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!

Hello From North Carolina


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 05-12-2009, 07:34 AM
Economy Landscaping's Avatar
Economy Landscaping Economy Landscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Garner, NC
Age: 36
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 7
Economy Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default Hello From North Carolina

Hello everyone, I was over on lawnchat and someone mention this site, so i figured i would check it out. I'm new to the business. I'm learning as I go, so any advice and information would be great.

My background is in construction (roofing, siding, seamless gutters, etc). But due to the way the economy went the last few months, i decided to try something else. I have always wanted to do this. So far it seems like fun, guess the fact that i get to ride a 19hp go-kart around all day makes me happy.

I only have a few accounts, im looking to get some more so that i can start to see some real money. Anyway, thanks for having me.

Dorian
Economy Landscaping LLC

PS: The gopher vids are awesome!
__________________
"Life's a garden dig it" - Joe Dirt


JD - Z-Trak 717 - 48", 19 HP Kawasaki
JD - 48" Power Flow Bagger - Dual bag
JD - WB - 48", 14 HP Kawasaki - coming soon
TB - 21", 675 Briggs EZ starter, SP FWD
TB - Hand Blower
TB - 4 Cycle Trimmer
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 05-12-2009, 07:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,454
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Dorian,

Welcome to our forum!

What kinds of things have you been doing so far to promote and market your lawn care business?

With your background in construction, are you promoting any of those services as well to position yourself as a property care taker more so than just cutting lawns?
__________________
- 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 05-12-2009, 08:10 AM
Economy Landscaping's Avatar
Economy Landscaping Economy Landscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Garner, NC
Age: 36
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 7
Economy Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Hi Dorian,

Welcome to our forum!

What kinds of things have you been doing so far to promote and market your lawn care business?

With your background in construction, are you promoting any of those services as well to position yourself as a property care taker more so than just cutting lawns?
Thanks for the warm welcome Steve...

As a matter of fact, i do promote some of my other services as well. Roof Cleaning and Gutter clean are my two biggest money makers so far. In fact they make me more money than the lawn services so far. But I think once i getting more account that may change.

As for what im doing to promote my job. Being that i have tried many different things over the years with my old business. Yellow book, actually i can tell everyone the phone book is a waste of time and money. So far the best marking tool has been BNI. It is a business group that you pay to be a member of. They only take 1 trade of a kind per group and between all the members they spread the word out about your business.

I found out that's the best form of advertisement for my business. I had people that go see their lawyer and in the conversation they ask for if they know a good landscaper and he passes my card around. The same for a power washer guy, painter, carpet cleaner, etc. I can tell new business owners to try that out. I got my money back the first month using them.

But im also ready to try the door hanger thing all over again. But unlike the pass where i just drop them off and never follow back. Im going to start with a smaller area that i want to target, pass them around. then Try to go back 2 weeks later and see if i can catch someone at those locations. Nothing works better than a 1 on 1 talk. Dropping hangers and never checking back is a waste of time and money as people usually put them aside and forget about them even if they do want to call you. Because sometimes they misplace the hanger than they dont have your number anymore. if I can get 1 out of 10 houses that would be awesome even 1 out of 20 would be great still.
__________________
"Life's a garden dig it" - Joe Dirt


JD - Z-Trak 717 - 48", 19 HP Kawasaki
JD - 48" Power Flow Bagger - Dual bag
JD - WB - 48", 14 HP Kawasaki - coming soon
TB - 21", 675 Briggs EZ starter, SP FWD
TB - Hand Blower
TB - 4 Cycle Trimmer
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-12-2009, 08:49 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,454
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is fantastic!

Are you involved much with your community, in clubs or organizations? Have you been able to market through them at all or through your family and friends?
__________________
- 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 05-12-2009, 08:53 AM
Economy Landscaping's Avatar
Economy Landscaping Economy Landscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Garner, NC
Age: 36
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 7
Economy Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That is fantastic!

Are you involved much with your community, in clubs or organizations? Have you been able to market through them at all or through your family and friends?
At this time i am not involved much with the community. But I do plan to improve on that. The last couple of months have been rough (table saw + fingers = ) So Im basically getting back in the game , I know helping the community pays off in the long run. Since people can trust you more as well as see you as someone who cares and is not a drive by contractor.
__________________
"Life's a garden dig it" - Joe Dirt


JD - Z-Trak 717 - 48", 19 HP Kawasaki
JD - 48" Power Flow Bagger - Dual bag
JD - WB - 48", 14 HP Kawasaki - coming soon
TB - 21", 675 Briggs EZ starter, SP FWD
TB - Hand Blower
TB - 4 Cycle Trimmer
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-12-2009, 09:04 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,454
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Fascinating!

What business skills or advantages do you feel you have brought with you to your new business venture from all your previous experiences?
__________________
- 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 05-12-2009, 12:08 PM
Economy Landscaping's Avatar
Economy Landscaping Economy Landscaping is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Garner, NC
Age: 36
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 7
Economy Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Fascinating!

What business skills or advantages do you feel you have brought with you to your new business venture from all your previous experiences?
I would have to say knowing how to treat customer. It doesnt matter if you cut grass, install gutters, or bang down shingles. Customer service is very important. You need to know how to treat your customer, not only to keep them happy, but for them to go out there and get you more business and clients.

Sometimes when you start a business for the first time you have a mind set on how you would like things to go. But in real life things change, you need to improvise, think fast, and know that at any time your plans or schedule can change. If you dont know how to treat your customers when things dont go according to plan you could be face with many problems.

Also I like to give my customers more than what they expect to get. In my old business if i was doing a roof repair, i would clean the gutters for free while i was up there. Or if i was cleaning a roof then i would do some small repairs at no extra cost. The respond from doing something that doesnt take much of your time and could make your customers very happy. Not to mention that they are going to tell the world how wonderful you are.

I plan on doing the same in this new business. Someone wants something done... I'll do that plus something else. The fact is, that if is not going to cost me much time or no money, why not? It worked before, it can work again. Now, before someone says "well if you were doing so well in your old business why do this now?" well roofing (which was my biggest side of my construction business) is expensive to get insurance for. I was paying 42k a year. Many of the builders that where keeping me busy when under. Huge projects chance and with the stock market at a record low, many customers who depended on loads to get these expensive renovations done, could no longer get loads or refi their houses to do so. I'm sorry but as happy as i can make customers a new roof is good for 30 years... so in my 3 years in business, i will not have to touch any of those house for another 27 years. And dont forget, it takes way too many small repairs ($75-300) to pay for a 42K insurance policy. So I decided to change my line of work. Most people can afford 35-65 bucks to get their yards cut. But not many of them can afford 7 to 15K for a new roof.

D.
__________________
"Life's a garden dig it" - Joe Dirt


JD - Z-Trak 717 - 48", 19 HP Kawasaki
JD - 48" Power Flow Bagger - Dual bag
JD - WB - 48", 14 HP Kawasaki - coming soon
TB - 21", 675 Briggs EZ starter, SP FWD
TB - Hand Blower
TB - 4 Cycle Trimmer
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
anyody from NC? North Carolina Prices ??? mattamus2005 Starting a lawn care business. 7 05-12-2009 07:53 AM
Organic Lawn Program For North Vetro Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 2 04-02-2008 05:40 AM
South Carolina SC101 Introduce Yourself 6 02-02-2007 08:47 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
Today 05:22 AM
by Mr. Mow
4 1,701
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
Today 04:52 AM
by Koley Lawn & Landscape
7 1,760
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
Yesterday 07:41 PM
by hammr04
5 1,820
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
Yesterday 07:19 PM
Yesterday 07:19 PM
by hammr04
0 28
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
Yesterday 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,695
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 1,790
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
06-29-2015 02:30 PM
by Mr. Mow
11 2,020
Marketing ideas
xandrew245x
04-29-2014 06:35 AM
06-25-2015 07:11 PM
by GreenWorx
34 5,629
Never ending sod jobs
avetslawncare
06-05-2015 09:46 PM
06-25-2015 11:42 AM
by Steve
11 2,260
Weed and Feed Service...
mike94740
06-23-2015 05:50 PM
06-24-2015 09:56 PM
by avetslawncare
2 1,747
Trimming hedges / trees,...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
06-23-2015 07:08 PM
06-24-2015 09:59 AM
by Steve
1 1,749
Hi Everyone from Arkansas
KellyMarie
06-04-2015 04:16 PM
06-23-2015 01:34 PM
by KellyMarie
4 2,025
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
06-23-2015 06:36 AM
by GreenWorx
7 2,246
problems with a customer...
LawnCareMan280
06-16-2015 10:26 PM
06-22-2015 11:11 AM
by Steve
6 2,018
Please review this FREE...
markty
06-21-2015 07:42 AM
06-22-2015 11:00 AM
by Steve
1 1,774
A good commercial bid...
burtle
06-20-2015 09:09 PM
06-22-2015 10:56 AM
by Steve
1 1,831
What would you do with...
holymoly
06-20-2015 06:48 PM
06-22-2015 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 1,771
New Member just joined...
vgoleco@hotmail.com
06-19-2015 03:49 PM
06-22-2015 10:42 AM
by Steve
2 1,809
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 03:04 PM
06-21-2015 07:24 PM
by Chilehead
4 1,897
Blade usage
Wolf4dk
06-16-2015 12:18 AM
06-21-2015 05:35 PM
by kslawn
4 1,912
Hello, I am new to the...
adamslawnservices
06-17-2015 08:06 PM
06-19-2015 10:28 AM
by Steve
3 1,837
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
06-19-2015 10:22 AM
by Steve
4 1,904
First commercial bid
SGL1
06-12-2015 08:57 PM
06-18-2015 05:04 PM
by SGL1
9 2,265
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
06-18-2015 11:02 AM
by Steve
7 1,980
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
06-18-2015 10:46 AM
by Steve
10 2,066
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
06-17-2015 08:38 AM
by burtle
9 3,157
Customer keeps adding...
Mr. Mow
06-13-2015 06:22 AM
06-16-2015 10:23 AM
by Steve
11 2,117
Pass discounts onto...
burnell76
06-03-2015 06:33 PM
06-16-2015 10:02 AM
by burnell76
3 2,004
burned grass only where...
nhauto
06-15-2015 05:28 PM
06-16-2015 09:45 AM
by Steve
2 1,873
Half year mark review.
Steve
06-02-2015 11:24 AM
06-15-2015 01:04 PM
by Steve
18 2,583
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
06-15-2015 01:01 PM
by Steve
86 9,620
New Member
Bruce Fehr
06-05-2015 07:13 PM
06-15-2015 12:53 PM
by Steve
6 2,002
New to the business,...
CarefreeMowing
06-12-2015 02:36 PM
06-15-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
1 1,885
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
06-13-2015 08:48 AM
by holymoly
45 11,952
New to the forum, new to...
CarefreeMowing
06-11-2015 12:35 PM
06-12-2015 10:44 AM
by Steve
2 1,808
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
06-11-2015 10:50 PM
by stallman419
8 2,353
Website Review
Outdoordesignsknox
06-08-2015 08:44 PM
06-11-2015 09:48 PM
by Just for Cuts
13 2,225
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
06-11-2015 10:05 AM
by Steve
8 2,026
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
06-10-2015 01:45 PM
by holymoly
15 2,942
Hello from the GREAT...
gbfarmsllc
06-09-2015 11:10 AM
06-10-2015 01:29 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,879
Hey guys and gals, I'm...
Joeyhall
06-03-2015 03:54 PM
06-08-2015 02:15 PM
by chris2500hd
8 2,119
Mowing Bermuda...
Mr. Mow
06-02-2015 12:45 PM
06-08-2015 12:45 PM
by Steve
12 2,280
Hey Guys
PrattLandscaping
06-07-2015 06:37 PM
06-08-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
2 1,889
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
06-08-2015 11:54 AM
by Steve
25 2,821
Hello there My name is...
zwalk1839
06-04-2015 11:10 PM
06-08-2015 11:52 AM
by Steve
4 2,005
Laid off oil field...
Mr. Mow
05-30-2015 09:03 AM
06-08-2015 06:20 AM
by Mr. Mow
4 2,113
How do you find one time...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
06-02-2015 09:57 PM
06-05-2015 09:49 PM
by avetslawncare
4 2,034
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
06-04-2015 05:24 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 2,336
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
06-04-2015 11:45 AM
by Steve
9 3,829
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-04-2015 11:42 AM
by Steve
1,225 398,558
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook foreman free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills how to husqvarna increase customers jobs landscape landscape services landscaping lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour service plowing pricing push versus ride scripts secrets to landscaping shell shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft square foot swzt trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack up sell employee 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 06:30 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:30 AM.

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