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albyrussell
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Hi guys,

 

My last post was back in July 2016 and things have changed quite a bit.  Firstly my quoting is improving although my wife is far better at it than I am.  Secondly, some serious upgrade in equipment.   Bought a Gravely 21 inch commercial self propelled mower in August last year.   Heavy as hell and difficult to manoeuvre in small areas.  Yesterday I traded the Gravely on the top of the range Honda HRU 216.  Such a difference, lighter, easier to handle, better design, no cut out of motor when you removed the catcher and so on.  Picked up a Hustler 54 inch Zero Turn about 3 months back....what a beast!  Awesome machine.   Trying or get hold of a used Hustler 36 inch Zero Turn now.   Bought a second Stihl Whipper Snipper FS250, great machine.   My trailer is fantastic but I would really like a cage built across the draw bar to house the mower and give me more room in the rear.  Anyway, other than the equipment, I've lost about 10 kilograms of weight.  A good thing really but I come home knackered sometimes.  Currently have about 60 regulars established in 8 months of starting...not bad I think.  Great also to be doing clients that have acreage properties.  Far more fun and interested than mowing your basic front and back lawn.   Next piece of equipment?  So need a Stihl Polesaw.  Until then...just keep dreaming! 

 


Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:01 PM

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Have a look at parkland gear very happy with the ride on  


Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:15 PM

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Hi guys all I can say is it great to have this forum to discuss our new start ups.


Posted 11 June 2017 - 05:42 AM

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I've just started, got 2 customers so far and a couple of yard clean ups. Very encouraging to know I might actually make a living sooner rather than later.

Thanks for sharing.


Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:37 PM

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Hi Cameron.  My first month in the business (just over 1 year ago - June 2016) I took about $430.00.   At the end of the financial year I grossed nearly $100K.   Stick at it.   Briefly, my advice to you or anyone starting up;

1.   Market yourself on Facebook.   Don't just post a business card.

2.   Look different... most lawnies have a white or green trailer.

3.   Have a uniform and look professional.

4.   Turn up on time...greet client.  Don't rush the job.

5.   Have professional quality gear.  Have spare gear, whippers, mowers etc.

6.   Be friendly, take the time to talk to your customers about absolutely anything.

7.   Build a solid reputation in your area for being prompt, friendly and doing a great job.

8.   Do one thing extra for clients....to exceed their expectations.

9.   Get your business cards, posters.  Forget flyers, they don't work.   Facebook works.

10.  Be interested and maintain enthusiasm for what you are doing.

11.  Save thousands of  $$$ by doing your own maintenance as much as possible.

12.  Offer other household services if you feel you can do it.

 

I wish you luck.


Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:48 AM

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Good work to the both of you, looks like you have worked hard in the 1st year and nailed it.

Thanks for being forthcoming with your advise.


Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:17 AM

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awesome results!

 

For anyone reading and starting out different areas require different strategies. Flyers can indeed work.

 

When starting out you need to be flexible and try ALL the marketing ideas, keep a track of whats making the ph ring (and the better clients) and then after a month concentrate on that only. Especially if thats free or close to it.


Posted 13 July 2017 - 05:01 PM




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