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? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

how to get on bid lists?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-14-2011, 12:56 PM
1chickANDaMOWER 1chickANDaMOWER is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
1chickANDaMOWER is on a distinguished road
Default how to get on bid lists?

hello! my name is brittany, i recently took over a landscaping company (about 3 months ago) that wasnt exactly booming. i have picked up several clients since then, made a company web site (www.greenwayweb.com still under construction) a company email (greenwaymail), have a new flyer, and nice new buisiness cards coming. the company web site shows up on google as well as in google places.
i have done door to door introducing myself as well. and am bidding on 2 counties school systems lawn care as well.
i am however having trouble in 2 areas:
i do not know how to go about bidding on franchises (do i just call headquarters?) things like hospitals, plazas, and finding property managers (just Realtors?) basically i just want to be able to place the bids. any tips?
my second problem is, i had 2 clients that flat out refused my services (were already with the company before i took over) when they found out i was a girl. several made comments stating they would give me a chance, but did not think i would be able to do it. other than the 2 clients who canned me before i even started, everyone else kept me and was happy with the work ive done.
any tips to make people more comfortable with me being a female? i understand its going to happen, but i would like any tips to help people see a landscaper first, instead of "Your a landscaper?? you mow?"

thanks boys! :0P
-1chickandamower-
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 11-15-2011, 10:33 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,431
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hello Brittany,

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
i do not know how to go about bidding on franchises (do i just call headquarters?) things like hospitals, plazas, and finding property managers (just Realtors?) basically i just want to be able to place the bids. any tips?
I have an entire section on my blog on How to get commercial lawn care customers. Scroll through those articles and read the ones that interest you. There is a lot of information there on how to get different commercial customers and also how to best deal with them.

Quote:
my second problem is, i had 2 clients that flat out refused my services (were already with the company before i took over) when they found out i was a girl. several made comments stating they would give me a chance, but did not think i would be able to do it. other than the 2 clients who canned me before i even started, everyone else kept me and was happy with the work ive done.
any tips to make people more comfortable with me being a female? i understand its going to happen, but i would like any tips to help people see a landscaper first, instead of "Your a landscaper?? you mow?"
There are a bunch of ways to go about dealing with this that I can think of, maybe others can jump in here to and add more.

One thought is, the hell with the pain in the *** customers who are going to be sexist, racist, whateverist. There are too many people out there that don't care about any of that as long as you are friendly and can provide a quality service.

Second is to use your difference as an advantage. Promote the hell out of the fact that you are a woman owned business and point out how that helps you provide a better service.

Third, you can always make it look like you are the sales woman or that there is some other figure in charge of the business and you are only doing your specific job. One of our members on here got fed up with a bunch of his customers b.s. so he created a fictional partner that he had all emails sent from and he had to confer with before he made any business decisions. This helped take the pressure off of him to have to be put on the spot by certain customers.

Does any of this help?.
__________________
- 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 11-15-2011, 02:01 PM
Dragger Dragger is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Paw Paw West virginia
Age: 50
Posts: 75
Rep Power: 4
Dragger is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi
Welcome to the Forum and I am sure you will find lots of advice and help with in its pages.

I would Just start banging on doors to get added to the bidding list, email letters to the stores or chains you wish to work for , any thing you can do to get your company's name in there mind.
__________________
C&S Lawn Service

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-22-2011, 04:45 AM
mx377 mx377 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 6
mx377 is on a distinguished road
Default

I Love you user name!

We have a company here in Mich. That go by "Two Chicks & a Mower"

I would go with the "Look like a Sales Rep" Idea for a bit. Just make things easier.

Good Luck!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-23-2011, 12:42 PM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mx377 View Post
I Love you user name!

We have a company here in Mich. That go by "Two Chicks & a Mower"

I would go with the "Look like a Sales Rep" Idea for a bit. Just make things easier.

Good Luck!
I would recommend a different approach, play being a woman up to your advantage. Check about being listed as a minority owned business. Add a professional photo of you and your equipment to your front page of the website, then try to bid on government contracts and larger businesses. Most have programs for female and minority businesses, once your listed with them as a contractor you will find purchasing managers are like pit-bulls with a minority business they will never let go of a good one.
__________________
I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-26-2011, 11:17 PM
hawthornelawncare's Avatar
hawthornelawncare hawthornelawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: saint petersburg, fl
Age: 33
Posts: 112
Rep Power: 6
hawthornelawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1chickANDaMOWER View Post
hello! my name is brittany, i recently took over a landscaping company (about 3 months ago) that wasnt exactly booming. i have picked up several clients since then, made a company web site (www.greenwayweb.com still under construction) a company email (greenwaymail), have a new flyer, and nice new buisiness cards coming. the company web site shows up on google as well as in google places.
i have done door to door introducing myself as well. and am bidding on 2 counties school systems lawn care as well.
i am however having trouble in 2 areas:
i do not know how to go about bidding on franchises (do i just call headquarters?) things like hospitals, plazas, and finding property managers (just Realtors?) basically i just want to be able to place the bids. any tips?
my second problem is, i had 2 clients that flat out refused my services (were already with the company before i took over) when they found out i was a girl. several made comments stating they would give me a chance, but did not think i would be able to do it. other than the 2 clients who canned me before i even started, everyone else kept me and was happy with the work ive done.
any tips to make people more comfortable with me being a female? i understand its going to happen, but i would like any tips to help people see a landscaper first, instead of "Your a landscaper?? you mow?"

thanks boys! :0P
-1chickandamower-

Hi there keep your head up. Doesnt matter if your a women in this industry. I feel a women can mow just as good as any of us men.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-26-2011, 11:36 PM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 5
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi
Welcome to the forum. I am also in NJ. I wouldn't try to be dishonest. I would be truthful. Like someone suggested go with the minority approach with small business. I am not sure how much of an edge it would give you but any little bit would help as there is soooooo many landscaping companies around here. I would introduce yourself as ______ The CEO/President whatever title you hold in the business. Say we will be out to your location on this day of the week or what have you. That's how I say it when I tell people I will be out to service a property even tho 90% of the time it's just me sometimes there is more people out with me. My girlfriend and best friend (female) come out and help me at times. My gf needs training but my friend has gone with me multiple times and runs the mowers and everything with no problems. It's not the sex/age/ or anything else in the end it is your work ethic and your finished product that MOST people will like and refer you for. I say most because anywhere there are idiots in this world who just like to complain...
Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask this is a great forum and people are knowledgeable.
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-23-2011, 02:01 AM
MotownMowers MotownMowers is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: troy, michigan
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
MotownMowers is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mx377 View Post
I Love you user name!

We have a company here in Mich. That go by "Two Chicks & a Mower"

I would go with the "Look like a Sales Rep" Idea for a bit. Just make things easier.

Good Luck!
the 2 of those chicks are hot as hell too in their daisy dukes?(super short shorts) and lack of tank tops! lol i saw them in royal oak over the past summer...

sorry for bringin this up from the dead...

also, theres a ton of useful info in this post, thank you steve for the link.. im trying to get into commercial next year cause i hear thats where the cash is!

Good luck 1chick with your mower! i wish all ladies werent afraid to get a lil dirrrrty..
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
Marketing Lists StartALawnCareBusiness Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 9 07-12-2008 10:56 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
Yesterday 09:39 PM
Yesterday 09:39 PM
by WesleySnips
0 26
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 05:42 PM
Yesterday 09:21 PM
by TRV
3 143
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
Yesterday 05:57 PM
by Steve
21 1,864
Real Estate??
tbtigers03
09-30-2014 06:43 PM
Yesterday 05:01 PM
by stevef1201
5 198
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
Yesterday 04:38 PM
by WesleySnips
5 249
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 452
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
Yesterday 02:19 PM
by Steve
5 219
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Yesterday 01:39 PM
by Steve
17 838
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
09-30-2014 07:05 AM
Yesterday 01:38 PM
by jack2048
4 212
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Yesterday 01:30 PM
by Steve
26 1,177
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by Steve
7 400
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
09-30-2014 04:10 PM
09-30-2014 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 17
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
09-30-2014 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,314
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
09-30-2014 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 360
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
09-29-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 289
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
09-29-2014 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 344
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
09-29-2014 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 354
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
09-29-2014 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 480
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
09-29-2014 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 737
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
09-29-2014 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 594
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
09-29-2014 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,607
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,140
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,119
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-25-2014 09:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,146
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,350
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 830
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,204
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 775
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,105
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 844
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,471
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,510
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,726
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,160
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,551
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 940
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,123
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,558
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 949
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,319
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 1,072
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,825
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,565
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,748
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,473
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 964
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,092
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,015
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,833
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,557
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid article marketing auger bid billy goat brushcutter care charge collections subcontractor decorating deliquentaccounts equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely health hills honda how much to charge husqvarna installation john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care 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 lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mulch mulch price new buisness new business podcast promotion pto push versus ride savannah scag schedule scripts seo snow snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft theft of services toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walk behind walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:13 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:13 AM.

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