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  1. Business Operations
    I only use sir names with all my clients. What do you do when a client wants to have a friendly non professional relationship? What if the client wants to meet for coffee, beer or to just hang out sometimes? I have a few that calls me "family." I really don't know how to deal with this issue.
  2. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    This was my first year mowing. Started out slow but picked up. I ended the season with 50 customers. I did A LOT of facebook mows and onetime mows. Im moving my company into the nicer parts of the suburbs. When I first started, I wasn't charging enough, driving 150 miles+, and wasn't good at...
  3. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    I will include a feed below of the emails that have been sent back and forth, but will change names and contact info. This is for a charter school that includes about 10 man hours worth of work each week. TLDR 2018 1 Sept 11 Provided lawn care estimate 2 Oct 26th Client agreed to estimate 3...
  4. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    Hi All- I am researching the possibility of starting a full time lawn care business in my part of Southern New England that I would launch in the spring of 2020. My working theory is that this would be a one person mow, blow and go operation where I would focus on efficiency and volume. Two...
  5. Business Operations
    Some hard lessons learned, from my experience. Would love to hear yours too... 1) A potential client tells you they have a job that would be a "great opportunity" for you. Ya right. Translation: They can't find anyone else dumb enough to do it. 2) Potential client tells you, during your first...
  6. Business Operations
    I like to hand out cards to people who are on the street, or in their yard next to the yard I'm cutting. Sometimes, on my last yard, I'll walk the street, and put cards on people's porches with an estimate of what it would cost to hire my business. I've gotten several good new clients through...
  7. Business Operations
    First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who participates on this forum. I have learned a ton since I join about a month ago. Everyone is really courteous, even when disagreeing about something. I am an absolute beginner when it comes to having a lawn care business, and am learning as I...
  8. Network: South
    So I just started my business 3 years ago not old but not all that new to the business and was wondering if any of y'all knew any new,different,unique and successful ways of gaining business with good semi-local clients. I've done my research and even have a business management degree which...
  9. Lawn Mowing
    OK, so I miss a lot of calls when out working and try and get back to the client ASAP. Well I was out the other day doing clean ups and received a voicemail. When I checked it, every red flag popped up I could think of in my own mind. The lady was very vague and said she wanted to drop her last...
  10. Business Operations
    Hello- So I got a job where I need to grind 6 stumps, mulch, and place 5 shrubs on a 20' x 3' bed. The client keeps changing his mind. I've wasted a lot of time finding what he needs (which keeps changing even though I've made him .jpg s through google sketch up of what I'm planning to do...
  11. Introduce Yourself
    Hi I am knew to this forum and had a couple questions. I currently live in Kansas and am looking to expand my mowing service and needed some advice. I currently only have roughly 30 mowing accounts and am looking to get a total of around 50-60. What is the best way to gain residential mowing...
  12. Marketplace
    I am a rising college senior and will be out of the lawn care industry come this August so all is for sale. I have a 2012 Exmark 60" Lazer E series mower, a 7' x 12' landscaping trailer with gate, and 14 clients for sale. 13 of the 14 clients are within 10 miles of one another with 5 being in...
  13. Business Operations
    How difficult was it for you all to reach your first 100 (weekly/biweekly)customers. This will be my first full year in November. For you bigger companies, how long/difficult was it to go to 200? Does it get easier, or harder to grow?
  14. Landscape Maintenance
    I have a client that had Centipede about 4 years ago(before me), but is now pretty much gone because of weeds, his soil is horrible and swampy. He's never had the lawn fertilized or anything(pre/post emergent, herbicides, etc.). The guy just watered for 4 years. Now his lawn is just weeds and...
  15. Lawn Mowing
    Hey all, I am thinking about cutting down my client list a little and restricting my mowing to only a few days out of the week. I would like to find another good, dependable company to refer my clients to. How do I go about finding someone? Also, if I wanted to charge a referral fee to the...
  16. Lawn Mowing
    I have a snow removal/lawn care business in calgary alberta canada and need some advice on how much work I can really fit in per day. Last summer I used hand mowers and did small city lots but this summer I am gettin two ride mowers roughly 10 feet cutting width total, and well as one hand...
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