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 > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Is too late to get customers now?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-09-2010, 11:18 PM
Ace's Lawn Care Ace's Lawn Care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 7
Ace's Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default Is too late to get customers now?

Hi, I just started a little lawn care company and was wondering if it was too late to get customers being that it is late in the season. I alreadly have the fyler and business cards made I just didnt know if it would be worth it to start this year or the next. Please gave me some advice on what to do; I really want to succedd with this business!
Thank You
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 06-10-2010, 06:42 AM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 912
Rep Power: 8
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default Why wait till next year

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Your focus should be going around and seeing where the yards look like they need to be mowed. Solicit those properties. I'll be willing to bet you will get some of them. Every first year is always slow, the second year gets better and each year will increase. Let this year be your slow year. Show the ones you get this year the quality you'll provide and you will get referals to help increase next year. It's important to establish a presence. Get your name out there. The sooner you do that the better. Get your company name listed on google maps. Get a website up for your business. The customers you do get, put flyers to homes around them to increase the geographical area. Do this more than once. Once a month is usually good. When doing a yard if you see a neighbor out, stop to introduce yourself, make small talk, become friendly with them and down the line they may use you for business. Be sure to get magnets for your truck and shirts to advertise your business.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-10-2010, 08:22 AM
B-2 Lawncare B-2 Lawncare is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 191
Rep Power: 0
B-2 Lawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ace's Lawn Care View Post
Hi, I just started a little lawn care company and was wondering if it was too late to get customers being that it is late in the season. I alreadly have the fyler and business cards made I just didnt know if it would be worth it to start this year or the next. Please gave me some advice on what to do; I really want to succedd with this business!
Thank You
No way, money in your pocket is just that. I gave a bid out this spring and got under cut by $10. The client called back last night and asked if i would still take on her lawn. YOU bet i said it money in the bank.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-10-2010, 07:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,011
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I think that is a very important point.

No matter when you get started, there will always be other business out there messing up jobs or quitting mid season and home owners looking for someone new to service their property.

Why not get started today! There is no better time than the present to get started.

Keep us posted on what goes on.
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 06-10-2010, 08:19 PM
JP Landscaping JP Landscaping is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 7
JP Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

It's not too late. I just got a new lawn customer today for the season and one last week on and off. The full-time customer could no longer mow his lawn due to physical reasons. and the other one is in and out of town so often that she has me mow it when she is away..

It's never too late. Service Magic has been working for me. Got those two leads from them and landed both jobs. I've been landing landscaping jobs thru them too. Check it out, maybe it can work for you too.

Craigslist helps a lot for me as well.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-11-2010, 07:05 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,011
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Service Magic has been working for me.
How long have you been using them now? What's your view on how that marketing compares with other kinds you have experimented with?
__________________
- 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 06-11-2010, 01:41 PM
Ace's Lawn Care Ace's Lawn Care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 7
Ace's Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Thumbs up servicemagic?

Thanks for the advice, I sent the fylers out today. Hopefully I get a call but regardless as of now I have 5 customers and the goal is to have around 20 before snow blowing season. I did want to know if any of yous where using service magic and if so, how much does it cost. I am just going to work like a fanatic to build my customer base up. Good Luck to all fellow landscapers, may the lawn be green and their pockets greener!!!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-27-2010, 12:58 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,236
Rep Power: 8
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default

You would nto beleive the number of Customers I have gotten because "this guy just quit showing up, I've called and called and get nothing." My advice is Start, show up when you say you will, call back anybody who calls, just as soon as possible. AND SHOW UP EVERY TIME. you will be amazed at how many people will call you. Alos advertise in the pennysave, it's low cost, everybody gets one and you will get calls. Signs, signs are also good advertising, put them up at corners, stop signs, anywhere that people will stop for a minute while driving.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-27-2010, 02:06 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,011
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Steve, do you use that marketing angle in your marketing? That you show up when you say you will?
__________________
- 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 08-06-2010, 03:01 AM
ExpoAware's Avatar
ExpoAware ExpoAware is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 7
ExpoAware is on a distinguished road
Default

Absolutely not.

Just today I bid on a lake property. The owner's son mowed the grass but more often than not, the family pitched in and their lake property for weekend get-a-ways had become their lake property for weekend work. After they accepted my bid I asked them about their residence. It was a similar scenario and soon both properties were under a year contract. They also own two office buildings in town so there is potential for future work.

I should add that my website mixed with craigslist is what got me on site. She actually told me that she chose to contact me over all the other ads on craigslist because I had a website and there she saw I am insured. Security was a concern. If you need help/direction with a website, PM me.

Another thing to consider is that mid summer some (not all!) LCOs get a little lazy/"comfortable" and service begins to slide. I agree with the above poster in recommending you look for ill-kept properties first. On the way home from the estimates above, we stopped to fill up the tanks and the newish station's grass was looking bad... mowed trash... no debris clearing... so I inquired and will be returning for a bid tomorrow with the manager. Asst Manager was there and happy to recommend new service.

Point is... and another forum member said it... cash in your pocket, mid season, is still money on the books and you have to start somewhere. Do good work and you will be prime for next spring when all the low-baller operations start knocking on doors.

I do recommend getting contract or service agreements in place for 365 days of service so you know you have the property till at least mid season next year helping to avoid some of the early season price cutters.

One positive note about taking on new clients mid season when their property is in disarray, is that more than likely they are ready to pay a slight premium to have quality service.

Most of all I recommend you be vigilant in providing service (great service) when you say you will. Steve is spot on there. And this IS part of my marketing pitch. This business is about reputation and quality service. Once you build it, you don't have to compete as much with everyone else with a push mower and you can demand your price.

Pitfall to avoid: (residential) properties who's owners typically service and due to summer activities and the heat, let their lawn slide. Basically you work hard to bring their property back to a decent condition then they cancel service and pick back up mowing. This happened to me recently... thankfully I charged the first cut premium so it was not too bad. The property was suspect but came on referral so I took her word. Again, providing a service agreement can avoid some of this. I can see upgrading/buying new equipment and then being left without the property for guys starting out.

It just depends on how you choose to run your business. I try to avoid this scenario because I limit my total clients and it makes it hard to manage business growth in terms of hired help/equipment/scheduling.


My .02 for free.

Good luck! It sounds like you will do well.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
advice, customers, flyers, lawn care, price, timing

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
too late kkkkkkk Starting a lawn care business. 8 04-19-2010 09:41 AM
Converting Seasonal Customers to Annual Customers Greenmind Starting a lawn care business. 4 03-07-2008 12:28 AM
is it too late????? jiggarule69 General Talk 2 11-10-2007 05:41 AM
late fee Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 07-20-2006 03:08 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
Today 08:57 AM
by Steve
2 616
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
07-27-2016 08:02 PM
by Steve
25 6,053
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 37
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
07-26-2016 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 275
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
07-25-2016 03:22 PM
07-26-2016 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 68
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
07-26-2016 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 676
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
07-26-2016 10:30 AM
by Lawnline
16 18,774
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
07-25-2016 01:47 PM
07-25-2016 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 60
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
07-25-2016 09:13 AM
07-25-2016 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 58
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
07-25-2016 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 589
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
07-25-2016 03:06 PM
by greenwavemedia
5 10,522
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
07-25-2016 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,507
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 134
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 152
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 89
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 124
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 148
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 257
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 786
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 297
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 318
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 241
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,806
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,329
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,582
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 286
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,311
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 405
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 912
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,728
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,989
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:03 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:03 PM.

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