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!

Stout Services


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 01-30-2009, 06:59 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 66
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 8
swstout is on a distinguished road
Talking Stout Services

New Business. I recently lost my position with Homeland Security after failing my physical due to hearing loss. I have always enjoyed doing lawn work so I decided to go for it and will be officially open in Mid February, 2009.

A already own all of my starting equipment. This is something you might want to try. I purchased much of my equipment from sales by people who were foreclosed on. They are easy to find and the prices are fantastic. I bought a 2007 John Deer lawn tractor with a 46" deck for $300.00. A leaf blower for $35.00. An open 5 x 10 trailer for the tractor and equipment for $250.00. At one sale, I picked up a core aerator and commercial spreader for $100.00.

I have sent introduction letters to all the Real Estate companies and banks in the area this week. Have received over 30 hits to my website, 11 emails, and 4 calls so far.

I published a (hurried) website January 28th http://www.swstout.com.

Starting February 2nd I will launch my advertising campaign. I have printed up 200 door hangers, printed up flyers with takeoff tabs, printed up business cards, and "Have You Seen" flyers (an idea I got here).

I'm 60 year young and can't stand not having anything to do.

Steve
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 01-30-2009, 07:41 PM
bnclawncare bnclawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 68
Rep Power: 7
bnclawncare is on a distinguished road
Default Good luck!!

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Steve, i wish you the best of luck. I just recently started to go full time in my buisness. I have been doing it for about 10 years. One of my success stories is when the PGA tour came to NC in 2008. I already had a few customers on the course. I went to a local sign shop and had them make up some yard signs, bright yellow with bold black letters. I put 10 of these signs in the yards that I currently had. After the PGA tour was over, I had so many phone calls and hits on my web site, I almost paniced beacuse one of my downfalls is that i do not turn any customer away. Again, goodluck.
__________________

www.bnclawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-31-2009, 01:44 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Steve,

Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
This is something you might want to try. I purchased much of my equipment from sales by people who were foreclosed on. They are easy to find
Can you tell us do you mean home foreclosure situations or business foreclosures? How did you find them?


Quote:
One of my success stories is when the PGA tour came to NC in 2008. I already had a few customers on the course. I went to a local sign shop and had them make up some yard signs, bright yellow with bold black letters. I put 10 of these signs in the yards that I currently had. After the PGA tour was over, I had so many phone calls and hits on my web site, I almost paniced
Were these on yards that were on the golf course or were these yards in the area? How did so many people see the signs? I'd love to hear more about this.
__________________
- 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 01-31-2009, 04:09 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 66
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 8
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Home Foreclosures

Home foreclosures are reported in our local paper. I write down the addresses when I find them and then check for moving, yard and garage sales with the same address. Obviously, the people are going to an apartment and have the choice of selling or storing.

Some of these people are in over their head but, most have let the property go because they have negative equity in the property.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-31-2009, 04:13 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Those are good ideas!

Quote:
Starting February 2nd I will launch my advertising campaign. I have printed up 200 door hangers, printed up flyers with takeoff tabs, printed up business cards, and "Have You Seen" flyers (an idea I got here).
I'd love to see what you created! Where will you be distributing the flyers too?

Also do you have a plan on who you will be handing out your business cards too? Are you a part of any local social organizations you can market in?
__________________
- 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 01-31-2009, 07:37 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 66
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 8
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Advertising Distribution

I will be distributing the flyers at Grocery Stores, Lowes, Ace Hardware, WalMart, Resterants, etc. The "Have You Seen" flyer will be posted on Telephone Poles and such where people walk.

I'll hand out my business cards to anyone and everyone.

I tried to attach my ads, but none would go upload. I know I can email them as I already have. Just need an addy.

Also, I saw an ad in our paper that got me thinking! "Mixed breed puppy's for sale - $500.00. Ask about our instant $500.00 rebate." It caught my attention so maybe a lawncare variation will catch prospects attention.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-31-2009, 07:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I don't know why it wouldn't attach, did you click on the upload button once you chose which files you wanted to attach?

You can email them to me here and I will get them up on the forum.
__________________
- 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 01-31-2009, 08:07 AM
bnclawncare bnclawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 68
Rep Power: 7
bnclawncare is on a distinguished road
Default Success story

Yes, these were a few yards that were on the golf course. I had been doing, in the past, only one property here. There had already been a LCC in the area, there are more, but these are big $ companies. First part of spring 2008, people started approching me when I was servicing the one property that I had. I gave them quotes and was actually saving them a huge amount of $ per month. The main complaint from the new customers is that their current LCC was just not doing what they was payiing him to do. They all had the same guy! So by the time the PGA tour came , I had picked up 4 additional yards on the course. When I heard about the PGA tour coming to my area, a light bulb went off. I paid a local sign shop $130.00 to make my 10 signs. I put them in the areas of my yards that would see the most traffic. See, when the tour came, all of the streets were shut down, so all traffic was foot traffic. I new if I could only pick up one yard off of this advertisement, the ROI would been worth it. Everyone was seeing these signs and I was the only guy advertising. I had current customers on the opposite side of town that seen my signs at the tournament calling me a complimenting me on the signs.
__________________

www.bnclawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-31-2009, 08:08 AM
bnclawncare bnclawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 68
Rep Power: 7
bnclawncare is on a distinguished road
Default Logo

I am still looking for help!!!
__________________

www.bnclawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-31-2009, 11:14 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here are the flyers Steve sent to me but I couldn't open them up because I use openoffice.org.

Can anyone resave these as an earlier word document or an open office document?
Attached Files
File Type: docx Door Hanger Back.docx (30.3 KB, 3 views)
File Type: docx Spring ad.docx (37.9 KB, 3 views)
File Type: docx word_dk2l_template.docx (186.6 KB, 2 views)
File Type: docx Have You Seen.docx (317.0 KB, 3 views)
__________________
- 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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Different Services Andrew's Lawn Care General Talk 5 06-12-2008 08:52 PM
New Services tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 02-20-2007 08:28 PM
services gman General Business Discussions 1 12-05-2006 04:39 PM
How did FMI Services get so big? Steve General Business Discussions 0 12-04-2006 07:18 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
New company in Michigan
SEM
Today 09:27 PM
Today 09:27 PM
by SEM
0 8
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
Today 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 196
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
Today 03:33 PM
Today 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 36
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
Yesterday 05:32 PM
Today 04:39 PM
by Steve
4 101
Total yard rehab
SGL1
Yesterday 03:59 PM
Today 04:39 PM
by Steve
3 79
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
Yesterday 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,477
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
Yesterday 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 75
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
Yesterday 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 167
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
Yesterday 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 333
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
04-22-2015 07:04 PM
by Just for Cuts
59 2,498
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 400
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 490
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 321
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 3,974
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 147
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 992
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 238
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
04-21-2015 03:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
57 5,221
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 454
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,654
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 247
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 584
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 993
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,000
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 504
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 402
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 525
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 192
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 559
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 529
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,356
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 243
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,044
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 234
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 262
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,263
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 710
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 294
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 324
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 563
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 284
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 511
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 321
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 435
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
04-13-2015 11:07 AM
by biglee
15 940
Landscape Fabric
CurbAppeal1
04-10-2015 03:58 PM
04-13-2015 08:02 AM
by Chilehead
4 363
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
04-12-2015 04:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
17 4,004
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
03-31-2015 02:57 PM
04-10-2015 11:37 AM
by kslawn
6 587
Do you have medical...
Steve
09-10-2011 11:46 AM
04-10-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
17 5,298
Shopping Centers
avetslawncare
04-07-2015 07:16 PM
04-10-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
7 497
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts design ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris flyers foreman free advertising google grass growing a lawn care business hiring husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business per hour charge per hour service pricing pto push versus ride running a business secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:50 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:50 PM.

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