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  • #16
    Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 07 2007,10:49)]Tim, you are very much a go getter when it comes to all this. Have you found yourself doing other things to get attention for yourself and your business?

    Have you ever done community projects or have you ever gotten your business in the paper for any reason?
    This past year we put ourselves in the county fair parade and sponcered some of the horse shows. this was alot of fun and we got our name out there in plain sight with the parade and the subliminaul message out there with the announcer saying "your 5 gated class is sponcered by R & R Lawn Care they have your lawn care landscape needs covered". I do sponcer thing for the 4H horse club also. the sponcer fee's are miniumal $$$.

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    • #17
      Quote[/b] (LGYardService @ Dec. 09 2007,12:53)]Do you just send it out to any commercial business that you want an account with or what?

      What if you send these letters out and a business contacts you and they want more "add-on" services then you were suspecting?
      Yes I find customers I would want to do business with with the exception is that I am very picky when it comes to who I solicit, I do alittle more checking up on that business to make sure they are stable and I don't get burned to bad when they can't pay the monthly invoices.

      More is a "good thing" if you can handle it, my advise for you being your younger you will have to work harder than anyone else in this forum, this I mean you will have to prove yourself to all of your customers, you said you have 5 steady customers go to them and ask if they wouldn't mind writing a testamonial or letter of recommendation for you to carry in your profolio with pictures of you actully doing the work make sure you let your new potential customer know you currenetly have 5 exsisting customers from last season this will show your dependable and not going to get tired of this and quite in the middle of the season. just something to remember, this is only my advise to you If I were in your shoes I would nt want to add more than 5-10 new customers to your cliant list, here is why you are dependent on transportation keep your customer base close. Best of Luck to ya. Tim

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      • #18
        Quote[/b] ]This past year we put ourselves in the county fair parade and sponcered some of the horse shows.
        How fantastic!

        Do you have any pictures of this at all? Did you have a banner?

        What community events do you see yourself getting involved with next year?
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        • #19
          Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 09 2007,6:13)]
          Quote[/b] ]This past year we put ourselves in the county fair parade and sponcered some of the horse shows.
          How fantastic!

          Do you have any pictures of this at all? Did you have a banner?

          What community events do you see yourself getting involved with next year?
          No pictures I was driving our rig while the kids road in the trailer, throwing candy out to the folks watching the parade.

          I didn't need a banner my trucks have our name in BIG letters on the doors.

          Well we will be in 3 parades, and I will sponsor some of the horse shows again, try to be the main sponsor for the county beauty contest all during the fair, and I am going to bid on providing the landscape design an install for center ring. When I say bid on it that mean free, we only get advertising out of it. The major player (Landscape Co.) has had it for a long time, and I want it. (LOL). Time to let them (other landscape co's) know I'm going to be their BIGGET thorn-n-the-side.

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          • #20
            Tim,

            Thanks for all your help and advice but I have a few more questions. I know "more" can be a good thing but what if I contact a business and they want full-time winter snow removal? At this time, since im still in school, I cannot do full parking lot and commercial snow removal. The grass and lawn care are no problem since they are in the summer but the winter I'm a little worried about. Don't you think a business is looking for a provider that can be "full-time" in both? Will that be a turn off for me? Thanks again!

            Luke
            15 year old teenager in the business!

            Luke Gilbert
            LG Yard Services
            Casper, WY


            http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

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            • #21
              Quote[/b] (LGYardService @ Dec. 09 2007,12:07)]Tim,

              Thanks for all your help and advice but I have a few more questions. I know "more" can be a good thing but what if I contact a business and they want full-time winter snow *removal? At this time, since im still in school, I cannot do full parking lot and commercial snow removal. The grass and lawn care are no problem since they are in the summer but the winter I'm a little worried about. Don't you think a business is looking for a provider that can be "full-time" in both? Will that be a turn off for me? Thanks again!

              Luke
              sub-contract it out on the parking lots snow that is if you want it, but it is always better to be honest with them if they ask for this type of service. If you do the walks with your blower and sub out the parking lots so you can make some money watch over the plowing and you handle the billing. make sure your sub has adequate insurance (at least 2million accross the board) *and that you are listed on the bonder.

              Thats how I would handle it.

              Good Luck



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              • #22


                Ok. My uncle actually plows for a part-time job so im so I can work things out with him. Now that I understand it all I have one more qusion: When should I get these "bids" out? Thanks

                Luke
                15 year old teenager in the business!

                Luke Gilbert
                LG Yard Services
                Casper, WY


                http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

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                • #23
                  Quote[/b] ]Don't you think a business is looking for a provider that can be "full-time" in both? Will that be a turn off for me? Thanks again!
                  You could market that you are a young entrepreneur and that actually might work to your advantage because other business owners out there will be impressed with you and want to hire you because of all this drive and determination you have.

                  They may be willing to work with you because you are a go-getter.
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                  • #24


                    Ok thanks, Steve

                    I always have that thought, too. But for some reason, when it comes to commerecial customers, are they gonna really want a "kid" doing their grounds maintnence? lol I know I can be just as proffesional as adults but they might ot think that. I will just have to give it a try! thanks

                    Luke
                    15 year old teenager in the business!

                    Luke Gilbert
                    LG Yard Services
                    Casper, WY


                    http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

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                    • #25
                      Quote[/b] ]I always have that thought, too. But for some reason, when it comes to commerecial customers, are they gonna really want a "kid" doing their grounds maintnence? lol I know I can be just as proffesional as adults but they might ot think that. I will just have to give it a try! thanks
                      Who knows, commercial accounts may be more of a pain than the are worth for you right now. Plenty of lawn care operators get their start by building up a residential client base first.

                      Some business owners just might really appreciate your style. But other commercial accounts might be a pain.

                      Ultimately you should go with what works best for you. Experiment and see who is most receptive to what you are offering and shoot for those customers.

                      Have you checked out your local chamber of commerce? Can you join it? Wouldn't that be great if you could! You would blow them all away!
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                      • #26


                        Yes thats very true. Thanks for everyone's help! I think I am all cleared up on this concept. But now will someone help me out with my thread I started in the General Business Discussions Section? I am needing help with what to present in a bid. I would really appreciate if you took a look and gave some advice. Thanks again!





                        Luke
                        15 year old teenager in the business!

                        Luke Gilbert
                        LG Yard Services
                        Casper, WY


                        http://www.lgyardservice.com/index.html

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