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!

New to the site


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 02-04-2009, 09:53 PM
maizenblue301
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default New to the site

Hi my name is Ben and I own a real originally named Lawn Care company called.......Ben's Lawn Care. haha, you like that originality don't ya!
Anyway, I have only been in business for about a month. I have 6 yards that I take care of, or will be taking care of come March/April. But, the guy I bought my mower from owns a lawn care business and said that he is swamped this year, and said that he would give me some yards. Also, I did a gutter cleaning job for a guy who owns a landscaping business. He said he is over mowing and that he will also give me some yards. So hopefully I will get 20 or more yards from those two come march/april.
Look forward to learning alot from this website.
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 02-04-2009, 11:02 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
Default Welcome

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
You seen to be off to a real great start.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-05-2009, 04:54 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,141
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Ben,

Welcome to out forum!

What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business?
__________________
- 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 02-05-2009, 11:09 AM
maizenblue301
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well I have been mowing since I was about 10 or 11 for my grandparents. When I was about 13 I did it for a couple summers to make some money...i think to buy a bicycle or something. Anyway, I worked for another lawn care company for a couple years. He had about 60 residentials, city contracts, apartment contracts, condo contracts and a few other commercial ones. I moved to a differant city about 250 miles away and the jobs are scarce so I decided to start a business and provide a job for myself and eventually a couple jobs for somebody else. Plus I love mowing grass....it's like getting paid to play sports (somewhat) I mean do what you love and make money....what better combo could there be hahaha
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-05-2009, 11:12 AM
maizenblue301
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Hey you guys got any ideas on reeling in some real estate agencies for some yards. I'd like to get up to 40-50 yards this year if at all possible. it seems like there are a lot of houses for sale here so I thought it might be an idea.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-05-2009, 11:13 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,141
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I worked for another lawn care company for a couple years. He had about 60 residentials, city contracts, apartment contracts, condo contracts and a few other commercial ones.
Oh interesting!

What do you feel you learned most from that experience and would you recommend to others to work for a lawn care business first before starting your own?
__________________
- 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 02-05-2009, 12:52 PM
maizenblue301
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well the owner wasn't around a whole lot so I learned to talk to and take care of the customers needs. Also learned to take care of equipment issues such as break downs/repairs and general maintenance. I think everyone should work in a business before they start one, that way they can learn the ins and outs of the business. And learn what it really takes to make money. I learned alot about speed versus quality in my 1st year. If you try to do jobs fast so you can get to the next jobs you'll spend more time fixing mistakes later and risk losing customers. If you take your time and have some pride in what your doing the money will come because the customers will be satisfied and recommend you to friends, neighbors and relatives.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-05-2009, 03:25 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,141
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Great stuff!

A lot of times when an employee decides to go and start a business on his own, they tend to find a lot of things pop up that they didn't expect.

Did you find this to be the case?

What issues were you least prepared to deal with when you made the jump?

What were the toughest parts about 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
  #9  
Old 02-05-2009, 09:21 PM
maizenblue301
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Great stuff!

A lot of times when an employee decides to go and start a business on his own, they tend to find a lot of things pop up that they didn't expect.

Did you find this to be the case?

What issues were you least prepared to deal with when you made the jump?


What were the toughest parts about it?

1. Getting customers(I'm sure once mowing season kicks off they will come alot quicker)
2. Estimating jobs(luckily I have learned of this site! haha!) but i have gotten better and faster at it
3. Some costs were higher than I expected and some were lower
Just trying to sort through the chaos of getting legit is tough enough! Lots of paper work and research. If your planning on starting a business....be prepared to fill out a lot of paper work! hahaha

Last edited by maizenblue301; 02-05-2009 at 09:23 PM. Reason: i messed up...put my reply inside of the quote again!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-05-2009, 10:04 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,141
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
2. Estimating jobs(luckily I have learned of this site! haha!) but i have gotten better and faster at it
What tips did you learn to make your estimation process more accurate?
__________________
- 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
Get Your ALL IN ONE Site ProfitMart Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 10 02-12-2008 03:25 PM
New to the site SteinkerLandscape Introduce Yourself 6 02-07-2008 07:35 AM
New to site Andrew's Lawn Care Introduce Yourself 11 01-10-2008 05:49 PM
We Mow It Plus Site Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 0 02-02-2005 08:23 AM
Mow It Now's new site Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 0 01-27-2005 08:30 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Engine question
Blue Star Lawn Care
03-30-2015 09:47 PM
Today 06:51 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 83
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
Today 06:38 AM
by Just for Cuts
9 185
First big mower decision?
SGL1
03-28-2015 08:58 AM
Yesterday 11:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
14 264
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by CurbAppeal1
11 332
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 4,155
Trailer flooring...
Pattersonllc
Yesterday 02:40 PM
Yesterday 10:34 PM
by SGL1
4 67
Staff at school give me...
LawnCareMan280
Yesterday 09:00 PM
Yesterday 09:00 PM
by LawnCareMan280
0 73
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Yesterday 08:05 PM
by shadrach
11 404
New to the site
tl757
Yesterday 07:30 PM
Yesterday 07:30 PM
by tl757
0 32
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Yesterday 07:10 PM
by shadrach
9 290
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Yesterday 06:30 PM
by lxarth
10 285
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
Yesterday 02:57 PM
Yesterday 02:57 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 46
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
Yesterday 02:14 PM
by Steve
1 72
Dethatching attachments
jcurr33
03-29-2015 08:56 PM
Yesterday 01:50 PM
by Steve
3 110
Tree Service
Yard Elements
09-10-2011 08:19 PM
Yesterday 01:39 PM
by Steve
25 8,639
Hydro oil
googus
03-30-2015 06:45 AM
Yesterday 05:42 AM
by mac83
3 87
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-30-2015 10:51 PM
by SC93
22 649
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
03-30-2015 07:39 PM
by SGL1
30 2,484
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
03-30-2015 07:36 PM
by SGL1
16 620
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-30-2015 07:08 PM
by Dan Tanner
7 449
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
03-30-2015 07:03 PM
by avetslawncare
11 442
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
03-30-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
4 462
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-30-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
3 223
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
03-30-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
16 3,520
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
03-29-2015 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 177
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-29-2015 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 662
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
03-28-2015 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 231
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 305
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 273
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 966
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,384
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,653
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 363
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 248
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,715
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 613
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 160
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 264
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 185
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 156
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,679
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 906
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,644
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 304
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 209
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 602
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 315
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 540
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 588
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,383
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts design ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook ferris foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business how to husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan 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 managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower per hour service pricing pto secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:47 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:47 AM.

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