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Very busy start to 2016 mowing season

February 27, 2016

It’s still February and LawnMowingOnline.com is being slammed with orders.  Guess we must be doing something right!  We did not slow down much over the winter months either, from November through end of January we did 3x more orders than over the same time frame last year and we mowed a lot of lawns last winter so it’s amazing the website keeps growing at this rate.

Hope to add a few more cities this year and looking forward to another very busy year of triple digit growth!

James
http://www.LawnMowingOnline.com

June 2015 = 6 yrs of LawnMowingOnline, still doubling, still largest

June 23, 2015

If you would have told me in 2009 that LawnMowingOnline.com would double sales every year for 6 years straight and become the largest residential lawn mowing provider in the world I would have laughed!  But here we are, 6 years later, largest in the world by a long shot, and every year we have doubled the sales of the previous year.  It’s really quite amazing when you think about it, LawnMowingOnline.com has never received startup funds or investor financing, we had to take what little profit was made to advertise the website and everything has worked out fine.  In that time we have provided local contractors with millions of dollars in lawn mowing jobs they would not have had any other way and we have saved customers millions of dollars too.

It might sound silly, but I think helping all those contractors and customers have helped the website succeed, all that positive energy and good karma just helped propel the website along all these years.

On birthdays I like to reflect on the past so I’m going to tell you about a LawnMowingOnline success story.  There is one contractor, Walt in Austin, who told me his job was working for banks repossessing houses.  He would be the guy that showed up with the sheriff to kick people out of their homes and he HATED it.  Families would be there crying, showing him their paperwork, explaining why they shouldn’t be foreclosed upon, but by the time he was there it was too late, the decision was not up to him.  Then he started taking jobs on LawnMowingOnline and it was a completely different story:  people were HAPPY when he showed up.  They thanked him for being there and shook his hand with a smile on their face.  What a change!  LawnMowingOnline provided Walt with enough work that he didn’t need to do foreclosures anymore, so now he can do something he enjoys for people who were happy to see him.

Isn’t that great?  LawnMowingOnline is making people happy one lawn at a time 🙂

James
http://www.LawnMowingOnline.com

June 2014 = 5 years of LawnMowingOnline.com

June 25, 2014

5 yearsWow… 5 years already!  LawnMowingOnline.com went from an idea to a reality on June 19th, 2009, when the website first went live and accepted orders.

Here’s what the website looked like in July 2009 according to the Internet Archive Way Back Machine
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Quite a difference 5 years have made!  In that 5 years we have saved customers hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions?) and provided local contractors with hundreds of thousands (millions?) of dollars in lawn mowing jobs they would not have had any other way.

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Birthdays are good for reflecting on the past, and 5 years is a lot of time to reflect on:

  • tens of thousands of lawns (hundreds of thousands?) mowed since 2009
  • Orders have over doubled (tripled?  quadrupled?  it’s a lot) every year since 2009, so orders in 2014 are over double the orders of 2013, 2013 had over double the orders of 2012, 2012 had over double the order of 2011, etc.  That means we have been growing exponentially since we started in 2009!
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  • Local contractors have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions?)
  • Customers have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions?) compared to if they were paying the average lawn mowing price of $35

I think that’s great, that we have been able to help so many people in so many areas with such a simple concept.

The best part is helping the people that contract with the website to mow lawns.  Many do not own large lawn mowing companies, they don’t do this full-time, they mow evenings and weekends to help make ends meet.

I asked some of the contractors why they signed up for LawnMowingOnline.com and here’s some of the responses I got back:

  • “I need a means of employment”   –   Sean, Georgia
  • “to earn extra money in-between other jobs”   –   Seth, Ohio
  • “I need the money and enjoy doing yard work.”   –   Jason, Texas
  • “Looking for additional income with a stable company”   –   Damon, Ohio
  • “I am desperate for a job that pays. I have a family to provide for, and any job is better than no job.”   –   William, Texas
  • “Out of work”   –   Tony, Georgia
  • “I would like the extra income to support my family.”   –   Lamare, Missouri
  • “Extra income to help out with the family new born baby. just came a few months a go”   –   Don, Illinois

 

These are some heartbreaking responses, so it feels good knowing my website is helping to provide income to so many people in need.  But I could not do that without the support of the customers.

Here’s to another 5 years.

James
www.LawnMowingOnline.com

 

 

 

 

 

LawnMowingOnline.com featured startup on CBS KMOX radio

May 14, 2014

LawnMowingOnline.com was recently featured on the Charlie Brennan radio program on KMOX NewsRadio station 1120.  Charlie interviewed James Hassinger for about 4 minutes discussing the ins and outs of LawnMowingOnline.com

Here’s a link to the interview
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LawnMowingOnline.com appears on PBS Channel 9

December 31, 2013

Earlier this year I was invited by 1 million cups and PBS Channel 9 to give a presentation on how LawnMowingOnline.com works.  Here’s a link to the video.

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Contractor alerts customer that someone damaged their property

December 2, 2013

It’s always fascinating to read some of the conversations between the contractors and customers of LawnMowingOnline.com.  Recently a contractor noticed some damage to a property since the last time he mowed and sent the customer a message:

“…seems like someone has hit your duplex with car/truck on (property address redacted) in the front corner since my last service”

The customer replied that it might be old damage:

“There was damage there exactly where you described before, unless it’s something new(hopefully not). Thanks for the heads up. “

But the contractor thinks it is new damage and includes a photo:

“Thats not the same damage. I would have noticed. Its prob the same spot. I think its possibly the neighbors in (address redacted) pulling into the grass between addy at a diagonal angle. If you pull into (address redacted) driveway then angle towards (address redacted) there is tire marks towards hit spot and the truck next door has a spot on bumber where impact WOULD be if truck turned other direction. Just looks suspicious.”

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Customer was very appreciative:

“Hey Mark, your 100% correct, that damage wasn’t there before. I’m going to take a look at it physically today, and file with police. Definite thanks for the heads up.”

Here’s a copy of the conversation:

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So not only do we provide great lawn mowing service, we also alert customers to damage to their property.

James
www.LawnMowingOnline.com

2013 orders already surpass 2012 orders

August 3, 2013

On July 25th the number of orders received so far in 2013 surpassed the total number of orders received in all of 2012.

This is very good, because there are still 5 full months left in 2013, with the mowing seasons being three of those months and August is one of the busiest mowing months.

The addition of Austin, Atlanta, Chicago and Columbus this year is the main reason for the incredible growth.

If this all sounds a bit familiar, it might be because this happened last July too, surpassing 2011 orders on July 22nd, 2012

James
www.LawnMowingOnline.com

Happy 4th Birthday LawnMowingOnline.com – paid contractors 289k, saved customers 150k

June 24, 2013

Home made party cupcake with a number candle on top

June 19th marks 4 years since LawnMowingOnline.com went live in 2009 and we’ve come a LONG way.  (see our 3rd birthday here)

Birthdays are good days to reflect on the past so here are some numbers of how we have been doing:

  • 13,200 lawns have been mowed since 2009, 5,428 more than our last birthday
  • Orders have doubled each year, so orders in 2012 were double 2011, 2011 double 2010, etc
  • $289,779 has been paid to contractors (wow!)
  • Customers have saved roughly $150,000 compared to if they were paying the average lawn mowing price of $35

That’s… amazing, really, when you think about it, and we’re only in 8 cities, imagine how far we could go if we were in every major US city?

The 289k paid to contractors is the really great part, because that is money the contractors probably would not have received any other way, so we’re helping a lot of people earn a living during this rough economy.

Thank you to all the customers who have continued to put their faith in us to have their lawn mowed and the many great contractors that do all the hard work.

James
http://www.LawnMowingOnline.com

Do you want a lawn mowing job? Here’s how to sign up for LawnMowingOnline.com

April 9, 2013

Do you want a lawn mowing job?  It’s simple with LawnMowingOnline.com.  First, create an account.  Contractors provide the website with their email address and submit the form to get on the list. Remember you need a mulching mower, weed trimmer, broom or leaf blower and reliable transportation in addition to your camera and internet connection.  If you have all those items and want mowing jobs, sign up and get started.

All contractors are verified by their cellphone phone number.  When you are registering on the website as a contractor you will be asked for your cellphone number.  After submitting the number a code will be sent to your phone.  That code must be entered on the website to continue the application process.  Prepaid and skype phones will not work for verification purposes.  Then the contractor will be brought to the training guide and asked to verify their Paypal.com address.   When that is completed the application is reviewed by a member of LawnMowingOnline.com.  This is prevent fake accounts from being created and taking orders from other contractors.  The reviewal process may take a few days depending on the number of applications received.

After a contractor is approved they will begin receiving lawn mowing jobs by email.  They can also login anytime to view orders.  Make sure to check spam filters because LawnMowingOnline.com sends out so many jobs that email providers think the jobs are spam!  Each email will have details about the jobs like the street name and zip code to determine how far away it is and the size of the yard.  Contractors can review the information and click a link in the email to accept the order immediately.  If another contractor already took the job the contractor will be brought to a page that says the job is already taken.  If the lawn mowing job is still available the link will bring the contractor to a page saying the job has been assigned to them and they will receive a confirmation email.  Contractors can also login and verify the job is assigned to them.  The contractor can then send a message to the customer confirming that they will be mowing their lawn and ask other important questions like if the backyard is fenced in and request that dogs be locked up if the customer has a dog.  Customers like receiving personalized messages from contractors and often leave larger tips than for contractors that do not send messages.  The contractor can mow any time of day as long as the lawn is mowed on the date that is scheduled.  If something happens and the contractor is not able to mow on the date scheduled they can sent a message to the customer stating when they will be out to mow the lawn.  The customer can reply if there is a problem with the new mowing date.

So why use LawnMowingOnline.com instead of trying to advertise yourself?  Thousands of lawn mowing companies are competing for the same customers so it’s difficult for smaller companies or individual contractors to compete with the larger companies that can afford to run flyers and advertisements online constantly.  Customers are also tired of calling dozens of companies trying to find the best deals.  LawnMowingOnline.com has setup a website where customers can order immediately online with a credit card at the lowest price available for lawn mowing.  We also rank #1 on many of the top search engines for all related lawn mowing searches, so customers find the website as easily as you did today.  With LawnMowingOnline.com there is no advertising needed by the contractor, just accept lawn mowing jobs as they arrive in your email everyday.

James
www.LawnMowingOnline.com

Customer uses LawnMowingOnline to remove tree branches and bushes

April 6, 2013

Customers are always asking us to provide other jobs besides just lawn mowing.  Unfortunately it’s difficult to figure out the extent of the work required and charge the appropriate amount through an order page, it takes a local contractor talking directly with the customer to figure out exactly what needs to be done and determine the price.

One ingenious customer named James in Houston (no relation to the owner of LawnMowingOnline) recently did just that.

In the order notes James put:

“also would like to know how much charge would be to remove all branches from cut trees and rose bushes”

how much charge would be to remove all branches from cut trees and rose bushes

This tells the contractor that additional jobs are available but is not specifically part of the order, the customer is simply asking for a quote of how much it would cost.

Contractor named Travis took the order and replied to James.  Here’s a copy of the conversation that transpired:

Hi, I am not sure how many branches you have to haul. If they will fit in my pick-up then I can do it for $10. If a trailer is needed then I will not be able to get to it tomorrow as my trailer will be on other jobs.

Posted By: Travis [2013-04-03 07:16:37]

They should all fit in a pickup, there are some stacked up next to my driveway, a few broken tree branches im my front yard. The rest of the trimmed tree and rose branches are ar in he backyard near my pool. Looking for the branches to get hauled off, yard cutt and edged and pine needles and pollen pods raked up or blown off entry strip to house, driveway and around pool. Basicaly want yard tot look good since outdor weather is here.

Posted By: James [2013-04-03 07:26:18]

That is no problem…your yard will look great. Will you be home or will you leave the $10 somewhere?

Posted By: Travis [2013-04-03 07:30:38]

I can leave a tip through the website correct?

Posted By: James [2013-04-03 08:17:28]

I am not sure if you can after you have all ready placed the order…you can try but I would have to see it before I perform the extra work.

Posted By: Travis [2013-04-03 08:22:08]

I just did it, please confirm you received the tip for $10

Posted By: James [2013-04-03 08:30:14]

Got it thanks

Posted By: Travis [2013-04-03 08:32:16]

I am not sure how many branches you have to haul. If they will fit in my pick-up then I can do it for $10.

This is great because the customer got the job they wanted done at a price they were willing to pay and the contractor was able to quote his own price for job.  Everyone won in this situation.

If you have additional jobs or maintenance that needs to be done remember to ask for a quote in the order notes so the contractor that takes the order can offer a online quote.  Customers can even pay through the website for the additional services which is very convenient for the customer because they do not have to be home when the contractor mows.

James
www.LawnMowingOnline.com