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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself 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!

Hello!!!


Introduce Yourself

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!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-10-2008, 09:13 AM
lawncarenow lawncarenow is offline
Ken
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 7
lawncarenow is on a distinguished road
Default Hello!!!

Just wanted to introduce myself my name is Ken i am a professional auto detailer getting into the lawn and lanscaping business.I am located in Dallas,Texas.
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 07-10-2008, 10:30 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,377
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Ken,

Welcome to our forum!

What got you to want to start your own lawn care business?

Did you like auto detailing? Any thoughts on why you are getting out of 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
  #3  
Old 07-11-2008, 09:44 AM
lawncarenow lawncarenow is offline
Ken
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 7
lawncarenow is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey Steve i am still detailing i enjoy detailing but it is to much weather and when the customer wants to basis.When i detail a boat or auto and you call them back in 3 months to schedule their wash and wax it all depends on the weather or if they have time.When i seriously looked around at the top detailers in the industry alot of them are pushing wax at 50 and 60,I dont want to do that it is hard to find someone to put on a $80,000 mercedes and get a swirl free job.I just want to sell it once and service it over and over.To me i enjoy the game of marketing and crazy customer service and sales.

Steve give me your opionin

I am going to offer new customers if they switch or start with our company a free wash and wax after first 4 cuts then after six months a free detail.This only for our first 40 QUALITY clients and that is it. What you think?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-11-2008, 10:32 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,377
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Thats a fantastic and creative idea!

How long would it take you to perform each of those freebie services?

How much would you normally charge for them?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 07-11-2008, 11:50 AM
lawncarenow lawncarenow is offline
Ken
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 7
lawncarenow is on a distinguished road
Default

I would normally charge $65.00 wash and wax,$140.00 for full detail.

Time wise takes me and my brother who has agreed to help me get started and do the details for free(He is my younger bro. and a great bro.)about 1 hour on the wash and wax,2 hours on the full detail.These will be done in the evening.These will all be one time incentives.

Last edited by lawncarenow; 07-11-2008 at 11:54 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-11-2008, 04:22 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,377
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I am going to offer new customers if they switch or start with our company a free wash and wax after first 4 cuts then after six months a free detail.This only for our first 40 QUALITY clients and that is it. What you think?
I like all this. Ultimately it's something thats got to be played around with.

Should you ask the customer to sign a maintenance agreement for the rest of the year to get the offer? Or no?

I don't know which would yield the best results.

Are you going to put together a flyer to promote this? Or how are you going to get the word out? Maybe craigslist?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 07-11-2008, 07:32 PM
lawncarenow lawncarenow is offline
Ken
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 7
lawncarenow is on a distinguished road
Default To the marketing guru!!!!

Yes i have decided to have a contract for 12 months work.And i am only doing full service no peice meal stuff. $200/month ,mow,fert. and weed control.I just want to do it right the first time.

We are getting 2500 full color postcards printed to begin to distribute and mail.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-12-2008, 04:17 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,377
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Are you going to be handing them out in the area or mailing them. If you are mailing them, how will you pick out who to send the postcards too and then will you send them multiple times to the same person?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 07-12-2008, 09:37 AM
lawncarenow lawncarenow is offline
Ken
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 7
lawncarenow is on a distinguished road
Default To the marketing guru!!!!

I use a company that can narrow my search to certain criteria to get leads for my ideal customer 1.$60000 income and up 2.1-no kids 3.credit rating of 670 or better. 4.House value of $150000-$600000 5.lived in their house for more than 5 yrs. 6.age between 32 and up

1.They have extra income

2.The kids isnt going to be cutting the lawn

3.They pay their bills

4.Decent size lawn in nice neighborhood other good customers

5.stability


These are only guidelines remember LIFE IS ABOUT PERCENTAGES IT IS ALL ABOUT THAT 1% better today than we were a week ago.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-12-2008, 11:01 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,377
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Ken,

I love your ideas so far. I'd really like you to read this post http://gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=3682

and give it some thought. I think it will help you in your marketing battle plan.

Let me know after you read it, if it effects your direct mail marketing plan.



What else are you going to be doing to leverage your time or money to get the word out more about your business?

I was thinking what if, one weekend you offered a free wash in your neighborhood or at a busy intersection? Then you could get a chance to meet people in your area and hand out your marketing literature about your lawn care business?

You could do this for your immediate area and hand out flyers for lawn care and the free car wash. Maybe something like, 'drive by my house on saturday July the **th for a free car wash.'

It would be a great way to meet new customers.

What do you think of all that.
__________________
- 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
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Today 04:49 PM
by stevef1201
55 6,464
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Today 04:47 PM
by stevef1201
5 261
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
Today 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,053
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
Yesterday 11:10 AM
Today 04:31 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 142
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
Today 02:33 PM
by Robertf31
10 355
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
Today 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,715
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Today 01:16 PM
by Steve
21 1,150
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
Today 01:04 PM
by Steve
3 158
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
Today 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 956
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
Yesterday 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 646
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
Yesterday 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 265
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
Yesterday 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 232
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 200
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
Yesterday 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 280
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Yesterday 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 966
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Yesterday 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 756
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
Yesterday 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 871
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 215
darleneh
darleneh
Yesterday 12:33 PM
Yesterday 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 90
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
Yesterday 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,659
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
Yesterday 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 486
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
Yesterday 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,134
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-14-2014 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 666
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,848
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,142
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 681
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,402
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 887
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,480
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 391
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,127
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,182
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 589
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 868
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,652
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 948
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 566
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 522
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 602
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 625
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 873
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 946
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 846
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-02-2014 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 760
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 835
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 760
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 948
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 1,246
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 333,925
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 1,364
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 article marketing bid birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial credit card decorating ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris financing four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes health holiday lighting honda how much to charge hydraulic installation landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price native plants new buisness outdoor environments past due patio install podcast promotion running a business scag scag v-ride schedule seo snow starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services toro trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:14 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:14 PM.

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