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: 3
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: 3
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: 3
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: 180
Rep Power: 4
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: 3
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: 36,690
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: 3
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
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
Today 07:56 PM
by Steve
6 233
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
Today 07:53 PM
by Steve
4 171
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
12-20-2014 07:57 PM
Today 06:50 PM
by Chilehead
7 171
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Today 12:02 PM
by SuperiorPower
11 353
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by stevef1201
38 9,942
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
Yesterday 11:57 AM
Yesterday 11:57 AM
by Knaubone
0 68
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Yesterday 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,097
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
12-20-2014 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 286
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,830
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 143
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 398
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 3,050
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,202
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,411
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 355
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 344
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 423
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 320
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 873
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 866
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 334
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,176
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 449
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,459
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 691
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 550
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 962
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 493
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 482
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,327
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,798
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 1,039
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,328
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,514
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 679
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 755
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,294
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 922
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,314
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,928
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 780
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,522
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 691
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,583
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,553
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,565
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 758
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,339
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,254
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 660
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades care charge christmas collections edging employee problems equipment rental estimate foreman four wheel drive gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills holiday husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac labor cost landscape services lawn 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 website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness new mower ordinance past due per hour service podcast pto push versus ride running a business savannah scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting up sell employee won't return wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 PM.

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