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!

New Member - Starting from Scratch


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 11-25-2012, 07:16 AM
Billy Goat's Avatar
Billy Goat Billy Goat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 153
Rep Power: 2
Billy Goat is on a distinguished road
Default New Member - Starting from Scratch

Hello Gophers,

My name is Bill, I will be the true test starting a lawn care business from scratch. Winter is near and I have a few months to purchase and read books, watch youtube videos, and learn as much as possible before spring is here. I have tons of questions and hope to get good advice and guidance from this forum. My plan is to have a legitmate business and make sure I have all legal requirements covered. I want to run a honest business but, unfortunately we live in a "Lawsuit Happy" society. Any legal advice will be greatly appreciated. From childhood to now with mowing residental lawns for over 35 years seems to be the easy part, it is everything else I have concerns with.

I ask my wife Michele what we should call the lawn business and she suggested Billy Goat Lawn Service. I live in Maryland and searched the Maryland business database and looks like no one has used that name in 12 years. Is this a good name or should I have a more professional name? Not sure if this will conflict with the brand name Billy Goat. I searched the internet and see others use this name is some form.
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 11-25-2012, 03:02 PM
elbow300 elbow300 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 2
elbow300 is on a distinguished road
Default My Mistakes

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
As for the name, I believe I would opt for something a little more broad than a company with "lawn service" in the title. That way, if your business grows in the years to come, and your services expand, you dont have to explain why a lawn service is estimating irrigation, tree removal, hardscapes, etc.

The legal issues are more complicated. The statutes in your state, as well as federal laws are a slippery slope. I have personally taken a common sense approach to litigation and law. I have not sought counsel from a lawyer, just due to cost. You have to mow a LOT of grass to pay for a consultation at a law office. Safety has got to be paramount in the whole of your operation. An on the job injury could sink you. Once you have awakened OSHA, there is no putting that dog back on the porch. The most interaction I have with the state and federal government is the bills I get cordially inviting me to pay my taxes. I just pay what I owe, and they seem happy until the next time they are due. Your insurance agent (if you have one you trust) is a good resource for determining your exposure to risk, and taking steps to mitigate that risk. I think your insurance agent and tax company can walk you through most of the liability/risk management issues you are likely to face.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-26-2012, 01:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I want to run a honest business but, unfortunately we live in a "Lawsuit Happy" society. Any legal advice will be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to our forum!

What kind of issues are you wondering about when you are looking for legal advice?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 11-26-2012, 03:45 PM
ringahding1's Avatar
ringahding1 ringahding1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 287
Rep Power: 5
ringahding1 is on a distinguished road
Default

I used my last name, since it is not so common. But have branded it for the past 10 years and our company is now looked at as an authority in our direct service area.

Honesty is the best policy as most businesses are looking to cut corners. I say do not ever do this, no matter how good it may look @ the time. KARMA man!

Ask a lot of questions and think real hard(not too hard)about a company website. This is one of 3 ways my business is found.

The other 2 are:
  • Word Of Mouth
  • Trucks & Trailers have our name/number & website address all over them

Also seriously consider a well thought out flyer you can hand deliver, this is how I got my biz off the ground.
__________________
08 F250 Ext Cab/04 Chevy 3500
05 F350/04 F350 Diesel/12 Ram 4500 Dump
3 -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
  #5  
Old 11-26-2012, 06:29 PM
Billy Goat's Avatar
Billy Goat Billy Goat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 153
Rep Power: 2
Billy Goat is on a distinguished road
Default

As far as legal advice. I want to make sure Iam covered insurance wise. Should I be insured and bonded? If a customer accused me of damage what would be the course of action on my part? If Iam at fault of course I would do the right thing and make it right but if Iam not, what should I do? Let say the customer accused me of breaking a window from a flying rock out from the mower, what should I do?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-27-2012, 04:37 AM
ringahding1's Avatar
ringahding1 ringahding1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 287
Rep Power: 5
ringahding1 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Billy Goat View Post
As far as legal advice. I want to make sure Iam covered insurance wise. Should I be insured and bonded? If a customer accused me of damage what would be the course of action on my part? If Iam at fault of course I would do the right thing and make it right but if Iam not, what should I do? Let say the customer accused me of breaking a window from a flying rock out from the mower, what should I do?
I am assuming you have vehicle insurance, I would suggest asking your agent about contractor liability insurance.
__________________
08 F250 Ext Cab/04 Chevy 3500
05 F350/04 F350 Diesel/12 Ram 4500 Dump
3 -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
  #7  
Old 11-27-2012, 05:42 AM
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

Where in MD are you? Stay out of my area! For our laws we have to do over a certain $ amount to even be legit. If you do it part time, it may not be worth going legit...the govt will consider what you do as a hobby, therefore they won't let you fill out the paperwork. Full time is a different story.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-27-2012, 07:03 AM
Billy Goat's Avatar
Billy Goat Billy Goat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 153
Rep Power: 2
Billy Goat is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnBoy0311 View Post
Where in MD are you? Stay out of my area! For our laws we have to do over a certain $ amount to even be legit. If you do it part time, it may not be worth going legit...the govt will consider what you do as a hobby, therefore they won't let you fill out the paperwork. Full time is a different story.
This is exactly why I joined this forum. I dont want to "Bark up the wrong tree" Iam here for good advice from the pros of the business. I dont want to invest in thousand of dollars in equipment then soon fail due to lack of customers or under bidding. I want to do it right from the start. When does the government consider your hobby to be a business. No one for the most part pays cash anymore. Most people use credit/debit cards these days and others pay by check. All of these are paper trails.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-27-2012, 03:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
When does the government consider your hobby to be a business.
I think it comes down to when you start making a profit.

Quote:
Should I be insured and bonded?
Bonded, only if required to get the job by a commercial customer. Insured, it's a good idea.

Quote:
If a customer accused me of damage what would be the course of action on my part?
You can either talk to the customer and resolve the issue, possibly by fixing it yourself or file a claim with your insurance company.

Quote:
If Iam at fault of course I would do the right thing and make it right but if Iam not, what should I do?
This is one of those catch-22s where even if you are not at fault and you decide you want to stand your ground and not give in on a customer's request, there is a good chance they will drop you and then bad mouth you, so you got to weigh it all out and see which path is the best for you.
__________________
- 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 11-27-2012, 03:56 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,145
Rep Power: 6
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Billy Goat View Post
As far as legal advice. I want to make sure Iam covered insurance wise. Should I be insured and bonded? If a customer accused me of damage what would be the course of action on my part? If Iam at fault of course I would do the right thing and make it right but if Iam not, what should I do? Let say the customer accused me of breaking a window from a flying rock out from the mower, what should I do?
Insurance is about risk. If your mowing what kind of riak do you have- athrown rock a broken window, a acratched paint job? Less risk than cutting tree limbs over a house.

Call an insurance agent and ask them about business liability insurance. I got half a million for 50 bucks a month.

As I have added services, and risk mine has gone up.
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
BORED, built a site from scratch! CHEESE2009 Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 1 03-10-2012 08:30 AM
Everything is being done from scratch. brothamanjyro Starting a lawn care business. 7 10-29-2009 03:55 PM
just starting RKTaylor Starting a lawn care business. 5 08-06-2009 07:07 PM
making flower bed from scratch landonkade Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 9 04-25-2008 11:21 PM
Buying a business or starting from scratch? Steve General Business Discussions 1 02-02-2007 12:37 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 11:51 PM
by TNTurf
5 575
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
Yesterday 09:51 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 492
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 09:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
154 11,086
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 06:33 AM
Yesterday 08:44 PM
by biglee
6 125
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
Yesterday 08:39 PM
by biglee
8 306
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,656
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
Yesterday 07:13 PM
by SGL1
2 101
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
Yesterday 06:15 PM
by Steve
3 227
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
Yesterday 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,189
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
Yesterday 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 100
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
Yesterday 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 184
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
Yesterday 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 609
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
Yesterday 02:22 PM
by Steve
1 220
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,059
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
Yesterday 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 354
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
Yesterday 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 198
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 1,174
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-19-2014 11:27 PM
by SGL1
2 179
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 541
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 843
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,198
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 584
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 339,857
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-15-2014 02:57 PM
by Steve
2 327
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 295
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,388
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,405
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,488
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 428
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 589
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 432
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 780
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,407
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 746
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,548
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 971
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 869
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 525
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 514
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,040
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
10-09-2014 04:19 PM
by Just for Cuts
25 2,898
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
10-09-2014 02:21 PM
by Steve
25 3,546
Changing Scag Freedom Z...
maggiedavidson
10-06-2014 12:24 PM
10-08-2014 06:34 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 756
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 02:45 PM
10-07-2014 04:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 735
Good Mower
jack2048
10-04-2014 05:34 PM
10-07-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
7 823
Mulching fad killing...
Tree geek
10-06-2014 08:37 PM
10-06-2014 08:37 PM
by Tree geek
0 641
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-06-2014 02:53 PM
by Steve
11 1,364
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
10-06-2014 01:30 PM
by Steve
4 1,231
A GREAT Story
stevef1201
10-02-2014 10:33 AM
10-06-2014 12:50 PM
by Steve
6 1,036
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
10-03-2014 07:12 PM
by kslawn
27 2,144
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex article marketing auger bark bid blades bob villa care charge collections collections subcontractor decorating ditches edging employee problems equipment rental estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes how much to charge husqvarna installation introduction kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website marketing mr dave mulch new mower past due podcast promotion pto redmax reo running a business scag search engine optimization seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steep lawns steve stihl theft of services top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:07 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:07 AM.

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