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!

Research before the plunge! He


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 06-21-2012, 02:00 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

You said your new to the field other than ur own yard... Maybe take the remainder of this season and work for another company and learn the ropes!!! There is a lot you can learn that will get you ahead and stay a float ! That's my advice, also , don't pass out flyers, waste of money!! Make business cards ( even magnetic ones ) that potential customers can put on fridges, tool boxes etc.. The flyer will be glanced at and tossed. The business card can be given face to face and tell them " I'll be in business next yr, call me for a free estimate, I'm looking to establish a customer base so my prices will be fair" . Don't take it the wrong way but if you don't have a truck yet, you don't need to be starting. Get some experience and save some cash brother! Best of luck.
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 06-21-2012, 03:00 PM
w0283767 w0283767 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Rep Power: 2
w0283767 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I would work for another lawn care company if I could but I have a different situation. I have a good job in banking and want to do this mainly as a hobby and to make a few extra bucks on the weekends. I enjoy the outdoors and miss working outside sometimes. That is why I am holding off until next year. I could buy the truck and equip now if I wanted but am not in a rush. Thinking I can get better deals on a used ztr this winter.

I have a lot of contacts through banking and can get commercial clients from my network but want to make sure I am ready and comfortable with equip.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 06-21-2012, 04:03 PM
PineHillLawn PineHillLawn is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nixa, MO
Posts: 117
Rep Power: 3
PineHillLawn is on a distinguished road
Default

Everyone wants to look professional right outta the gate. But no one, hardly ever, just walks into a full set up and has all the best of the best. Start slow and work your way into it. Start immediatly.
Do a craigslist ad for your area, and make two or three ads and keep reposting them daily. Make up flyers and door hangers and hand them out in your spare time. Get a couple of shirts made with a logo and name. These are all inexpensive ways to market yourself in the beginning.
Don't worry about the guy driving next to you in a $40k truck with 3 ZTR's and a walk behind on the trailer. Bet you money he didnt start that way. Focus more on the absoulute best quality you can do and it will pay off. Quality not quantity is key when starting. If you do sheit work, you wont have to worry about getting more jobs. Be smart and don't lowball, be competitive but not don't sell your efforts short. And by all means know your costs. Knowing how much you have to make to just break even is essential to staying on the road and not becoming a "fly by night" outfit.

Last edited by PineHillLawn; 06-21-2012 at 04:06 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 06-21-2012, 08:11 PM
w0283767 w0283767 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Rep Power: 2
w0283767 is on a distinguished road
Default

Very insightful. Thanks for the info.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 06-21-2012, 09:26 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

I agree with Pine hill on most points but I feel his info was somewhat contradicting . "focus more on the quality not quantity" how do you know quality when you have NO experience? " if you do sheit work you won't have to worry about getting jobs"...how do you know if your work is good? How short do I trim the gold thread? When should I trim the lace leaf maple? Why are my holly bushes dying off , not blooming? Your customers are gonna ask you questions as to why or how...gain some knowledge ( even though it's your weekend hobby) no you shouldn't go out and buy a 2012 Silverado 2500 and two riders, but you should atleast have a truck that you can utilize ....customers won't take you serious if your doin a mulch job out of your Honda crv. Please don't take offense to my comments as I am only trying to help. I started with a ford ranger and a 6x10 trailer 3 yrs ago, I now have a silverado 1500 -2500-dump truck- 2 trailers -2 ztrs and a walk with a customer base of over 100, but I worked for a guy learning what and what not to do for 6 yrs prior. Best of luck.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 06-22-2012, 12:37 PM
w0283767 w0283767 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 92
Rep Power: 2
w0283767 is on a distinguished road
Default

I appreciate your insight as well. I am on this forum to learn so I don't want or need any advice to be candy coated.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 06-22-2012, 01:00 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

I wouldnt start anything without a truck.

You mention snow removal. Even to shovel someones driveway you need 4x4 to get there. Theres no money in shoveling anyways, for that matter doing driveways.

And for leaf cleanups the blow it in the woods jobs are few and far between. The majority want them hauled off.

If I had a good paying office job I wouldve stayed there. This business is cutthroat. If you tell a client on tuesday you cant do it till saturday you wont get the job. If your working just weekends youll be lucky to cover your expenses.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 06-22-2012, 10:25 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

Who needs a truck? How about a Buick?




No, I didn't find this on the interwebs, I see this guy working when I'm out on my Friday route. I took the pic a week or so ago while at a stop sign.

That "trailer" looks like something you'd see in Mexico. LOL!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg WoodenTrailer.jpg (351.7 KB, 1 views)
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 06-22-2012, 10:56 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post

That "trailer" looks like something you'd see in Mexico. LOL!
lol... If he had a truck he wouldnt even need that crummy trailer for the equipment he has.
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
About to take the plunge.. JeffK26 Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 20 03-25-2012 10:42 PM
Taking the plunge in Georgia apalacheeriverfarms Introduce Yourself 4 03-19-2012 02:00 PM
Took the plunge, did I make a mistake? CanadayLandscaping Introduce Yourself 7 09-10-2010 12:02 AM
Research paper on starting a Lawn Care Service JMS Introduce Yourself 2 02-09-2007 08:53 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
Yesterday 05:21 PM
Today 04:01 PM
by Billy Goat
7 107
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Today 03:43 PM
by stevef1201
6 199
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 651
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
Today 11:28 AM
Today 11:28 AM
by Gerardo_Landscape
0 15
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 11:20 AM
by kslawn
3 103
Trimec
acrajchel
Yesterday 08:24 PM
Today 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 61
leaf removal
tlf59263
Yesterday 10:00 PM
Today 11:05 AM
by Steve
2 70
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
Today 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 212
hello
NFrailey
Yesterday 01:39 PM
Today 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 56
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 10:45 AM
by Steve
23 852
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
Yesterday 11:21 AM
Today 10:43 AM
by Steve
3 81
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
Today 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 520
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
Today 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 183
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Today 08:54 AM
by Tekeda1
12 226
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 141
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
Yesterday 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 276
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 155
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 79
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 284,051
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 359
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 260
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 369
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 131
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-14-2014 10:03 AM
by Steve
5 152
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 356
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 82
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 198
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 87
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 155
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,518
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 283
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 291
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 125
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 104
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 109
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 253
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 975
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 108
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
04-10-2014 10:33 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
78 24,937
Trading Accounts
goodtimez
04-09-2014 05:42 PM
04-10-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
2 136
Grass that has...
erock289
04-09-2014 10:21 AM
04-10-2014 01:52 PM
by Steve
3 155
Prowrap Trimmer Engine...
Steve
05-24-2006 07:05 PM
04-10-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
10 2,185
1st annual Easter egg...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 06:58 AM
04-10-2014 01:07 PM
by Steve
1 99
Hello everyone
aceslawnandgarden
04-03-2014 06:54 PM
04-10-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
9 342
Weed control programs
Mallard91
04-02-2014 12:25 PM
04-10-2014 12:56 PM
by Steve
6 318
homeowner vs...
GoGreenerKS
04-07-2014 10:54 AM
04-10-2014 12:52 PM
by Steve
8 256
Hello
smgibson
04-07-2014 10:06 PM
04-10-2014 12:39 PM
by Steve
2 105
33" Cub Cadet Walk...
Dan Tanner
04-07-2014 08:49 AM
04-10-2014 12:35 PM
by Steve
5 177
They may never even see...
Darksteel
04-05-2014 11:40 AM
04-09-2014 05:13 PM
by goodtimez
7 318
$300 and counting
acrajchel
04-04-2014 10:03 AM
04-07-2014 10:34 PM
by Steve
12 482
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 article marketing blower butterfly gardens care charge christmas christmas light service client craigslist credit card customers echo exmark fall ferris financing flower bed four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul gravely gravely 34" zero turn health holiday how much to charge installation invoice kansas city kawasaki labor cost late lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business show lawn clarksville lawn service clarksville tn lesco lighting brass outdoor lights llp marketing mow mowing mulch new and restored landscapes new buisness new business office management oil podcast promotion redmax savannah scag schedule selling seo snow sole proprietorship sprayer starting a business stihl story subcontractor tree care unreasonable walker winter money making ideas zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:50 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:50 PM.

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