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Old 12-05-2014, 02:35 PM
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Well hello fellow lawn and land folks!

We recently started our lawn service business here in Cape Coral, FL, after a big move from Texas several months ago.

I'm very glad I've found this site - great forum and information!! I've found some very useful info for beginners like us.

It's just my husband and I right now, but we have big plans and hope to grow our business at just the right pace. Having others like you all here on this forum is a great help to the industry overall, and it's appreciated.

Combined we have over 30 years of experience in the services business, and one of our goals is to bring a high level of professionalism and quality to the SW Florida market.

I look forward to visiting this site often and thanks in advance for all your help!!
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Well hello fellow lawn and land folks!

We recently started our lawn service business here in Cape Coral, FL, after a big move from Texas several months ago.

I'm very glad I've found this site - great forum and information!! I've found some very useful info for beginners like us.

It's just my husband and I right now, but we have big plans and hope to grow our business at just the right pace. Having others like you all here on this forum is a great help to the industry overall, and it's appreciated.

Combined we have over 30 years of experience in the services business, and one of our goals is to bring a high level of professionalism and quality to the SW Florida market.

I look forward to visiting this site often and thanks in advance for all your help!!
Care to share your business plan? You do have one of those right?
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Most guys business plans is
1 got to home depot-buy some stuff (not real sure what but what the heck)
2 Drive around try to find some work, ask friends to mow their grass, ask mom and dad
3 go broke
4 blame somebody else.

IF people really did put in the effort to draw up a real business plan (it takes about a month of work), Put money into advertising, and did all the other footwork needed to make their business a success, then they are making money. Probably on the beach in the Bahamas right now
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Welcome to our forum!

What steps are you taking now to get your business up and running?
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Thanks for your replies.

Yes, we have a business plan; no good business owner would start a business without one. No, I will not share it on here... can't let any potential competitors see it and what our plans are, lol!

And, it's not the 4 points as mentioned above - go to home depot, go broke, etc. Our goal is not to be a fly-by-night company. We want to be an excellent, professional addition to the lawn service community.

My background is in marketing, sales and advertising and my husband's is in field service management. We've also both owned businesses in the past. Combined we have over 35 years experience in several service industries and combined have managed as little as 5 people and as many as 50. We are confident that our business background, belief in ongoing education and improvement, and drive to provide a better service will ultimately lead to a great company and happy customers.

We have all of our equipment - got a great deal on 2 Gravelys plus double weed whackers, edgers, chain saws, etc, etc, etc. One thing we are still looking for is a good striping kit so if anyone has any recommendations that would be great.

All of our signage is done and most of our marketing- trailer signs, vehicle decals... We also got uniforms with our logos, t-shirts with our logos, business cards, trifold brochures with different coupon specials.

I must say I'm pretty proud of our logo - I designed it myself!

Website is done except for some text on a few pages. And I need to finish SEO. Working on the rest of our online presence - FB page done, Google+ done, Google Places done, some online directory listings done... And, meeting with the local DexMedia rep today to discuss the book and more online presence.

Really, for me, the best marketing for us staring to introduce ourselves to the community is my feet to the street!! I'll be out knocking on doors and leaving brochures, etc - drumming up business the old-fashioned way, lol! I also have plans to connect with some realtors, property managers, etc, to drum up some good networking business and contacts.

We have all of our certifications, licenses, registrations, etc for doing business in the areas we are servicing.

So, yes, we have done a lot to get going and we are looking forward to becoming one of the good ones!

Thanks again and I look forward to gleaning some good information from y'all on the forums!
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One thing we are still looking for is a good striping kit so if anyone has any recommendations that would be great.
Here is one that walks you through the installation.

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Sounds like you're off to a good start. I only ask if you have a business plan to make sure you don't start without one! What kind of profit margin are you aiming for?
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