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!

The New Guy!


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 10-11-2011, 11:24 AM
Fjlawn41 Fjlawn41 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Minneapolis
Age: 45
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
Fjlawn41 is on a distinguished road
Default The New Guy!

Hey, every one! Glad to be part of a great site. Lots of great knowledge.

My name's Jim Thiewes out of Minneapolis. My business name is Feldjagers Pest and Lawn. I officially started 9/6/11, left the bank 8/31, which I had been working at 10 years. I was freak'n tired of working for these Corp. slave drivers for next to nothing. So, I decided to start my own business, got licensed with Minnesota Department of Ag. for Commercial Pesticide Applicator and Non Ag Fertilizer Applicator, and have done around a dozen and a half yards now. Posting On Craigslist and some other local neighborhood sites, haven't done any flyers yet though. It's a bit slow, but I am positive and I'm trying to do all the right things with advertising and marketing. This site sure helps though, thanks Steve! I'll be trying out your lawn school for sure. Has any one here tried Google Local/Maps for advertising? I think it's free. What are your thoughts? My Website is www.fjpestandlawn.com
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 10-11-2011, 05:43 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,979
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

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

Yea get on that google maps listing.

What are some of your big plans to push your business further next year?

Will you be offering snow plowing this winter?
__________________
- 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 10-12-2011, 01:19 AM
Fjlawn41 Fjlawn41 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Minneapolis
Age: 45
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
Fjlawn41 is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi Steve. Thanks for having me! This is agreat site. Ok, I'll check out Google Maps, should help.
As far as next Spring, I plan on Delivering Flyers for Spring clean ups, and try to have people sign up for contract mowing in select areas. Also, plan on utilizing neighborhood Association websites, Craigslist, hopefully word of mouth takes off, and I'm going to target coffee shops, grocery stores, thrift stores, etc to post, and will continue improving my site and look for more free or very low cost internet advertising.
I stopped at a mailing place the other day to get figures for mass mailing for flyers and the guy said that post office charges $.15 postage per parcel, so the example he gave me was if they sent 5000 flyers via mail, with postage and all the co.'s other fees the total cam to $1200. My budget can not afford that right niow. Statiscally, these flyers return 1-2%. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks again Steve.

PS. I really don't mean to dump on my previous employer. I am greatful for the work they gave me. I'm just ready for a change. Something that I really love doing!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-12-2011, 01:23 AM
Fjlawn41 Fjlawn41 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Minneapolis
Age: 45
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
Fjlawn41 is on a distinguished road
Default

Snow Plowing? No, actually look to do some snow blowing on sidewalks and driveways. I don't have a truck or plow, yet any way! I use a JEEP and tow an enclosed trailer. I could put a few blowers in there for sure.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-12-2011, 04:18 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,979
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I stopped at a mailing place the other day to get figures for mass mailing for flyers and the guy said that post office charges $.15 postage per parcel, so the example he gave me was if they sent 5000 flyers via mail, with postage and all the co.'s other fees the total cam to $1200. My budget can not afford that right niow. Statiscally, these flyers return 1-2%. What are your thoughts on that?
I'd say just start handing out business cards to people you meet and hand out flyers in your area by going door to door. As you do this and gain more customers, word of mouth will help further.
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 10-12-2011, 04:49 PM
Ryan's Lawn Care Ryan's Lawn Care is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 39
Rep Power: 5
Ryan's Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

work on setting up a twitter or fb account for your business my business professor told me about this and i thought it was the dumbest thing i had ever heard for a lawn service but he explained it and it made sense.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-15-2011, 01:00 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 8
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Not only Google maps, but list also on the other search engine maps, Bing and yahoo. Don't forget to list on every business directory you can find online. Facebook is a good utility, your customers can do a review of your work which is always good.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-17-2011, 03:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,979
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
work on setting up a twitter or fb account for your business my business professor told me about this and i thought it was the dumbest thing i had ever heard for a lawn service but he explained it and it made sense.
What was his view on using those sites? I am still not sure if I am convinced either of them really do anything so I'd love to hear your view point.
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 10-18-2011, 01:09 AM
Fjlawn41 Fjlawn41 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Minneapolis
Age: 45
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
Fjlawn41 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the great feed back! I will definitely be setting up on all these sites. Does Google, Yahoo, and Bing increase traffic to your site? Aren't these called Organic searches?

What's the Difference between this Google organic search and a Google Ad word search? Non the Less the Organic is FREE! So, I'm on it.

Had good luck with Craigslist, but man, there are a lot of guys in our line of work on it. Tough compitition. That's why every customer I get, I treat them like Gold. Starting from the ground up could take years to be profitable! Must stay the course!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-18-2011, 03:39 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,979
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
What's the Difference between this Google organic search and a Google Ad word search?
The organic one means you appear on a list of sites when a person looks up certain key words.

The ad word search, I am guessing means you advertise with them and your ad appears when someone looks up certain key words or phrases.
__________________
- 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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
Today 06:28 PM
by mowandblow1980
26 941
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
Today 05:12 PM
by acrajchel
4 101
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Today 04:59 PM
by acrajchel
8 1,461
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
Today 11:07 AM
by mowandblow1980
13 551
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
Yesterday 03:41 PM
by SGL1
20 834
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
06-29-2016 05:14 PM
by Steve
2 55
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-28-2016 08:04 PM
by mowandblow1980
11 433
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
06-28-2016 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 79
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-28-2016 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 438,402
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
06-28-2016 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 267
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,134
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,159
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,060
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 311
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,527
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 185
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 340
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 332
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 566
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 249
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 384
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,785
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 181
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 161
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 528
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 343
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 521
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 805
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 299
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:31 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:31 PM.

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