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!

New at this and need your help


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 11-05-2011, 07:03 AM
lov2mow lov2mow is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
lov2mow is on a distinguished road
Unhappy New at this and need your help

3 months ago started buisness, bought new dump truck with 9' Boss plow, Bought 20' enclosed trailer had it lettered up, bought all top line mowers and equipment. I have spent the last 3 months mailing brochures ( which are very professinal ) too very nice homes. I have sent out over 600. No phone calls.

Recently I tried Service Magic, got 3 leads first day, called them as soon as lead came to my phone and NO return calls. I am frustrated. Can anybody point me in a better direction?

I also have a web site that I think is pretty good.
www.frankslawncare.biz
Attached Images
File Type: jpg about_franks_landscape_lawn_care.jpg (222.9 KB, 2 views)
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 11-05-2011, 08:02 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I've seen a few guys throw money at this business expecting to get big, big results. They see me everywhere in town cutting lawns and applying fertilizer and they think they can do it, too, and they can but they just didn't realize that my first year I made a total of $6000 (that's not a typo, I made only six thousand dollars for the whole year). I barely kept my family fed and I couldn't buy anything beyond the absolute necessities. There is no fun. There is no big money.

If you can make it through the first five years with nothing then you may have a chance. If not, get out now.

I've got to say that each year gets better but it takes patience and you've got to be wise.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-05-2011, 09:25 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 905
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Here is a post I have made a few times, it can help you. Since you started this business 3 months ago, remember that is the middle of the season, most people already have their lawn guy by then. True, you will grow each year, be patient and it will happen. You should be handing out your business card to everyone you meet, in the grocery store, at the gas station, in a restaurant, at a bar etc, any where where there are people. The key is to amp up your advertising a month to a month and a half before your mowing season begins in the spring. Once you have customers, ask them about referrals from friends neighbors etc. Utilize flyers on entire streets that you have customers on once a month just to keep your name out there.


Welcome to the forum, there is a ton of information here. First and foremost you must have a website.

There are a few ways to go about advertising your business. I have done:
  • Door Hangers
  • Post Cards
  • Display Advertising in my local pennysaver. They have a nice page inside they call Local Business Directory, it looks like a bulletin board.
  • Business Cards to every one I meet in Restaurants, Gas Stations, Bars and anywhere where there are people.

The best time to start is always. The peak time would be a month and a half before the grass begins to grow, then continue till the end of the season.

I drop off business cards to any place that has a bulletin board, like grocery stores, department stores Laundromats etc. You can get business card holders from Artie on this site. http://www.marketingholders.com/CARD...PING-CRDQS.htm

They hold probably 25 business Cards. Check out his other products on the site, he has a lot of stuff that could be useful.

Have magnets made with your company logo and phone number on them, one for both front doors and one for the back of your vehicle. People behind you can't see the sides of your truck when you drive around with no trailer. Good free advertising that way. This is a great site and the magnets are excellent quality: http://www.buildasign.com , I also order signs for the front lawn from them, also great quality for a fair price.

Utilize the free methods to advertise, google search free classified advertising
  • Craigslist
  • Backpage
  • topix.com
  • thumbtack.com
  • buysellcommunity.com
  • kijiji.com

Add your business to every business directory in your area
  • Yellowpages.com
  • Yellowbook.com
  • merchantcircle.com
  • manta.com
  • local.com
  • kudzu.com
  • thumbtack.com
  • yellowbot.com
  • citysearch.com
  • superpages.com
  • local.yahoo.com
  • superads.com
  • landscaping-companies.com
  • neighborhood.letsrenovate.com
  • start.cortera.com
  • allpages.com
  • local.garden.org
  • insiderpages.com
  • bizhwy.com
  • getfreelisting.com
  • mylocalservices.us
  • diyodp.com
  • evliving.com
  • freebusinessdirectory.com
  • volta.net
  • freeonlinebusinessdirectory.com

Submit your website and business to all the search engines, then submit to the maps of each of the major search engines

google maps
bing maps
yahoo maps

Maps info show up before search results so this is crucial.

See this thread for more:

http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=13299

Hope this helps you get started! Best of luck!

Last edited by jymie; 11-05-2011 at 09:27 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-05-2011, 09:39 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 905
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

In looking over your website, I have a couple of suggestions that will also help. On your Photo Gallery page, as you build your business, make sure that you include before and after pictures of jobs that you do. That is a big seller to people if they see what it looked like before you started it and after you finished it, even have a notebook with you when you do estimates to show a potential customer work that you have done. Secondly, In the keywords on your site, you should add into them the towns you service, along with the zipcodes. Most people will type in the service they need and the town they live in.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-05-2011, 04:52 PM
lov2mow lov2mow is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
lov2mow is on a distinguished road
Default

JYMIE, thanks for all that info, I will start working on the things that you suggest. Most of your ideas I am allready doing, but you had a handfull that I am not so I will start tommorrow.

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-07-2011, 03:19 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Frank,

I just checked out your site and it looks great. I also check out your pictures and WOW what a nice set up you have.



What made you decide to start things out the way you did so far? I am sure you have a great story on your start up.


As far as your marketing goes, have you been focusing on your social network? Writing down a list of everyone you know and reaching out to them about their lawn care? Telling them you are now in business and asking them if they could turn work your way? Also asking them if there is a person at their work who you could contact to offer lawn care services for too?

Each one of us knows a lot of people and if they feel like they can help you out getting your footing with your new business and at the same time get a needed service provided for themselves, they will be more than happy to help.

A big key is that it is easier to sell to people you know than it is to sell to those you don't. People are more comfortable buying from others they know and trust. So focus on selling to those you know at first and then widen your social network to sell more to more people.

Knowing this shows you the importance of saying hello and meeting people every where you go and handing them business cards.
__________________
- 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 11-07-2011, 05:44 AM
lov2mow lov2mow is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
lov2mow is on a distinguished road
Default

Steve
I came from the Car Wash Service buisness. 37 years building and servicing car washes. I was number one in New England had a fleet of trucks and equipment that was always brand new. For that reason we where number one. I always told my customers you have to spend money to make money. So I went out and spent over 60,000 to get started hopefully it pays off.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-08-2011, 12:25 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is very interesting!

What did you enjoy or dislike about that business?

Do you feel there were other business lessons you learned from that experience that you could share with newer entrepreneurs that don't have your experience?
__________________
- 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 11-08-2011, 02:53 PM
lov2mow lov2mow is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
lov2mow is on a distinguished road
Default

Steve
It was a very rewarding buisness both mentally and finacially. You got a good feeling when a customers wash was broken down and we would show up and get them back in buisness. Also we would take raw land and turn them into multi million dollar property's. But after 37 years going a hundred miles per hour I sold the buisness. Landscaping and lawn Care is something I always like to do, so I thought what a way to keep me busy untill I am in the dirt.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-08-2011, 02:55 PM
lov2mow lov2mow is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 27
Rep Power: 4
lov2mow is on a distinguished road
Default

Steve

I forgot to answer your question about lessons I learned that I could pass on.
The problem is this is a different world now with new lessons to be learned.
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
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Today 02:52 PM
Today 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 6
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Today 02:28 PM
by biglee
6 181
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 02:23 PM
by biglee
8 230
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
Yesterday 01:23 PM
Today 01:11 PM
by Steve
4 157
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 05:50 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by Steve
1 101
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Today 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 862
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
Yesterday 08:07 AM
Yesterday 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 124
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Yesterday 11:06 PM
by Chilehead
9 325
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 433
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
Yesterday 11:29 AM
Yesterday 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 98
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 548
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Yesterday 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 377
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Yesterday 05:13 AM
by ringahding1
5 267
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 441
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 418
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 194
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,558
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,375
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 692
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 550
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,455
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 296
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,858
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,357
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 262
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 334
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 785
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,241
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 524
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 366
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 705
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,010
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,372
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 727
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,289
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 453
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,550
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,561
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,650
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 587
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 747
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 587
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 934
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,587
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 905
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,713
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,124
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 1,032
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 672
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 663
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying billy goat brushcutter bush charge christmas deliquentaccounts exmark ferris foreman georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to how to bid hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic mowing mulch mulch estimate new buisness new business ordinance podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride scripts seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree walk behind walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:51 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:51 PM.

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