Your business' appearance...What do you think?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tomk123, May 21, 2004.

  1. tomk123

    tomk123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Hi,
    As we all know there is a rush of people in the lawn care business all over the place, some looking good, some not. I was looking for your opinion on how your business sticks out to rise over the competition. I understand a business license and insurance is a large part of this, but at the time I am not old enough for these things. Thanks
     
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    I think a good business image is not necessarily a must have but a definate "good thing to have and strive to keep." I try to stand out as much as possible. I am the only LCO in town that runs a John Deere Green trailer. Sometimes I just wear what I want to , but I normally try to wear my work shirts when I go places. I have found that just shaking hands and making yourself visible is a great way to make yourself stick otu above the normal crowd.
     
  3. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,180

    have a picture of a naked lady painted on the trailer.
    ...
    actually just dress nicely when giving price quotes. I have an encclosed trailer and usually pull it around almost everywhere i go. When i go to work i park it so everyone passing can see it (5,000 cars each waay, each day...) That works well!

    trevor
     
  4. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    I always say yes mam or sir to show respect. Shake there hands when the opportunity presents itself. Take your hat off when you speak to them or enter their home . Shave. Shower. Don't wear cloths two days in a row (Sure laugh...I've seen it happen!) Keep your truck and equipment clean, within reason anyway. Your cloths should at least be clean...no holes.
     
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    Thats the one thing no one in my area does, keep their equipment clean! my mower and other equipment are cleaned once a week and they look new all the time. I think it makes you stand out and not look like a bum. Also a nice uniform, a good looking truck, and quality service.
     
  6. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Clean equipment?
    Wish I had the time.................
    Appearance is important,but not more important than quality and good manners towards customers.
     
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    No kidding. If I had time to clean my equipment, I wouldn't have enough work.

    Part of it is appearance. Part is presentation. Part is attitude. Some days after a long day I'm dirty and nasty looking, nothing you can do about that after a long day. But I can still be professional and give a great presentation when speaking to customers.

    One thing my partner pointed out to me a long time ago is to take off my sunglasses and hat so people can look you in the eyes. I think that makes people more at ease and comfortable with you.

    :D
     
  8. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    Every person you see is a potential client so wave or talk to them be friendly .

    If you give them the time of day maybe they'll give it to you.
     
  9. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    Its all about respect if you wont it you have to give it
     
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    all you need is personal attention and quick response in this business
     

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