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!

Hey guys


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 11-26-2007, 09:48 PM
cgland cgland is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Age: 42
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 11
cgland
Question

Hey guys and gals, I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. My name is Chris or Cgland as some of you may know. I've been running a landscaping biz for about 10 years now and I love it! We mainly specialize in Hardscaping (patios, walkways, driveways, walls, pool decks, etc.) You get the point! Anyway, over the last few years I have realized a big deficiency in the online information available to hardscapers as well as people looking to get into the hardscaping biz. So what I did was create a website/forum dedicated to the hardscaping industry. It's chock full of information! Tips, pics, tricks, as well as discussions dealing with Everything that encompasses hardscaping. So come on over and check it out, I'm sure you get bit by the hardscape bug! See you soon!
www.prohardscaper.com

Chris
__________________
www.ProHardscaper.com - The web's only online forum dedicated to improving the hardscaping industry and it's professionals!
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 11-26-2007, 10:47 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,779
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Chris thanks for joining us.

How big of a market do you feel the installation of hardscapes is? Is it under served?

Should more lawn care operators consider installing hardscapes?

If so, what are some easier/beginner projects you feel they should look into marketing?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 11-27-2007, 10:05 AM
cgland cgland is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Age: 42
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 11
cgland
Default

Steve - Hardscaping?....Underserved? * Maybe! * I will tell you that quality hardscapers are few and far between. *What I find happens most is a Lawn care provider wants to break into the hardscaping industry because they think there is a ton of money to be made, but to do it properly takes a huge capital investment (machines, specialty tools, trucks, etc) *This is where the problem firsts starts. *Beginners try to rent everything at first and most of the time they underestimate the time they need the equipment for.......What happens next is they start to cut corners because they realize that they won't make any money if they keep that plate compactor for another day....What you get in the end is an improperly installed hardscape feature. *This is where my site fills a need! *prohardscaper.com is an excellent research and information tool dedicated to every aspect of hardscaping. * So if your looking to get started in the hardscape trade, we have all the info you will need to not only install the job properly, but how to estimate it and effectively run a hardscape business. *Our site is geared towards the inexperienced guy. *We want him to price jobs correctly, install jobs correctly, and follow up on jobs correctly. *This will only better the industry as a whole and give itmore consistancy as well as the professionalism it deserves.
As far as a beginner type project, I recommend you start with a small walkway or landing in front of YOUR OWN home. Get a feel for the materials and the equipment. This way, when you are ready to do an install at a customers property you have some knowledge of the process, but THE most important thing is to educate yourself prior to doing ANY type of install.

Chris



__________________
www.ProHardscaper.com - The web's only online forum dedicated to improving the hardscaping industry and it's professionals!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-27-2007, 12:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,779
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Chris,

Very interesting information!

Reflecting back now from your years in the business, could you tell us what equipment a lawn care operator really needs to own before they start offering hardscaping to their customers?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 11-27-2007, 05:05 PM
Fernando's CleanCut! Fernando's CleanCut! is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Brevard Co., Florida
Age: 32
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 7
Fernando's CleanCut!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (cgland @ Nov. 27 2007,11:05)]THE most important thing is to educate yourself prior to doing ANY type of install.
Hi, Chris and Welcome to the pack!
You know a couple of customers had asked me if I do some patio work, but I'm only starting on my Lawn Sevices. I would consider to do small hardscaping jobs, but this is going to be in like 3-4 years from now, i want to have a good income and then jump into that. If I need some info about this I for sure check your website/forum.

.Fernando/CleanCut!.
__________________
.Fernando/CleanCut!.
36\" Scag Kohler 15Hp Walk-Behind
Toro Trimmer
Echo PE-200 Edger
Stihl BG 55 Blower
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-27-2007, 11:33 PM
cgland cgland is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Age: 42
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 11
cgland
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 27 2007,1:33)]Hi Chris,

Very interesting information!

Reflecting back now from your years in the business, could you tell us what equipment a lawn care operator really needs to own before they start offering hardscaping to their customers?
Steve - As far as equipment goes, one could certainly start doing hardscapes with the simplest of tools. Shovels, rakes, hand tamper, string line, line level, 4' level, hammer and a broom! You can initially rent the excavating equipment, vibratory plate compactor, and brick saw untill you're doing enough work to warrant purchasing it. You just have to make sure your knowledge of the process is sound and your estimate to the customer covers ALL of your expenses as well as a percentage for profit. I see all too often a young upstart wants to get their feet wet and they think the best way is to charge a rediculously low price to get jobs. The thought process is...get job, show customer the quality of my work, more jobs will pour in! The reality is this: They don't charge enough money to begin with therefore they can't cover their costs and they can't afford to do a good job, quality suffers and the referrals never come in becuase they have an unhappy customer. It's a vicious cycle that can eat you alive if you are not prepared. All of these issues are covered over at ProHardscaper.com It's a wealth of information geared towards running a successful hardscape business. Check it out!

Chris
__________________
www.ProHardscaper.com - The web's only online forum dedicated to improving the hardscaping industry and it's professionals!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-28-2007, 03:50 AM
pnplawn
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

welcome to the forum.
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
New customers keep...
stevef1201
Yesterday 05:34 PM
Yesterday 09:54 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
3 70
Pushy customers
christopherhicks82
04-22-2014 08:22 PM
Yesterday 07:41 PM
by t-10yrs2retire
10 226
New Trailer
bobwill2009
04-23-2014 12:46 PM
Yesterday 01:34 PM
by B&B Lawn Services
4 108
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Yesterday 12:46 PM
by xandrew245x
20 1,044
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
Yesterday 12:39 PM
by Steve
80 25,401
Pond...
xandrew245x
04-22-2014 03:29 PM
Yesterday 12:23 PM
by Steve
5 126
Mangwi Landscaping
bondservojc13
04-23-2014 09:56 PM
Yesterday 12:22 PM
by Steve
2 84
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
Yesterday 12:17 PM
by Steve
1 55
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
04-18-2014 06:55 AM
Yesterday 12:05 PM
by Steve
16 380
Advertising On...
JacobsLawnMowing
03-17-2014 03:21 PM
Yesterday 11:58 AM
by Steve
14 913
In a bit situation need...
googus
04-22-2014 08:01 AM
04-23-2014 10:03 PM
by googus
9 188
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
04-23-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
7 228
The $20 Mow Job
Dan Tanner
04-21-2014 07:24 PM
04-23-2014 12:06 PM
by Steve
5 208
quickbooks users
CDLAWNCARE
04-20-2014 09:03 AM
04-23-2014 06:48 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 185
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
04-22-2014 07:55 PM
by Just for Cuts
23 593
About D@## Time!
TamMik
04-02-2014 08:10 AM
04-22-2014 05:14 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
19 886
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-22-2014 12:29 AM
by Tony317
22 1,737
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-22-2014 12:07 AM
by Tony317
9 451
danny 2
danny2
04-19-2014 10:19 PM
04-21-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
3 141
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
04-21-2014 12:10 PM
by kslawn
13 378
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
04-21-2014 12:02 PM
by kslawn
20 624
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
04-19-2014 06:26 AM
04-21-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
4 235
new to this forum!
mower13126
04-18-2014 07:37 PM
04-21-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
4 157
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
04-21-2014 11:33 AM
by Steve
12 361
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
04-20-2014 04:40 PM
by Dan Tanner
20 6,902
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-20-2014 11:13 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 1,229
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-20-2014 11:11 AM
by kslawn
10 381
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
04-18-2014 09:53 AM
04-19-2014 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 240
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:52 AM
04-18-2014 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 107
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:49 AM
04-18-2014 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 94
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
04-18-2014 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 201
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
04-18-2014 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 262
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-18-2014 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 274
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
04-18-2014 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 301
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
04-18-2014 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 250
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
04-17-2014 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 648
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 818
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 154
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 355
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 145
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 801
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 302
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 241
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 374
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 283
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 156
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 287,189
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 539
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 549
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 249
» Popular Tags
4wd ads aerator butterfly gardens care charge craigslist credit card cultivation customers decorating echo exmark fall ferris financing flower bed cultivation price four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul gravely gravely 34" zero turn health holiday how much to charge introduction kansas city labor cost lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business show leaf lighting marketing mechanic monthly mow mowing mowing clarksville mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business new start office management payment podcast promotion property management company reo requests scag schedule selling seo sole proprietorship starting a business steve stihl subcontractor top dresser toro tree care turfgrass consulting upsell walker winter money making ideas yard clarksville
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:42 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:42 AM.

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