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.

Use This Forum!!


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-13-2011, 10:05 AM
element009's Avatar
element009 element009 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean County, NJ
Posts: 176
Rep Power: 5
element009 is on a distinguished road
Default Use This Forum!!

I'd like to share my thoughts on how effective a tool this forum is for my motivation.

This was my first season, and it wen't fairly well. I picked up a decent amount of clients and made some extra cash without having to go into any debt, but I know I could've done a lot better. The problem: I lost my motivation at a certain point.

I found Gopher Forum last year around March and I was really into it for a few months. Then when summer hit, I stopped checking the site everyday and at the same time, lost the drive I had to go out and get new customers. I should've been working 10 hours per day at least 5 days a week. However, I wasn't doing that. I was being a procrastinator. I didn't lose my desire to run this business, but my motivation was being tested for sure. Driving around alone in a truck all day cutting lawns isn't easy. It's nice to have someone to work with, but I'm not at that point yet.

Finally, after the summer ended I decided I needed to get motivated again for the big fall season. I got back on the forum a few weeks ago and I've started to get my motivation back. The stories I read and the support I feel from the forum is fantastic. When I read about the successes of guys like Hedgemaster and others I see how I'm not the only one trying to do this business. And more importantly, I've seen that success is going to come if you're working on it everyday.

So I encourage everyone, new and old, to continue using this forum to the fullest extent. I've found comradery, information, motivation, and of course a little humor. The difference I noticed in my own motivation during the times I was active here vs. inactive is vast.

So thank you for everyone's participation in the forum and good luck w/ the leaves!
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 10-13-2011, 12:19 PM
JeffK26
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I second that.

This site has motivated me more than i could imagine. I'm not starting up until spring, but this site has gotten a fire under my butt. I'm planning like no tomorrow. I'm waiting on quotes for liability ins, i'm waiting for my first order of safety green shirts to arrive, did my logo. Making a website, pricing equipment and asking questions at each dealer in my area, reading up on licensing for chemicals, the list goes on and on with what i can do now to get it done and in the books vs waiting til spring and have to rush. On top of that i have 2 clients through family just talking at work and i have appointments to sign them to service agreements this weekend.

Your post is a good reminder that this site doesn't only offer advice but motivational backup.

Thanks for the tip!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-13-2011, 01:22 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 743
Rep Power: 4
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

If your working 10 hr days, 5 days a week by yourself, hire someone, pick up a couple more accounts to pay for the help. At the end of the day you'll still be making more and working a lot less. You'll burn out if you don't, I would suspect in the long run working like that.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-13-2011, 06:34 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

It's frustrating at times how little activity there is on the forum, but I like it here - it still has that "small", friendly feel to it, as compared to forums with huge numbers of members.

I've learned a good deal already (from the members) and it's one of the reasons I'm such a post whore - I want to "give back" in some little way. Maybe someone out there reading will learn something from something I've learned, so I share as much as I can.

Thanks for the mention up there. Glad my posts are at least somewhat useful.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-13-2011, 11:33 PM
element009's Avatar
element009 element009 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean County, NJ
Posts: 176
Rep Power: 5
element009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprinkler Buddy View Post
If your working 10 hr days....
No I'm not workin that much.... I said I should've been working those hours....instead I lost motivation and didn't hussle like I wanted to during part of the season. consequence being I fell short of my goal of customer acquisition this year
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-14-2011, 12:23 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

It's hard to keep motivated, for sure!

There is so much we can all do to make tons of money, but it's almost impossible to kick our own arses into gear.

There is nothing stopping us from advertising all season in between jobs, I guess we all feel as though when we wake up in the morning the countdown begins. We try to get all of our work done so that we avoid problems - am I right?

I could be handing out cards after every job, but I'd feel rushed or it feels risky. I could have my guy hand out cards while I work, but at the same time I hired him so that he can help me out with what already needs to be done. Tricky.

I'm most motivated during winter, but after June, everything is just "another day".
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-14-2011, 08:30 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

I actually lost motivation this year as well, with the worst drought in history that we are experiencing and the hotest year by far. We ended up having 95 days of over 100 degrees when the norm is 13. That is a HUGE difference. I would look at the weather and the lowest high for the next 10 days would be 103. It was very depressing especially when everyone's grass was dying or going into dormancy.

Then it just seems like I started getting out of my depressed state and it is funny because I started checking the forum as well. I would just read and not post, but then I started posting more and updated everyone on where I was at.

I started the business with no customers in January and have over 30 reocurring customers and have over 20 customers that I do other services for. That is pretty good considering the drought and being my 1st year. I have bought everything with cash from my savings (6X12 trailer, cub 33 inch walk-behind, Stihl 550 blower, stihl chainsaw, stihl hedger, complete stihl kombi system). Now this month I will actually make a profit after paying myself back. Crazy fun!

We just had 2 inches of rain and the weather has broke and I'm starting to enjoy this again. I've started learning how to make raised garden beds, working on learning more on retaining walls and learning how to do edible landscaping. And all I thought I was going to do this year was mow. Funny!

Sorry for the rambling!

Matt
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-14-2011, 05:44 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,270
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
The problem: I lost my motivation at a certain point.
As this most likely effects everyone, what is your view on how to sense when this is coming on and what to do about it? What do you feel causes this?

Ultimately, what is the motivation? Is it one thing or is it something that changes over time? Can we print it out and hang it over our desk or is there more to 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
  #9  
Old 10-14-2011, 06:56 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
It's frustrating at times how little activity there is on the forum, but I like it here - it still has that "small", friendly feel to it, as compared to forums with huge numbers of members.

I've learned a good deal already (from the members) and it's one of the reasons I'm such a post whore - I want to "give back" in some little way. Maybe someone out there reading will learn something from something I've learned, so I share as much as I can.

Thanks for the mention up there. Glad my posts are at least somewhat useful.
I agree hedge
I belong to several Lawn forums mostly in North America but also a couple from the UK.
There is one very large one that boast over 3000 members and it so hard to keep up with and your just a Icon. Here I feel more comfortable more like Family,
The days can tend to get long and the weather to hot or cold or dry or wet
and you can start to feel down but type a question or complaint or complement on here and you will always get a reply be it funny or serious helpful or not just like talking at the supper table each evening.
Keep the faith Brother pull out your business plan and give it a read ,have you done what you planned ??? if not rewrite it and set some new goals get yourself motivated to achieve independent wealth or at least be able to buy that new mower you want,without credit.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-14-2011, 08:53 PM
element009's Avatar
element009 element009 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean County, NJ
Posts: 176
Rep Power: 5
element009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
As this most likely effects everyone, what is your view on how to sense when this is coming on and what to do about it? What do you feel causes this?

Ultimately, what is the motivation? Is it one thing or is it something that changes over time? Can we print it out and hang it over our desk or is there more to it?
For me i know that i perform beautifully when I absolutely have to....meaning when my back's against the wall....need money now....i feel like i can get as much business as I want....and i've done it.

However, when i'm feeling comfortable w/ money I don't feel the pressure to be on top of my game.....this is what i have to change....i need to channel my best at times other than when i'm feeling the pressure to succeed....or another way to look at it, i need to pressure myself to succeed at all times
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
New to the forum dryguy Introduce Yourself 2 02-03-2010 05:08 AM
new to the forum exmark31 Introduce Yourself 1 02-03-2010 05:07 AM
New to Forum aztecrental Introduce Yourself 9 01-31-2010 09:47 PM
im new to the forum! 817 Bandit Introduce Yourself 2 01-19-2010 07:41 PM
New Forum B7 Enterprise Introduce Yourself 4 11-22-2007 12:20 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
Yesterday 10:18 PM
by SGL1
10 151
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-01-2015 09:50 PM
by avetslawncare
28 1,190
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-01-2015 01:13 PM
by jrs.landscaping
70 2,935
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-01-2015 01:09 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 72
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-01-2015 11:43 AM
by Steve
70 5,673
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 430
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 153
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 117
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 231
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
04-29-2015 10:51 PM
by Steve
14 401
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 160
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 109
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
04-28-2015 11:56 AM
by Steve
6 197
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 248
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
04-27-2015 06:57 PM
by SGL1
11 320
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
04-27-2015 04:49 PM
04-27-2015 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 116
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
04-27-2015 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 148
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
by Steve
4 220
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
by scaypa
0 88
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
04-27-2015 05:43 PM
by Steve
3 160
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
04-27-2015 05:36 PM
by Steve
1 148
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 302
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,687
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 181
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 276
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 485
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 538
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 593
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 415
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,097
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 249
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 339
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 573
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,767
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 700
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,103
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,148
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 614
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 523
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 650
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 273
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 669
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 677
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,493
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 343
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,152
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 323
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 356
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,361
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 1,143
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration design edging employee problems equipment rental facebook ferris flyers foreman grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website won't return www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 AM.

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