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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

End of mowing season, what about plowing?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-04-2010, 11:35 AM
devuono311 devuono311 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 74
Rep Power: 7
devuono311 is on a distinguished road
Default End of mowing season, what about plowing?

Alright,
So I have been busting my behind trying to make it so far this year, and I gotta admit its tough. However I am not giving up.

Everything started out slow, then the phone kept a ringing, (mostly calls wanting price quotes, which I don't agree with over the phone quotes, they arent really precise) Anyhow, phones a ringing, I'm slowly picking up jobs, Got to about 6 weekly customers and 2 bi-weekly customers, mowing and trimming. I had placed craigslist ads, ran a 4 week popular local paper ad, and a six month placemat ad. I ended up with 8 customers. I was happy though, not knowing exactly what to expect, I was more than happy just to get some work. Then, I lost customers it seemed all at once, though it was over roughly three weeks. I was concerned, I thought "What am I doing wrong". Then I started re-thinking what was going on. Two customers I lost due to their own business wasnt that great so they had more time to mow themselves and not enough money in there budget to keep me on. Ok, I can understand that fully. One guys son moved back home and so he took over responsibility, another guy lives in Cali. and owns a vacation home up here, called and told me his lawn had to be treated for a carpenter ant issue so his lawn had to be left alone anyways for two weeks and that with all the remodeling he had been doing he was steadily running out of money so wasnt sure if he'd be calling me back this year or not. Now that one bothered me because it seemed like a couple excuses to let me go without necessarily stating " I'm firing you". But I've racked my brain and have no idea why he would have been displeased with my work. His lawn looked great and well kept. I had a renter who was responsible for her own lawn and that included a double lot , she moved and didnt notify me until I showed up the following week and there was a for rent sign in the yard and the house was clearly empty, so I called her, sure enough no need for me. Last but not least, Another local business, is a church camp and this is there last week of camp so yesterday i was notified it would be my last week for them as the camp director would be taking over my duties due to his free time he would have until next season. Man, I have to say it feels like I've been punched in the gut. However, every single customer I have had a chance to discuss my services with say I have done an excellent job and have no problem possibly bringing me back next season, that its just a matter of due crcumstances and that I need to expect it with the economy.

I have two customers left.........

So while I am obvioiusly working on that presently, I REALLY dont want to be caught with my pants around my ankles once winter comes. I've plowed before, know how to plow, ( and no its not always drop the blade and push snow) but I've never bid plow jobs before, don't know if businesses pay for a season up front, or by the amount of plowing, nor when to approach residents or businesses for bids. I really neeed this , this year, and though I'm sure the mowing will pick up better than this year next year, I need something to keep me busy through winter. Could somebody please send me some info?

Thanks,
Mowed Over
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 08-04-2010, 02:12 PM
LLCDallas LLCDallas is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: http://brgreenlawncare.com
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 6
LLCDallas is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Nice job picking up your first customers. Do you know what your ROI is? If you're already paying for advertising, do you have a website up? I think having a website should be the very first thing you spent ad money on. It's a 24/7 advertisement that is extremely cheap. Plus, your other marketing campaigns can lead customers back to your site to see more information about your services. If you need more info on how to get started, send me a PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-04-2010, 07:26 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here is some reading for you. I think this is gonna help a lot.

http://lawnchat.com/index.php?s=snow+plowing
__________________
- 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 08-04-2010, 07:29 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

Count me in as interested in this as well.

Everyone says "you have a truck, get a plow!", but I wonder how badly it will beat my truck up for one thing, and then there's salting... do most places that need lots plowed expect salt as well? I would imagine so. That means a salt box is needed. This stuff adds up quick.

I may just buy a snow blower instead.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-04-2010, 11:54 PM
LawnMoore's Avatar
LawnMoore LawnMoore is offline
Mr. Moore
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Suwannee River Florida
Age: 30
Posts: 288
Rep Power: 6
LawnMoore is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
Count me in as interested in this as well.

Everyone says "you have a truck, get a plow!", but I wonder how badly it will beat my truck up for one thing, and then there's salting... do most places that need lots plowed expect salt as well? I would imagine so. That means a salt box is needed. This stuff adds up quick.

I may just buy a snow blower instead.
Just buy one of those jet fuel flame throwers, duh..

No, im just kidding ofc!

I was just thinking and what if you get a decent commercial fertilizer, use it for spreading salt!! (i think you would certianly have to keep it lubed up some how or do something to prevent salt rust) but then when the snow clears you could use it in lawn care as well, even if you didnt use itm you would have it incase you did need it! then next winter break it back out!

I dont know if thats plausible but i hope it helps.
__________________
(352)682-3094 Suwannee River, Florida 32680

Visit my site, http://www.lawnmoore.com, Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-05-2010, 01:57 PM
robgee05 robgee05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: newfield nj
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 6
robgee05 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnMoore View Post
Just buy one of those jet fuel flame throwers, duh..

No, im just kidding ofc!

I was just thinking and what if you get a decent commercial fertilizer, use it for spreading salt!! (i think you would certianly have to keep it lubed up some how or do something to prevent salt rust) but then when the snow clears you could use it in lawn care as well, even if you didnt use itm you would have it incase you did need it! then next winter break it back out!

I dont know if thats plausible but i hope it helps.
Just get a decent snow thrower. Its a little less to worry about liability wise. Then you can focus on residential drives and sidewalks at first. Some people will be ecstatic to have you clear their snow. It will also give you a good base of leads for lawn care in the spring.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-06-2010, 12:19 AM
All Terrian landscaping's Avatar
All Terrian landscaping All Terrian landscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Age: 24
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 6
All Terrian landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default snowplowing

Seeing that i usually end up with little to no work during the summer, and end up getting swamped in the winters, i can possibilly help with this situation
If you do have a truck with a plow on it all ready make sure its in top mechanical conditon. Its better to fix everything now, then in a parking lot when its blizzarding out (or on the side of the road in my case) Remeber, no ones truck breaks before a storm, its during. and if you dont have a truck, it better to buy one with out a plow and put one on, then it is to buy a "seasoned" one, you never know what the last guy put it through.
As for getting clients, start NOW!!!, by september all the good places r taken, what i do is carry a nice shirt and alot of biz cards in the truck and when im driven around and see someone outside, ill throw it on and stop by an talk to them and give them a bid rite on the spot, it may not seem real biz like, but it works
and last but not least, make sure you have a back-up driver, because more than likley, youll need him.

Really hope this helps you out, like my old man always said, your either gona get rich, or kiss your a$$ goodbye
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
tejas mowing season? nlowplacez Starting a lawn care business. 1 07-02-2010 04:36 PM
Mowing Season Started Today picframer General Talk 20 04-11-2010 12:00 PM
Snow Plowing?? JMM0254 General Talk 24 12-01-2009 05:29 PM
First time plowing RonJohnLawnCare Starting a lawn care business. 5 09-07-2008 07:32 PM
Mowing HeightsThe following are recommended mowing ritchiem Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-07-2006 08:29 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 11:35 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
96 11,611
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Yesterday 07:13 PM
by rower30
18 5,028
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
09-01-2015 11:01 AM
09-03-2015 09:04 PM
by Chilehead
5 202
Sample commercial bid
burtle
09-02-2015 06:02 PM
09-03-2015 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 109
best way to.....
Wolf4dk
09-02-2015 11:35 AM
09-03-2015 06:45 AM
by Chilehead
4 105
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
09-02-2015 07:45 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 144
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 111
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 679
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 471
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 484
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,868
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,527
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,100
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,808
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 152
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,309
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
16 1,682
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 206
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 633
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 466
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 427
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 298
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 1,079
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 539
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,719
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 657
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,296
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 252
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 470
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,145
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 415
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 403
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,903
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 600
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 571
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 607
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 492
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 420
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,821
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 301
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 522
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,226
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 450
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush contract help curb appeal services demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:08 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:08 AM.

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