Starting a Lawn Mowing Business – Different Ways to Get Into the Lawn and Garden Service Industry

If you are looking at changing your career, or just want to supplement your income, then getting into the lawn and garden care/service industry may just be “what the doctor ordered”. There are different ways and approaches to entering the lawn and garden business.

Broadly speaking, there are 2 main ways to get into the business which are:

  1. Starting with an existing client base
  2. Starting without an existing client base

If you do not have any customers, and want to purchase an existing customer list then this can be done in 2 ways:

  1. buy an existing business from an independent contractor. It is important to keep in mind that when you buy someone else’s business you cannot be sure they have priced and quoted their jobs correctly, and you cannot be sure the customers will stay with you or be poached by the former contractor. Or,
  2. buy a lawn mowing franchise, for example, Jim’s Mowing, VIP, Marks Mowing etc. Jim’s Mowing is a world-wide franchise system, whereas the others are Australian based only. In this case, the franchisor offers a guaranteed income (what is known as the Work Availability Guarantee) for up to around 13 weeks. In short, this income guarantee is bank-rolled by the initial franchise fee (that is, the money you initially paid to buy the lawn mowing franchise)

If you want to start your own business without a customer list then for obvious reasons your income stream will be slow taking off. To counter this, you can pick up immediate income from garden makeovers and odd jobs whilst you build your own lawn mowing customer roster.

Financial Recruitment Firms – Finding a Job in the Financial Services Industry

If you are looking for a financial advisor or financial services position, getting help from a financial recruitment firm is essential for several reasons:

1) They have many contacts within the financial services industry
2) They know what employment opportunities are available
3) They will promote you to the best of their ability and match you with the best position

As financial services recruiters are highly skilled professionals, they will be able to correctly determine the best individual for a given position in the industry. They appreciate the value of people with knowledge and expertise in the financial services arena.

Above all, however, they will maintain confidentiality to safeguard a client’s current employment situation during the time they are seeking a new position. Most financial advisors and brokers are already employed and prefer to work with recruiters, who will keep their job search confidential and who are aware of the best jobs available.

It’s important when talking to a recruiter that you are honest and give accurate information about yourself. You should have a professional resume available along with business references. If your resume needs to be polished, your recruiter can steer you to someone who is skilled at writing resumes. Your recruiter can also advise you on the best way to handle interviews with potential employers.

Your recruiter will set up interviews, give you feedback from the employer, and negotiate salary and job requirements on your behalf if a job offer is made. Your recruiter has the capability to:

• Effectively match up your expertise with the job opportunities available
• Bring together respected employers and the highly qualified prospects
• Find the perfect match and help conclude a successful final result for both financial services companies and job seekers.

In summary, utilizing financial recruitment firms is probably the most economically viable approach for the majority of warehouses. In the long run, they help their clients save money in obtaining an employee who will grow to be an asset to the company.

Logo Pens in the Services Industry – Why Advertising Pens Are So Effective

Logo pens are an effective and affordable marketing tool. When utilised by the services industry, gifted pens can be used to reach customers, clients, and employees. Pens tend to be used often and users tend to have high recall of the brand or logo on the pen. This article will discuss the benefits of advertising pens in the service industry to include: repeated exposure to the brand or logo, high recall of brand name, favourable impression of the advertiser, lightweight, and affordable.

Repeated Exposure to the Brand or Logo

Pens can help keep service industry businesses in the forefront of clients, customers, and employees minds. Recipients tend to use them for a long time and often. The brand or logo imprinted on the pen is a constant reminder of who gave the person the pen. As a result, this repetitive exposure to the company brand name or logo becomes stronger in the memory of the person who uses it.

High Recall of Brand Name or Logo

Research has proven that use of advertising pens leads to repetitive exposure to an advertising brand or logo and improves recall. In a 2004 survey, 73% of respondents reported using gifted pens at least once daily. In addition, recipients reported keeping gifted pens because they were useful (75%) or attractive (20%).

This continued exposure to brand names or logos improves recall of the advertisers’ name. In fact, in a 2004 survey, 76% of respondents remembered an advertisers’ name on a gifted pen received in the past year. In comparison, only 53% of respondents could remember the name of a single advertiser after reading a magazine or a newspaper in the past week.

Favourable Impression of the Advertiser

Service industry businesses need affordable promotional items that prominently display their business logo or name. Consumers want promotional items they can actually use. Logo pens meet both of these requirements. Customers, clients, and employees who receive gifted pens have a more favourable impression of the business and are more willing to do business with the organisation that gifted the item.

Easy to Carry

Advertising pens are excellent for large scale advertising without tremendous costs. Pens are easy for employees to carry to events, trade shows, and conferences. Customers, clients, and employees can carry pens around easily for extended use. Gifted pens are highly popular because they’re lightweight, inexpensive, and useful.

Affordable

Gifted pens are an inexpensive method of creating corporate branding and showing appreciation to customers, clients, and employees. Gifted pens are viewed and used more often than business cards. Affordable gifted pens increase indirect advertising. Every time a person picks up a gifted pen, he or she is subjected to indirect advertising.

In conclusion, use of advertising pens leads to repetitive exposure to a company’s brand or logo and high recall of brand name. Recipients of logo pens tend to have a favourable impression of the business that gifted the pen. Alongside this, pens are affordable and useful, making them the ideal advertising and branding product.

Business and Industry in Plymouth

In the past, the area around Plymouth had silver, tin and lead mines with the River Tamar being the centre for ships exporting the mined ores for over one thousand years. Those mines are now exhausted and yet still contribute to the economy of the local area. In the south west tourism brings in around three quarters of a billion pounds in business and is, therefore, a significant factor in the local economy of Plymouth. Plymouth has many tourist attractions and tourist accommodation facilities both within and nearby the city. To help service all the tourism there is of course a wide selection of bars and restaurants in the area offering employment opportunities. Plymouth is, of course, home to Plymouth Gin which is manufactured at the Black Friar distillery in Southside Street. Southside Street has been the home of the Black Friars distillery since 1793. It is now the only producer of Gin in the UK.

As for any port in the United Kingdom Plymouth has a fishing industry that stretches back across the centuries and is first recorded in the Doomsday book. Sadly, along with many other ports, the fishing industry in Plymouth virtually collapsed in the mid-1970s as European/international restrictions on fishing began to bite. Despite the increasing restrictions on fish quotas, fishing out of the port of Plymouth continues to play a part in the local economy, but on a much smaller scale. Apart from landing fish, the coast around Plymouth is well known to have a rich supply of scallops. Many local fishing boat owners supplement their income with ‘Pleasure Fishing Cruises’ for tourists. Plymouth port does not handle the volume of shipping it has done in the past. However, operating out of the Millbay docks, it is still used as a ‘roll-on roll-off’ port by Brittany ferries on their Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain) routes, carrying both passengers and freight. The docks also provide berths for other ships and can facilitate the servicing of ships moored in Plymouth Sound.

A major employer in Plymouth is the DML group. DML was established in the 1980s to run the Royal Dockyard and, since 1997, it has owned it. The Royal Dockyard was, once upon a time, the most important and significant naval dockyard in the country. Now it is mainly in the private sector under DML with only a small part of it retained by the Royal Navy, which is now known as the ‘Plymouth Naval Base’. DML in turn is owned by three other companies; Haliburton KBR, Balfour Beatty and the Weir Group. Therefore, as a group, DML has interests in oil extraction and production, building construction, transport infrastructure and defence engineering. Whilst DML is still involved in small ship and yacht manufacturing, its main source of work comes from the refurbishment and maintenance of ships and railway locomotives. Employing nearly 5000 people and with an annual turn-over of £400 million, it is a major employer in the south west of England.

The international conglomerate BAE Systems has a site in the Southway area of Plymouth, which is used in the construction of Platform Solutions, namely Gyros and IMUs (Inertial Motor Units). Such devices are widely used by military operators to provide platform stabilisation for gunfire systems, as well as flight controls for manned and unmanned machines. Originally known as UK Sperry Gyroscopes, Plymouth has over 90 years experience in the production of inertial sensors.

Toshiba Carrier UK, on the Belliver Industrial Estate in Plymouth manufactures air conditioning units ranging from small domestic ones to ones suitable for light commercial activities. Founded in Japan in 1875, Toshiba is now better known as a manufacturer of electronics goods. It has, however, been producing air conditioning units for over 30 years now.

Bluestone is a major national construction company which has its south west base located in Plymouth. The company works mainly on publicly funded contracts such as building schools and hospitals.

Although relatively one of the smaller employers in Plymouth, Gleason’s has a long tradition of working in the town. Gleason’s is a manufacturer of cutting tools and gear, which were vital to the development of the once large ship building industries that were here. Now employing 150 people with an annual turn-over of about £20 million, it still provides tools to other local industries and companies across the UK such as Toyota, Ford and Black & Decker.

Present in Plymouth for over 20 years, Rittal-CSM, in Roborough Plymouth, manufactures enclosures and work-stations for IT equipment located in business and industrial settings. It employs some 700 personnel and exports its products world-wide and has an annual turn-over approaching £70 million.

At the Tamar Business Park, Plymouth has the Information Technology Transfer Centre. The function of the centre is to develop and apply digital technologies in innovative ways, thereby encouraging ‘high tech’ businesses to locate themselves in the Plymouth area. It specialises in finding ways to develop the use of imaging technology such as 3D scanning and rapid prototyping.