Last year, when I was looking for a couple more accounts, I took a flyer and business cards to a local oil change business. I know the man who owns it, and asked him if I could advertise in his waiting room. He has a bulletin board in there where I posted the flyer, and put my business cards on the table. I got two customers this way within the first 9 days. About a week later, I took my flyer and business cards down because I was to busy and wouldn't be able to take on anymore business. (When I think back on this, I probably should have left the flyer up just to get my name out!) Anyway, I think I will do that again, as well as flyers in some neighborhoods. I contacted all of my weekly lawn clients from last summer about a week ago, and they all want me back, so that really helps. Its kind of hard trying to handle running a lawn business and school at the same time, so I have to make sure I don't take on to much work. Its also frustrating at the same time because when school gets out, I have all the time in the world for more work, but when school starts up again towards the fall, and day light gets shorter, i'm kinda outta luck. So, to make up for extra time in the summer, I advertise for delivering and putting down mulch. VERY VERY VERY EASY!!! (if you have a truck) I started doing this last summer and it's a great way to make extra money, and it's kinda nice to do something other than mow. For advertising, I usually ask my current lawn clients if they want any. Also helps if I say things like, "I noticed you could use some more mulch around your flowers and trees, would you be interested in having that done?" I can fit about 1.5 yards of mulch in my truck, so I like the small jobs, but if I do have a bigger job to do, I can count on my mulch supplier to deliver. I have developed a great relationship with the owner. I mentioned him in one of my previous posts. Also, mulch has a HUGE markup! If you buy bulk, (not bags), you can save a ton, and in return make a higher profit. I charge about $75 per yard of mulch installed. Very easy work for the most part.
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