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 > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Dry Spell


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-24-2009, 08:23 PM
rclandscaping
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Angry Dry Spell

It's almost September and all I have is regular mowing clients I started with at the beginning of the year. I know this economy sucks right now, but what gives! I can't wait for fall cleanups to start!!
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 08-24-2009, 10:44 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by rclandscaping View Post
It's almost September and all I have is regular mowing clients I started with at the beginning of the year. I know this economy sucks right now, but what gives! I can't wait for fall cleanups to start!!
Ya I'm anxious for winter to be done with so I can advertise lawn service again.

It's killing me, nothing happens at this point in time, just gotta do with what you have & wait... Boo!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-25-2009, 03:26 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
It's almost September and all I have is regular mowing clients I started with at the beginning of the year. I know this economy sucks right now, but what gives! I can't wait for fall cleanups to start!!
What kinds of things have you been doing to promote your business?

How has what you have been doing this year compared with what you did last year?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 08-26-2009, 09:15 AM
rclandscaping
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well last year I just started and we were figuring out money issues and basic office stuff. we really did not advertise till the month of january. I keep posting notes and flyers on community boards, and this week I am finally doing a labor day parade. With that Ill be passing out fliers for fall cleanup specials. I am also looking into giving away a free movie from the local movie rental store with every fall cleanup. Umm just giving my card out to everyone that walks by me. I m probally just in a dry spell right not with this summer here in indiana being to crazy. I mean my fiance's closing the pool early cause it's been a wierd summer. Thanks Ill keep it going!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-26-2009, 09:19 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
this week I am finally doing a labor day parade
This will be a great opportunity to stand out.

Give me the low down on what you plan on doing at the parade. Let's brain storm some ideas.
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 08-26-2009, 09:24 PM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 7
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

I have a parade coming up in a week... I have the mayor of my town riding in my mower trailer. I have bought 300.00 worth of candy at a wholesale house. two other people will be helping the mayor shovel the candy out the back for the kids. All the while the original Mayor's car will be going out in front of my rig without him in it. He's 80 years old!
I have collected several of the old old push reel mowers looking for a third...and will paint them up and put them on a piece of green painted plywood on top the bed of my truck. Tomatoe Girl and her friends will assist. Should be a hoot. Pics to follow
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-26-2009, 09:40 PM
rclandscaping
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

well, unlike that guys huge bugdet, my truck with a canvas banner is the only thing going. We have come up with a way to give back as well as get business. We have decided to give a percentage of all our fall clean up jobs to the local schools and we will advertise this.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-26-2009, 09:47 PM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 7
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

I don't have a huge budget though i do manage to save a little stash through the summer for such occasions.
I think you have a heck of a good idea.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-26-2009, 09:52 PM
rclandscaping
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

yeah i try to think of stuff and then when I get stuck i come here lol !!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-26-2009, 10:06 PM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 7
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

One time I saw a parade with 6 guys with old junk push mowers doing stunts & tricks like the Shriner motorcycle riders weaving in and out figure eights close calls and such. everyone loved it and laughed! Buy some personal lawn shirts in a size that fits you XL? and let em wear em just for the parade. You got uniforms. One might need a little liquid Coors courage to start but if you want to stand out this might be a gimmick for some to try.

I really like your donation to schools as that would give you mega good publicity and bound to reap rewards.. cheers!
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Great start to the season
jcurr33
Yesterday 08:49 PM
Today 04:44 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 30
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 11:15 PM
by luckylogger
12 663
I can't believe people...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 10:29 AM
Yesterday 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 81
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 244
uploading video on here?
holymoly
05-24-2015 08:13 AM
05-24-2015 10:26 AM
by Matther777
1 51
new here ! need help
pgrace
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
by pgrace
0 55
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
05-23-2015 10:24 PM
by Chilehead
3 102
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,430
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,133
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
05-21-2015 11:23 PM
by biglee
13 346
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 494
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
by Just for Cuts
0 87
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
05-21-2015 02:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 164
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,806
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 801
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 389,659
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 108
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 208
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,000
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 217
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 149
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 265
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 695
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,491
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 293
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 512
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 643
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 509
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,101
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,029
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,059
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 416
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 433
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 347
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 469
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 350
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 3,983
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,037
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 296
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 341
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,122
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 374
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 408
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 435
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 403
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 820
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 718
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 479
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 583
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 477
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook flyers foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hiring how to husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business mr dave mulch new business per hour service pricing pto push versus ride running a business scag sell the vision shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns swzt theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger 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 06:18 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:18 AM.

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