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 > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

What's my problem?


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-15-2009, 09:21 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default What's my problem?

So my flyers & business cards have been sent out all over, a lot of my cards need to be restocked in stores because they are almost all gone.

yet no calls?


I only have a few days left, I can only do so much.

I'm mass producing flyers again & plan to send them out to the other areas of my starter city.


I myself have walked door to door handing out 7000 flyers & I'm losing it!

I don't wanna be out for weeks with these flyers so I'm gonna just start a.s.a.p without stopping until they are all out!



I'll give you guys some amateur shots of my flyer & card, you can tell me what the **** I'm doing wrong.


Flyer:

Card:

This is insane. I'll share a picture of where my flyers are, & where I'm heading to:

MAP

[img]http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m25/mad_insane/bull****.jpg[/img]
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 04-15-2009, 10:04 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Alright, so I decided to confront my snow removal customers. They have all received my flyer, but once they knew it was me "Scott" it's like they insisted on hiring me.

I told them, "the starting price for lawn service is $420.00, but because your you, & you helped me out during winter, it will only be $400.00"

You can't beat that price unless your a bigger prick than I am, but hey, they were my winter customers!

I have tons of appointments next week...

I guess I learned something, call people & SELL yourself!

I'm going to listen to this song now,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fJx2L2kVw0
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-15-2009, 01:45 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,067
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Scott,

You are doing a fantastic job. What you are doing with your flyers and business cards is good, however, you will find more success selling people to people. Selling to those you know or those that know you.

Here you picked up the phone and tried to sell to people who are existing customers and what happens? Bingo you are in!

This is great!

Now next what you can do is work the neighbors of your customers. Tell them you are services Mr. Jones lawn and you would like to service theirs too.

What is next on your list of things to do? I'd love to hear 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
  #4  
Old 04-15-2009, 03:23 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

I'm not sure what to do next, I'm low on ideas... hmmm... Any suggestions?

BUT, I did just pick up my new blower!!!

STIHL : BG 56 C-E

http://www.stihl.ca/STIHL_Products/V...x?ProductID=25

It works great! I bought a six pack of oil & got a 2 year warranty!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-15-2009, 10:15 PM
majoe7 majoe7 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 184
Rep Power: 8
majoe7 is on a distinguished road
Default

Scott,

Keep up the good job and you will be rewarded. Believe me.

One thing that I did was to have a business card made from Vista Print. Sorry to you all printers here, this was before I found this site. It had one hundred dollar bills fanned out on the front with my name, phone # and a Quote “I’m here to save you money”. On the back it said “Refer a friend or anybody and you will get $10.00 off your next invoice as long as there is an agreement with that client. Also it said that there is no limit to your referrals, the more referrals, the more you get back. People love getting MONEY!

It has worked out well so far.

I gave them to my clients, family, friends and anyone who I talked too about the lawn business.

I hope this helps you out.

John
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
VISTA PROBLEM mowingtowing Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 3 08-08-2007 10:12 PM
Scheduling problem VogelLawnService Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 8 03-06-2007 06:04 AM
Problem customer what to do. Steve Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 2 02-25-2007 04:11 PM
Problem Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 03-09-2006 03:29 PM
Problem Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 03-09-2006 03:17 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
What were your top...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-13-2016 05:10 PM
Yesterday 11:49 AM
by AKDave
6 526
Define Successful
Fireman Gus
05-10-2012 05:12 PM
Yesterday 11:39 AM
by AKDave
12 5,525
Any successful one man...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-26-2016 06:04 AM
Yesterday 11:22 AM
by AKDave
5 225
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
09-29-2016 01:01 AM
by myrlage
1,256 444,123
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
09-29-2016 12:53 AM
by myrlage
3 1,290
Enter to win Free...
arthur712
09-25-2016 11:28 AM
09-26-2016 05:41 PM
by Steve
1 189
I have a new show!
Chilehead
09-19-2016 06:50 PM
09-23-2016 05:45 AM
by Chilehead
7 272
First commercial estimate
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-19-2016 12:42 PM
09-22-2016 05:42 PM
by acrajchel
7 283
Larger projects - Labor...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-18-2016 07:38 AM
09-21-2016 06:51 AM
by Chilehead
5 294
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
09-16-2016 01:50 PM
by DLC123
5 768
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
09-16-2016 01:35 PM
by DLC123
15 1,475
Not a newbie just...
lwlawn
09-09-2016 02:32 PM
09-16-2016 01:25 PM
by DLC123
2 642
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
09-16-2016 01:15 PM
by DLC123
6 1,545
Lawn problem
magiccc
09-14-2016 11:37 AM
09-15-2016 06:14 AM
by Chilehead
2 426
What kind of seed do you...
Bradcook21
09-02-2016 02:58 PM
09-12-2016 07:18 AM
by joshp
4 1,065
Commercial Flail Mower...
Chickenthief
09-05-2016 04:46 PM
09-09-2016 04:50 PM
by Steve
7 915
Newbie here
paulgrant
09-07-2016 04:52 PM
09-09-2016 12:01 AM
by paulgrant
2 758
Hello, New Member Here,...
Chickenthief
09-05-2016 06:19 PM
09-08-2016 09:35 PM
by Chickenthief
6 882
Pricing fall cleanups?
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-06-2016 11:17 AM
09-07-2016 04:06 PM
by Steve
3 850
» Popular Tags
annual apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts convention converting customer dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care seasonal snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:56 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:56 AM.

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