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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Northeast Guys


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-27-2013, 03:20 PM
greenscaper123 greenscaper123 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 65
Rep Power: 2
greenscaper123 is on a distinguished road
Default Northeast Guys

How many accounts have you picked up so far this spring? So far I've passed out 15,000 fliers and have received 17 calls. Only landed one lawn customer and three cleanups so far. I'm in NJ and I'm assuming with this late spring we seem to be having the grass won't start growing for another 2-4 more weeks but come on, ONE CUSTOMER?!?!
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 03-27-2013, 04:38 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

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by greenscaper123 View Post
I'm in NJ
I thought you said NORTH EAST?
Don't feel bad very slow here but thats good because I got my z-turn stuck yesterday in my back lawn
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-27-2013, 06:12 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Yeah so far had a few lawn quotes, a few clean up calls, one walkway and french drain, one mysterious hole. Out of all of them I only got a clean up and 1 new mowing account. I have to remove a small pond liner. Gonna keep that and reuse it.

Its still cold though. Its barely hitting 50's yet. It seems strange cause this time last year we already had a few weeks of work in. We started mowing april 1st last year. Looks to be the end of april this year.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-27-2013, 08:13 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
It seems strange cause this time last year we already had a few weeks of work in. We started mowing april 1st last year. Looks to be the end of april this year.
All the late snow cost me a ton of lost mow $$$
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-27-2013, 09:55 PM
greenscaper123 greenscaper123 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 65
Rep Power: 2
greenscaper123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by willshome View Post
All the late snow cost me a ton of lost mow $$$
seems like everyones hurting from it..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-28-2013, 10:07 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
So far I've passed out 15,000 fliers and have received 17 calls.
What is your plan with your marketing now? Will you hit those homes again or what?
__________________
- 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 03-28-2013, 04:06 PM
greenscaper123 greenscaper123 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 65
Rep Power: 2
greenscaper123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What is your plan with your marketing now? Will you hit those homes again or what?
yea i did a direct mailing for 10,000 in late february. that was a huge mistake, way too early. majority of the calls i got were from that 10,000 but nobody wants to commit too early i guess. so i'm gonna hit that entire area again with another 10,000, starting monday. i figure it will only raise my brand awareness that much more, so no big loss.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-28-2013, 08:46 PM
warbuff's Avatar
warbuff warbuff is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 5
warbuff is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by greenscaper123 View Post
but come on, ONE CUSTOMER?!?!
Did you follow up with the 16 potential clients that didn't go with you? I'd start with them and see if you can Identify if there is a common reason you didn't get them. If its something you can work on, maybe you'll get 4 or 5 of them on board.

On 15k fliers realistically how many are you hoping to land as clients?

So if say 1% (150) would contact you and 10% of that 15 would hire you is that an acceptable rate of return?

I remember reading somewhere that for a person to pick up the phone and call after seeing a direct mailer they on average had to see it 6 times. Based on 15k flyers your talking 90k sent out. That a bit on the scary side for me if my assumption of a 1% is accurate...
__________________

Clean, Quality Maintenance Services that Exceed Your Expectations.
Find Us On Facebook: ML Landscaping Poughkeepsie NY
Chance Favors the Prepared Mind...
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-29-2013, 11:59 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
yea i did a direct mailing for 10,000 in late february.
Was that part of the 15,000 flyers you handed out or were those separate marketing methods?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 03-29-2013, 02:17 PM
greenscaper123 greenscaper123 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 65
Rep Power: 2
greenscaper123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Was that part of the 15,000 flyers you handed out or were those separate marketing methods?
Yea I did 10,000 direct mailing in late feb and just completed 5,000 door to door all throughout march. Now I have two guys going door to door with 10,000 more cause I don't have the time to do it. My plan is to hit all the other direct mailings I did a second time in April. I would do direct mailing again if it wasn't so damn expensive.
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
what do you guys do mike affordable General Talk 7 02-08-2013 07:30 PM
Any place in Northeast Georgia to buy equipment DeMenkey Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 6 05-28-2012 09:12 AM
2-6 predicted for northeast SECTLANDSCAPING General Talk 6 11-02-2011 04:13 AM
Hey Guys pnplawn Introduce Yourself 2 03-03-2010 12:27 PM
Royer Northeast Sales Soil Screener Steve Promote your products or services 10 06-03-2008 05:12 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 11:14 PM
by Matther777
5 166
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 11:01 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
118 8,048
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 05:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 785
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Yesterday 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 954
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,311
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
Yesterday 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 285
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,716
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 139
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 393
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 884
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 220
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 578
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 372
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-16-2014 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 397
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,168
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,837
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,059
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 756
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 358
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 402
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 371
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 372
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,068
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 844
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 973
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 337
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 245
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,756
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 590
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,238
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,248
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 765
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,498
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 985
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,581
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 467
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,212
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,282
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 675
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 962
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,753
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,049
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 653
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 600
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 695
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 707
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 963
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,033
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 943
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 859
» Popular Tags
apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate butterfly gardens care charge christmas credit card deliquentaccounts estimate exmark fall ferris financing four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely health hills holiday honda how much to charge hydraulic introduction labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf cleanup lesco managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch price new buisness new business new mower outdoor environments podcast property management company push versus ride reo scag scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl theft tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.

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