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Old 01-03-2009, 09:46 AM
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Very nice site!

Welcome to our forum!

What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business? How have you found the business environment to differ between Australia and the U.K.?
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Steve,

I am going to use door hangers I found one on the fourm that I changed to
say already mowing on your street that I will hang in late Feb 2009 at the
same time I will place my job site signs in customers yards on that street to increase impact of the door hangers.

I am developing billing inserts to mail at the proper time of year for hedge
trimming, leaf removal, & areation.

Found a coupon with text & picture for areation I liked on the forum. Can I cut an paste these images to create a door hanger & insert for areation?

I will target these areation door hanger in arear I already mow in & some of
these one time servise people may become weekly customers.


Also going to mail business cards with renewal letters to current customer asking for referals.

Are there any good templates already on the fourm I can download for areation, heade trimming, over seeding?

Thanks (I have attached the door hanger I edited from the fourm)

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Good job.

I'd like to see what you create with the aeration image you found. I think there is at least one aeration flyer in the free flyer section

Let me know what you come up with!
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My name is Donna (aka the "plantnerd")and this is my first ever attempt to post to a forum! I found you by accident while looking for landscaping software on the net. I need very much to organize my business as you will see below. Nice to meet you all and look forward to learning from all of you.
Last year was my 20th year owning a commercial (retail) greenhouse business. I originally started out with just perennials which grew to annuals,vegetables, herbs, water plants, and finally nursery stock. In summer of '07 I was finally talked into (by customers) into going out and installing plants. Word spread, business stacked up. This led in '08 to adding lawncare, (scheduling headaches),having a crew, (apparently mostly robbers,)buying equipment, (stolen mostly by said robbers), having lots of business but losing my shirt , mostly due to actual dishonesty of certain employees, but also just plain bad management on my part.and in general having a rough time just experiencing all the newbie mistakes and pitfalls that I had tried very hard to guard against. I mean really I have been in biz for 20 years and have experienced all this before**but in smaller amounts. and Yes I planned this time last year as well**but unless you are young and strong enough to do it all yourself, (i'm 57)you have to depend on others, who just don't have the level of comittment or follow through that an owner has**. So you would think I would give up**-NO WAY****in short ** (surprise!)I LOVED IT, I enjoyed getting out of the office and the greenhouse and PLANTING something. I haven't gotten to do this for years**which is why I got in the biz, in the first place. Obviously I am a stubborn WV woman who likes a challenge. Actually I can also see that there is much money to be made here if handled properly. My other problem (which led me to find this site) is that I am being held back by the fact that I cannot draw a professional design for my customers. (stick figures really don't cut it!!!)Hence the search for good landscape design software. Any ideas? Personnel issues aside, learning to bid properly and scheduling equipment, crew and billing were all problems that it appears this site can help me with, Maybe I can help someone else with perennial knowledge and others with WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN STARTING INTO LANDSCAPING. I am experienced in that! Looking forward to reading everything on here.
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Hi Donna,

Welcome to our forum. Let me make a new post here where we can focus on your topics.
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HI STEVE
THANKS FOR GETTING IN TOUCH ,NOT SURE I HAVE GOT THE HANG OF
RESPONDING YET ! ITERESTED IN DONNA'S EXPERIENCE I HAD A STAFF OF 50 BEFORE MOVING TO AUSTRALIA . I NOW OPERATE AS A ONE MAN BAND AND JUST LOVE IT.HIRE MY STAFF ON A JOB FOR JOB BASIS.I LIKE DONNA HAVE BEEN THERE STAFFING IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR ALL COMPANY'S AND ALLWAYS WILL BE.
THEY WILL **** YOU WHEN THEY CAN SO THE SECREET IS TO BE SMARTER AND DONT EMPLOY THEM!
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RESPONDING YET ! ITERESTED IN DONNA'S EXPERIENCE I HAD A STAFF OF 50 BEFORE MOVING TO AUSTRALIA . I NOW OPERATE AS A ONE MAN BAND AND JUST LOVE IT.
What kinds of problems with staff did you run into? What advice do you have for others who want to have employees? What warning signs should they look out for and how can they resolve the most common employee issues?
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Hi Donna-
Where in West Virginia are you out of. You can check out my web page at www.4alarmlawn.com
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Hi Donna-
Where in West Virginia are you out of. You can check out my web page at www.4alarmlawn.com
Hi! Loved your site, its one of the best I have seen. I am in Huntington WV which is a fur piece to Charlestown. We are on the Ohio rive right where WV OH and Ky meet.
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What kinds of problems with staff did you run into? What advice do you have for others who want to have employees? What warning signs should they look out for and how can they resolve the most common employee issues?
Reduce the temptation and opportunities for staff to handle CASH!
Time your jobs by carrying out the job yourself.
Prepare work schedules and change the service day and time on a
regular basis.This will reduce scams and is more interesting
(We all hate routine!)
Keep your staff busy and train how to do the job to your STANDARDS.
Be fair but firm and respect pay well but expect more!
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