Afraid to letter my mowing rig & other trucks

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Jpocket, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Rons Rightway Lawncare

    Rons Rightway Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    I never have lettered my trucks, mainly to avoid tons of worthless estimates from people out of my normal area. Here were I live and work, I could find enough clients within a 5 mile radius of my house to keep 10 crews busy... I don't need someone from the other side of town driving by and seeing my number, to call me and bother me with requests for stuff too far away for me to go do.

    Who knows, maybe it wouldn't hurt to have signage, but I have done just fine without it.
  2. MarkintheGarden

    MarkintheGarden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,140

    Yes letter your truck if you want to!

    I understand that a young man doing ok does not want to draw too much attention to himself, might look like an easy mark to a bully. You are smart to see this. It is wise to not want to flaunt your success.

    You young guys out there have to prove yourselves to this world. Make a good business image for yourself. Be friendly to everyone, be honest, and yes keep your eye out for trouble.
  3. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,336

    The are two reasons i dont have my truck lettered up (actually 3):
    1. Just have one truck (personal and work)
    2. Dont want kids at school to all know about my mowing business (got some not-so-good kids at my school)
    3. If i happen to speed or do some other form of bad driving, i dont want the other people to know WHO it is, rather remain annomus.
  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Just because you have your truck lettered does not mean you are "flaunting" anything. It's called advertising, and doing what you can to project a professional image.
  5. Sunscaper

    Sunscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I sort of know what you mean. I had similar experiences when I had my business up north. My advice move to Florida, no one here apologizes for success. I thought I really had it going on until I came here. Much larger playing field.
  6. Bel Air Bob

    Bel Air Bob LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    If you're parking at home in residential neighborhood, you better check with your local government first, usually zoning dept. They may have rules about it. I know around here, some busy-bodies will call zoning on you if they think you're operating a business from a residence. If yours has rules against it, you may want to think before labeling trucks. You could go with magnetic signs which would let you remove while parked at home.
  7. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 365

    Somewhat similar situation where I'm at, just not as bad though. My problem is that the "have not's" like to take from the "haves". My only concern is advertising that I "have". As soon as I can, I will move from the neighborhood that "has not" and I won't be so worried about it. It's just that right now I'm still paying off all of their houses that they are renting from me.
  8. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    For the most part, I feel that there really isn't much need in lettering the truck and/or trailer, unless you are wanting it to look even more professional. When you are out working, people see your truck and your trailer, and most often you on a mower! They know what you do, and where you are working at that given time. If they want an estimate, and they live in the area, they can stop and talk to you ... or ask for you card.

    This isn't rocket science .. it is lawncare (for most of us on here). I see trucks and trailers with mowers all day long ... everywhere. And we know what it is they do.

    Now if you want to do it for the image ... that is totally fine too. To me ... it's a personal choice ... and not something you "need" to do.

    (and the magnetic signs work great)

  9. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    You need to work on your self confidence or you are doomed to failure...
  10. premier homes

    premier homes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7


    You Need Some Serious HELP!!! ever try counseling. u need alot of it.
    Just My Opinion...:confused: :hammerhead: :dizzy: Good luck with your paranoia. By the way... I know where you live...:cool2:

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