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!

HI from Polands lawn care


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 02-12-2009, 08:15 PM
Polands lawn care Polands lawn care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 7
Polands lawn care is on a distinguished road
Default HI from Polands lawn care

Well I just wanted too stop in and say hello.
I have been in the lawn care biz for over 10 years and for the most part really enjoy it. This year is a restart year for me do to some health issues I had for the last 2 years so Im looking forward to starting out here really soon. Hope to see you all around.
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 02-12-2009, 08:20 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,566
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Polands,

Welcome to our forum!

Do you have any business advice for the new start up lawn care business owner? Any do's and don'ts? Or things they should avoid doing?
__________________
- 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 02-12-2009, 08:50 PM
Polands lawn care Polands lawn care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 7
Polands lawn care is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Hi Polands,

Welcome to our forum!

Do you have any business advice for the new start up lawn care business owner? Any do's and don'ts? Or things they should avoid doing?
1. Be legit
2. Buy professional equipment (even if its just a push mower!)
3. Stay small as long as you can
4. Always get paid for your time and work (never start your truck for free)
5. Always take pride in your work
6. Be happy in your work

These 6 tips have always kept me going!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-12-2009, 08:56 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,566
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Great thoughts!
Quote:
3. Stay small as long as you can
When you say stay small as long as you can, can you tell me a little more about what you mean by that? And why that is a good thing to do?
__________________
- 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 02-13-2009, 07:10 AM
Polands lawn care Polands lawn care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 7
Polands lawn care is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Great thoughts!


When you say stay small as long as you can, can you tell me a little more about what you mean by that? And why that is a good thing to do?
Yes, from what Ive seen over the years only the company owner will give the best quality of work because it is their money,time,effort and company on the line. I belive when the owner is taken off the job site the the quality of work suffers and customers tend too go else where. Myself and a worker or two seem to work best for myself and company in the past.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-13-2009, 11:05 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,566
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very good point.
Quote:
4. Always get paid for your time and work (never start your truck for free)
I think this is something many new lawn care business owners tend to not pay attention too.

Do you feel you went through a time when you didn't follow this rule and how did you overcome it? Was there one experience that changed the way you did things or was it gradual over time?
__________________
- 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 02-13-2009, 02:21 PM
Polands lawn care Polands lawn care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 7
Polands lawn care is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Very good point.


I think this is something many new lawn care business owners tend to not pay attention too.

Do you feel you went through a time when you didn't follow this rule and how did you overcome it? Was there one experience that changed the way you did things or was it gradual over time?

Yes, about the second year in the biz I realized that loading up the truck and going out to do only a few lawns by myself was a waste of time. For myself I tend to do landscaping in the early part of the week and the mowing in the later part of the week with the weekend as back uptime. I just feel that If Im going too work and make money,be efficent about how you do it. Good example....If I where to mow one day I would start out from the farthest lawn and work my way home. OR If I know I have to lay 5 yards of mulch and plant 20 bushes monday, I go get my supplies(ie.mulch,bushes rakes,shovels ect.) the day or night before. I really like too get up in the morning grab some breakfest jump in the truck and go to work. You really need to plan out your time as efficently as possible by knowing what you need to make and always have a back up plan.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-13-2009, 07:35 PM
paulazkez
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default paulazkez

hey thats great info. i have a question maybe someone can help me with. i've been in business for three years and don't know enough to do most larger landscape jobs, sprinkler systems, or hardscapes. i would like to offer these services to customers until i get to learn them myself. how do i go about subcontracting out these services?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-13-2009, 08:26 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,566
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
how do i go about subcontracting out these services?
Hi Paul,

Do you have any contacts now that can do that for you?

Are you asking how to go about finding sub-contractors? Or is this more of a question of how to pay them or how to sell this concept to your customer?
__________________
- 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
Clean air lawn care is using neuton lawn mowers Steve Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 21 03-27-2009 04:25 PM
Lawn Care Flyer #2 - Lawn Care in Perry Park, KY EasyPro Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 5 02-17-2009 12:14 PM
J's lawn care lawnboy72 Introduce Yourself 83 01-29-2009 11:37 AM
Lawn Pro's Lawn Care needs a door hanger Steve Graphic Design Discussions 1 11-21-2007 02:23 PM
J&M Lawn Care ASk Me pnplawn Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 11 11-01-2007 09:45 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
Yesterday 10:00 AM
Yesterday 10:07 AM
by acrajchel
1 38
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 69
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 513
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 389
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 399
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,723
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,462
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 964
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,742
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 108
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,172
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,562
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 160
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 493
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 391
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 355
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 243
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 957
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 375
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 405,979
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 583
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,229
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,443
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 208
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 397
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,063
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 359
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 334
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,797
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 500
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 503
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 465
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 429
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 354
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,743
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 249
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 390
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,128
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 385
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 621
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 425
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 300
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:07 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:07 AM.

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