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!

Gaining Knowledge


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 09-30-2011, 08:49 AM
dph2100 dph2100 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 3
dph2100 is on a distinguished road
Default Gaining Knowledge

Hello Everyone,

My name is Dennis and I currently reside in upstate NY... My background is computers and chemistry but I'm currently unemployed and looking to buy a landscape business in Florida. This website is quite informative and everyone provides great insite. Any information is appreciated.
Keep up the good work!

D
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, 07:51 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

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

What is your view on why you want to make the move and then buy a business? Why not start one where you are at?

Do you know much about the area in FL you want to move too? Do you know the demographics of the customer base and the level of competition?
__________________
- 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 09-30-2011, 09:46 PM
dph2100 dph2100 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 3
dph2100 is on a distinguished road
Default

Actually I have been doing quite a bit of research... I know there is stiff competition in FL but there are also many reputable businesses available for sale. I will have to complete the "due diligence" and have my CPA go over the books on any aquisition that looks promising. I have been focusing on the east coast of FL - Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale.

NY isn't business friendly at all and being originally from the Boston area I have overstayed my welcome - lol.

I have lived down south in the past and look forward to returning running my own business and I feel a landscaping venture would suit my needs and is something I could excel at.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-01-2011, 02:11 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What is your view on buying an existing business versus starting one from scratch?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 10-02-2011, 06:48 AM
dph2100 dph2100 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 3
dph2100 is on a distinguished road
Default

Well providing I do my homework and investigate the company thoroughly acquiring an existing business would be the best route. Contracts and or customers are in place. Equipment already purchased and the name is out there.
Still there is a lot of work to be done... like getting in front of the customer and introduce myself and listen to their needs and what I can do to exceed their expectations.

In this economic climate I feel this is the best approach...

Your thoughts Steve?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:52 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well my first question would be why is this person selling their business and does that reason make sense to you? Also will they sign a non-compete contract?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 10-03-2011, 08:59 PM
dph2100 dph2100 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 3
dph2100 is on a distinguished road
Default

Good points... I've investigated a few that were due to "health reasons" vs the "relocating" which would raise a few red flags and the non-compete is important but might not be relevant depending on the circumstances.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-05-2011, 05:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It sounds like all of this is well thought out. Keep us posted on your updates into all this.

Others considering this path can learn a lot from your experience with it.
__________________
- 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
Gaining Commercial Plowing Contracts? TLC131 General Talk 1 08-31-2011 04:07 PM
Losing or Gaining Pride! CHEESE2009 General Talk 3 09-07-2009 10:20 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
Today 10:23 AM
by kslawn
5 135
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Today 10:06 AM
by kslawn
9 180
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
Today 09:53 AM
Today 09:53 AM
by goodtimez
0 4
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
Today 09:52 AM
Today 09:52 AM
by Steven Virgadamo
0 5
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
Today 09:49 AM
Today 09:49 AM
by Steven Virgadamo
0 6
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
Today 08:35 AM
by Gerardo_Landscape
2 67
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
Today 06:55 AM
Today 06:55 AM
by xandrew245x
0 16
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
Today 06:51 AM
by Dan Tanner
9 157
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Yesterday 11:20 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 304
this mower is driving me...
boog
Yesterday 12:07 PM
Yesterday 09:35 PM
by kslawn
1 78
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
Yesterday 08:06 PM
by Prolawnofchatt
4 165
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 592
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 05:56 PM
by Tekeda1
15 319
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-16-2014 08:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
30 1,006
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-16-2014 07:35 PM
by stevef1201
8 178
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 704
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 92
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 255
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 83
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
04-16-2014 10:43 AM
by Steve
3 105
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 582
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 217
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 160
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 294
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 187
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 97
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 284,812
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 404
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 298
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 405
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 161
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-14-2014 10:03 AM
by Steve
5 185
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 397
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 107
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 219
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 102
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 181
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,573
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 309
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 323
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 156
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 127
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 129
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 286
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 1,002
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 124
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
04-10-2014 10:33 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
78 25,014
Trading Accounts
goodtimez
04-09-2014 05:42 PM
04-10-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
2 157
Grass that has...
erock289
04-09-2014 10:21 AM
04-10-2014 01:52 PM
by Steve
3 167
Prowrap Trimmer Engine...
Steve
05-24-2006 07:05 PM
04-10-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
10 2,202
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:27 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:27 AM.

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