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.

My First 2 Weeks As A Lco!!!!!


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 03-22-2012, 07:31 AM
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 78
Rep Power: 3
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb My First 2 Weeks As A Lco!!!!!

WOW…….is probably the best way to explain it lol
I defiantly had some ups and downs but I will say that I am here to stay!
So I get my first call almost 2 weeks ago inquiring about my services and if I could come out the following day so I did. I finish all edging and trimming and start mowing and as im on the side of a hill outta no where I hear my blade banging the deck so I stop and lift the mower up and I ran over about a 2in diameter piece of bark. Ok no problem finish with the 22” toro and keep it moving and get a new blade so when I buy the new blade and put it on its still banging the deck so I pull the mower apart and the damn pully is bent to h#ll and its made out of PLASTIC!!!!

I couldent believe it a spindle pully outta plastic (smh) so I call to order the pully and they tell me that I have to order the entire assembly that they do not sell just the pully!!!! So now im really getting pissed and when he tells me 104.96 + tax I thought I had a heart attack. My mower doesn’t even have 1 hr on the meter yet so I have learned to buy better equipment which is in the near future. So then they said 7 business days before the part would come in and I had 2 lawns to cut that following weekend and so I went and had to do the lawns and one of them was a 1/4 acre with a 22 in toro…..smh…….but never the less as a new business I gotta do what I gotta do to keep the customer happy as I did in this situation even tho it took me almost 4 hours to edge, trim, mow and blow….lol

But enough with all of the bad lol but let’s talk about the good………In 2 weeks I already have 5 accounts and 2 more bids to go and write. I have been doing a lot of door to door and nothing yet and I have a logo on my truck and nothing yet but im sure it will all pay off I have gotten most of my calls from craigslist and some from cutting one persons lawn and the neighbor comes over and asks for services.

I really can’t complain I’m really enjoying being a LCO I think I have this in my blood!!!!

I’m thinkin here in another 3 months or so if im still going strong that I will buy either a wright stander or toro grandstand and maybe a 48/52 toro 0 turn with a 8.5 x 20 enclosed trailer to match the truck but I need to keep this $$$ flowing steady lol never the less im sure yall will see me continue to grow on here!

Also thanks to everyone who has given me advice on here and to Steve who has the site for folks like me to get on and be nosey as well as learn about the business………lol
__________________
LICENSED AND INSURED

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 03-22-2012, 09:06 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I'm excited for you my friend! It's like reliving my past!

The first year is always so enjoyable, there is so much fun to be had as you learn and try new things.

The years after are ... hell.


OTHER NEWS:

I'm reading advertisements from other companies as I'm typing this... Kinda angry about one. A company went out of business (lowballer from last year), yet the advert is clearly the same guy, different company name.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-22-2012, 10:48 AM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 180
Rep Power: 3
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

I enjoyed the story about your pulley lol

what kind of mower was that on...??
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-22-2012, 01:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
But enough with all of the bad lol but let’s talk about the good
Great story! A lot of times, we shy away from talking about all the craziness that happens when you are getting started because we feel better sharing the good stories. However the key to success may hinge more on being able to get through the tough times than dealing with the good times. So knowing the bad stories can be twice, if not more as helpful!

How many times when you are alone dealing with an issue do you get to the point where you are thinking, no one else is dealing with this crap. It's just me. This must all be a sign that I should get out of the business. When in reality the opposite is true.

Everyone deals with crazy crap, they just tend not to talk about it, leaving everyone to feel at times like they are the only ones experiencing it.

So thank you for sharing your experiences.
__________________
- 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 03-22-2012, 10:31 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 HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE View Post
I defiantly had some ups and downs but I will say that I am here to stay!
So I get my first call almost 2 weeks ago inquiring about my services and if I could come out the following day so I did. I finish all edging and trimming and start mowing and as im on the side of a hill outta no where I hear my blade banging the deck so I stop and lift the mower up and I ran over about a 2in diameter piece of bark. Ok no problem finish with the 22” toro and keep it moving and get a new blade so when I buy the new blade and put it on its still banging the deck so I pull the mower apart and the damn pully is bent to h#ll and its made out of PLASTIC!!!!
what mower are your running that seems high for a unit with a plastic pulley setup. also a week wait time is not fair did they at least offer to special order the part for you? I can normally get any part I need overnight if I really want to.
__________________
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 03-23-2012, 06:22 AM
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 78
Rep Power: 3
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post
I'm excited for you my friend! It's like reliving my past!

The first year is always so enjoyable, there is so much fun to be had as you learn and try new things.

The years after are ... hell.


OTHER NEWS:

I'm reading advertisements from other companies as I'm typing this... Kinda angry about one. A company went out of business (lowballer from last year), yet the advert is clearly the same guy, different company name.

WOW SMH........so i hear there is alot of them around here like that and i know some bids they will be like I was paying $30 and you want $45 and all I say is that when you want superior quality it sometimes costs a little bit extra but if you just want a mow blow and go service and dont care about your lawn then im not the company for you.

Yeah I wish I could fast forward 5 years just to see where my company will be at!
__________________
LICENSED AND INSURED

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-23-2012, 06:27 AM
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 78
Rep Power: 3
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chaz View Post
I enjoyed the story about your pulley lol

what kind of mower was that on...??

It was on a junk Cub Cadet 760es 33" walk behind


Quote:
Originally Posted by wandfsmall View Post
what mower are your running that seems high for a unit with a plastic pulley setup. also a week wait time is not fair did they at least offer to special order the part for you? I can normally get any part I need overnight if I really want to.
^^^^ no the sad thing is that the lady that sold me the mower (the owner) would not even look at me or talk to me she had the salesman deal with me smh!!!! Then when I called one day to check the status she says to me well if we havent called you then that means that we havent got your part in. Im going to call mtd today and see if they will give me a refund on my mower!!!
__________________
LICENSED AND INSURED

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-23-2012, 06:30 AM
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 78
Rep Power: 3
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Great story! A lot of times, we shy away from talking about all the craziness that happens when you are getting started because we feel better sharing the good stories. However the key to success may hinge more on being able to get through the tough times than dealing with the good times. So knowing the bad stories can be twice, if not more as helpful!

How many times when you are alone dealing with an issue do you get to the point where you are thinking, no one else is dealing with this crap. It's just me. This must all be a sign that I should get out of the business. When in reality the opposite is true.

Everyone deals with crazy crap, they just tend not to talk about it, leaving everyone to feel at times like they are the only ones experiencing it.

So thank you for sharing your experiences.

The funny thing is that I have been feeling like this and have been like why me??? lol but I understand that stuff happens and this is what we learn from!!!! But I appreciate the feedback steve I will be here as long as you have the site up and I have taken alot of proples advice from here as well as my new salesman at the new mower shop!

Thanks!
__________________
LICENSED AND INSURED

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-23-2012, 06:49 AM
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 78
Rep Power: 3
HAMPTON ROADS LAWN CARE is on a distinguished road
Default

UPPPPPDATE!!!!!!!!!!




Well I got 2 more accounts yesterday and my spindle came in so I went and put it on and now both blades are hitting the deck so I dunno what the problem is so I am about to get on the phone with mtd and tell them im sending my mower back because I am sooooooooooo fed up with this mower all that I want is for my mower to do its job!!!

Well again enough with the bad and let me share the good lol

I run all echo trimmers, edgers and blowers and I shop @ sti turfcare.

So I went up there to talk to my salesman about the issues with my mower and he told me I shoulda came there and he warned me lol but then again I should have and I cant blame him either lol but he told me that the scag rep was commin up there in a few hours so fast fwd a few hours........


I show up they have a exmark 0 turn and a scag chettah 61 0 turn as well as a scag 52 stander and a 36 stander......needless to say I had a blast demoing the units and by far scag is the way to go!!!

They have a deal right now with almost 2k off some units so im going to try and get my $$$ back from mtd and put some extra and pick up a new mower or 2!!!

I will tell you im sold scag's were super smooth and the funny thing is that there was another guy there with me and ran into a huge steel pipe that was sticking out of the ground at almost full throttle and dident even hurt the mower just put a small knick in the blade after that I was sold!!!
__________________
LICENSED AND INSURED

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-23-2012, 08:44 AM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 180
Rep Power: 3
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

don't stick to one company go to other lawn mower companies, i personally like gravely

there is a gravely 60" that i bought, its 26 hp (Kawasaki) deck fabricated as well 3 year warranty on everything, for about 5600 retail. its right below commercial its a top end residential. looks like a residential mower with commercial deck and motor. and goes about 8mph two gas tanks etc
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
my first two weeks, new lawn care business, start up lawn care business

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
Ever have one of those weeks? Ducke Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 10 06-13-2011 05:43 AM
Busy 2 weeks swstout General Talk 4 08-03-2010 06:25 AM
Three Weeks In solitary Confinement MikeO Starting a lawn care business. 3 12-06-2009 04:32 PM
28 weeks later? Steve General Talk 0 05-12-2007 06:25 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Business Cards
crieg122
Today 12:03 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by biglee
1 48
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Today 12:54 PM
by biglee
6 257
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:09 PM
by biglee
10 338
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Today 11:46 AM
by crieg122
6 341
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 09:19 AM
Today 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 47
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 396
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Today 06:47 AM
by Mr. Mow
3 141
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Today 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 178
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 262
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Yesterday 02:52 PM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 87
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 934
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 182
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 493
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 150
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 606
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 433
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 504
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 477
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 248
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,616
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,450
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 752
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 605
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,549
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 354
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,926
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,410
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 318
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 384
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 845
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,308
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 581
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 420
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 760
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,067
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,449
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 781
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,467
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 506
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,609
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,611
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,718
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 637
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 797
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 643
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 991
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,644
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 954
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,778
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,182
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bob villa bush charge christmas commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book 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 lawn care website seo lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch mulch price new business patio install podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride seo shell snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:06 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:06 PM.

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