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Starting a lawn care business.

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How long does it generally take to get started really good? I have went door to door, mailed out post cards to several neighborhoods and passed out flyers. I have a total of 4 homes. I know it takes patience and word of mouth, but I am ready. Fall is around the corner and I have already started on Fall cleanup flyers and etc. to keep me going in advertising. I do not have the manpower or equipment to handle anything commercial, just keeping it residential at this time. Just wondering, needing that piece of mind I guess. Thanks.
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You and I are at about the same level. I started out this past spring in the buz and picked up 5 clients relatively quick. I was filled with optimism, thinking this was going to be easy.

Since then I have slipped to 3 full time mowing clients with no new leads coming in. I too have done heavy door-to-door, newspaper ads, craigslist, flyers at grocery store.

In this area it seems people are more interested in their lawns in the spring. I plan to start early next year ( mid March ) and focus more of my marketing $’s then.

I have kept detailed records of all quotes and one-time-jobs this year. These addresses will be receiving flyers throughout the season, fall clean ups and spring time flyers. My thought ( hope) is next spring will be bigger then my first.

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I also started this spring. As of now I have about 20 weekly lawn clients and cut two days a week. The other 2-3 days I fill with landscaping jobs (mulch, weeding, hedge trimming, etc).

Website advertising has brought me the most clients. I also run an ad in the services section of the local paper which keeps the phone ringing with clean-ups, mulch jobs, ect. I handed out flyers, networked, had a craigslist ad, but these were not very productive.

I am planning to do a big push with door hangers in a few weeks for fall clean ups in a local area I want to expand into. Also working on some postcards for direct mail campaign...

It took me about 10 weeks to really fill up my time (starting the end of March). After that I have picked up @ 2-3 lawn accounts a month. Lawn estimates really slow down the end of june.

Now the phone is starting to ring again as some of the fly by night companies are going out of business or dropping the ball on quality.

I would say keep up the good work and keep advertising and talking to people. Let your current clients know what services you offer besides lawn cutting. You will be suprised at how many might not know that you do weeding, or hedge trimming. Always follow up on your estimates and always send a thank you to current clients after you complete the job.
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Do you all find there is a time early on in the beginning phase of a business when you have a lot of energy, but the business just isnt there to catch up. During this period do you find some new business owners get discouraged and give up?

What is the best way to push through this time frame?
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Never tried to build my own web page, How do you get started? Does it cost anything?
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Never tried to build my own web page, How do you get started? Does it cost anything?
I used frontpage from microsoft to build my website. After you build the website, you will need to get hosting for it. That is through any where that you buy the domain name from such as godaddy.com. I use filezilla to upload any updates to my site or changes to it that I need to make. You can also hook up with a service that makes it much simpler that would cost you a small amount to host it per month and all you do is input you information it asks for. I dont remember the one I used at first, but do a google search and you can find one that suites you.
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Never tried to build my own web page, How do you get started? Does it cost anything?
Its not too hard. I just used godaddy.com. They have dozens of templates you can use. The challenging part is the search engine optimization and trying to get a good organic listing on google. I think I set mine up for under $150.00. There are cheaper options I am sure.
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Never tried to build my own web page, How do you get started? Does it cost anything?
I use 1and1.com and used a template from this site for mine. It is really cheap and the templates here are very nice. I am in the process of rebuilding my site with my own work, but for just starting out I'd use a template off this site.

Also I started my biz in may of this year. It took off to where I had 12-15 customers until july hit with the heat and no rain and now I am down to around 8, not because of my work only because of lack of rain and grass not growing. I only had one customer drop me for another company so far and funny enough they called me back over the weekend for my services. I dropped 4 customers cause they were intolerable. That is one thing I am not afraid to do is get rid of clients that are ridiculous.
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What pushed you over the edge with these customers? How should a lawn care business owner know when enough is enough?
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