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? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

I can't stop laughing, I need everyones help!


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-16-2009, 11:16 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Exclamation I can't stop laughing, I need everyones help!

Ok, so I have emailed a school yesterday or the day before asking if I could pretty much go in and explain the importance of staying in school & the outcome which happens for those who don't bla bla....

I got an email back from a teacher who teaches.... BUSINESS CLASS... and she is welcoming me to give the class a lesson / then I can give them my flyers to take home and whatever.... So maybe I wouldn't mind meeting some high school kids or whatever, but to my surprise, high school has a business class??? I'm slightly nervous because I only know so much, I'm like the underdog of business, heck I'm not even legit. Maybe the kids will teach me things before I give them any ideas.


SO I quickly wrote down the following;







The Plan (is it possible? Is it needed?)

What is my plan? My plan is to offer lawn service & gutter cleaning.

Is it possible? There are several reasons why people hire services;

1. They trust professionals over themselves
2. They canít afford the tools which are needed
3. They donít have the time
4. They are senior citizens

What is needed?

1. Do I trust myself?
2. Do I have the experience?
3. Am I able to afford the tools?
4. Is now the right time to start?
5. Do I have the time?
6. Should I get help?
7. Can I target my market?

Start to Finish (What steps must I take?)

I have worked in lawn service for quite some time now for different companies. I have worked my way up from being, the kid down the street to crew leader, & decided itís now time to become an owner.
I am willing to lose some to get some, some being my time, money, & rest.


I canít work on anyoneís grass without a lawn mower, a whippersnipper & a blower, & I canít just get any brand of equipment either. I will need professional equipment that will last me a long time.
What about the grass that I mow, what happens to it?

Professional Lawn Mower
Price: $1,500.00
Warranty: Two (2) years

Whippersnipper
Price: $300.00
Warranty: Two (2) years

Handheld Blower
Price: $250.00
Warranty: Two (2) Years

Grass Dump/Composting Site
Price: 0.00 - $500.00 /month

Total Cost: $2,550.00

How much should I charge for my service?

The best way to figure out how much you should charge is to be a potential customer. Pick up your phone & dial anyone who is offering a similar service, & ask them how they charge, & how much they charge.

How should I go about advertising my service?

What can I afford?

I want to hand out flyers door to door in the city I reside in
60 streets multiplied by the number of estimated houses per street (30) is equal to 1,800 flyers

500 sheets of blank paper, $15.00
500 sheets of colored paper, $25.00
Color Printing, $200.00/500 sheets
Black Ink, $50.00/500 sheets
Business cards, $25.00/250 cards

Advertising is expensive, but you will find a way around it!
A tip would be to combine cheap with expensive, why not colored paper with black ink?


So my advertisements are made, now what?

You have a few options here. You can;

a) Spend a chunk of your money & have a professional service do it for you
b) Hire friends to do it for cheap, or barter
c) Do it yourself!

I recommend doing it yourself, this way you know what is getting done & have the possibility to bump into a potential customer while passing out your flyers door to door.

Your friends would probably toss your flyers in the garbage & call you 3 hours later, confirming the job was followed through properly. This is not good!

You could however hand out flyers with a friend, as long as youíre watching him/her and making it fun. The job will be done hours earlier than if you were to be doing it alone.


What do you say when a potential customer calls?

a) Hello?
b) Yo!
c) Good morning/afternoon/evening! This is your name, from your service.

The answer is C, also by letting the potential customer know your name, it is somewhat comforting.

After the greeting, ask the potential customer if he would like to hear about your service. The answer will surely be yes, so continue the conversation with:

1. What your service provides
2. When your service starts & ends
3. The cost of your service


********

NOW I'M LOST, & I'm going to the store, be back in 10 mins!
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 04-16-2009, 03:20 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,779
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I am very impressed! You have a lot of great content here.

You could always ask the kids if any of them wanted to start their own business and if so what would they like to start? Then you could talk about making a business plan and what you would need to do to get started.

Great job!

When are you going to offer this lecture?

Can you video tape yourself giving the speech? You could later put this online! Take pictures of this too to include in a press release to your paper and to put on your website. You can also use this in your marketing material to show that you are active in your community.
__________________
- 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
Saw Stop Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 2 11-01-2012 10:21 AM
Stop Lowballing Steve General Business Discussions 6 12-08-2007 02:28 AM
Stop thief! Steve General Business Discussions 0 10-09-2007 12:28 PM
Will it ever stop? tiedeman Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 3 04-11-2007 09:42 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
New customers keep...
stevef1201
Today 05:34 PM
Today 09:54 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
3 70
Pushy customers
christopherhicks82
04-22-2014 08:22 PM
Today 07:41 PM
by t-10yrs2retire
10 226
New Trailer
bobwill2009
Yesterday 12:46 PM
Today 01:34 PM
by B&B Lawn Services
4 108
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Today 12:46 PM
by xandrew245x
20 1,044
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
Today 12:39 PM
by Steve
80 25,401
Pond...
xandrew245x
04-22-2014 03:29 PM
Today 12:23 PM
by Steve
5 126
Mangwi Landscaping
bondservojc13
Yesterday 09:56 PM
Today 12:22 PM
by Steve
2 84
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
Yesterday 07:23 PM
Today 12:17 PM
by Steve
1 55
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
04-18-2014 06:55 AM
Today 12:05 PM
by Steve
16 380
Advertising On...
JacobsLawnMowing
03-17-2014 03:21 PM
Today 11:58 AM
by Steve
14 913
In a bit situation need...
googus
04-22-2014 08:01 AM
Yesterday 10:03 PM
by googus
9 188
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Yesterday 12:37 PM
by Steve
7 228
The $20 Mow Job
Dan Tanner
04-21-2014 07:24 PM
Yesterday 12:06 PM
by Steve
5 208
quickbooks users
CDLAWNCARE
04-20-2014 09:03 AM
Yesterday 06:48 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 185
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
04-22-2014 07:55 PM
by Just for Cuts
23 593
About D@## Time!
TamMik
04-02-2014 08:10 AM
04-22-2014 05:14 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
19 886
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-22-2014 12:29 AM
by Tony317
22 1,737
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-22-2014 12:07 AM
by Tony317
9 451
danny 2
danny2
04-19-2014 10:19 PM
04-21-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
3 141
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
04-21-2014 12:10 PM
by kslawn
13 378
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
04-21-2014 12:02 PM
by kslawn
20 624
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
04-19-2014 06:26 AM
04-21-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
4 235
new to this forum!
mower13126
04-18-2014 07:37 PM
04-21-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
4 157
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
04-21-2014 11:33 AM
by Steve
12 361
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
04-20-2014 04:40 PM
by Dan Tanner
20 6,902
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-20-2014 11:13 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 1,229
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-20-2014 11:11 AM
by kslawn
10 381
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
04-18-2014 09:53 AM
04-19-2014 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 240
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:52 AM
04-18-2014 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 107
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:49 AM
04-18-2014 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 94
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
04-18-2014 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 201
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
04-18-2014 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 262
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-18-2014 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 274
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
04-18-2014 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 301
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
04-18-2014 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 250
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
04-17-2014 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 648
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 818
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 154
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 355
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 145
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 801
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 302
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 241
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 374
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 283
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 156
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 287,189
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 539
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 549
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 249
» Popular Tags
34'' advertisement bid birdscaping buy charge christmas client collections subcontractor credit card processing customers ecosymbiosis escrow exmark ferris first truck flower bed for sale georgia gopherhaul grass clarksville gravely holiday holiday decorating honda how much to charge how to bid installation invoice kawasaki late lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business show lawn service leaf cleanup leaf removal lesco lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mulch mulch estimate native plants new buisness new business online classifieds organize payday podcast redmax rotating savannah scag season seo social media sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl taxes theft of services tips truck unreasonable walker winter winter services zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:57 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:57 PM.

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