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!