Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

old idea reinvented


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-08-2012, 07:02 PM
tmla89 tmla89 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: west monroe La
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
tmla89 is on a distinguished road
Default old idea reinvented

Hi guys got a lil idea i've come up with to gain new customers with hope's of receiving some feedback on how you think it may work. This idea stems from buying other company's out with a twist. Ive extened an offer to almost every person I know to tell ther family, freinds, coworkers and any one they here speaking about lawn care service or even if there not about my business. The people ive extended this offer simply tells them my number and that I do quality lawn care nothing else. If the person calls and I pick the yard up as a regualr cut I will pay my person 1month's of mowing for this said property. I think by offering this payment I could realy get a lot of people talking to aunts, uncles gradmaw's, etc about my business and passing on my name. what do you guys think about this?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 06-08-2012, 07:48 PM
JeffK26
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
It's not that new of an idea. I give $20 gift cards for referrals. Most of my accounts are above $36 a cut. The only difference is, instead of a small gift card that isn't even the price of one mow, you're giving a whole month's salary away.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-08-2012, 08:45 PM
tmla89 tmla89 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: west monroe La
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
tmla89 is on a distinguished road
Default

ya I thought some people may have tried the idea. I've bought two other business's out this year and the going rate seems to be 1 month's cut. I have found by offering this payment people have been looking at this like an actual part time job ive given them lots of cards and brocheurs. Im looking at this as any other sales job. one month is a small amount to me comsidering I feel a large majority of the customers I will be to keep for the long term. thanks for youre input
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-08-2012, 08:50 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

After a month, the client fires you lololol
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-08-2012, 11:13 PM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default if u like gambleling

i believe this is a good marketing technique, but risky, this will only work whit ur very establish clientele (the ones, that have being whit you for over a year, those that need you and like you, you know who they are, those are the ones that deserved incentives like this, just because they deserved i will do that if i was a little bigger but i am a small operation i cant afford to give away an entire month of lawn service,if u are big buddy and can afford it go ahead, other wise u can screw your self, like cheese said what if they fire u next month
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-09-2012, 10:31 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

it sounds like double the work for half the money and if you had a big push in business as a result it might get costly and become very unprofitable.

what happens if you got 25 new lawns to mow from it?
you would have 50 lawns to cut and they might be scattered around the county.

sometimes people get lucky but the lawn business is a marathon to get clients and not a horse race.
if you trully want to do it and are prepared to make the sacrifice you have to be able to wait it out.

just do great quality work and make no comprimise to quality and in a few years you will have what you want.

outside of landscape construction the prices in this industry have been stagnant for the last 30 years and the typical prices out there are equivilant to sale prices.
good quality reliable service is the only way to seperate yourself from the competitors.

unless you want to gather clients by doing 30.00 lawns for 20.00 which equades to about a 31% discount on a already low profit margin price that will cause you more grief then it will save you.

when i started out if i had to worked a couple jobs on the side and i waited it out and advertised like eveyone else did and did my target marketing but i did not get involved in gimmicks.

now i have a excellent large client base with relationships built on trust and quality and when they want something done they just say do it and know that i am gonna get it done right and not rip them off.
i don't even have to give them a quote most of the time.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-09-2012, 11:01 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

What you can do;

Raise your price so that you are 'expensive', then offer a discount. Win-Win.


-TRUTH-

The problem with offering things for free, is that clients will always come to expect it from you, and will be very disappointed if you aren't going to continue giving them deals. Some clients will become so upset about the situation that they will hire a competitor - because they take it personal when you will no longer 'go out of your way' for them. Regardless if the competitor is cheaper, the pathetic client just wants to reestablish his/her pride.

If you do something for free, expect to have the burden of telling the client "I can't off you this deal anymore" in the future.... it's an awkward situation and it should be avoided.

ALSO, clients don't deserve anything, and they honestly don't give a crap about your generosity. They only care about how much they can get out of you for free, and will turn on you once you can no longer do free work for them.

The more you grow, the less time you have to spare on 'favors, etc' - clients do NOT understand this. They think "he used to do this and that, now he doesn't - screw him!".

-

I have done 'free fall cleanup' promotions for two years. Honestly, I did get a lot of clients, but this year I refused/lost a lot of them because they were headache clients, or they expected another freebie.

Lesson Learned: I now take my sweet time when it comes to getting new clients, I've never been more picky in my entire life. I target properties that I WANT while declining service for 20 callers per month, because their lawns just aren't good enough for me. I have a very high standard, and I'm very satisfied with the way things have become.

Getting clients is slower, but the clients I do take on make my operation very smooth. Plus, I usually always have that 70% recurring clientele every year, so things aren't too difficult.

NEVER RUSH, NEVER BECOME DESPERATE. The amount of clients you have does not equal success. Take your time, do quality work, and target the properties that YOU want;
no hills, no obstacles, can fit tractor in backyard, close to other clients...

Last edited by CHEESE2009; 06-09-2012 at 11:13 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-11-2012, 01:11 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I have found by offering this payment people have been looking at this like an actual part time job ive given them lots of cards and brocheurs.
What would be your plan as far as making payment? When would it be made? Would the customer have to sign an annual contract? Have you figured how long the customer would have to stick with you in order for this to make economic sense?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
An idea CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 3 10-26-2011 05:50 PM
Idea B7 Enterprise Promote your products or services 1 02-10-2009 07:06 PM
an idea Lukacs Property Maintenance Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 3 11-05-2008 02:36 PM
Reel Push mower Lawn care... good idea, bad idea alehandros_lilbreaker Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 17 04-19-2008 04:58 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Business Cards
crieg122
Today 12:03 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by biglee
1 34
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Today 12:54 PM
by biglee
6 244
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:09 PM
by biglee
10 324
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Today 11:46 AM
by crieg122
6 328
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 09:19 AM
Today 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 38
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 389
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Today 06:47 AM
by Mr. Mow
3 130
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Today 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 171
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 253
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Yesterday 02:52 PM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 80
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 922
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 174
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 485
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 142
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 599
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 426
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 495
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 467
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 239
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,606
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,439
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 744
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 593
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,532
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 342
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,918
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,402
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 310
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 378
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 834
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,297
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 572
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 412
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 753
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,057
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,430
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 774
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,448
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 499
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,599
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,604
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,707
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 628
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 789
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 633
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 983
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,634
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 947
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,769
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,173
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger billy goat brushcutter blades care charge decorating equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hills how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting marketing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness ordinance podcast promotion property management company pto redmax scag scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walk behind walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:45 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:45 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy