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 > Graphic And Web Design Support Forums > Graphic Design Discussions

Graphic Design Discussions Graphic design discussions for your Lawn Care Business. Logos, Postcards, Door Hangers, Flyers, etc. Show off your designs!

Logos


Graphic Design Discussions

Graphic design discussions for your Lawn Care Business. Logos, Postcards, Door Hangers, Flyers, etc. Show off your designs!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-04-2009, 06:21 PM
Scottler
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Logos

Out of curiosity, are any of you using one of the logos presented here at the Gopher Forum???

The reason I ask is because generally speaking I don't find most "free" logos appealing at all, but there are a few in the gallery that I'm really considering taking advantage of, but I don't want to do it and find out that it's the same one 85% of you are using! LOL

Anyone care to share?
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 05-04-2009, 11:41 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,035
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
This is my take on it. You can always change your logo. When you are just getting started, this site allows you to quickly through together an image and a marketing package.

Once you get on your feet, you can always make it better.

For instance, I just did a quick search for lawn care logos and found this site. http://www.warrenlandscape.com/

Now this business owner didn't even edit the logo template, just used it as is but now he already has a website up and a logo. He can now focus on other things that his business needs to build.

Without these free templates, Sometimes it can take years to getting around to such issues if they ever get a chance to do it at all.
__________________
- 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 05-05-2009, 04:30 PM
Scottler
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Excellent advice, Steve. My thought is I don't want to have to re-brand in two years if I don't have the branding package that I like on day one, which is my motivation to get it all in order right up front. I'm a very visually-oriented guy - I think that's one of the things that draws me to the industry to begin with. I can be pretty OCD about minutiae!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-06-2009, 04:58 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,035
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

My take on getting a small business started is to throw as much as you can against a wall and see what sticks, then roll from there.

It seems to me the toughest part is always taking your first step. Once you get started you will be on your way.

Branding a small lawn care business in my view is no big deal in the beginning because you are selling you. If a customer likes you they will buy from you. If they don't like you, they will move on to the next business.

You could change your lawn care business name every year and if your customers like you, they will stick with you.

I wouldn't be concerned with branding until quite a ways later. That's my view at least. Initially the branding is you.
__________________
- 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 05-06-2009, 02:52 PM
Scottler
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

More excellent points! My main concern was that I didn't think people would "follow" me (or be able to find me) if I did a name change mid-game. Good to know that isn't always the case!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-07-2009, 02:41 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,035
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Your logo is looking good.

When people buy from you now, it's because they are buying from YOU. Not your business, not your logo or your brand, it's YOU.

All these other issues become more and more important and your business becomes it's own entity. It takes on more employees. It grows.

As all that happens, you want to be able to promote a corporate image. A business image. What YOUR business stands for.

Although no matter how big you get, you can always put a personal touch on it and make people think of you when they buy from your company.

For a long while Dave Thomas was synonymous with Wendy's. When you got a Wendy's burger you would look around and see if Dave was in the restaurant. In fact, when I am at a Wendy's I do often look to see if they have pictures of Dave up on their wall and most do.

However, do you think of Ray Kroc when you buy from McDonalds? I don't. I think of the Golden Arches.

So as you get bigger you can choose, do you want your customers to associate your business with you or with a brand you create. Each is possible but because you have options you can tailor you marketing to position you to be different from your competitors.
__________________
- 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 05-07-2009, 11:24 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb

I have to agree with Steve on this. I think all of us (yep, including me) tend to overthink this business. We get bogged down with flyers and logos instead of simply pounding the pavement and meeting prospects.

Don't get me wrong, your logo is important but you can do a thriving business without any logo at all. Read this blog post and look at the sign in the picture. This guy does HUGE business with a VERY simple layout:

Steve mentioned Dave Thomas as a brand. I like to think about Bill Gates and Microsoft when I think about product development. Bill knew that he didn't need a perfect product from day one. (Heck, they don't even have perfect products today) Microsoft put the best products they could out to the market place. If they had attempted to be perfect from day one they still wouldn't have Windows 3.1 on the shelves.

Business is change. You will always be changing, adapting, tweaking. That's just the nature of business.

Scottler, you're asking good questions. Try to not get bogged down with the infinitesimal. The important part is getting out there and meeting customers.
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-07-2009, 11:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,035
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Scottler, you're asking good questions. Try to not get bogged down with the infinitesimal. The important part is getting out there and meeting customers.
What I wonder is, do you think this is an individual trait or a societal trait?

When you are new to something, you don't know the b.s. boundary. Meaning you don't know what you NEED to know and what you can just do to get away with it to get the job done.

Do you think we all tend to get focused on the minutiae of everything or is this something that certain personality traits tend to focus more on than others.

I think knowing this could help us all produce more in the future if we could be aware of 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
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
some well known logos for everyone to use if they need lawn-guy Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 8 03-22-2009 10:04 PM
Logos gmcountry Graphic Design Discussions 0 03-11-2008 10:52 AM
logos All Aspects Landscaping Graphic Design Discussions 11 02-13-2008 09:27 AM
logos Introduce Yourself 1 07-03-2006 09:19 AM
Non-Custom Logos GrassBustersLawn General Business Discussions 2 03-07-2004 02:46 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
Yesterday 02:23 PM
by Andy S.
16 2,033
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
Yesterday 10:09 AM
by joshp
5 322
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
08-22-2016 07:52 PM
by Chilehead
3 84
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 112
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-21-2016 01:52 PM
by Chilehead
6 116
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 106
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 110
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 94
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 383
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 102
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 364
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 118
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 229
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 362
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,570
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,695
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-07-2016 08:44 AM
by Lawnline
5 1,745
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,195
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 284
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 402
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,745
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,889
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 359
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 662
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
07-25-2016 03:22 PM
07-26-2016 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 375
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
07-26-2016 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 983
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
07-25-2016 01:47 PM
07-25-2016 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 356
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
07-25-2016 09:13 AM
07-25-2016 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 348
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
07-25-2016 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 925
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
07-25-2016 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,841
» 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 04:33 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 AM.

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