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Old 01-19-2014, 12:57 PM
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newbie in fort worth

2nd full year one man operation. probably bought too much equipment first year.
gross sales first year less than 10,000. residential first year but wanting to bid on hoa's and smaller commercial contracts like micckey d's, banks, single lot condo's, fourplexes, etc.

anybody out there have any resources for searching out companies looking for bids/RFP? tia, jack
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:43 PM
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Looking for Houston area maintenance companies. We've got three apartments we need to sub out. Let me know
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:27 PM
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Looking for Houston area maintenance companies. We've got three apartments we need to sub out. Let me know
Many companies turn and run at the idea of bidding apartments. The management companies try to wring every penny out of you possible for extras they should be paying for. Then when their is a management company changes your fired in two seconds and end up getting short changed.

I'm not saying this is your situation but subcontracting apartment work sounds like it would be a tough thing for many to sign onto doing. A sharp stick in the eye sounds like a better deal much of the time.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:11 AM
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Hello. New guy from Houston here. I started off in business 7 years ago with an exterior/roof cleaning company. Turned out i hated it and sold it to a competitor after 4 1/2 years.

A year before we sold, my wife and i started a Pool business, which we still run today. Weve tried to not expand too far out of our preferred service area, so now that organic growth has started to slow, we've decided to expand into lawn service (seemed like the natural progression...haha), and tap into our current customer base. Day 1 of new operations will be March 1st.

Already have a crew assymbled, but just starting to buy equipment and picked up a 32" Toro WB. Trying to decide on trimmers and blowers, but figure I'll stick with stihls. Just gotta figure out exactly what i need. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Anyways. Good to be here.

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Old 02-04-2014, 12:38 AM
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Hello. New guy from Houston here. I started off in business 7 years ago with an exterior/roof cleaning company. Turned out i hated it and sold it to a competitor after 4 1/2 years.

A year before we sold, my wife and i started a Pool business, which we still run today. Weve tried to not expand too far out of our preferred service area, so now that organic growth has started to slow, we've decided to expand into lawn service (seemed like the natural progression...haha), and tap into our current customer base. Day 1 of new operations will be March 1st.

Already have a crew assymbled, but just starting to buy equipment and picked up a 32" Toro WB. Trying to decide on trimmers and blowers, but figure I'll stick with stihls. Just gotta figure out exactly what i need. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Anyways. Good to be here.

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The problem with a 32" is they have skinny tires but they weigh just as much as a 36" which come with much bigger tires. Rutting and traction can be a problem. Plus everyone has 36" gates now so you lose production with a 32".

Hopefully you do well. Pool and landscape care are night and day different. The pool guy is legal and has an easy job driving from place to place and never really has to do any really hard work.

The maintenance type guys are a different breed who are probably not going to be legal. They have a much better work ethic then the pool guy and can handle long hard days that would make the pool guy run for the hills after just a week or two. It's extremely difficult to find decent Foremen who have a drivers license which means they are legal. Finding legal Americans as crew members to do lawn service work is a total farce at best.

Hopefully you do OK but starting a lawn service is rarely as easy as you think it will be. Often it's baptism by fire.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:53 AM
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Yea my biggest concern was the size of the gates. If i determine,i need a 36 ill just go buy one. Just found a 32 for a deal i could,t pass up.

Im ok with baptism by fire. Lol. Thats how ive started each business, and done well in all of them. Its all about education, though i have no,illusions that itll be easy by any means. Going to be starting and growing slow.

As for the types of workers, i dealt with the same issues in my exterior cleaning company. Its def a different animal altogether.

Thanks,for the well wishes.

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Old 02-04-2014, 01:05 AM
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Yea my biggest concern was the size of the gates. If i determine,i need a 36 ill just go buy one. Just found a 32 for a deal i could,t pass up.

Im ok with baptism by fire. Lol. Thats how ive started each business, and done well in all of them. Its all about education, though i have no,illusions that itll be easy by any means. Going to be starting and growing slow.

As for the types of workers, i dealt with the same issues in my exterior cleaning company. Its def a different animal altogether.

Thanks,for the well wishes.

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Hydrostatic mowers are also much better then the belt drive units like the 32" but they are twice the price.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:19 AM
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In your opinion, what makes the hydros better?
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:37 AM
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The hydro's have a real reverse and the don't have belts that slip when they get morning dew on them. The hydro's can be more dangerous in the hands of a novice as well. They have a much more powerful drive system that will run you right over if you panic.

Most guys start with belts and then move up to hydro's when they can afford it.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:55 AM
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On my advertising thought process I'm just talking about cards in general that I see. Your definitely not guilty of trying to come off as bigger then you are. It's probably the opposite where your coming across a little too simple.

I would change the Lawn Maintenance header to Landscape Maintenance. I would just refer to Mowing, edging, and blowing to simply mowing. I don't even say mowing myself except for the free offer. Because you have to wait a month to even get the free offer it does not appeal to the wrong kind of cheapskate customer. I also advertise mostly to million dollar homes.

You need to mention fertilization and fire ant control since your a licensed applicator. These topics appeal to a lot of people. I would mention your Lic. number as well since that shows expertise. Put your name under the picture with an owner tittle.

If you have skills in setting irrigation controllers that helps as well. A lot of people are not so good at managing their controllers. It's also good to have an irrigator friend or connection. Since they will be doing repairs on your behalf you can put their irrigation number in your add. They will like the free advertising as well.

Under your header which I would make Landscape Maintenance I would make the text under it much larger and possibly simply it to
-Fertilization & Fire Ant Control (Lic XXXXX)
-Landscaping Design & Installation
-Full Service Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

Sometimes less is more and it will allow you to present a more refined look to your prospective clients. Just the term landscape maintenance implies mowing so I wouldn't go into detail on the mowing, edging, and blowing.

Hopefully you are using the back of the card for more then just the addressing and your not wasting the space. It's too expensive to waste. I would also go online and look at lots of other people cards to get some ideas.

Google green industry, landscaper, or lawn service postcards and you will find lots of other people cards to look at as samples at mailing places.
It has been a while since I read the regulations but I am pretty sure a licensed irrigator must be a full time employee before you can use their number. You also have to put the TCEQ irrigation statement on any advertisement that mentions irrigation.
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