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!

Fireman Gus


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 02-13-2012, 07:02 PM
Fireman Gus Fireman Gus is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 3
Fireman Gus is on a distinguished road
Default Fireman Gus

New to this forum. Been in the lawn care business 30+ years. We do weekly lwn mowing, weed control and fertilization. Will do other jobs such as hedge trimming, sprinkler repair, etc when we have time. Starting in 2012 we have 300+ weed control and fertilizer clients and 110 weekly mowing clients. My son and I have 1 other part time help.
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 02-13-2012, 08:19 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi how do you run your 110 weekly lawns, the 3 of you go in one truck or do you each run a truck.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-14-2012, 12:21 AM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Welcome to the forum! You and your son will learn a lot here and will give great advice.

Why did you make the switch from a fireman to owning your landscape management company?

Since you've been in the business for 30+ years what advice to you have to offer young guns like me?

What are you secrets of the trade?
__________________

Curtis Michael
President
The Grounds Crew
(425) 765-2638
www.thegroundscrewllc.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-14-2012, 07:52 AM
Fireman Gus Fireman Gus is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 3
Fireman Gus is on a distinguished road
Default

I first started while at the fire department on my days off and just continued. The schedule for the yard mowing can be hectic. We have two trailers and work from there. Sometimes I run part of the route by myself at other times my son and I run together. On the days I run by myself it is on yards that has to have a push mower in the back yard and those days my son and our helper are doing large yards (1 acre and up). Our part time helper is a high school student and only works three days a week. Some good advice I can give young guys just starting don't try to grow too fast. Only take on what you can handle. Check all options before expanding.

Last edited by Fireman Gus; 02-14-2012 at 07:55 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-14-2012, 12:20 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 679
Rep Power: 4
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Welcome to the forum Gus.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-14-2012, 07:00 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum Gus!

Quote:
Check all options before expanding.
What kinds of options should newer lawn care business owners be looking out for?
__________________
- 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 02-14-2012, 09:09 PM
Fireman Gus Fireman Gus is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 3
Fireman Gus is on a distinguished road
Default

Can you handle the work, do you have the cash to buy new equipment or do you have to finance, and the one of the main ones- do I really want the extra work and am I willing to spend the time required to do the work. Also remember not to take too much time away from family-they are what's really important!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-15-2012, 12:53 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Also remember not to take too much time away from family-they are what's really important!
That is a great point and I think it spotlights the difficulty of trying to run a part time business when you are already working a full time job elsewhere.

Ultimately you only have so much time and if you have a family, you can do a lot of damage to the relationships in the family by not being around do to too much working.
__________________
- 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

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
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Today 12:08 PM
by Knaubone
37 9,834
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
Today 11:57 AM
Today 11:57 AM
by Knaubone
0 1
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Today 10:21 AM
by lxarth
8 247
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
Yesterday 07:57 PM
Today 09:35 AM
by rmccutchan
3 67
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Today 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,019
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Yesterday 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 240
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,695
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 109
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 342
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
12-19-2014 06:00 PM
by homey
5 193
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
12-19-2014 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 133
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,999
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,152
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,354
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 317
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 313
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 388
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 282
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 832
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 830
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 296
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,123
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 415
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,409
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 655
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 507
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 927
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 451
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 448
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,244
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,741
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 996
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,290
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,476
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 630
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 713
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,251
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 881
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,264
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,891
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 730
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,478
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 657
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,550
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,507
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,530
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 726
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,297
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,216
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 634
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger bid billy goat brushcutter bush christmas commercial decorating deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches employee problems ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul grass hiring how much to charge how to hydraulic installation introduction john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan 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 managing a lawn care business marketing mowing mulch mulch price new business ordinance patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee reo savannah search engine optimization shreaded snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steep lawns steve sulky theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer mate pro tree walk behind wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:38 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:38 PM.

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