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Old 02-25-2010, 08:41 PM
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hello! i would like to thank the starter of this great web site there are so many great ideas on here!!

Welp my names Steve im 23 and own a small lawn care business.. this year will be my 2nd real year in the busniess( been cutting grass since i could sit on the seat).. my hardest and biggest down fall is advertising and getting customers i currently own a dixie chopper silver eagle zero turn mower and am buying a walk behind befor the season starts. I work really hard and always try to do my best im just lost in the dark with getting my name out there... but is staying positive about this season im sure there is plenty i can learn for evenone on here... good luck everyone!
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hello! i would like to thank the starter of this great web site there are so many great ideas on here!!

Welp my names Steve im 23 and own a small lawn care business.. this year will be my 2nd real year in the busniess( been cutting grass since i could sit on the seat).. my hardest and biggest down fall is advertising and getting customers i currently own a dixie chopper silver eagle zero turn mower and am buying a walk behind befor the season starts. I work really hard and always try to do my best im just lost in the dark with getting my name out there... but is staying positive about this season im sure there is plenty i can learn for evenone on here... good luck everyone!

Well my friend, there is unlimited advice on this forum!

From what I've read over time, trying every marketing technique at least once will bring you your customers. We can all say what works best, but it all comes down to your area. Flyers are fun (annoying) & inexpensive give or take but I'm sure you've tried them.

The best advice you'll hear is to go out & talk to people face to face. Go ring doorbells if you have to, & sell your services. If a person says no to your service, maybe you can send them a letter a week later saying, "thank you for your time, here is a discount on our lawn service". Just keep reeling them in.
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door to door flyers seems to be the best way to generate start up customers. if you do a good job at a fair price and stand out from the crowd, the repeat and referral business will start to com in. It will take 1.5-2 years before you can really support yourself. Hang in there and stay on the hustle!
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I would have to agree that the fliers work good and are very cheap. I guess i should know this, last summer i handed out 50 fliers and advertised on one local businesses billboard and i picked up 12 customers( most were from the billboard). Hopeful all of them will be returning.. have any of you out there had great success from adds in the news paper?
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my hardest and biggest down fall is advertising and getting customers i currently own a dixie chopper silver eagle zero turn mower and am buying a walk behind befor the season starts. I work really hard and always try to do my best im just lost in the dark with getting my name out there
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Procut thank you for the advice i called my local paper and they wanted 339 bucks for a 3 month ad that is 1inch buy 2 inches lol... And Steve i feel that way because i know i dont advertise much.. and mainly because as silly as this sounds im not sure what the best way to do it.. I feel that if i go door to door it may discourage potential customers because they may find that annoing but maybe thats not true.. my local print shop wants 45 dollars for 500 fliers which i thought was a steal. If going door to door is the best way when should i start we have like 2 foot of snow here hah.. whould now be a good idea or wait till the snow melts and ppl can see there grass?

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I print all my own fliers using my computer...I went to staples and bought a case of there brand paper.. I also bought a pack of refill ink...I can print 1000 fliers with 2 refills.. Out of the pack, you can refill your ink ALOT...
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I would canvas the neighborhood you want to work in 1-2 month prior to the season starting. And clover leaf you current customers neighbors every other week you're there to cut.
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What kinds of things did you do last year to attract customers?
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