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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!
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:44 PM
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I finally decided to take an active roll on your forum and possibly share some of my knowledge and ideas with everyone...I have been reading the posts for guite awhile but I haven't posted until yesterday for the first time...

Let me introduce myself, I am Doug and I own and operate Caskey Lawns & Landscapes here in South Central PA... This is my third year in business and by far my best...It was slow going but everything is coming together and the phone is ringing off the hook, or at least it was until the rain stopped...I'm sure everyone is dealing with that also and it is very frustrating waiting for the pennies from heaven..

One of the best decisions I have made is to start using the Gopher software program, This is absolutely awesome and it keeps my customers, billing, materials and everything up to date and organized..It is well worth the investment so take a look at it if your not using it, try the free trial first, you won't be sorry..

I look forward to sharing with you all so any questions or comments please do so...Good luck too everyone and pray for rain...
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Welcome to our forum!

Doug, where do you feel most new start up business owners go wrong and what could they do to improve their chances of making it past their first couple of years?
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It was hard being patient the first year, I guess we all thought that as soon as we decided we are now in the lawncare business, the phones would start ringing off the hook and the money would be rolling in....It doesn't work that way, I don't care where you are located...Be patient...They will come Do a good job for your customers and they will bring you more business, Some customers can and WILL be a pain in the butt I can guarantee it...Be professional,kind and make them feel like they matter and you appreciate them..

Another big mistake alot of guys make is thinking they need to go lay out alot of cash to get started, If you can afford it okay but it's not necassary...I started with a used walkbehind Toro, a used Toro weedeater and acouple hand tools, a small 5 x 8 trailer...As time went on and more work came my way I bought things as I could without going into debt...I now have a 6 x 14 trailer equiped with trimmer racks,blower rack,lift assist on the gate, Exmark Lazer Z 60" Cub Cadet rider, Toro Super Recycler walk behind,2 Echo Trimmers, Echo blower and many other tools that I needed on along the way, I even bought a nice powerwasher this year that has already paid for itself after doing the first three wash jobs..

I guess to sum it up, To anyone just getting started

1) Be aggressive but patient
2) Don't get in over your head with cost
3) Believe in yourself
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That is very interesting!

What kind of steps do you suggest a new lawn care business owner take to attract customers?
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Advertising is essential at first, You have to get your name out there, business cards are a great investment and order lots and give them to everyone ! Drop some off at local stores, etc...I also ask every new customer for one favor, I ask them for one referral, Word of mouth is the key in our business...Take care of your customers and they will get you more work...
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Hey everyone I'm new to the forum. I'm currently in the Marine corps (actually deployed to Afghanistan right now) and found this website. I will soon be getting out of the military and have been doing as much research on owning a lawn care business as I can in my spare time. I'm trying to learn the ins and outs so here soon when I move back home to Michigan I will be able to begin a successful business in lawn care. When I found this website I thought "money" because it is loaded with so much information and tips and an awesome forum. So Steve that's for what you're doing and I look forward to asking many questions here in the near future.

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Hi guys started my lawn care buisness in may 2012
Was really busy for couple of months, but I still
Need to get more customers, sending flyers, handing
Out buisness cards some work some don't
But like I said started late so hopefully
Next year will be better.

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And forum.
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My name is William and I live and work from Wetumpka Al. I am just starting my busines with my son and Daughter. They are 19 and 24 both are hard workers and won't to build a good company. I am putting up the capital and their putting up the labor. I look forward to joining the Lawn care business. and all the good advice that this forum has to offer. As I learn this business I will post what has worked for me.In the meantime i will be reading and asking questions.

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My name is Paco. I am a full time firefighter in IL. I started a lawn service in May 2012. I own a 36inch walk behind, Stilhl trimmer and blower. I am working on getting my name out. I have business cards, truck magnets and a Craigslist ad. I have six regular customers and a couple as needed. My kids will all be in school next year and I am looking to expand.

I have a lot of questions. Some already answered. I look foward to posting on site.

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Hi William & Paco,

Welcome to our forum!

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