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    I haven't gotten a single call yet and don't understand why? Websites up in phone book. On multiple business listings. Beeen going door to door talking to people and putting flyers out. What am I missing? Is anyone else having trouble getting clients?

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    I haven't gotten a single call yet and don't understand why? Websites up in phone book. On multiple business listings. Beeen going door to door talking to people and putting flyers out. What am I missing? Is anyone else having trouble getting clients?
    its still early yet ,I have found in the spring people like doing there own yards the first couple times until it becomes PITA then the phone rings.

    Just hang in there once you get the first one the rest are all easy
    Chris Hoeltke
    serving Winchester Virginia and surrounding areas
    C&S Lawn Service

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    • #3
      i sent out introduction letters out for my business feb 14th and feb 21st

      cost me about 50 cents a letter sent out about 350 with 80ish returned

      took about 2 weeks to get the calls in. but i have had 4 calls so far, with well over $1,500 in work and 2 for lawn care. my previous employer has loaded me with jobs because he wants to focus on bigger stuff. which has been great but i am literally swamped now. I have 11 jobs/estimates/potential jobs (customers who want work done) as of right now... its a lot to juggle with a full time college schedule too...

      so what im saying is try some introduction letters, i drove by and wrote down addresses of houses id want to market to. best part about this is that you choose your clients and they don't choose you.

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      • #4
        cost me about 50 cents a letter sent out about 350 with 80ish returned.
        Why did they get returned? wrong name? Did you put their name or "our neighbor" "resident"

        mcgreen1 keep pushing all new businesses are hard to start

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        • #5
          Last spring I had my Craigslist ad running for about 3 weeks before a call came in. Then it was non-stop.

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          • #6
            I've received 3 calls so far today. I am not even sure I can get to them. mcgreen1, how far are you from west PA?
            Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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            • #7
              Try the newspaper. I buy a add at the beginning of every season and get 15-25 calls during the week.

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              • #8
                No worries, still only March!

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                • #9
                  Try the newspaper. I buy a add at the beginning of every season and get 15-25 calls during the week.
                  Make sure it's a local paper for the area you're targeting. I made the mistake of advertising in a multi-county classified paper. I got a total of 2 calls in the 1 month run from mid-April to mid-May, both from more than 60 miles away. It seems that it didn't matter that I included the areas that I service. Waste of money for me.
                  Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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                  • #10
                    il

                    I'm in central illinois. I know there is a ton off competetion that I am up against. But to not have 1 call by now is very alarming. Did try something new today though. When going door to door I take my measuring wheel, estimate, sheets, and flyers with me. Pitch I was just giving an estimate for one of neighbors and decide to go to everyone on the block. Short and sweet and depending on there response I have found easy to get conversating with me. No jobs from it yet. However everyone that I spoke to seemed much more responsive to me than normal. Thanks for all the encoragment.

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                    • #11
                      Why did they get returned? wrong name? Did you put their name or "our neighbor" "resident"

                      mcgreen1 keep pushing all new businesses are hard to start
                      some had mailboxes but didn't use them, they used a PO box, some were vacant, we had some returned on an error somewhere, said it was a non existent street but it shows up on mapquest? most were NMR non mail recipients, i assume that's mostly PO boxes


                      I addressed them as "Homeowner"


                      Renters usually would not purchase lawn care IMO

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                      • #12
                        true about some renters but they have friends and getting mail returned still costs money.

                        Some renters, rent because they like just calling someone when there is a problem and may not get mowing as part of rent

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                        • #13
                          i've gotten good responses from flyers so far this year. i don't knock on doors and obviously i only drop off flyers to houses i want. nj is very suburban so it's possible to get 100 flyers out per hour as long as im not wasting time trying to talk to people. unless they are standing in their front yards i do not try to engage them. instead, i just place the flyer wedged slightly under the doormat or wedged in the storm door. for me it's a numbers game so the more flyers i can put out per hour the better. plus i can listen to music while i do it, so i kill 2 birds with one stone.

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                          • #14
                            What do your flyer have on it, how do they look, do you have a starting price, what time of the day are you passing them out? I have a company that I pay $150 for full color front and back gloss postcards if I want it design they charge $225 for (5000) they can ship anywhere in the usa for about $20 more I just go an pick mine up.
                            Can You Envision the Possibilities... We Can!
                            www.Envisionlawn.com
                            1-888-412-LAWN

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                            • #15
                              I have posted a ad in local paper for 4 weeks now 2 calls, over 300 door hangers (8 hours delivering) 1 call and post 4 different ads on Craigslist (45 min) and have gotten 6 calls. About Craigslist try to re list one a day so you are always update customers don't always look through the past postings. Then I did joint Service Magic which I got one job from and little pricy but you are targeted to customers that want a service so you are a little more likely to get the job.

                              I have done 3 jobs: 1 landscape, 1 mulch and a spring clean up. I also have to new contracts. This is my first year in business and i am figuring out that you are never going to be ready to start work and handle estimates. So far so good.

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