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!

hey guys strengths the name landscaping the game


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 10-13-2011, 07:36 PM
strength strength is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: easton pa
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 3
strength is on a distinguished road
Default hey guys strengths the name landscaping the game

First time posting on this forum. I have been co owner of my own landscaping co since 2000 .I started with a full time lawn care co I was foolsh and didnt reinvest in to the co and had a one track mind as far as the co by doing only lawn care and not much else in .2003 went to work full time for a good hardscape co learned so much i worked there for 4yrs 2007 I left there and went to a large lawn care co same thing i learned a lot. some times not how to run a landscaping co but how not to run one the whole time I was watching & learning i was still runing my lawn care co 2009 I went back in my co full time this time renaming and starting fresh the last 3yrs have been up and down good for the most part . looking to expand this spring long story short has any one had any good luck with cuting bank owned propertes get calls all the time but when i do the numbers it never pans out to be worth is some of the property mangement co want to give me $20 flat rate we all know with the price of gas its not worth the time to unload your mower for that but i do see co doing them. ? is what prop man co are you using and is there any money in it ? do you think this is a good way to expand my co

Last edited by strength; 10-13-2011 at 07:39 PM.
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, 10:05 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,401
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I tell the bank owned guys that I set my prices, not them. All I can say is get the cash up front. The first payment will show up and then stop. When that happens don't continue doing the lawn. That's what they're counting on.

If you don't get it up front the payment will be less than you expected and agreed upon. These guys are very good at ripping people off.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-14-2011, 12:53 PM
kalawn kalawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 3
kalawn is on a distinguished road
Default

check craigslist for property preservation and go from there. I do tons of it here in MI and it has been very good to me. I don't know any that let you set your own prices or get paid up front. Most have anywhere from a 14-60 day payment schedule, which is scary at first. I work with around 10 national companies and I have had no issue ever with getting paid. the $20 per lawn seems a little low, my lowest is $60 currently for a 1/4 acre lot and it goes up from there depending on size and height of the grass. We just recently cut a 1.5 acre lot with 30"+ for $2000 so I figure not bad for a couple hours of work. I would say check them out do some research on them and decide if its something you can handle. Remember they require at least $1 million in liability insurance so thats another thing to think about too.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-14-2011, 05:49 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,218
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
I started with a full time lawn care co I was foolsh and didnt reinvest in to the co and had a one track mind as far as the co by doing only lawn care and not much else in .
That is very interesting! What's your view on what you feel you should have done 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
  #5  
Old 10-15-2011, 11:08 AM
strength strength is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: easton pa
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 3
strength is on a distinguished road
Default look a season ahead

WELL FIRST think on the off season snow plowing handyman work ect in 2009 went i went full time back in to my co first goal was a plow truck well the winter of 09-2010 was ok but last winter was great i live in pa we had all these 2-4 in cliper storms 3-4 a week so i did good i give a flat rate for snow removal 2-8 in any thing over is double the flat rate . i try to think one season out for equipment .i bought a back up plow in july for a 2500 truck that is my daily driver just in case my one ton brakes down like last year had a back up plan had a butty of mine do some of my acounts that i cont do with a blower but he got money hungry on me knowing i was up against the wall so i cut the head off the snake this year i have found you get a better price on equipment out of season so im looking for a new walk behind now
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-17-2011, 03:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,218
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What kind of services do you promote with your handyman work and what's the best way to promote them? I could see such services as being popular.
__________________
- 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 10-18-2011, 05:31 AM
strength strength is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: easton pa
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 3
strength is on a distinguished road
Default

Painting Staining Custom Out Door Furniture Any Handyman Work Spackle Trim Etc I Know How To Do A Lot My Step Dad Had A Sub Contracting Co Till He Passed Away In 09 Kind Of The Reason I Started Back Up My Co Full Time One Thing I Learned From Him Is If People Like You They Don't Want To Deal With Any One Else My Step Dad Was Not All Ways The Lowest Bid Or Did The Best Work But People Liked Him Thats How I Up Sell All My Winter Handyman Work People Don't Want You In Their House If The Don't Like You Bottom Line
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-18-2011, 03:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,218
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is a very good point and I think its really smart to be offering all those services. They most certainly should keep you busy.
__________________
- 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 10-19-2011, 07:02 AM
strength strength is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: easton pa
Posts: 33
Rep Power: 3
strength is on a distinguished road
Default

yes it does last winter i did lots of in side work paint doors flooring and if its out of my league i have a general contractor that i work with and i don't just hand over the work we work on the job together so i can learn how to do what i don't know
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-19-2011, 04:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,218
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
i don't just hand over the work we work on the job together so i can learn how to do what i don't know
That is brilliant. That way you are always learning more AND while getting paid!
__________________
- 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
still in the game prescott General Talk 1 03-04-2011 01:21 AM
Hi New to the game Exteriors Introduce Yourself 1 05-27-2010 04:19 AM
New to the game! Doug2542 Introduce Yourself 6 05-14-2009 07:41 AM
We Need a Game! CHEESE2009 General Talk 5 05-10-2009 11:49 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
Today 04:03 PM
by SGL1
19 247
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
Today 06:14 AM
Today 01:08 PM
by WesleySnips
3 56
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 12:51 PM
by Steve
85 4,835
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
Yesterday 07:23 PM
Today 12:41 PM
by Steve
2 65
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 12:36 PM
by Steve
12 266
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
07-28-2014 08:51 PM
Today 05:08 AM
by kslawn
7 205
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:03 PM
by Steve
5 213
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by Steve
17 743
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
07-29-2014 06:40 AM
Yesterday 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 143
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Yesterday 06:29 AM
by kslawn
5 182
Will summer ever come
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-29-2014 08:27 AM
07-29-2014 08:29 PM
by SGL1
5 140
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
3 140
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 197
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
07-29-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
4 198
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
07-28-2014 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 384
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 391
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 231
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 381
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 576
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 140
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 269
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,352
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 455
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 292
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 973
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 269
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 328
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 386
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 270
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,499
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 299
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 209
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 352
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 719
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 584
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 363
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 713
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 260
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 249
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 816
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,132
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 869
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 788
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 321,882
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,811
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 533
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 434
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 885
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 628
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 653
» Popular Tags
apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate care charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating ecosymbiosis escrow exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid hydraulic kawasaki lawn lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf removal managing a lawn care business marketing mulch estimate native plants new buisness new mower office management online classifieds outdoor environments podcast push versus ride redmax reo rotating scag scag v-ride search engine optimization season seo snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl subcontractor toro tractor auger trailer mate pro turfgrass consulting walker winter money making ideas wright stander rh zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:15 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:15 PM.

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