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 Texas


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 08-26-2009, 10:32 PM
anderson anderson is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 6
anderson is on a distinguished road
Default Hello from Texas

Hi,
I am glad I found this forum. Steve, I want to thank you for all of the helpful information just by searching the blog and listening to your videos. I am currently in the oilfield and help run a family business, but we are extremely slow. We are all trying to get jobs or to do things on the side to make ends meet. My story is that I found this 61" scag at an auction a couple weeks ago, I allready had a 42" rider and so I said "man, I hardly have work in the oilfield right now, I have a couple of mowers, a 7x12 lowboy trailer, a truck to pull it with, and enough to comfortably invest a thousand bucks into a lawn care business. Why don't I go out there and get some mowing work!" So I started searching about how to mow professionally on the net and also about different types of grasses. Monday, I desigend a flyer, printed it on bright yellow card stock and went and handed them out to people. So far, I got 2 yards out of that on 1 day of handing out about 30 flyers. I also went door to door this evening and handed them to people. I have to admit that I feel a little intimidated by these neighborhoods that have been designed by developers because the yards are so green with St. Augustine. They are not big yards though and they are not fancy either, but they are nice. They are really small. So anyway, I went and bought an echo edger and an echo trimmer. I need to buy a blower....any suggestions....remember I am starting out, so I don't want to buy the extreme best, but I do want to buy something dependable and decent. Any ideas on what else I need to buy? Any ideas on more things I should be doing?
Thanks for reading,
Tim
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 08-27-2009, 11:36 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum!

Have you checked out craigslist.com in your area for some commercial grade blowers? Maybe something will pop up. Also check out this page for the most used leaf blowers.

http://www.gopherforum.com/index.php...roduct-Reviews

What kind of family business do you help run? Did you mean the oil field business?
__________________
- 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 08-27-2009, 12:51 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

Welcome to the forum!! Great to have you here.

Check out local Auctions, You can find them all over.
I go to the auction 2-3 times a week and I see tons of landscaping equipment going cheap cheap like a bird cheap cheap. Oops I am acting dumb again (I cant help it) lol

Are going to get any truck or trailer advertising. If you are let us know we know the best places to get it. I just used one guy to do a pair of full color
12X24 Magnet for my doors and his price is $18 + $11 shipping I paid $29
They came out great.

Thanks
Artie
__________________
Artie Crowley
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-28-2009, 11:05 PM
anderson anderson is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 6
anderson is on a distinguished road
Default blowers

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Welcome to our forum!

Have you checked out craigslist.com in your area for some commercial grade blowers? Maybe something will pop up. Also check out this page for the most used leaf blowers.

http://www.gopherforum.com/index.php...roduct-Reviews

What kind of family business do you help run? Did you mean the oil field business?
Steve,
Guess what! The day before yesterday I went knocking on doors in the evening and handed out flyers. Well....yesterday, I got a call from someone from that neighborhood that I knocked on doors at. He asked me if I could mow his lawn today. So, I went to home depot and picked up an echo blower. It is not the one with the backpack. It probably isn't commercial grade but it was $167.
Oh, and yes I did mean Oilfield family business. We service and inspect the natural gas pipeline valves. Me, my dad, and two brothers.
Tim
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-28-2009, 11:14 PM
anderson anderson is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 6
anderson is on a distinguished road
Default Trailer advertising

Quote:
Originally Posted by arthur712 View Post
Welcome to the forum!! Great to have you here.

Check out local Auctions, You can find them all over.
I go to the auction 2-3 times a week and I see tons of landscaping equipment going cheap cheap like a bird cheap cheap. Oops I am acting dumb again (I cant help it) lol

Are going to get any truck or trailer advertising. If you are let us know we know the best places to get it. I just used one guy to do a pair of full color
12X24 Magnet for my doors and his price is $18 + $11 shipping I paid $29
They came out great.

Thanks
Artie
Artie,
I do want to put some sort of sign on my trailer. I think that is just an awesome way to advertise to other neighbors or people driving by while I work. Maybe the neighbor will ask my customer about my service and my customer recommend me. I could use a magnet, but I was also thinking maybe vinyl.
Do I just google local auctions to find these auctions or are they government auctions or what?
Tim
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-29-2009, 04:50 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Guess what! The day before yesterday I went knocking on doors in the evening and handed out flyers. Well....yesterday, I got a call from someone from that neighborhood that I knocked on doors at. He asked me if I could mow his lawn today.
That is awesome! What did you think of that experience? Since you had done that, what would you have done differently about it now if you could have or would you not do anything differently?

Quote:
Oh, and yes I did mean Oilfield family business. We service and inspect the natural gas pipeline valves. Me, my dad, and two brothers.
That is very interesting! How do you think the business skills your learned from working on a business with your family like that has helped you so far running your new business?
__________________
- 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 08-29-2009, 09:56 AM
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 anderson View Post
Artie,
I do want to put some sort of sign on my trailer. I think that is just an awesome way to advertise to other neighbors or people driving by while I work. Maybe the neighbor will ask my customer about my service and my customer recommend me. I could use a magnet, but I was also thinking maybe vinyl.
Do I just google local auctions to find these auctions or are they government auctions or what?
Tim
Tim, Here is a link of the guy that did my Magnetic signs.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360112164473

I do feel that Vinyl letter is better. Having vinyl makes your business look real and Magnets could be any company putting magnets on a car, and people may look at that as fly by night company or scams. I have Both on my car.

You can go to my website and on my related links page has allot of vinyl lettering companies. www.mytakeacard.com.

Auctions, Just try to look up local auctions. They are just small auctions were people buy like storage units or businesses that go out of business, then they bring to the local auctions to sell.

Thanks!
Artie
__________________
Artie Crowley
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-31-2009, 12:01 AM
anderson anderson is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 6
anderson is on a distinguished road
Default Knocking on doors

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That is awesome! What did you think of that experience? Since you had done that, what would you have done differently about it now if you could have or would you not do anything differently?



That is very interesting! How do you think the business skills your learned from working on a business with your family like that has helped you so far running your new business?
The experience is nothing new to me. Years ago, I worked for a lifetime vinyl siding co. knocking on doors. Over time you don't let it bother you if people are rude, slam the door, or just turn you away. Most people just open the door enough to get their head through, wait till you finish talking, and say not interested. I just tell them "hello, I am Tim with quality lawn care and I am here this evening to Let you know that we are offering a variety of lawn care services." hand them flyer. "are you currently in need of any right now?". Some people want to talk about prices and are very nice. The whole point is to say the line, hand them flyer and SMILE no matter what. I am open to suggestions. The only thing I know to do different is to knock on MORE doors!
Tim
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-31-2009, 12:03 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Years ago, I worked for a lifetime vinyl siding co. knocking on doors.
What other ways did they market their business then?

Also, have you thought about doing anything within your community to get more attention? Possibly any community project?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 08-31-2009, 06:26 PM
anderson anderson is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 6
anderson is on a distinguished road
Default Community projects

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What other ways did they market their business then?

Also, have you thought about doing anything within your community to get more attention? Possibly any community project?
I am sure they advertised but knocking on doors were their primary means of of getting their name out.
I have thought about community projects and I would like to do that but I don't know where to start. Do I donate time and materials in the community projects? I want to let you know that I am not a pro or a seasoned lanscaping and lawn guy. I want to be though and I have been doing a lot of reading to learn. Which one of your books would you recommend for me?
Tim
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
Hello from West Texas smoke13 Introduce Yourself 2 08-20-2009 09:10 PM
Newbie in Texas gelawncare Introduce Yourself 7 08-08-2009 03:12 PM
How dee doo from Texas! artd2009 Introduce Yourself 1 05-06-2009 02:25 PM
Hello from Texas Jencathen Introduce Yourself 18 04-08-2009 01:54 AM
New in TEXAS BlakesLAWN Introduce Yourself 5 03-13-2009 05:49 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
Today 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 162
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
Today 05:34 AM
Today 05:34 AM
by jrs.landscaping
0 27
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Today 05:01 AM
by jrs.landscaping
64 2,696
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
Yesterday 11:37 PM
by biglee
5 313
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
Yesterday 11:30 PM
by biglee
11 256
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 10:29 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
65 5,437
Help with a truck
bdodson89
Yesterday 08:15 PM
Yesterday 08:15 PM
by bdodson89
0 38
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
Yesterday 06:57 PM
by SGL1
11 257
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
Yesterday 04:49 PM
Yesterday 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 58
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
Yesterday 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 82
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by Steve
4 164
mowfinder
scaypa
Yesterday 05:44 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by scaypa
0 30
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
Yesterday 05:43 PM
by Steve
3 125
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Yesterday 05:41 PM
by Steve
4 125
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
Yesterday 05:40 PM
by Steve
2 113
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
Yesterday 05:36 PM
by Steve
1 104
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 262
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,555
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 140
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 236
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 407
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 473
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 543
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 374
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,035
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 203
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,058
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 295
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 518
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,707
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 645
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,057
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,074
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 561
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 471
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 587
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 232
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 620
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 602
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,421
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 294
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,090
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 272
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 315
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,318
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 919
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 353
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 376
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 620
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 337
» Popular Tags
apartment complex bark blades blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration edging employee problems equipment rental facebook ferris flyers free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair sq ft square foot sulky toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape web design website website design winterization won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:02 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:02 AM.

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