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My plans for the year are to focus on getting the right kind of customers for my business. In the past I have taken all customers to make ends meet (My wife and I have nine wonderful children!. But this year I am raising my prices to filter out the customers who are not committed to the success of my business as much as I am committed to the success of their lawn. I grow my business two ways. Word of mouth and an on-line contractor referral site, "Angie's List".
The "Angie's List" was slow at first (@3 yrs ago). But about a year ago I started getting some serious referrals. I am graded on every job I do by the Angie's List member (who has to pay to be a member). So it keeps me very alert to the quality of the job. I have not done any other forms of marketing and do not plan to. The Atlanta Metro area is constantly growing and I already feel like I have a tiger by the tail!
Just started my lawn care business 2 weeks ago, gathering equipment, put out some flyers at several business in the downtown area. Have received several calls wanting service.
Have two monthly contracts, and 3 cleanup contracts for next week.
Hope to expand and provide super service to the customers
Any and all insights, comments, and hints will be greatly appreciated.
I'm just starting a mowing business. I've worked at botanical gardens and recently quit a large company that did various jobs in lawn care. I decided it was time to be my own boss so I don't have to get up before 4:30 am.
I'm interested in your material and advice.
Welcome! Have you come up with a name for your business yet? What will you be doing to be different from your competitors? How will your skills from the botanical garden help you in your new business?