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!

Weed Terminator signed up, Hello!


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
  #11  
Old 01-28-2012, 10:10 PM
WeedTerminatorTom WeedTerminatorTom is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Milpitas, CA
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 3
WeedTerminatorTom is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Hi Tom!

Welcome to our forum!

What kinds of lessons do you feel stood out from the previous times you ran your lawn care business and how might you do things similarly or differently this time?
Hi Steve! The first two times were about ten and fifteen years ago, during transitional times in my life. Once, when I had come home from overseas, and the second when I graduated from college, and my police and fire department applications weren't working out. I had a great time! Now, I'd like to remain my own boss, and do this every year. Back then, I didn't know what I was doing, and admit I didn't care too much, as I just viewed it as a way to make some cash until I found a regular job. Now, I would like to be my own boss, and do this every year for a long time. My attitude is the first improvement.
Today, there are so many more resources available so much more freely than just ten years ago. This forum is a real treasure trove, and I hope I can re*****cate the help you've already provided. Back then, a friend of mine just gave me the idea to go knock on doors and cut weeds for residents, and I ran with it. I kept my receipts in a goldfish bowl, and never kept track of whether I was making money or not. Now, I'm a much better student, and have much more interest in learning the right ways of running a business. I've downloaded and listened to "Stop Lowballing," and have subscribed to the GopherHaul podcast. I really enjoy listening while I'm getting things done, much more than sitting down to read. I've set up a business bank account, gotten business licenses in the cities where I intend to work, and will soon change from a sole proprietorship to an LLC, and get some good insurance. I've joined the Chamber of Commerce in one city, and will attend city hall meetings on weed abatement issues. With all this to do, I'm actually glad I have begun earlier in the year. If I was busy working, I might neglect it all.

I think I should clarify, I haven't begun a full Lawn care service, but am specializing in a niche of clearing brush and overgrown weeds to prevent fire hazards, as well as to help property owners come into compliance with county and city weed abatement programs. If you don't already know about this, I hope it's something valuable I can contribute. I've looked up city council meeting notes about weed abatement programs in the area, and learned that the city will inspect certain properties, and require the owner to clear out vegetation that could present a fire hazard. Ideally, the owner will get it done on their own initiative, but if not, the county will hire out somebody to do it. The figure local to me was $113.83 per hour per worker for hand work, just doing line trimming. The figure multiplies to several hundred dollars per hour when discing and tractor work are involved. Per hour. The costs are added onto the property tax, and the property is listed in the weed abatement program for three years, so these property owners are motivated to get this work done! I'll do it for less than the county charges. I found the information by googling "weed abatement + (city name)." If they have a weed abatement program, it may be something like this. They publish a list of properties in the program, and there's my list of prospects.

And the most important improvement of all I'm making now? Cleaning up my own neglected yard! xD Thanks again!
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


  #12  
Old 01-30-2012, 02:12 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,213
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
And the most important improvement of all I'm making now? Cleaning up my own neglected yard! xD Thanks again!
I think that is something most often overlooked!

Everything starts with a core and works it's way outward. If your lawn looks great, then it will create a buzz that will spread down your street and from neighbor to their family and friends.

Make your yard look fantastic and it will become a calling card for more work to come your way.

That is great thinking!
__________________
- 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
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
brush cutter, fire hazard prevention, line trimmer, shindaiwa, weed abatement

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
Weed Control swstout Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 16 05-04-2010 11:11 PM
Just signed contract... check it out. CheapNEasy Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 3 09-27-2009 09:34 PM
Terminator Mowers! CHEESE2009 General Talk 5 06-17-2009 04:50 AM
signed contract tomcat172002 Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 13 05-16-2009 12:23 PM
Signed Or Verbal Agreement? DENMAN Starting a lawn care business. 5 03-29-2009 02:11 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 05:50 PM
by Matther777
11 225
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
Yesterday 07:28 PM
Today 04:38 PM
by jrs.landscaping
8 115
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
07-28-2014 08:51 PM
Today 01:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 157
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
Today 01:03 PM
by Steve
5 201
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Today 12:31 PM
by Steve
17 725
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
Yesterday 06:40 AM
Today 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 119
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Today 06:29 AM
by kslawn
5 170
Will summer ever come
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 08:27 AM
Yesterday 08:29 PM
by SGL1
5 130
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
3 129
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 187
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Yesterday 02:25 PM
by Steve
4 182
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
07-28-2014 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 369
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 380
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
07-27-2014 01:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
80 4,728
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 221
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 372
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 562
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 132
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 259
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,327
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 437
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 276
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 956
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 259
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 312
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 362
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 258
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,474
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 290
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 199
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 341
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 705
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 567
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 352
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 695
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 244
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 237
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 798
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,116
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 848
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 775
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 321,194
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,790
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 514
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 423
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 877
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 613
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 635
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,966
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 626
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement article marketing auger bid butterfly gardens charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call customers decorating estimate exmark ferris first truck fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf lighting marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness new mower organize outdoor environments payment podcast property management company pto reo scag schedule scripts seo snow starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker winter winter services zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:55 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:55 PM.

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