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!

HI guys


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 04-14-2012, 10:11 PM
fmbill fmbill is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
fmbill is on a distinguished road
Default HI guys

I am starting my lawn care business as a part time job, would love to go full time when I get a solid customer base It has been a life long dream of mine, I am starting of small, want to upgrade when I have the cash to do so. I have a Z42 Encore and Toro push mower and Troy bilt weedeater, edger and blower. Need some advice on marketing, I want to get some t shirts and a window decal for my truck

Any suggestions would be great!!
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 04-14-2012, 10:55 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by fmbill View Post
I am starting my lawn care business as a part time job, would love to go full time when I get a solid customer base It has been a life long dream of mine, I am starting of small, want to upgrade when I have the cash to do so. I have a Z42 Encore and Toro push mower and Troy bilt weedeater, edger and blower. Need some advice on marketing, I want to get some t shirts and a window decal for my truck

Any suggestions would be great!!

Most guys in here will tell you that word of mouth is the best marketing you could ever have. Taking absolute care of those first couple customers is key! One of my first customers was an elderly lady, I cut a small tree down for her, was kind , fast and fair priced..she in return sent out a mass email to 300 of her bible study ladies mentioning my name. Before I knew it I had a solid customer base. It is great to look professional with the shirts yard signs etc but don't stress it man, all you need is a sharp looking , easy to read business card starting out...give it to everyone and their priest ! I didn't get my business shirts and yard signs until my 3rd yr, didn't have time to honestly lol . Just keep your truck and equipment clean...I see guys with $5 letter kits plastered all crooked & Sh*t on their truck doors...I think to myself, " their work must be half as* too" . Another word of advice..put everything in writing!! Even if it's pulling a weed! It covers your *** and also it's notes to look back on in your next yr of business. Best of luck man.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-14-2012, 11:15 PM
Al Kessinger's Avatar
Al Kessinger Al Kessinger is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west plains missouri
Posts: 80
Rep Power: 3
Al Kessinger is on a distinguished road
Default

best of luck to your new adventure. Ive been doing this part time for about two years now and just recently was laid off, so im starting this full time. kinda in the same boat you are. Ive got about two days worth of work to fill a week lol but i agree, word of mouth is everything. be professional, LOOK professional and you'll have business in no time.
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-14-2012, 11:59 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Always work like someone is watching you - because they ARE.

Neighbors notice your hard work even when your clients may not.
I've been told many times "I've watched you - you do nice work". Several times those people have either become clients, or referred me to a friend who has.

In terms of priority, I'd put more importance on the truck lettering than shirts.

Get yourself insured if you haven't already done so.
Research what you need to do to legally operate a business. I needed to get zoning board approval to operate a business from my home. Don't assume they "won't find out". I applied for my business name registration first and the municipality apparently gets notice, or searches for "new businesses", and sent me a letter stating that it is illegal to operate without zoning approval.

Don't take on jobs that you aren't qualified to do and don't bull$hit a client if you can't do something they are requesting. Most people appreciate honesty and would rather hear that what they are requesting is beyond your scope at this time, and would rather have someone else fill that need than have you do it half-a$$ed.

Good luck with your quest to go full time!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-16-2012, 09:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,603
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

Will you be getting business cards?

Have you been telling everyone you know about your business?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 04-17-2012, 02:05 AM
kdexpd's Avatar
kdexpd kdexpd is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: N.E. Missouri
Age: 35
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 6
kdexpd is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Apex Lawn & Landscape View Post
Most guys in here will tell you that word of mouth is the best marketing you could ever have. Taking absolute care of those first couple customers is key! One of my first customers was an elderly lady, I cut a small tree down for her, was kind , fast and fair priced..she in return sent out a mass email to 300 of her bible study ladies mentioning my name. Before I knew it I had a solid customer base. It is great to look professional with the shirts yard signs etc but don't stress it man, all you need is a sharp looking , easy to read business card starting out...give it to everyone and their priest ! I didn't get my business shirts and yard signs until my 3rd yr, didn't have time to honestly lol . Just keep your truck and equipment clean...I see guys with $5 letter kits plastered all crooked & Sh*t on their truck doors...I think to myself, " their work must be half as* too" . Another word of advice..put everything in writing!! Even if it's pulling a weed! It covers your *** and also it's notes to look back on in your next yr of business. Best of luck man.
This is some of the BEST advice you can receive. Take it and run with it man! Your appearance tells the customer EVERYTHING!!
__________________
Kendrick
Cedar Lawn Care Services, LLC
Kirksville, MO
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
Guys, you need to get into this! swstout Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 221 03-20-2012 11:42 AM
Hey Guys fnr12421@yahoo.com Introduce Yourself 1 02-05-2009 09:09 AM
Hi guys, Incrediblelandscaping Introduce Yourself 2 12-03-2008 02:11 PM
Hey guys cgland Introduce Yourself 6 11-28-2007 04:50 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Yesterday 08:58 PM
by achri12
24 2,488
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 07:45 PM
by TRV
8 1,331
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 07:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
176 14,128
Hi from IL
steveinil
Yesterday 02:07 PM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by steveinil
0 28
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
Yesterday 07:27 AM
Yesterday 07:27 AM
by Sargewesser
0 33
Group Buying Software as...
ferona
Yesterday 06:49 AM
Yesterday 06:49 AM
by ferona
0 36
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-24-2014 07:58 PM
by thom
17 580
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 186
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,213
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 667
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 313
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 536
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
11-22-2014 10:01 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 168
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
11-22-2014 05:56 PM
by AGPS
9 341
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
11-22-2014 02:42 PM
by stevef1201
22 6,206
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-21-2014 09:33 PM
by TRV
3 202
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
11-21-2014 08:02 PM
by stevef1201
4 356
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-21-2014 07:05 PM
by acrajchel
13 415
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 151
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
11-21-2014 06:32 PM
by Steve
7 260
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,000
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 538
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,901
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,491
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,229
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 814
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 586
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 510
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 361
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,424
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 290
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 554
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,644
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,760
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 31,905
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,737
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 475
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 667
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 370
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 425
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,377
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 645
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 547
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-10-2014 01:25 PM
by Steve
2 390
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 349
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 368
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 618
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 411
New to the business
jcurr33
11-05-2014 03:21 PM
11-07-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
1 461
Lines
Matther777
11-04-2014 02:19 PM
11-07-2014 12:54 PM
by Steve
1 494
» Popular Tags
2wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying article marketing auger blades bob villa bush charge christmas commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches employee problems exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hiring holiday how much to charge how to how to bid john deere quik trac labor cost 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 website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights mechanic mowing mulch mulch price new business new mower patio install per hour charge podcast pto running a business savannah scripts search engine optimization seo shell snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer mate pro tree walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:06 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:06 AM.

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