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!

Neukam's Landscape


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 03-03-2009, 09:55 PM
neukam
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Talking Neukam's Landscape

So this is the area I post things about me?

Well I am 26 and have a normal life for the most part! I work a full time job as a Sergeant for a prison in Texas on my days off I do landscaping work. I Prison job lets me keep a good schedule. I only work 15 days a month there.

I have been mowing yards since I was knee high to a grass hopper!
I started mowing for the school district when I was 15 working on a yard crew running the weed eaters. And have since moved up to running my own crews from mow crews to construction crews. In 2002 I started working at the prison and on my days off I did residental landscape construction installs. Then in 2004 I quit the prison and went to work again for the school district for 2 years and during that time I ran my own crew during the day and went to community college at night and worked on my horticulture degree. After 2 years of that I went to work for Valley Crest and hated it. Then moved and started working for TruGreen Landcare in 2006 I worked there a year and got at better job offer working for a small irrigation company as there superintendent. Then I got laid off and went back to the prison in Nov. 2007

So here I am I have been a lurker and now I guess you could say I am a poster. I am going to be posting here in a minute on another post. But you guys wanted me to do a into of myself.
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 03-03-2009, 11:15 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum!

Quote:
After 2 years of that I went to work for Valley Crest and hated it. Then moved and started working for TruGreen Landcare in 2006 I worked there a year and got at better job offer working for a small irrigation company as there superintendent.
What lessons or things do you felt you learned from these different experiences working with these companies? Have you been able to apply any of the lessons to your own lawn care company?
__________________
- 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 03-05-2009, 10:42 PM
neukam
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well after working for these several diffrent companies. I left each one for diffrent reasons and now have decided I don't like working for anyone that doesn't share my same feelings toward customers/employees.

I am not going to mention the companies names but here are a few things I have learned.

When I worked for a non-profit.
I loved it we all took care of the equipment and worked a steady speed. Not fast but not slow. We all became great friends and always helped each other out on our own time doing side jobs. The only reason I left was I couldn't live off of 8.71 a hour.

When I worked for a for-profit company "by the way there shirts where red"
They would only hire labor that was hispanic and would take 7hr. If you had a special skill which I did "irrigator" they paid decent. But they always took short cuts on the install jobs. When I asked why they informed me that were into big of a hurry and what ever they didn't finish they made it look like it was and then over the warrenty period they would go back and take care of it. That is why all there install jobs include at least 1year of maintence.
Also they didn't see how to keep employees they just treated you like a number. Also they asked me to go out of town and they would always tell me it will only be 2 weeks and before you knew it 2 weeks turned into 3 months.

When I worked for another for-profit company.
They were great! They never took short cuts and they paid really well from labor all the way to manager. But if you wern't a laborer you only got salary. Which isn't a problem because you always knew you were getting paid the same week after week. But then they would abuse you at one point I was going to work at 5am and not leaving the field till 8pm and then getting home and working on paperwork and blueprints/bids till 2am. I know most of you are only thinking this would happen during the summer which I expect but it was all year. And taking a vacation was out of the question. But at the same time all of the employees were very close and I still stay in touch even though none of us work there anymore due to our branch closing.

After the above company I worked for I went and worked for a mediam irrigation company. I worked for them as there residental irrigation superintendent. They promised me they same pay and only working from 7am to 5pm and most days being off at 3pm. I liked working there but there job quality was horible they were always ripping off the customer and over charging them. They once charged a customer $2400 dollars for installing a 8 station irrigation controller. That I installed and it only took 30 minutes to do.

That is my experiance working for diffrent types of companies.
What I have learned in all this is that I will only treat customers with the out most respect and tell them how it is. As far as employees if I am not willing to do the work or work next to them in the field than we dont need to be doing the job.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-06-2009, 07:45 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Gosh! What great stories! It makes you think that if you can offer just average customer service, you could really stand out! Who would have thought all of this craziness went on!
__________________
- 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
Landscape bid and proposal Incrediblelandscaping Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 6 12-03-2008 01:20 PM
Landscape Installs????? Help GeeGood Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 13 11-19-2008 05:22 PM
landscape install bid FourSeasons Community Assistance 3 11-25-2007 11:30 PM
the BEST landscape co website 1manCrew Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 11 07-15-2004 11:57 AM
New Web For Landscape Pro's adamfmor Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 1 01-28-2004 04:55 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
09-01-2015 11:01 AM
Yesterday 09:04 PM
by Chilehead
5 196
Sample commercial bid
burtle
09-02-2015 06:02 PM
Yesterday 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 106
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Yesterday 08:50 AM
by Sunpointair
15 4,996
best way to.....
Wolf4dk
09-02-2015 11:35 AM
Yesterday 06:45 AM
by Chilehead
4 100
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
09-02-2015 07:45 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 144
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 110
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 670
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 463
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 482
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,857
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,525
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,084
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,806
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 151
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,302
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
16 1,679
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 203
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 628
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 461
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 422
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 296
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 1,073
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 531
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,641
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 648
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,296
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,587
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 249
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 465
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,140
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 414
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 401
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,896
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 596
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 566
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 592
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 485
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 412
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,809
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 298
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 520
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,213
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 447
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 684
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush contract help curb appeal services 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 how to 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 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 05:31 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:31 PM.

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