Me and a friend of mine are starting a landscaping business, and a legit one at that.
We are registering the business, have the equipment, getting insurance etc., so it’s the real deal.
Wanted to see if anyone else has landscaped, or owned their own landscaping company, and maybe get a few pointers on how to attract clientel.
We have already purchased business cards, are sending out fliers, and have made posts on craigslist.
These business’s probably thrive by word of mouth, but any suggestions would be great.
Our catch is that we will beat any competitors price which I know for a fact we will be the least expensive service around our area.
Also for those who have weight lifted and landscaped, did your training suffer, or at least how did you manage it, and this can go for anyone that lifts and has a manual labor job.
Did the gains increase/decrease?
I know I’ll probably lean up quite a bit which will be nice, I’ll definately be forced to increase my caloric intake too.
So you’re owner/operators? I don’t know what your goals are, but this is only okay up to a point. Different trade, different set of problems, I think so I’ll leave it a that. Under-bidding only goes so far IMO. IME we had to cut quality and speed up production in order to make it look good at the end of the month. If the boys cost twice as much than the labor portion of the bid, I ate into the bid and pissed my master off. On top of that sometimes you’re are dealing with bargain hunters and homeowner/builders that are shopping around for the lowest bid, and when they find it they squeeze the contractor for a lower price. We had a Jew bastard (oops) do that to us. We blew that fucker out in 3 weeks. It was an abortion. Problem: “It’s not plumb GB!” Solution: “NAIL IT!” Problem: “I can’t get it flush, GB” Solution: “NAIL IT!!!” Problem: “I forgot the A35s or whatever required hardware, GB” Solution: “Just tack them down so they look like they are installed” lol Inspector barely passed it.
Rocked it, painted the pig, and ran over his front yard when we were pulling out of there. Story time aside, I suggest you do a cruise around and scope other landscapers jobs and nitpick it. Figure out their flaws and offer a better product for a competitive price. You have to build up an image of what your business stands for. After a while people will want an “Austin_bicep landscape” just because of the reputation and wont care about the price. There are many more details and I haven’t answered your other question but this will do for now. Cheers.