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 guy


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 02-16-2012, 03:19 AM
jstcs6 jstcs6 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 4
jstcs6 is on a distinguished road
Default new guy

hello i would like to say hi to everyone out there reading this i am planning on starting mowing in the spring this year and was wondering how i would go about getting my competters rate so i dont low ball i think call them but just havent desided yet any help would be much help thank you
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 02-16-2012, 08:05 AM
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 and welcome,
I think knowing what others are charging is good but you need to know at what level you are doing the work (can you make the lawn look great). you need to know your costs and how long a job will take.

just keep in mind spring will be here soon as you will see most of us are already doing our ads

do you a have tools yet
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-16-2012, 12:14 PM
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

First know your costs and what your cost is per man hour. This also constitutes your quality of work. Is it up to par with you competitors or does go below or above them?

Then... the only best way to know what competitors are charging is calling three different companies in your area and have them do a free estimate on your yard an/or parents as well. You should keep in mind what you think you would charge for the job and then wait and see what your competitors are charging.

I do this at least once a year to keep up to date on what my competitors are charging. This will definitly help you out the most.
__________________

Curtis Michael
President
The Grounds Crew
(425) 765-2638
www.thegroundscrewllc.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-16-2012, 03:13 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,616
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

I agree with the importance of knowing your costs.

Keep your eye out for ads from competitors either through the mail or online and you will get an idea of what others are charging. This can be helpful, but you have to keep in mind, those that advertise prices are probably doing so because their prices are lower than the average price, so be careful.
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 02-16-2012, 04:53 PM
TLC131 TLC131 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Lake Zurich, IL
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 4
TLC131 is on a distinguished road
Default

you gotta figure out what your rate is first, when i started in my neighborhood it ended up being $20/hr and I tried to make SURE I made at least $10 an hour. When I have a worker helping the rate goes up to $40/hr. I dont know what your situation is but I started in HS and my goal was to make more than I would make at McDonalds.

The only prices i know about competitors is from my dad's company and a company my friend works at. I am just getting into commercial lawn maintenance.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-17-2012, 03:50 AM
jstcs6 jstcs6 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 4
jstcs6 is on a distinguished road
Default

i plan to mowing resadital at first. i plan on buying a commerical lawn mower in the future. all i have for now is a push mower 22 self propeled and. a rideing mower 33. trimmer and blower i have to buy
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-17-2012, 02:52 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,616
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It sounds like you are doing fine. Keep us updated on how everything goes.
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 02-18-2012, 04:27 AM
jstcs6 jstcs6 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 4
jstcs6 is on a distinguished road
Default

today i get a call from Labor Law Compliance Institute this guy told me that i had to buy these signs from him i googled the 800 number and found a couple reports on ripoff.com i think it is a scam they want to charge me 180.00 and i can buy them for 35.00 from another website my question is do i need to have these signs any advice on this??
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-18-2012, 02:41 PM
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

I think if you found him on ripoff.com, then that tells you all you need to know about him. You should be able to get the signs through your state tax department or Labor Department. $180 is just ludicrous. $35 for the sign, $145 for him from unsuspecting business owners. Nice SCAM.

Check this site:

http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/os...ter/matrix.htm
Attached Files
File Type: pdf wh1386Agrcltr.pdf (111.5 KB, 5 views)

Last edited by jymie; 02-18-2012 at 02:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-20-2012, 01:03 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,616
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I think this came up in the past on here. The thing I wonder is, do you need any of these signs if you are the owner/operator. I think they are for employees and I bet you could print them off your computer and be ok.
__________________
- 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
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
Today 11:36 AM
by stevef1201
2 8,601
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 10:27 AM
by kslawn
6 425
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
Today 09:48 AM
Today 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 26
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 10:30 PM
by Just Cuts
1,194 348,972
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
Yesterday 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 290
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Yesterday 09:16 PM
by stevef1201
9 349
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Yesterday 07:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
4 453
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 07:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
178 14,305
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 07:16 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,414
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
Yesterday 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 253
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
Yesterday 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 80
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
Yesterday 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 84
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
Yesterday 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 662
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Yesterday 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 412
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
Yesterday 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,307
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
Yesterday 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 472
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Yesterday 01:08 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
25 2,609
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 232
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,272
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 703
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 366
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 591
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 195
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,049
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 594
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,965
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,536
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,270
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 858
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 637
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 557
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 395
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,474
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 337
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 605
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,686
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,810
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,987
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,781
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 516
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 723
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 408
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 469
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,421
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 684
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 586
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 382
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 401
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 665
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 444
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment complex auger bark bob villa care charge collections commercial decorating demonstration edging employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills hiring how much to charge how to jobs john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business 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 managing a lawn care business mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness past due patio install per hour service podcast pto push versus ride redmax scripts seo shell snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve sulky theft toro toro grand stand trailer mate pro tree turfgrass consulting up sell employee
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:15 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:15 PM.

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