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.

How are we supose to survive


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 09-02-2009, 12:37 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,010
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default How are we supose to survive

with adds like this
http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/biz/1354975645.html
I couldn't believe someone could even be in business for rates like this. These prices are less than half what I charge.
__________________
White Company
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 09-02-2009, 01:12 PM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 29
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonw View Post
with adds like this
http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/biz/1354975645.html
I couldn't believe someone could even be in business for rates like this. These prices are less than half what I charge.
And this guy can't even spell Trimm lol
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-02-2009, 02:36 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,010
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Am I wrong to think that is way to cheap? I guess it speaks for itself and chances are his work is just as cheap and he wont be around long. Just the fact that adds like this are out there annoys me as they will for sure call him first.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-02-2009, 04:43 PM
fieroboi's Avatar
fieroboi fieroboi is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Camrose, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 142
Rep Power: 7
fieroboi is on a distinguished road
Default

I have to agree with you Jason. However that being said, keep in mind that when people advertise they give their lowest rates, he doesn't have a disclaimer on giving lot size specs or anything. My guess is that he is new and his pricing will change. I had a similar experience last fall when a customer called to have some snow removed. When I gave him my price he was shocked and said to me that would explain why the guys he hired the first time didn't do as their price was so low ... the customer commented that they must be picking up only really small driveways at their price, cause they didn't touch his at all. Needless to say, I got a customer and they didn't.

I wouldn't fret too much about it, they probably won't be there in the long run.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-02-2009, 07:05 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonw View Post
with adds like this
http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/biz/1354975645.html
I couldn't believe someone could even be in business for rates like this. These prices are less than half what I charge.
I take these ad's with a grain of salt, more power to them if they want to loose money and they won't last long, call them up and get a quote on your own yard and if they will do all that for $60. a month, hire them and have a cold one while they cut your lawn, trim and fertilize, I would hire them in a heart beat to do my three acres....and they can hold the fertilizer.

Around here there is similar posts for $25.00, I have seen some of their work, they quite only get one mow as the quality I have seen is poor at best, just ride it out and offer other services that they do not have the equipment for, this is what I did back in May and have never looked back.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-02-2009, 07:22 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,010
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
I take these ad's with a grain of salt, more power to them if they want to loose money and they won't last long, call them up and get a quote on your own yard and if they will do all that for $60. a month, hire them and have a cold one while they cut your lawn, trim and fertilize, I would hire them in a heart beat to do my three acres....and they can hold the fertilizer.

Around here there is similar posts for $25.00, I have seen some of their work, they quite only get one mow as the quality I have seen is poor at best, just ride it out and offer other services that they do not have the equipment for, this is what I did back in May and have never looked back.
I sent him an email asking for a quote. No big shock he never got back to me. I made sure to flag his post in spite as well.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-02-2009, 07:55 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here is the ad so others can see what you are talking about.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg cheap-cuts.jpg (56.2 KB, 39 views)
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 09-02-2009, 07:59 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,010
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks Steve. I personally don't car if other know who he is, I would not have fuzzed out the name but oh well. As already stated, chances are he wont last long.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-02-2009, 08:36 PM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 7
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default

If he does good work hire him. LOL
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-02-2009, 09:34 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,010
Rep Power: 8
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by turfmaster View Post
If he does good work hire him. LOL
You make a good point. If he dose good work I will bring him on board, I doubt this is the case though. As I said I charge twice that at the least and have a hard time offering the quality for the money earned. I assume he just mows, blows and goes. Probably never ask a client what length they prefer there grass to be. For the record I have still yet to have a reply on my request for a quote.
__________________
White Company
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
Will Trimspa survive after Anna? Steve General Business Discussions 3 02-09-2007 03:42 PM
Will dell survive? Steve General Business Discussions 0 05-09-2006 06:51 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello!
brandycarlton
Today 12:31 PM
Today 12:31 PM
by brandycarlton
0 22
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
Yesterday 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 164
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 09:16 PM
by Steve
6 242
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
Yesterday 07:56 PM
Yesterday 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 138
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
Yesterday 07:17 PM
Yesterday 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 149
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
Yesterday 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 292
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
Yesterday 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 142
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 667
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,848
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 299
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
07-27-2015 11:27 AM
by googus
8 490
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,316
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,329
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,394
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 244
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 353
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 260
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 276
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,657
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,602
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,410
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 290
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 237
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 403
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,410
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 333
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 2,172
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 302
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 2,011
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 2,188
» Popular Tags
accounting advertising apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa collections contract help demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment rental facebook free lawn care google hardscapes how to husqvarna hydro increase customers invoicing jobs landscape landscape services landscaping landscaping training 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 quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded small engine repair snow plowing solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:32 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:32 PM.

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