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Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 09-14-2013, 12:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,383
Posted By aduttonater
Contracts are not always the best. For some...

Contracts are not always the best. For some reason, if I was not able to perform the duties discussed in the contract, I could be sued. No sir, no contracts for me thanks.
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 09-14-2013, 12:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,383
Posted By aduttonater
I found that sometimes, making them prepay, will...

I found that sometimes, making them prepay, will cause them to not use your service. I always try to put the ball in their court, to make them feel comfortable that they are getting a quality service.
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 09-14-2013, 12:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,383
Posted By aduttonater
Steve, the lady has a big blue truck for sale on...

Steve, the lady has a big blue truck for sale on CL and is renting out her nice house. I thought perhaps she is falling on hard times, but with those nice items I am in question.
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 09-14-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,383
Posted By aduttonater
I've made thousands of dollars from CL and...

I've made thousands of dollars from CL and survived over the years that way. Don't hate because you can't earn a living off of The Great Amazing Craigslist.

An update for the others.

I took a trip...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 09-12-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,383
Posted By aduttonater
3 Customers Won't Pay

Back in March 2013 this lady said her husband was unsatisfied with the service we provided because the rocks were not raked. I went back and raked the rocks just as she asked. She was not home and...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 03-10-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,647
Posted By aduttonater
This is where you have to portrait yourself as...

This is where you have to portrait yourself as the expert. Obviously he doesn't know squat about mowing lawns, or he wouldn't be calling you to do it.

If what you believe is true, then don't be...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-10-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,451
Posted By aduttonater
I have a letter that I'm going to send out to a...

I have a letter that I'm going to send out to a few apartment complexes in hopes that I can gain some extra big business.

I've been handing out fliers while working on yards in that residential...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-10-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,227
Posted By aduttonater
I've seen the bag approach but the people don't...

I've seen the bag approach but the people don't give the potential customers seeds (Which is a great idea).

The bags I see have a rock in them along with a flier of the services. The rock keeps the...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-10-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,268
Posted By aduttonater
I've been using Craigslist for the past 4 years....

I've been using Craigslist for the past 4 years. It's free and lot's of traffic to choose you as their yard guy.

You can take out an ad in your local newspaper. Do a google search for newspaper...
Forum: General Talk 03-10-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,170
Posted By aduttonater
If you mow laws on a weekly basis I would...

If you mow laws on a weekly basis I would continue to mow certain yards on those days that you are schedule too.

You will have repeat customers and one time customers.

Always take care of your...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-10-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,442
Posted By aduttonater
Hey Mike what's going on? Welcome to the...

Hey Mike what's going on? Welcome to the forum.

Do you just do lawns or do you offer other services?
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-10-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,423
Posted By aduttonater
Facebook works if you know how to use it well. I...

Facebook works if you know how to use it well. I heard that promotion is key. Placing your website on your facebook and your facebook on your website can help increase s.e.o. traffic as far as back...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-10-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,468
Posted By aduttonater
So your going to flier the area with a customer...

So your going to flier the area with a customer service agreement. I think the first step would be to flier the area with a flier. Then when they call you, you can meet with them and outline your...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-04-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,079
Posted By aduttonater
I also use quickbooks but I think I'd rather hire...

I also use quickbooks but I think I'd rather hire someone else to manage it. With over 400 one time customers and 80 repeat customers, I am going to try to increase business through sms text message...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-04-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,466
Posted By aduttonater
I don't flier every door. Mostly just the doors...

I don't flier every door. Mostly just the doors that need some kind of service and it's obvious. I knock on the door first and try to speak with the person. If they don't answer then I leave a flier....
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-04-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,702
Posted By aduttonater
\ Thanks for sharing. I've found that when you...

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Thanks for sharing. I've found that when you get a client to sign a contract, you don't want to address it as that. What you want to do is call it a "Customer Service Agreement". People tend to...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-04-2013, 11:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,044
Posted By aduttonater
Go knock on their door and ask them if they have...

Go knock on their door and ask them if they have any plans on getting their lawn serviced. Provide them with a free on site estimate if they'd like.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-04-2013, 11:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,416
Posted By aduttonater
Make a website and show before and after pictures...

Make a website and show before and after pictures of your work. This way age doesn't matter, as long as they get those quality results that are displayed in the photography.
They should be amazed on...
Forum: General Talk 11-26-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,278
Posted By aduttonater
I usually don't have profit figured out until the...

I usually don't have profit figured out until the job is complete, I'm paid, and all expenses are paid. I usually take home 70% of the total job cost. This is not including paying myself or the time...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 11-25-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,528
Posted By aduttonater
Christmas Light Marketing

I have a lot of competition where I advertise on the Internet (Craigslist), so I've offered a service that most don't. This is Christmas light hanging. I was able to get two calls yesterday and have...
Forum: General Talk 10-27-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,364
Posted By aduttonater
When your bicep workout consists of lifting 20''...

When your bicep workout consists of lifting 20'' echo hedgers for 2 hours on some huge *** oleanders.

When your water fountain is the convenience store across the street, because of neglect to bring...
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,364
Posted By aduttonater
When your helper wants to go home at 4 because...

When your helper wants to go home at 4 because you said that's the time we'll leave, then the time comes and you state that you didn't specify whether it would be 4 or 4:45.

When you've created...
Forum: General Talk 10-10-2012, 07:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,364
Posted By aduttonater
When you forgot the customers name when you were...

When you forgot the customers name when you were drunk the previous night and took the call without writing down all the information. Just remembering the house address and street name in your head....
Forum: General Business Discussions 09-13-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,580
Posted By aduttonater
Nobody really ever fixates on the price. Since it...

Nobody really ever fixates on the price. Since it is a minimum, they already know how much they will potentially have to shell out. In my ads I put a ballpark range of a minimum $125-$350. So if I'm...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 09-10-2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,706
Posted By aduttonater
Sometimes you just gotta let those cheepos go. I...

Sometimes you just gotta let those cheepos go.

I usually tell people who want to pay low prices to go find a neighbor hood kid to do it.

I used to do jobs when I was 9 for $5. That seemed like a...
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