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: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
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: 28
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: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
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: 6
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: 9
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: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
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 online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
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: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
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: 6
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: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
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
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 09:07 PM
Today 11:46 AM
by Matther777
1 94
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Today 09:04 AM
by CLB454
23 6,323
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 03:09 PM
Today 04:15 AM
by stevef1201
3 138
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
Today 12:10 AM
Today 12:10 AM
by SnowRemoval2k14
0 74
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
Yesterday 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 903
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Yesterday 10:10 AM
by stevef1201
8 574
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
Yesterday 07:43 AM
Yesterday 10:03 AM
by stevef1201
2 166
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-20-2014 07:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 476
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-20-2014 05:39 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
120 8,405
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-20-2014 03:16 PM
by kslawn
2 581
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-19-2014 05:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 937
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,112
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,500
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 514
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,910
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 363
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 625
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,023
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 442
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 797
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 578
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,313
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,012
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,228
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 906
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 491
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 591
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 513
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,217
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 987
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,113
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 477
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 480
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,901
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 738
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,389
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,388
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 910
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,656
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,146
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,725
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 605
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,353
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,423
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 823
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,114
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,890
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,202
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 800
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 737
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid auger butterfly gardens charge christmas credit card processing deliquentaccounts estimate exmark ferris first truck foreman gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna introduction john deere quik trac kansas city kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf cleanup leaf removal lesco lighting managing a lawn care business marketing mowing mulch estimate new and restored landscapes new buisness new mower podcast property management company pto push versus ride reo rotating scag scripts search engine optimization season seo sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 PM.

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