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? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

heres what Ive done so far with advertising


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-07-2009, 11:53 AM
MikeO
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default heres what Ive done so far with advertising

as a newbie in the field I didnt really have much advice on alot of idea's. just your normal internet reading and forum posts. Well, i knew this year was going to be tough for me anyways. So, I went to vista print and made 1,000 business cards up which ran me $22.00. Then i went over to a printing place in town and had 100 flyers made up which cost me $17.78. Now, I went to the newspaper and placed an ad which cost me $136.00 a month 2nd place and highlighed. This is going on my third month with that. So far i have paid off all my equipment, bought a trailer and the ads have been paid. I got lucky on a few jobs where people wanted foundation work done and my ad is pretty basic. Looking for lawncare and Gutter cleaning? Affordable and friendly service call Mike at xxx-xxxx.

the ad is expensive but, starting out I have had over 50 some calls. lots of bids and ended up so far with 7 and 1 commercial property. one is twice a week at 55. Im doing alright I was hoping for more but im not going to frown just yet. We had a good flood here i dont know if that was a cause and also there was 33 ads in the paper as well besides mine. Last year at this time i received over 18 calls in the middle of june people needing there lawns cut because there person quit or does a bad job. So, im still hoping for more work.
I also work a full time job and do this after work in the evenings. I know people will say alot of things that i should do differentley and Im open for suggestions. Thank you.
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 06-07-2009, 12:36 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
I have had over 50 some calls. lots of bids and ended up so far with 7 and 1 commercial property.
Can you tell us a little about how the 50 calls ended up with 8 properties?

How many of these did you go out and bid on? Can you tell us your experience with this? How you did it? What you would potentially change in your process?

Quote:
Last year at this time i received over 18 calls in the middle of june people needing there lawns cut because there person quit or does a bad job.
This is something I would jump on. It's got to be one of the biggest problems. There are many unreliable lawn care services. If you hammer home that you are reliable, it will help you stand out in a needed way.
__________________
- 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 06-07-2009, 12:42 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 6
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

I think your on the right track. To have 7 customers already off of the little
advertising you have done is phenomonal in my opinion.
The fact you have a full time income is great because you don't have the pressure of supporting your total income from the business alone.
Hang in there your business will only grow from here.
The hard part is getting those first customers.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-07-2009, 01:07 PM
MikeO
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Can you tell us a little about how the 50 calls ended up with 8 properties?

How many of these did you go out and bid on? Can you tell us your experience with this? How you did it? What you would potentially change in your process?



This is something I would jump on. It's got to be one of the biggest problems. There are many unreliable lawn care services. If you hammer home that you are reliable, it will help you stand out in a needed way.
steve and turfmaster:

yes the 50 calls i dont turn anybody down when they call me up. absolutley not i mean why pay for the ad?. 100 percent came from the ad. one from craigslist. I would say 75% wanted power raking and aeration. which i dont have either of. I could rent one and next year i will. the rest where like this i have 3 other bids so come out and bid. ok. then i just talk. some want the fancey rigs and riders and the insurance. I dont have it. I told her i said if i break your window i will pay for it personally Im not a theif or a scammer. I showed her my wallet and told her i can afford someone to come out and replace. But i usually walk around the yard everytime to pick up rocks and sticks and i havent broke one yet. Well i lost her and i didnt worry about it. thats fine I justify it by saying she will call me soon or next year. LOL
i had a lady call me and told me she really liked me but they went with 2 girls who were trying to get money for college. Well, i called her up and said thats a great choice and Id rather have you do that then have me there. people need to go to school. she thanked me and said thank you for understanding. she said she will call me when the gutters need to be cleaned. another lived out of town mabye 10 miles and she said this. i want you to charge me whatever you need to be happy so you dont quit. she had another bidder coming out who worked really close by about a mile away. I told her the price and basically said let him do it but if he doesnt show up call me. he took the job and she said he said to say thank you. so Ive only lost maybe altogether 6 jobs. alot was power raking and aeration which i didnt have
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-07-2009, 03:08 PM
arthur712's Avatar
arthur712 arthur712 is offline
Artie
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Cocoa FL
Age: 43
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 6
arthur712 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeO View Post
steve and turfmaster:

yes the 50 calls i dont turn anybody down when they call me up. absolutley not i mean why pay for the ad?. 100 percent came from the ad. one from craigslist. I would say 75% wanted power raking and aeration. which i dont have either of. I could rent one and next year i will. the rest where like this i have 3 other bids so come out and bid. ok. then i just talk. some want the fancey rigs and riders and the insurance. I dont have it. I told her i said if i break your window i will pay for it personally Im not a theif or a scammer. I showed her my wallet and told her i can afford someone to come out and replace. But i usually walk around the yard everytime to pick up rocks and sticks and i havent broke one yet. Well i lost her and i didnt worry about it. thats fine I justify it by saying she will call me soon or next year. LOL
i had a lady call me and told me she really liked me but they went with 2 girls who were trying to get money for college. Well, i called her up and said thats a great choice and Id rather have you do that then have me there. people need to go to school. she thanked me and said thank you for understanding. she said she will call me when the gutters need to be cleaned. another lived out of town mabye 10 miles and she said this. i want you to charge me whatever you need to be happy so you dont quit. she had another bidder coming out who worked really close by about a mile away. I told her the price and basically said let him do it but if he doesnt show up call me. he took the job and she said he said to say thank you. so Ive only lost maybe altogether 6 jobs. alot was power raking and aeration which i didnt have
What great positive outlook you have. That will work for you all the time!!

Thanx!
Artie
__________________
Artie Crowley
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
WHO EVER IS IN LAWN CARE, HERES A GREAT IDEA alehandros_lilbreaker Community Assistance 16 07-21-2008 09:02 AM
ADVERTISING Dr.Dave Landscaping General Talk 6 03-13-2008 01:38 AM
heres a site i found to FourSeasons General Talk 1 12-07-2007 01:28 AM
advertising landonkade Starting a lawn care business. 25 07-14-2007 10:59 PM
Advertising Help maelawncare General Business Discussions 3 01-25-2006 03:55 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Today 01:08 AM
by lxarth
10 352
Dethatching attachments
jcurr33
Yesterday 08:56 PM
Yesterday 08:56 PM
by jcurr33
0 25
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Yesterday 05:13 PM
by avetslawncare
8 216
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 09:01 AM
Yesterday 05:06 PM
by avetslawncare
2 67
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
Yesterday 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 126
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Yesterday 12:50 PM
by SC93
3 396
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
Yesterday 12:32 PM
by SC93
19 534
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
Yesterday 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 471
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-28-2015 03:14 PM
by Dan Tanner
5 401
First big mower decision?
SGL1
03-28-2015 08:58 AM
03-28-2015 08:58 AM
by SGL1
0 78
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
03-28-2015 08:43 AM
by biglee
28 2,415
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
03-28-2015 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 204
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
03-28-2015 08:25 AM
by SGL1
11 545
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-28-2015 05:35 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 184
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
03-28-2015 12:18 AM
by lxarth
7 215
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
03-27-2015 11:42 PM
by lxarth
15 3,455
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 259
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 241
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
03-27-2015 12:29 PM
by biglee
5 210
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
03-27-2015 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 353
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 434
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 850
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,599
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 331
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 211
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,677
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 437
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 150
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 233
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 155
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 139
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,265
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 863
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,592
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 282
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,837
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 192
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 575
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 295
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 501
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 420
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,340
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,041
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 218
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 879
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 297
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 1,016
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 589
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,743
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 308
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts design ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook ferris foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business how to husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower per hour service pricing pto secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50 AM.

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