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.

late start this past season, need help on adding customer next season.


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-13-2012, 01:03 PM
berryjam berryjam is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 13
Rep Power: 3
berryjam is on a distinguished road
Default late start this past season, need help on adding customer next season.

Hi my name is Jim. I got started late last season. I really only had 5 to 10 customers until a buddy of mine who wanted out of landscaping gave me another 15 or so. What is the best way to get new customers? I passed out hundreds of flyer and nothing. By the end of next season I would like to have 40-50 customers. I am a one man show so I will be working my butt off and I want that. Is it wrong to lowball just to get work? I have no overhead(gas), so I don't need to charge high prices to profit.
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 12-13-2012, 06:15 PM
LawnCareMan280's Avatar
LawnCareMan280 LawnCareMan280 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 236
Rep Power: 3
LawnCareMan280 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to the forum I am an only man worker too and that's right it is good too work your butt off that is awesome. Yes lowballing is wrong because if you go too high then your screwed. 2 find what all your compettitors cost then make that your total.3 no I do not high price too make a profit because that just ticks off the customer. Hey I only have 3 accounts and starting out in 2013.Hoped this helped!

Travis
__________________
Travis: owner of Travis' lawn care

(Making your lawn look the best!)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-13-2012, 06:58 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

I would not low ball. Starting next year with 20 customers you should find that it will grow fast, people will see you working and will ask you to do work for them. I am growing fast just by being out doing the work. Find people that value your time.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-14-2012, 12:02 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Jim,

Have you been marketing to the neighbors of your current customers? Or asking your current customers for referrals? That might be a successful path to take.

Quote:
Is it wrong to lowball just to get work? I have no overhead(gas), so I don't need to charge high prices to profit.
The strategy never really works out. Lowballing attracts picky cheap customers. Which is the worst type to have. Charging a price you can live on is a better way to go. Also, you have overhead, you just might not be thinking of all the things you have to buy. Equipment repairs, equipment replacement, insurance, salary, taxes, etc..

Keep building your social network and hand out business cards and you will find more customers.
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 01-04-2013, 01:06 PM
berryjam berryjam is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 13
Rep Power: 3
berryjam is on a distinguished road
Default

Can't figure how to put up new post so I'll try this. I'm trying to figure out how many quarts of oil my exmark 48in walk behind needs after I change the oil. Any help from anyone who see this will be appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-07-2013, 12:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Can you measure how much you take out when you drain it?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 01-08-2013, 05:01 PM
nice2weedu nice2weedu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 11
Rep Power: 3
nice2weedu is on a distinguished road
Default Working you butt off....

Hi Jim...

I like to use the winter months to re-evaluate/re-invent myself. The down time helps me rejuvinate and become creative. Are you advertising just lawn service on your flyers? Do you offer all phases of landscaping? Customers like " one stop shopping ". Being visible on a job is key. I am routinely approached while I am in the field. If I have to turn down work, I keep the potential customers information. I follow up with postcards that I make myself. I do whatever I can to make sure I am not forgotten. Hope this helps. I have lots of tricks up my sleeveless T shirt and I am more than happy to share!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-09-2013, 11:51 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
If I have to turn down work, I keep the potential customers information. I follow up with postcards that I make myself.
For what type of reasons if the work was turned down, would you keep their information and keep in contact with them and for which type of reasons wouldn't you?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 01-09-2013, 03:31 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

If you just started and have already have 20 clients, pat yourself on the back and take a break from advertising, the rest of the client should fall into place over the next couple of years.

My website has brought in a lot of business, considered getting one?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-09-2013, 03:55 PM
Tricountylawn Tricountylawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 2
Tricountylawn is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnCareMan280 View Post
find what all your compettitors cost then make that your total.3 no I do not high price too make a profit because that just ticks off the customer. Hey I only have 3 accounts and starting out in 2013.Hoped this helped!

Travis

This post will help no one, Best thing I ever did was forget what my competition is charging and started pricing MY services and knowing MY cost.
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
grass seed ,late season planting thom Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 09-07-2012 10:58 AM
Bad start to the season jklawncare Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 20 04-05-2011 04:23 PM
late season marketing emanning Introduce Yourself 3 06-17-2009 06:14 PM
Tis the season.... New Start Up ;p CheapNEasy Starting a lawn care business. 14 04-10-2009 12:05 PM
ready to start this season lazyhusband General Talk 8 02-18-2009 05:23 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Today 08:06 PM
by Matther777
7 281
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Today 08:02 PM
by Matther777
4 163
Business Cards
crieg122
Today 12:03 PM
Today 07:55 PM
by Matther777
2 73
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Today 12:09 PM
by biglee
10 351
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Today 11:46 AM
by crieg122
6 353
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Today 09:19 AM
Today 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 61
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Today 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 406
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Today 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 189
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 273
new to the forum
madmedic8575
Yesterday 02:52 PM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 98
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 948
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 192
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 505
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 160
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 617
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 441
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 513
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 486
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 258
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,627
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,459
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 763
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 616
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,568
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 362
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,935
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,421
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 327
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 392
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 852
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,323
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 590
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 432
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 770
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,076
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,458
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 790
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,494
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 515
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,619
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,619
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,730
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 645
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 806
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 652
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 1,002
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,656
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 968
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,786
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,192
» Popular Tags
4x4 apartment complex article marketing auger bark bid billy goat brushcutter blades care charge collections collections subcontractor decorating ditches edging employee problems equipment rental estimate exmark ferris four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul gravely growing a lawn care business how much to charge husqvarna installation introduction john deere quik trac kawasaki 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 marketing mr dave mulch new mower past due podcast promotion pto redmax reo running a business scag search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steve stihl theft of services top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 PM.

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