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.

got first contract! and 2 more coming


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 06-25-2012, 07:13 PM
FentonC FentonC is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 25
Rep Power: 3
FentonC is on a distinguished road
Default got first contract! and 2 more coming

Today I signed my first contract with a customer! $40 a cut in a very nice neighborhood. Let size is about .25 acres and I can get my large zero turn mower in the backyard.

Also talked to 2 other potential customers. One just bought a new house and will be moving in next week after the current home owners move out. It is .6 acres so a nice sized lot. I am going over there next week to look at it and to give him a free estimate.

Also talked to a Landlord who owns 2 rentals and am going to look at those tomorrow and give them a free quote.

Get this, these are from my professional craigslist add:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...098968768.html
__________________
http://www.fentonslawncare.com
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 06-25-2012, 08:02 PM
WeekendWarriorLawn's Avatar
WeekendWarriorLawn WeekendWarriorLawn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 3
WeekendWarriorLawn is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
isn't that ring lawn care's craigslist ad?


are these free cut and paste ads or do we have some competitive, friendly unoriginality going on out there?


always glad to hear about guys getting paid though, in any case. picked up my first landlord a few weeks back now. working on another. i think i'd rather do propertry groudnskeeping for landlords. people in my area are far too cheap as home owners.


case/point: just had a gal yesterday call us. we went to scope out her property. some very lovely landscaping, but over grown., the edging alone would have taken me 3 hours easy, if not 4. the yard would have been over an hour to mow.


anyway, i quoted her today at 150.00, with a 15 percent intro discount which would have broguht it down to 127.50. she about choked (loved that line, cant remember if sect dropped that one or not in reference to the vine cleanup)

said she had "more like 35 dollars in mind" and hung up.


meanwhile the guy across the street, who had about a quarter of her yard, i was charging 25 for full service, before he couldnt afford it any longer!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-25-2012, 08:17 PM
FentonC FentonC is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 25
Rep Power: 3
FentonC is on a distinguished road
Default

Wow, interesting customers! Where is your service area?
__________________
http://www.fentonslawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-25-2012, 09:31 PM
WorkForMySelf WorkForMySelf is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 210
Rep Power: 0
WorkForMySelf is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FentonC View Post
Today I signed my first contract with a customer! $40 a cut in a very nice neighborhood. Let size is about .25 acres and I can get my large zero turn mower in the backyard.

Also talked to 2 other potential customers. One just bought a new house and will be moving in next week after the current home owners move out. It is .6 acres so a nice sized lot. I am going over there next week to look at it and to give him a free estimate.

Also talked to a Landlord who owns 2 rentals and am going to look at those tomorrow and give them a free quote.

Get this, these are from my professional craigslist add:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...098968768.html


how do you buy a zero turn before getting a single customer?? lol
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-25-2012, 09:57 PM
FentonC FentonC is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 25
Rep Power: 3
FentonC is on a distinguished road
Default

Got money, bought a used 52" Great Dane Surfer 2006 model with 245 hours on it for $3000 from a trusted source. Is in great shape
__________________
http://www.fentonslawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-25-2012, 10:06 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 bought my ZTR before I had a " single " customer.....Maybe thats how I got so many now!!? Good for you Fenton
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-25-2012, 10:11 PM
ringahding1's Avatar
ringahding1 ringahding1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 315
Rep Power: 5
ringahding1 is on a distinguished road
Default

I told ya man...Hurry up & Wait! IT will come...Congrats! Grow slow and steady....
__________________
08 F250 Ext Cab/04 Chevy 3500
05 F350/04 F350 Diesel/12 Ram 4500 Dump
4 -60 Toro Zmaster/Lesco 48
3 -8'2" Boss V-Plows
1- Hiniker 9'6" V-Plow
20' Enclosed trailer
18' Skid & 16' Open Trailer
2012 - S185 Bobcat


Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-25-2012, 10:12 PM
WorkForMySelf WorkForMySelf is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 210
Rep Power: 0
WorkForMySelf is on a distinguished road
Default

Thats great but doesnt it feel odd to load up a bunch of gear and a zero turn... drive 20 min... mow 15 min and then drive home 20 min
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-25-2012, 10:16 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

Thats the name of the game when your just starting out! Ambition and determination are half the battle....and besides... loading up a bunch of gear and a zero turn... drive 20 min... mow 15 min and then drive home 20 minutes is a benefit of ....(Wait for it Wait for it ) ""WorkingForMyself""
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-25-2012, 10:54 PM
WeekendWarriorLawn's Avatar
WeekendWarriorLawn WeekendWarriorLawn is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 3
WeekendWarriorLawn is on a distinguished road
Default

in the neighborhood of one of my clients, there is a crew that shows up with a ZTR. i get more people approaching me though than i see approaching them. me and my uniformed crew with a weed whacker & push mower.


if i had a ZTR i'd use it, but only for jobs requiring it. however, if it helps you look the part than i would roll it out all week long if thats what it took to turn heads!


i like how workformyself essentially put it: the work of loading and unloading the equipment isn't work, just a part of working for yourself!


get paid out there, man!
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
Lurker coming out here... 9 Yards Lawncare Introduce Yourself 1 03-27-2011 09:45 AM
coming to a neighborhood near you! grounded Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 7 08-30-2007 07:31 AM
Any updates coming? excel25 Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 08-21-2007 02:17 PM
New EPA laws coming? Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-02-2006 03:48 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Fencing help
Knaubone
Today 02:36 PM
Today 02:36 PM
by Knaubone
0 20
Just Quit?
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:23 AM
Today 08:50 AM
by rmccutchan
9 191
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Today 08:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
4 133
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 99
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
Yesterday 06:38 AM
Today 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 97
hows it going.
uppercut
Yesterday 05:01 AM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 99
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 82
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 877
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
Yesterday 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 206
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 100
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 907
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 481
whats this briggs?
uppercut
Yesterday 12:40 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 70
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 363,978
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Yesterday 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 45
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 288
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 260
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 510
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 237
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,227
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,117
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,492
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 635
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,404
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 173
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 140
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 825
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 369
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 314
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,651
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 200
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 448
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 207
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 353
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 343
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 397
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 566
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 387
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 715
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 452
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,275
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 614
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,571
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 537
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 348
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 276
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,866
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 744
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 444
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,943
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter blades bob villa collections commercial demonstration edging employee problems equipment rental ferris first truck flyers foreman gopherhaul grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic introduction landscape landscape services lawn aeration lawn care 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 lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mr dave ordinance past due patio install per hour charge podcast pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride reo running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shell shreaded small engine repair sq ft square foot steve sulky toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape walk behind web design won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:05 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:05 PM.

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