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.

CraigsList Lawn Business for sale scam


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
  #21  
Old 01-30-2012, 07:18 PM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
If you were looking to buy a lawn care business from an online craigslist ad, what steps do you feel would be necessary to make sure you were getting what was being advertised and it was a good deal for you?
i don't even know if i would consider doing a deal like that on CL but, who knows.
you definitly need to look at all cash reciepts over the last few years and if they don't have them, see ya.
bank records are a must.
speaking to the customers and how long they have used the services is big.
are the customers under contract or is it word of mouth?

lawyers need to be involved and not one for all, seperate attorneys.
the terms requested are usually outrageous, guys think that they are gonna get someone to just hand over a large sum of cash just like that.

i know guys that bought businesses and it worked out for them but you have to do your research and you can not take anyones word that what they are selling you is the golden egg. and if you don't take the time and trouble and investigate you will be screwed because no one else is gonna do it for you. providing it is a established business there is always a paper trail as well as the customers and how long they been a customer to help determine if it is worth buying.
most that i spoke to about it over the years have said it takes a long time to find the right business for sale and 99 out of 100 are garbage.

under the right circumstances it can be a big quick boost for a business, but it is like finding a needle in a hay stack and if all you are gonna do is buy some slackers business you might as well just put the money into advertiseing and build it up the old fashioned way.

finally, with craigslist if has been up there for any amount of time or constantly gets re-listed it is probably beat.
nothing good slips through the cracks there it always gets snatched up and disappears as fast as it came.
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


  #22  
Old 02-01-2012, 12:22 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,352
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
most that i spoke to about it over the years have said it takes a long time to find the right business for sale and 99 out of 100 are garbage.
I think this is a very interesting point. I would venture to guess that any business worth buying is not going to be posted on craigslist. But if by chance one is, do you think there are any good reasons a business owner looking to sell, is going to have to explain why they want out?

It seems like selling a lawn care business on craigslist can be too easy an escape route for a business owner who finds themselves in debt with no way out but to sell a poorly run business that helped to put them in debt.
__________________
- 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
  #23  
Old 03-06-2012, 09:18 PM
LawnTard LawnTard is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 3
LawnTard is on a distinguished road
Default Scam Fraud

The newest company name that this guy is using is Lawn Ventures LLC. Don't buy a business from him it's a scam.



fraud
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 03-08-2012, 06:44 PM
ch4x0r ch4x0r is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 3
ch4x0r is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnTard View Post
The newest company name that this guy is using is Lawn Ventures LLC. Don't buy a business from him it's a scam.



fraud
I am just curious do any of you guy's happen to have a email address or anything of that sort on this scammer? I think it's pretty sad people like him scams hard working people trying to better themselves out of their money and i myself well maybe if his internet or computer didn't work then he couldn't advertise so much So any info or a link to his ads please send my way or post on this thread thank you.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 03-08-2012, 07:24 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,096
Rep Power: 6
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default

forget buying a business off CL. If there really is someone selling, then there customers for the taking
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 03-09-2012, 11:48 PM
kalawn kalawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 3
kalawn is on a distinguished road
Default

we have had 2 very good experiences buying businesses of CL. We purchased a large snow removal company before the snow season that did mostly commercial properties with around 25 residentials and we only lost 3 residential customers and actually got all of the commercial companies into multi year contracts and all but 2 residentials in a contract for next year. It came with alot of equipment in excellent condition and the owner was very upfront about everything and we had all the equipment checked, all of the financials looked over by our lawyer and accountant and we met with all the clients before any money was exchanged. We also purchased a lawn/property preservation business last week and have had the same luck so far with multi year contracts entered and so on. I have seen many horrible ones on CL and it helps if you have an established name and reputation when purchasing a business to help the transition. I agree if the ad keeps getting reposted or if it has been there for along time its best to not waste your time. I have seen several ads listing the business name that is being sold as well as a general area where it is located, but I think advertising to take the customers from the business for sale is just bad business and what goes around comes around.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 04-05-2012, 09:56 PM
LawnTard LawnTard is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 3
LawnTard is on a distinguished road
Default Status Update

Well it looks like Kevin Capps has slowed down his lawn business scam to move on to easier prey.
http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/...y-capps-492483
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
Amazon sale on Lawn care business tips book Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 03-17-2011 12:15 PM
Lawn Business for Sale Cheap SprinklerRepair Starting a lawn care business. 0 03-22-2009 05:20 PM
Plow truck for sale on craigslist justin_time Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 3 10-24-2008 11:13 PM
Lawn Mowing is a scam???? Steve General Talk 4 06-12-2007 07:15 PM
Beware of this business scam Steve General Business Discussions 0 08-08-2005 03:30 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
Yesterday 10:55 PM
Today 09:27 PM
by Robertf31
5 167
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Today 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 607
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
Today 07:41 AM
by stevef1201
9 515
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
Yesterday 10:44 PM
by Robertf31
1 168
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,764
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Yesterday 03:06 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
49 6,287
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 02:35 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
18 1,037
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
Yesterday 02:30 PM
by stevef1201
18 4,549
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 12:59 PM
Yesterday 12:59 PM
by Dan Tanner
0 107
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
Yesterday 12:34 PM
by Dan Tanner
7 2,917
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by kslawn
2 188
Newbie......Again
Jibber
Yesterday 12:17 PM
Yesterday 12:17 PM
by Jibber
0 123
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Yesterday 12:12 PM
by kslawn
11 887
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Yesterday 12:03 PM
by Jibber
2 687
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
Yesterday 10:46 AM
by SouthallMowing
4 804
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
Yesterday 08:55 AM
Yesterday 08:55 AM
by Northwoods Outdoors
0 122
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
Yesterday 08:38 AM
by Northwoods Outdoors
28 1,574
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
Yesterday 08:37 AM
Yesterday 08:37 AM
by stevef1201
0 124
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-12-2014 03:08 PM
by Chaz
8 409
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,050
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 622
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,348
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 830
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,421
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 333
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,073
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,121
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-08-2014 12:02 PM
by Steve
11 821
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 531
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 812
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,571
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 896
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 509
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 471
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 549
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 569
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 820
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 891
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 794
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-02-2014 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 711
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 776
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 706
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 892
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 1,191
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 333,368
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 1,299
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 814
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 4,521
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 940
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 1,072
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 article marketing bid birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial credit card decorating ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris financing four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes health honda how much to charge hydraulic installation landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price native plants new buisness outdoor environments past due patio install podcast promotion running a business scag scag v-ride schedule seo snow starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:40 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:40 PM.

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