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!

just started this year..


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 09-02-2012, 06:54 PM
sharplawnsturf sharplawnsturf is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 4
sharplawnsturf is on a distinguished road
Default just started this year..

i am off to a terrible start, but i was slow getting things together because i was recovering from shoulder surgery for the past year, and i couldn't work in the spring. I started late in the season with my advertising (around mid july). I am doing things strictly on the fert and squirt side for now, but may try to offer mowing in the spring when i can get atleast a 36" walk behind mower.

I have 1 customer so far, its my mom. I have many years experience working for others doing chem. apps. I feel i do excellent work. Just trying to find ways to get the name out there, word of mouth just isn't working like i thought it would. i got out about 700 post cards which didn't help, but i know that is just not enough. i have mostly mailed my post cards. I have a hard time knocking on doors.. and in my area there are alot of "no soliciting" neighborhoods. I have my info on my truck, you can see the web address and phone number from a long distance back..

I carry my business cards and post cards everywheres i go. I leave them any place i can think to leave them that people may see them, pass them out, etc.. I am working on SEO for my website and trying to improve my search engine ranking by the spring, i feel like this could help. my website is at http://www.sharplawnsturf.com

gonna try introduction letters soon. been getting some addresses together of potential clients, i drive through neighborhoods everyday after i get off of work at my night time job... so i'm getting a good list of potential clients together. Hoping this may get me one or two.. but i have a feeling this will work better in the spring.

I invested in a copy of the gopher billing software, and its really been great so far, just haven't gotten to do very many estimates yet. I am looking forward to using it more. anywyas, its good to finally be on here, i put it off long enough.. i have read some great information here so far.


here is a copy of my 4x6 post card that i have been using. with no luck, i guess its just not the right time! thats what i keep telling myself. its been very frustrating to say the least, i really want to make this work.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg craigslistflyer1.jpg (470.2 KB, 0 views)
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 09-02-2012, 07:39 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

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
If your a licensed arborist. I would contact lawn guys that dont offer those services. Give them a discount price and see if you can do some spraying for their clients.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-02-2012, 07:47 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

I got fire ants in my pants, is it still $25 to squirt them?

Congrats on the new business, never stop advertising!!! You'll pick up in no time, just don't lose focus!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-02-2012, 08:05 PM
sharplawnsturf sharplawnsturf is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 4
sharplawnsturf is on a distinguished road
Default

lol, i'd take what i can get at this point. the discounted first application is so common around here, i feel like its a must do. MANY go for the $19.00 first app. but with the price of fert and pre-emergents, as well as gas prices.. i have a hard time going much lower than $25.00 up to 4k or 5k sq. ft. i think In future ad's i'm gonna just say $10.00 off first application for new customers, because thats essentially what it is.

thanks for the motivation.

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnBoy0311 View Post
I got fire ants in my pants, is it still $25 to squirt them?

Congrats on the new business, never stop advertising!!! You'll pick up in no time, just don't lose focus!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-02-2012, 08:07 PM
sharplawnsturf sharplawnsturf is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 4
sharplawnsturf is on a distinguished road
Default

thats one thing i started to do recently too, talked to one or two landscapers so far that do not do applications, so it could be something that could help as well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
If your a licensed arborist. I would contact lawn guys that dont offer those services. Give them a discount price and see if you can do some spraying for their clients.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-02-2012, 08:55 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 sharplawnsturf View Post
thats one thing i started to do recently too, talked to one or two landscapers so far that do not do applications, so it could be something that could help as well.
Go big, talk to a few dozen. It sure is easier then advertising and there getting money off the top to. So its a win win for everyone involved.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-03-2012, 09:57 AM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 183
Rep Power: 5
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

you should by a push mower and begin offering mowing this year.

If I were offering the same services you were I'd be at the same level.

I find a lot of my clients like to do those services themselves if they don't like to mow.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-03-2012, 12:27 PM
sharplawnsturf sharplawnsturf is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 4
sharplawnsturf is on a distinguished road
Default

i think you are right. i have everything i need to mow, have equipment that i use on my own lawn. Might as well offer as many services as i can to start. I see more profit in the lawn app's.. over mowing, but mowing could help me get things started i guess. I was banking on my night job to keep me afloat until i got enough customers, but i can honestly can say 8 years on the night shift, and i'm about burnt out because i don't sleep well during the day.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chaz View Post
you should by a push mower and begin offering mowing this year.

If I were offering the same services you were I'd be at the same level.

I find a lot of my clients like to do those services themselves if they don't like to mow.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-04-2012, 01:38 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
i got out about 700 post cards which didn't help, but i know that is just not enough.
Something to consider is that you might get a better response if you send out your postcards to 200 homes, once a month for three months than to 600 homes, once.

Also, you probably won't see much word of mouth until more people have hired you. The more people that are your customer, the more that will talk about you and see you around town servicing someone in their neighborhood.
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 09-04-2012, 02:47 PM
sharplawnsturf sharplawnsturf is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 30
Rep Power: 4
sharplawnsturf is on a distinguished road
Default

i had better luck in 2004 when i just offered lawn maintenance. i ran off a flyer made from a template i found on this site, i may have put out 50 flyers, got a few customers off of that.. then word of mouth and people driving by stopping to ask if i could look at their yard led to more work.. next thing you know i had a good little bit of work in one season.. It just isn't happening that way this time. late, late start for me, we saw a little bit of some drought conditions but not as much as other parts of the country i'm sure. I figure the economy has alot to do with it as well.

i will cut back on the postcards to a couple hundred a month to see what happens next time. atleast 500 but saving those for the spring.. i am kinda getting cheap with my advertising, really working for a higher google ranking by spring.. thinking this could help me out alot.
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
Q.2 Getting started. What steps did you take to get started Steve General Talk 4 08-25-2012 09:00 PM
Just Getting Started Fisherlawnservice Introduce Yourself 5 07-26-2012 12:33 PM
Hello just started... roclin Introduce Yourself 4 05-07-2009 02:27 PM
what I first started out with comanche Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 5 06-16-2008 01:37 AM
Just getting started and need help Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 9 04-21-2007 10:10 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
Today 12:36 AM
Today 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 25
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
Today 12:27 AM
by Steve
5 127
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 12:25 AM
by Steve
10 213
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
Yesterday 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 106
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
Yesterday 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 150
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 179
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 77
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,435
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 177
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 63
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 73
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 145
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 201
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 95
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 171
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 83
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 112
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,089
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 302
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 255
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 255
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 198
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 166
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 150
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,616
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 570
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 336
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,013
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 406
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,869
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 259
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 427,863
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,354
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 182
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 241
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 215
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 868
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 375
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 238
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 520
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
01-08-2016 09:30 PM
by jeramicox76
10 2,742
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:28 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:28 PM.

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