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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Community Service Projects


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-14-2006, 12:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Have anyone of you thought about if you will be doing any community service projects this year?

If so what will you be doing?

Also how will you promote it so others know you are doing it?
__________________
- 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

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 03-14-2006, 02:01 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I used to maintain a football field here and all I wanted in exchange was to recognize me during football games.

Well, the school take advantage of me I feel, and ended up scheduling my maintenance around their schedule and not mine. Heck, I was providing approx 4 hours of free service to them, and they couldn't unlock the gates for me the same time, the same day, every week.

I have thought before about doing an adopt a house. Where other businesses and myself team up and adopt a house for the year and maintain it for free. It would be a great promotion I feel.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-14-2006, 02:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very interesting story!

What would you think of creating some sort of house and yard makeover. Where you get a couple of other contractors to pool their resources to help a family in need.
Then you could contact the paper and tell them you will provide certain services in return for them promoting the event, collecting entries into the makeover and then choosing a winner.
Maybe have people write in to the paper to tell them about their story and the one who they feel could benefit most from your services could be chosen.
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 03-15-2006, 04:05 AM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I actually thought that the only way people can get enter for the contest they have to donate like $10 to the local community action agency or something. That way others can benefit from this as well and not just one family
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-15-2006, 01:02 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is a very intersting idea! I never thought about that.

Also, how about doing this for a service man who is away in Iraq now? Do you think that would be better?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 03-15-2006, 01:14 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

That is a possiblity.

There are two options that I am thinking about with this whole adopt a house thing:

1. *To enter the contest a person must submit their house for a make over (so basically it must be a house in major desire to be made over)

or

2. *Anybody can enter, and they donate the $10 for a entry fee which goes towards the local organization.

I am kind of torn between the two. *Because we could help out one particular person with a bad property, or we could help out a lot of people with the donations. The only problem is that the person that wins might not really need a make over or I should say doesn't deserve one
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-15-2006, 01:18 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I was thinking about this more.

I think it might be difficult the first time around to get people into this without this ever happening in the past. Maybe it would be easier for you to do this if you just asked around town or put up a flyer at a store about this.
Then just choose someone and promote what you are doing to your local paper, put it on your website and also maybe in your door hanger.
That might really help you stand out as a community oriented business.

Then next year, you can show what you already did and learn from it and possibly make it bigger with the other ideas you said.

What do you think of that?

The first time Keep It Simple?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 03-17-2006, 08:48 PM
bcflawnlandscape bcflawnlandscape is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Age: 35
Posts: 41
Rep Power: 10
bcflawnlandscape
Default

Do you think this would work with teaming up w/other LCO's in the area? This would make the cost less and still allow you to get the recognition, however the recognition would go to say 2 or 3 LCO's instead of just 1. I told my wife about the idea, which is brilliant by the way, and she said that she wouldn't team up w/anyone else because it would take "opportunity" away from my biz. I looked at it the other way with people in the community looking at it as: " they teamed up with others to make things better in the community" instead of trying to undercut the competition i'd be teaming up w/them to help beautify the community and help those less fortunate! What do you think of this?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-17-2006, 09:14 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well, my idea would be:
1. I would handle the fertilization/weed control of the property
2. Have a hydroseeder
3. landscaping installation company
4. lawn maintenance company
5. hardscapes company
6. Excavating company to bring in black dirt and soil
7. Hardware store: Supply the fertilizer
8. Nursery: Supply the plants and material

And then have perhaps others that even if they are not doing the work, but being able to supply the material
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-18-2006, 03:25 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,502
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I think at least initially this would be a lot easier to put together if you just did one project and kept it to a size you could handle yourself. Then once you do that, you could scale it up and become known in your area as the local business owner who really helps out the community.

What would be something rather simple to do yet have great end results?

Could it even be something as simple as a yard clean up, cut and new seed planted or fertilized? It could give you great before and atfer picutres.

It hopefully wouldnt take too long and the project could be finished and you could move on to helping someone else out.
__________________
- 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
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
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
Yesterday 03:57 PM
Yesterday 07:40 PM
by Bradcook21
4 68
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 02:32 PM
by mattthelawnguy
8 337
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 01:53 PM
by malaboy
1,226 401,113
Hello Everybody
budspop
Yesterday 11:42 AM
Yesterday 11:42 AM
by budspop
0 34
Hello!
brandycarlton
07-29-2015 12:31 PM
07-29-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
1 123
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
07-28-2015 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 225
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
07-28-2015 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 204
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:17 PM
07-28-2015 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 210
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
07-28-2015 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 362
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
07-28-2015 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 208
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 742
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,921
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 362
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
07-27-2015 11:27 AM
by googus
8 555
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,411
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,392
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,457
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 300
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 424
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 320
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 339
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,717
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,667
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,474
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 346
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 293
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 464
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,467
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 392
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 2,237
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 365
» Popular Tags
accounting ad landscaping advertising aerocore apartment complex bark billy goat brushcutter bob villa collections contract help demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook financials foreman free lawn care google hardscapes how to husqvarna increase customers invoicing jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due patio install per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree up sell employee walk behind web design website winterization wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:42 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:42 AM.

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