2015 01:32 PM
01-08-2015 07:01 PM
by Steve
1 458
Need a trailer
googus
01-07-2015 09:40 AM
01-08-2015 10:24 AM
by Upscale2
7 565
Do you guys charge buy...
burtle
01-02-2015 09:58 PM
01-07-2015 08:37 PM
by Shark1611
14 920
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 07:05 PM
01-07-2015 07:05 PM
by greyhound
18 2,155
Need advice please
CHenricks
01-06-2015 01:17 AM
01-07-2015 03:34 PM
by Steve
4 531
Mowing 2 acres
Bradcook21
01-05-2015 03:13 PM
01-07-2015 03:32 PM
by Steve
9 670
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
12-21-2014 11:57 AM
01-06-2015 03:55 PM
by Steve
5 983
Trailer with 4ft sides...
mayala030292
01-02-2015 09:01 PM
01-06-2015 03:33 PM
by Steve
5 615
A tip to get good...
biglee
01-04-2015 12:07 AM
01-06-2015 03:30 PM
by Steve
4 598
Work Shoes!
rsanchez1203
02-19-2013 12:07 PM
01-05-2015 09:18 PM
by Havanese2
13 7,446
EDDM post cards
hemiman
02-13-2014 06:36 PM
01-05-2015 04:22 PM
by Steve
14 2,412
Cleaning your Mower and...
MNK
01-03-2015 01:22 AM
01-05-2015 09:17 AM
by rmccutchan
10 754
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate first truck flyers foreman georgia google gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mr dave mulch new mower per hour charge per hour service podcast pricing pto push versus ride running a business savannah search engine optimization seo shell small engine repair square foot starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee walk behind web design
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 PM.

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