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!

C.C.Lawn Care & Snow Removal


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 11-03-2011, 07:58 PM
chucklewellen chucklewellen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 4
chucklewellen is on a distinguished road
Talking C.C.Lawn Care & Snow Removal

Hi everyone my name is Chuck Lewellen,I am in the process of starting my own lawn care & snow removal business.I am starting out small by using 2 everyday riding tractors,a push mower and a couple of weed whackers,I bought and old Chevy pick up with a recently rebuilt motor and transmission.I would like to know how I should go about getting started.I have tried to find grants available,but with no luck(please help).I have gotten all the paperwork from the state to apply for licenses,but man are they expensive.I have got 2 customers so far for lawn care,and 6 for snow removal,could I get some direction on how to charge customers,some have told me I will not succeed,but I am very strong willed and I will survive.I am the only employee right now should I start out as a sole proprietor,or as an LLC(sugestions appreciated.I will take all help I can get.I live this type of business and couldn't be any happier trying to make this work.Looking forward to talking to you all ,hope we all have a prosperous season.
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 11-04-2011, 11:00 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,135
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Chuck,

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
I have got 2 customers so far for lawn care,and 6 for snow removal,could I get some direction on how to charge customers
It sounds like you are doing good so far. How are you currently charging these customers? Are you happy with the amount of profit you are making from 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
  #3  
Old 11-05-2011, 09:16 AM
chucklewellen chucklewellen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 4
chucklewellen is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for letting me join your group,You asked if I am happy with what I am making and the answer is no,with just starteing out I have been charging whatever I feel is right in my mind.I have no idea what I should be charging customers.I know I have just started the business but I have made absolutely no money at all to put back into the business . Please help!!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-05-2011, 09:45 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

I just posted in this thread

http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=15077

I hope that helps!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-07-2011, 03:02 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,135
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Thanks for letting me join your group,You asked if I am happy with what I am making and the answer is no,with just starteing out I have been charging whatever I feel is right in my mind.I have no idea what I should be charging customers.I know I have just started the business but I have made absolutely no money at all to put back into the business
Hi Chuck,

A lot of our members are in your same boat and can learn from this discussion, so let's look into this situation a bit more.

Up to this point you said you have been charging what ever you feel in your mind. For your average lawn mowing job or your commercial plowing jobs, what does that come out per job? When you compare similar jobs, are you finding you are charging a similar price or do your prices vary from job to job even if they are the same size and take the same time to perform?
__________________
- 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 11-08-2011, 08:10 AM
chucklewellen chucklewellen is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 4
chucklewellen is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey Steve ,Thanks for asking,on small size yards less than an 1/8 acre i have been charging 75.00,any thing over an acre i have charged 100.00 to 300.00 depending on obstacles,and thats on mowing.On snow removal i charge 10.00 on small driveways,as equal to a 1 car garage,if its a 2 car garage style driveway i have ben charging 25.00.Anything over that i am not really sure we dont have many around here over that,got any hints,i have set a time line that if i am not making money to put back into the business by november 30,2012 i will give it up as a full time job,and reduce everything to a part time status.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-08-2011, 08:14 AM
Clays Landscape Clays Landscape is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Blackstone, Va
Posts: 114
Rep Power: 5
Clays Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chucklewellen View Post
Hey Steve ,Thanks for asking,on small size yards less than an 1/8 acre i have been charging 75.00,any thing over an acre i have charged 100.00 to 300.00 depending on obstacles,and thats on mowing.
Small yards, $75 for mowing?!?! Wow, I wish I could get that for the yards I do. A small yard around here in Va. will bring $35.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-08-2011, 01:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,135
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Are you concerned about the $10 fee for the small driveways? Ultimately should there be a minimum that is worth your time to get there, perform the service and leave?

Will $10 cover 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 11-09-2011, 06:37 AM
Dragger Dragger is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Paw Paw West virginia
Age: 51
Posts: 75
Rep Power: 5
Dragger is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chucklewellen View Post
Hey Steve ,Thanks for asking,on small size yards less than an 1/8 acre i have been charging 75.00,any thing over an acre i have charged 100.00 to 300.00 depending on obstacles,and thats on mowing.On snow removal i charge 10.00 on small driveways,as equal to a 1 car garage,if its a 2 car garage style driveway i have ben charging 25.00.Anything over that i am not really sure we dont have many around here over that,got any hints,i have set a time line that if i am not making money to put back into the business by november 30,2012 i will give it up as a full time job,and reduce everything to a part time status.
your prices may be why your seeing lack of work .

Here in Virginia my small city yards are $30 and an acre is $50 .I cut an acre in about an hour so $50 an hour is what I base my price on.
As far as your snow plowing prices your way to low on them.A single care drive way I drop my blade for $35 a push and go up from there,figure 100 an hour for a truck with plow and 25-35 for snow shoveling an hour.
Try using this calculator calculator to figure your time and cost to do a job
Good luck and the first couple years are the hardest
__________________
C&S Lawn Service

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-09-2011, 12:16 PM
nickeckes nickeckes is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 60
Rep Power: 4
nickeckes is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chucklewellen View Post
Hey Steve ,Thanks for asking,on small size yards less than an 1/8 acre i have been charging 75.00,any thing over an acre i have charged 100.00 to 300.00.

You Charge That Much And Your Not Making any money i make about $25 on a average size ranch style house.. . that takes me usully 20-30min . . . Your prices are way to much.....
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
Hedges Lawn Care & Snow Removal jeffh Introduce Yourself 4 02-18-2011 10:20 PM
Snow Removal Help Devin Black General Business Discussions 3 12-01-2010 12:48 PM
How to upsell snow removal services - GopherHaul 50 Snow Plow Show Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 12-05-2009 06:03 PM
How to upsell snow removal services - GopherHaul 50 Snow Plow Show Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 12-05-2009 06:02 PM
Lawn Care & Snow Plow Contract Templates Steve Free Lawn Care Business Forms & Templates 7 01-10-2009 10:58 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hydro oil
googus
Yesterday 06:45 AM
Today 05:42 AM
by mac83
3 72
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Today 12:33 AM
by CCandALawnCare
8 283
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Yesterday 11:09 PM
by SC93
9 254
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
Yesterday 10:51 PM
by SC93
22 621
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
Yesterday 10:14 PM
Yesterday 10:14 PM
by clarkslawn
0 37
Engine question
Blue Star Lawn Care
Yesterday 09:47 PM
Yesterday 09:47 PM
by Blue Star Lawn Care
0 30
First big mower decision?
SGL1
03-28-2015 08:58 AM
Yesterday 08:16 PM
by Just for Cuts
8 157
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Yesterday 07:39 PM
by SGL1
30 2,467
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Yesterday 07:36 PM
by SGL1
16 606
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
Yesterday 07:08 PM
by Dan Tanner
7 441
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Yesterday 07:03 PM
by avetslawncare
11 427
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
Yesterday 06:55 PM
by Dan Tanner
5 137
Dethatching attachments
jcurr33
03-29-2015 08:56 PM
Yesterday 05:18 PM
by jcurr33
2 84
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by Steve
4 441
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
Yesterday 01:40 PM
by Steve
3 211
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Steve
16 3,505
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
03-29-2015 05:13 PM
by avetslawncare
8 256
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
03-29-2015 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 158
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-29-2015 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 615
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
03-28-2015 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 220
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 293
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 266
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
03-27-2015 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 364
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 791
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,208
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,634
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 354
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 232
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,700
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 561
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 157
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 256
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 170
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 151
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,534
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 894
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,622
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 298
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 4,051
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 203
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 592
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 309
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 529
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 492
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,365
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,056
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 237
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 906
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 311
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 1,048
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems estimate facebook foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new mower ordinance patio install per hour service scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization secrets to landscaping seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:07 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:07 AM.

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