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 > Business > Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.

Neighborhood Takeover


Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 02-27-2013, 02:55 PM
Meauxmoney Meauxmoney is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 3
Meauxmoney is on a distinguished road
Default

Thing I think are not realizing is that being 16 yr old I can't do the same thing that normal lawn care services do to get clients.
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


  #12  
Old 02-27-2013, 04:28 PM
djlandscaping06 djlandscaping06 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Jackson Mo.
Posts: 35
Rep Power: 3
djlandscaping06 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by dougcaskey View Post
Don't ever LOW BALL

That's the worst business decision you could ever make...If your serious about making a living at this you have to charge to make a profit....By low balling you will also end up with all the wrong kind of customers....
I agree 100%! I have a lot of that going on in my area and when I first started I did some myself just to try and get business. The worst thing was I got some of them jobs and turned out by low balling I was losing money and was not worth it. As dougcaskey said we are in the business to make a profit not to lose money. Don't do it anymore they either take my price or they can move on. Don't mean to be mean but that is the nature of the business. You just keeping doing it the right way and business will come your way!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-28-2013, 01:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
when I first started I did some myself just to try and get business. The worst thing was I got some of them jobs and turned out by low balling I was losing money and was not worth it.
How did you ultimately handle these situations to turn them around or did you have to drop the customer?
__________________
- 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
  #14  
Old 02-28-2013, 05:40 PM
LawnCareMan280's Avatar
LawnCareMan280 LawnCareMan280 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 237
Rep Power: 3
LawnCareMan280 is on a distinguished road
Default

If you do your pricing right and do a quality job and take your time. That's how I got my accounts.
__________________
Travis: owner of Travis' lawn care

(Making your lawn look the best!)
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-28-2013, 06:45 PM
danamalon68 danamalon68 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Middle Georgia
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 5
danamalon68 is on a distinguished road
Talking

Do a quality job and gain people's trust. Get to know your neighbors/customers on a personal level. I try to greet them by their first name if appropriate. I have been servicing just my neighborhood of about 120 homes for 4 years now. I work a full time 6 day/week job and I do the lawn care on the side. I have used Vistaprint each of the last 4 years and it works great for me. I use magnet advertising from them and place them on mailboxes 2 weeks prior to mowing season. I also advertise for free on our neighborhood Facebook page. Great exposure and it's free! The first year I had about 6 customers and this past year it grew to a high of 18-19. I live in a military town, so customers come and go. The good thing is, not all residents have mowers and a lot of people rent.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-01-2013, 06:19 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

One HUGE problem with lowballing is chasing yourself to catch up. Here is what I mean:

Prior advice to you was saying to lowball to get customers. He says his business blew up that way. Lets say you do the same. You cut prices to gain customers, and in return, customers refer you to friends and family. All is well, your making money and your business is growing.

Here is where the problems comes in. You cut your prices to the point where you will be losing money. You won't be able to pay for things to be fixed if they brake....this WILL put you out of business. Eventually you will realize you have to raise prices, but the damage is done. Your current customers are referring you BASED ON YOUR PRICE. Your deadlocked because you can't raise prices.

Here is what I would not consider lowballing. A local company charges $35 per mow, and you quote them as $30 per mow. The reason you can cut by $5 is because you have no overhead. I'm assuming at your age your parents are paying the bills for you.

Charge at a reasonable rate and do quality work. I'd say by 18 or 19 you'll have a nice company going for you.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-01-2013, 12:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,246
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I use magnet advertising from them and place them on mailboxes 2 weeks prior to mowing season.
How many of these do you get printed? Do you put them out to everyone you want to service or just to customers from your previous year? Also do you do anything specific on the magnet to get the customer to sign up or do you keep it to just have your business name and contact information on 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
  #18  
Old 03-01-2013, 01:12 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

From what I understood placing things on or in a mailbox is illegal. Anyone know if magnets are ok?
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-01-2013, 01:17 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

Best place for magnets is on metal doors
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-04-2013, 09:14 AM
MontanaBob MontanaBob is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Montana
Posts: 3
Rep Power: 3
MontanaBob is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dougcaskey View Post
Don't ever LOW BALL

That's the worst business decision you could ever make...If your serious about making a living at this you have to charge to make a profit....By low balling you will also end up with all the wrong kind of customers....
This X 1000
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
Good Idea to Price by Neighborhood? thealexsmith General Business Discussions 6 02-22-2011 03:01 PM
Help on Neighborhood Bid DillonB92 General Business Discussions 9 01-22-2011 03:47 AM
Neighborhood yard sale marketing idea Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 0 02-06-2008 06:23 AM
coming to a neighborhood near you! grounded Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 7 08-30-2007 06:31 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Get Help
JohnMartin
Today 04:14 AM
Today 11:31 AM
by brian'slawncare
1 35
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
Yesterday 02:41 PM
Today 09:20 AM
by SGL1
5 81
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Today 08:11 AM
by Just for Cuts
60 2,602
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 09:46 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
61 5,350
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Yesterday 06:37 PM
by Friscobob
3 135
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
Yesterday 04:46 PM
Yesterday 04:46 PM
by greenscaper123
0 46
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
Yesterday 12:08 PM
by SGL1
2 98
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Yesterday 05:18 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 102
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
04-25-2015 08:25 PM
by SGL1
7 198
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-25-2015 08:09 PM
by avetslawncare
1 90
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
04-25-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
7 210
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
by DependiLawn
0 76
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 244
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,538
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 125
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 223
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 391
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 452
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 529
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 364
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,023
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 191
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,039
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 281
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 502
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,697
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 285
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 625
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,041
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,061
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 541
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 458
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 567
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 224
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 603
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 590
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,401
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 285
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,082
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 261
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 303
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,299
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 874
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 342
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 365
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 600
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 321
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 551
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 362
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 476
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts design ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business how to husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new business new mower per hour service pricing pto secrets to landscaping seo shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 AM.

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