Legit vs Non

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rootytalbot, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Peace of mind...knowing you're doing the right thing. Do the right thing, and good things will continue to come your way. Go legit...stay legit, this will be on your taxes; which you can then use for a house loan, car, etc.

    I understand the situation though...bureaucrats scratch their head and raise taxes so that they can spend more money. All the while taking money away from people, it's a vicious cycle.
     
  2. Eric's Lawnservice

    Eric's Lawnservice LawnSite Member
    Posts: 173

    I don't know either. lol:drinkup: But it couldn't hurt!!
    Honestly though, you can watch seminars on sales strategy on YOUTUBE there are a few that are designed towards the lawncare field. I saw a few on there that were worth watching.
     
  3. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 857

    Call the cops and say you saw him drinking a beer and driving. They'll pull him over and if he's illegal without a drivers license he's screwed!
     
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Excuse me but what makes you think the other guy is illegal, because you overbid grossly or because he lowballed by $20 and took the job away from you doesn't make him illegal... I got bad news for you, most newcomers either under or overbid, and more often than not it's no small amount.
    My customers know this.

    So put some time into it, too early for you to talk smack.
     
  5. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 482

    This is the same issue in every town. Insurance is definitely something you want to shop for every time your policy is up. Almost all of us were the guy doing the under bidding when we first started. Keep your trucks and mowers exceptionally clean. Keep yourself and your employees in uniforms. I never work out of uniform. Stay as professional as absolutely possible. I swear it will pay off. It has for me. Bid for larger full service properties that the average "Johnny Come Lately" can't bid on. I love residential customers. They are very loyal once you get them. But the big properties can't just get any small timer to mow them.
     
  6. magicmike

    magicmike LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    If your ever in a situation that you need a court to settle a payment you need a license or any type of contract you had with that person would be void due to the fact that you are not licensed to work in that state/county.

    I feel your pain I am a start up, and non-legit companies are killing me in my first year. I tell people why my prices are higher because their current landscapers are not legal, they dont care.
     
  7. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 965

    Many people could care less if their 40 dollar bi weekly yard man they have only seen once can spell dollar much less have insurance.
     
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I agree with your stance on taxes and government workers but we live in the same part of town and I don't have a problem selling my business over these other guys. I present my business as able to provide better than average service at a fair price. I also tell everyone that we are very booked but will try to work them in ASAP, this lets them know that I ain't hurting for their job. Normally we meet as a referral so the question of quality is out now we are just talking about scoop of services when I get there. I also don't budge on price and have walked away from projects only to be called back a few days later with "you're higher priced but we have 2 different people recommend you, will you do the job?"
     
  9. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 857

    You need to think outside of the box. Provide a much much better service for a slightly higher cost. Edge the beds, driveway and sidewalks......trim the shrubs once a year for free......pull a few weeds....do something extra that makes you stand out. If you go all out you will make your clients your cheerleaders. Once they start cheering for you....the neighbors hire you. Then you will push Paco out of the area. Any donkey can mow a lawn. Provide some service to your clients and it goes a long way.
     
  10. Down East Prop Serv

    Down East Prop Serv LawnSite Member
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    Honesty is the best policy. The first landscape project that I did was a bid job. Cleaned out 1200 square feet of flower beds and remulched them, mowed, fertilized, and reseeded the lawn. When I was finished I asked how my price compared to the others, she said I was the highest but I did not promise her that I could make her grass grow, as the other two bidders had. She lives in a very sandy area, which takes many years to grow a solid lawn. I mow her yard every 2-3 weeks for 60 bucks and she is happy.
     

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