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 from Iowa


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 03-01-2009, 09:30 PM
QCLAWN's Avatar
QCLAWN QCLAWN is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 8
QCLAWN is on a distinguished road
Default New from Iowa

Been doing snow plowing for 6 years and one of my customers asked if I would mow this summer. It was a commercial property and I looked it over and asked a lot of questions to the manager and he gave me a general idea of time to do property. So I went in a dropped my bid off and BAMMM, the manager said let's do it and signed the contract. Now this was not for one property it was for two commercial properties. Just like that I am 25K in the black and no mowers so off to the Toro store and haggled into two zero turns, one grandstand mower 48" deck and a last year model brand new 400 series, both come with warrenties.

Put an Ad in the paper on monday the 23rd and had a customer signed up for lawn care. just got my second call saturday and will meet with him monday to get a signed contract. One week of ads and two customers hope it keeps up, as the season gets warmer I will start getting more calls I pray.

I am working on door hangers as of tonight and hope to get them printed this week. Logo is done and we are off to mow some lawns this season.

This all started on a question and ended with a signed deal in the first two weeks of Feb, after a snow fall.

We will offer spring and fall cleanup and gutter cleaning as well.
I am pushing for 40 residentials this year and 80 next year. I am more aggressive than most guys around here doing it so I believe it is in my favor.

I liked the idea of posting hangers on the cloverleaf method of houses which I will be doing.

Wish me luck and I hope to get some help from some season veterans out here.

QC Lawncare
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 03-02-2009, 05:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,038
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum! WOW what a great story!

Quote:
Been doing snow plowing for 6 years and one of my customers asked if I would mow this summer. It was a commercial property and I looked it over and asked a lot of questions to the manager and he gave me a general idea of time to do property. So I went in a dropped my bid off and BAMMM, the manager said let's do it and signed the contract.
A lot of our readers have a tough time getting into commercial property maintenance. Can you give us an idea of a break down of how many sq ft of lawn you had to mow on it and how many feet of grass to trim? What price range would you suggest others bid on such a property?
__________________
- 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 03-04-2009, 06:11 PM
QCLAWN's Avatar
QCLAWN QCLAWN is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 8
QCLAWN is on a distinguished road
Default Questions

If you are first trying to get into commercial property you really need to know someone. That would be good to get a job quickly. They tend to dislike their last lawnguy. If they like your snowplowing then it works out.

The first question I asked was how long did it take them to mow the property?

The answer was two days, I looked at this person and said how many people did you have working on it they said 4 but they were hired help (meaning Lazy)

This property should take 4 hrs to trim it all. so we will have two people doing that while the other two run the mowers. When that is done two will push mow certan small areas where ZTR can't reach.

The other two will blow off drives and sidewalks.

I set my price at 25 per hour. I went off their answer of two days so 24 hours was placed in bid.

Hope this helps.

QCLAWN
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-04-2009, 06:50 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Just curious, is that 25 an hour per person or 25 an hour times 24? I only ask as that works out to be about $9.37 hour billed gross, four employees, two days.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-04-2009, 10:25 PM
QCLAWN's Avatar
QCLAWN QCLAWN is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 8
QCLAWN is on a distinguished road
Default

nope 25 per hour per man. basically 100.00 per hour
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-05-2009, 06:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,038
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
The first question I asked was how long did it take them to mow the property?

The answer was two days, I looked at this person and said how many people did you have working on it they said 4 but they were hired help (meaning Lazy)
That is really interesting! Have you found most commercial facilities will tell you how long the previous company took to do the job and how many people they had on the job?
__________________
- 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 03-08-2009, 12:44 PM
QCLAWN's Avatar
QCLAWN QCLAWN is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 8
QCLAWN is on a distinguished road
Default

Steve,

Most people around here are honest and will tell you the price and man hours. They want job done right.

Ask the right questions in a nonthreating way and you will get most your answers. if they refuse to disclose then move onto another question, but always ask the question they didn't answer in another way and after they feel they feel comfortable with you.

I have not had anyone say no to any questions.

QCLawn
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
New Business in Iowa bradyalderin Starting a lawn care business. 12 12-08-2008 05:59 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
Today 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,100
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Today 07:16 AM
by Chilehead
6 215
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
Yesterday 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,878
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
Yesterday 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,048
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
Yesterday 10:27 AM
by Steve
6 429
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
Yesterday 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 232
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 215
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 206
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 202
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 193
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 485
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 194
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 458
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 208
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 328
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 457
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,615
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,764
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-07-2016 08:44 AM
by Lawnline
5 1,768
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,239
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 369
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 500
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,765
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,914
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 382
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 680
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 PM.

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