Originally Posted by CrazyLatino
well the equipment we are not worried about that cuz my friends dad is putting on the equipment..what equipment idk...but he does so he gona do that...we are 4 guys...plus his dad if he joins us thats 5. The split we dont know yet we got to talk about that but its gona be depending on what u do...like we have a kid in 8 grade so he gona do the easy jobs and he gona get a lil less and we told him that..his cool with it. So thats all we know for now. My friend that just said make the fliers so i we got to come up with fliers. I never done fliers so idk. We also gona do lil jobs aside from cutting grass like cleaning gutters etc. (i think thats how u spell gutters)
I'd hand out flyers or business cards in envelopes.
If your offering lawn service, 2 of you cut grass, the other 2 can do gutters and odd jobs.
With flyers, it can be pretty stressful. You will need to print quite a few. So who out of your friends has a printer (if your flyer has color you need a color printer)
Some of you can purchase paper, and the others can print the flyers out.
Now you should all get together & start folding them, this is a big job unless you have a folding machine.
With 4/5 guys, I recommend having 1000 flyers minimum, they will go by fast.
Before you hand them out, you need to print a street map of your area, and cross off streets you hand out your flyers to, this saves you a lot of confusion!
Your business cards should be dropped off in shops that allow it. I have 2 convenience stores & one famous restaurant. I stop by and put out more cards every month, they go pretty fast as well!
Don't get rid of your cards in one shot, save a few because they are good for writing estimates on the back when you have a potential customer. It looks professional.
When you get a call, you should have a list of answers to questions the customer may ask you. And on the list you should have things you should tell your customer.
Your list should include when your service Starts & Ends, & how many weeks.
What your service includes, "Lawn mowing, trimming, blowing" etc
The locations you service, this gives them a chance to refer a friend.
Ask, & if the customer wants an estimate you need his address. Tell him you will stop by whenever you can.
This is where you go to his home & by walking & using your feet, find out how many feet his lawn is, bring a pen & paper (i have a handbook), calculate how many feet & decide on a price. Write the total price on the back of your business card, & the price per month below it.
I would charge a tad extra if it's a lawn that looks annoying, hills & ditches, tons of obstacles, etc. I've had a lawn worth $450.00, I charged $510.00 because of the obstacles.
Think about the wear & tear on your equipment while giving an estimate.