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    hello
    i am new to the bizz I am finding it hard to get started i have all the eqipment i need i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients . I offer more services then what they did and also offer snow removal i have handed out a lot of cards and flyers and emailed many people i realy need some help any advice is helpfull thank you

  • #2
    hello
    i am new to the bizz I am finding it hard to get started i have all the eqipment i need i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients . I offer more services then what they did and also offer snow removal i have handed out a lot of cards and flyers and emailed many people i realy need some help any advice is helpfull thank you
    Thats strange, you bought a business but got none of the clients?
    http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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    • #3
      i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients
      Welcome to our forum!

      Can you tell us a little more about your situation? Did you intend to buy the customers along with the business too or no?
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      • #4
        hello
        i am new to the bizz I am finding it hard to get started i have all the eqipment i need i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients . I offer more services then what they did and also offer snow removal i have handed out a lot of cards and flyers and emailed many people i realy need some help any advice is helpfull thank you
        How much did you buy the business for? Do you know if the seller kept the contacts, to continue building another business?
        It takes at least two steps to be 3 steps ahead!

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        • #5
          no i bought all the equipment at a steal !! he dose not have the money to rebuild

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          • #6
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            i was told upon purchase of the business that i would receive the rights to the clients i have not received any of the clients info i have tried contact the person i bought the company from no answer. No i did not have the clients drawn up in the contract i did not expect any of this because i bought the business from a family friend and also he can not preform the services for them he dos not have the equipment to do it i bought it all at a steal i know for a fact he has no $ to rebuild . im not sure of what to do

            any helpful hints on advertising or on this matter is appreciated

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            • #7
              Sorry but you got screwed by a friend. Put an add in the paper, that's the first thing I would do. Try Craigs List in your area as well. When you get a free moment call your friend and tell him what a douchebag he is.
              White Company

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              • #8
                How many customers were you told would be included? Did this effect your purchase decision?

                Are you going to pursue this or have you decided to cut your losses and move forwards and get new customers?
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                • #9
                  When buying any company, there is an onus on the buyer to perform due diligence, part of this is to review income generated and a list of the clients/receivable etc. If you only purchased the equipment I guess I would ask what is in the purchase and sale agreement.

                  If you have not been supplied with the customer list, who did you hand your marketing material to?
                  Andy
                  Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                  • #10
                    It might actually be a good thing that you didnt get his old customers in the package ,as its quite possible the guy was having financial difficulties due to his rates being too low ,or customers not paying ,or maybey he didnt do a good enough job .Its often next to impossible to raise your rates without losing customers in this business ,as there is always a kid with a lawnmower willing to do it cheaper .If you got some good equipment for a great price,thats a large part of the battle won ,you then just need to concentrate on doing the work and finding your own customers who you can decide what your willing to charge them ,not having to worry about any old contracts or history .

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                    • #11
                      i was told upon purchase of the business that i would receive the rights to the clients i have not received any of the clients info i have tried contact the person i bought the company from no answer. No i did not have the clients drawn up in the contract i did not expect any of this because i bought the business from a family friend and also he can not preform the services for them he dos not have the equipment to do it i bought it all at a steal i know for a fact he has no $ to rebuild . im not sure of what to do

                      any helpful hints on advertising or on this matter is appreciated
                      boog, I started a new thread here with what I did when I started and a few other tips you can try:

                      http://www.gopherforum.com/showthrea...2419#post82419
                      http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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                      • #12
                        Find the least expensive advertising method you can find and make it look as nice as you can. pennies per contact. At first you migh be around .60 cents per contact because lower volume costs more, but as you build your advertising volume you can contact more people for less.

                        every dollar you make. Put aside 20% of it for generating new business.

                        always.

                        As your cash flow improves upgrade your advertising.

                        It's what I have been doing for my lawn service and it has been working out very well so far.
                        Hungry Goat Lawn Service, Deltona, FL

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                        • #13
                          start up lawn care business

                          looking to get into the lawncare business this spring and had a few questions to ask.....

                          Ideas for advertising?

                          How many residental lawns can you cut in one day working with one other person?

                          What size mower to start with?

                          What to charge per cut?

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                          • #14
                            Ideas for advertising?
                            I'd suggest looking at the flyers and door hangers here. Also hand out business cards to everyone you know.

                            How many residental lawns can you cut in one day working with one other person?
                            That would depend on your equipment and the size of the lawns cut. Compare how long it takes you to cut your lawn and compare that time with it's size. Then use that as a standard as you estimate other properties in your area.

                            What size mower to start with?
                            Why not start off with what you have or something small just to get your feet wet and see if you will want to do this.

                            What to charge per cut?
                            We have seen a national average of around $45 per hour. So you could use that as a rough estimate to compare your lawns too. What you charge will also depend on your expenses and your market. Play around with the lawn care calculators here. They will help you get the hang of bidding properties.
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                            • #15
                              Online is Key

                              Boog-

                              I'm not sure how large a community you live in but I started a lawn and landscape company, from scratch, last may. Our starting customer base was almost zero. We ended the season with over 150 customers (about 50 weekly) from basically two sources. #1. Get as high on google as fast as humanly possible. A very helpful website is www.merchantcircle.com. Go create a page for your and this should instantly help you with search engine placement. (in my city it made me number two on google when you searched Lawncare.) Next create a google maps account and set up your "trigger words" so that when someone searches "Your City Lawncare" or something like it your business comes up as an option.

                              #2. Doorhangers. They generated about 20% of our business.

                              Good luck!

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