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.

2011 season is over.


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-23-2011, 09:36 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 2011 season is over.

Well I finished up my last lawns today.
Overall it was a good first year, I haven't crunched all the numbers yet but will be running all the reports in the next few weeks.
but I do have some quick #'s

Lowest Number of Customers at one time 8
Highest Number of accounts at one time 51
Number of accounts resigned for 2012 (As of Oct 21st) 10

Now out of that 51 there was several foreclosure and Real Estate jobs and some one offs mowing and landscaping. I had 22 weekly scheduled lawns and have so far signed up 10 but am still waiting replies for several others so I could see the number rise to some were near 20. Oh ya I almost forgot I did sign up one new customer for next year, It was a neighbour of one of my big customers and he liked my work so he ask me to do his yard next year.

I do believe I turned a small profit but I won't know this till all the bills for Oct are paid and I can run the Quick book reports.

Regardless to the out come I am very happy and am looking forward to 2012 already.
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 10-24-2011, 02:47 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Next year (if the world doesn't end ) will be the best year ever.

Tomorrow is my first day back out, I've taken off so much time due to rain and procrastination, that I now have so much to do.

Leaves are all over the place, and I owe most of my clients two more cuts before I do the fall cleanups. It's irritating.

Not to mention, my guy got used to taking time off, he's disinterested in heading back out. He can continue life with his crackhead girlfriend, that's what stole him from me anyway. Prick.

************ God damn leaves..... lol


I'm glad you had a successful year my friend, I will celebrate for you!

I will end this with a quote;

"Having clients, is no different than babysitting".
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-24-2011, 05:38 PM
JeffK26
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Cool deal, congrats on a good season!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-24-2011, 06:32 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Congratulations!

Reflecting on the year, what do you feel you would have done differently? Were there any big lessons you felt you learned that you can carry ahead with you into the new year?
__________________
- 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 10-24-2011, 06:55 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

What have I learned from this year ????????

1) working for yourself is hard work.
I am harder on myself then any boss I have ever had, The hours are long and the works is hard. There is never any end to the things that need to be done.

2) Sales
Getting your name out there is not an easy task, Its a dog eat dog world and believe it or not lawn mowers are a dime a dozen so you need to stand out from the million other guys with a mower. which brings me to #3

3) Quality Work Nothing trumps quality work. No one ever complained that you took to long and did too good of a job. But snip off one frigging rose bush and the whining never ends.

I don't think there is anyone thing that I would change, Yes I made some mistakes along the way and yes I learned from my mistakes but that is what there for. I only wish I had done this when I was 20 instead of waiting till I was 50. But I can't change that so I must go with the cards I am dealt.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-25-2011, 07:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I only wish I had done this when I was 20 instead of waiting till I was 50.
I think that is a really good point to bring up. We do see a lot of younger guys on here considering whether or not they should start up.

What advice would you have for those on the fence. What would you tell them as to why it is better to get started earlier than later?
__________________
- 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 10-25-2011, 08:26 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 Steve View Post
I think that is a really good point to bring up. We do see a lot of younger guys on here considering whether or not they should start up.

What advice would you have for those on the fence. What would you tell them as to why it is better to get started earlier than later?
Well lets see.
From my point of view its like this.

When starting any kind of business it takes time 3-5 years to get your self established in the market and making a good profit. This is easier at 20 then 50.

But you should or could at 50 be better off financially, preparing for a slow start up with established fund before you start up the business.

Also when starting a this kind of business you need to be able to work long hours of physical work again easier at 20 then 50.

Now with that said at 50 I am way more mature and responsible then I was at 20,

But the ability to bounce back from a bad experience ( bankruptcy, accident etc.) is a lot easier at 20 then 50

Man this is a real loaded question. But in this kind of Business Landscaping/Lawn Care young and physically in shape I do believe win out over older and wiser.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-26-2011, 12:14 AM
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

Man, if I started doing this when I was 20, I'd be sitting in Barbados, sipping a pina colada right now while my crews do all the work!
Imagine the growth potential with that much time.


It's tougher physically to start out when you're an old geezer like Ducke ( ), but with age, comes experience, and wisdom, and that helps to compensate in other aspects of the business.

I also truly believe that a lot of people are more comfortable dealing with/hiring an older person. There are a gazillion "young kids" out there doing this work, but only about a half dozen of them appear to give a damn about what they are doing.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-26-2011, 07:19 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,821
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What I am seeing from this discussion is that now is always the best time to get started no matter what your age is. Regardless where you are in life, there seems to always be upsides and downsides to your age so with that in mind, it is better to start now.
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 10-28-2011, 09:50 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 Steve View Post
What I am seeing from this discussion is that now is always the best time to get started no matter what your age is. Regardless where you are in life, there seems to always be upsides and downsides to your age so with that in mind, it is better to start now.
I agree
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
Latest Job Pics For The 2011 Season buddy32 General Talk 7 05-10-2011 08:21 PM
Our 2011 mowing season TNT Family Lawn Care General Talk 1 04-12-2011 11:22 PM
Flyer 2011 justin_time Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 4 03-22-2011 12:49 PM
Flyer 2011 CHEESE2009 Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 9 03-14-2011 10:07 PM
2011 Ads wdcutter Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 6 02-23-2011 03:33 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Today 08:29 AM
by Just for Cuts
10 166
Most requested days for...
Just for Cuts
Today 06:44 AM
Today 06:44 AM
by Just for Cuts
0 25
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Yesterday 02:04 PM
by Bradcook21
16 425
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
Yesterday 08:19 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
19 1,333
Howdy Yall !!!
B&C
02-10-2016 10:06 AM
Yesterday 01:05 AM
by Steve
1 42
hello
2menandmowers
02-10-2016 07:32 AM
Yesterday 12:53 AM
by Steve
1 44
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
02-09-2016 03:16 PM
02-10-2016 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 143
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
02-09-2016 05:32 PM
02-09-2016 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 62
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
02-09-2016 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 138
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 239
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 116
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 181
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 241
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 272
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 148
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,525
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 269
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 125
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 145
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 220
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 279
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 158
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 253
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 147
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 170
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,164
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 386
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 329
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 341
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 269
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 222
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 194
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,711
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 675
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 407
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,124
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 479
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,955
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 317
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,249
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,455
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 230
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 284
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 274
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 966
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:48 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:48 PM.

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