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This is our second year and we've doubled our first year clients, but we only have about 45 full-timers. Hubster mows 4 full days a week during week A, 5 during week B. I hope in the next two years we'll be able to bring someone on to help out. We don't have any commercial accounts, yet. Most of our clients have found us through Craigslist. We send postcards out to neighborhoods we want to work in for fall clean-ups (vistaprint.com offers these free periodically) . We also advertised on the back of our kids' school carpool signs this year. We'll see how that goes.

We also have a website. We just did a freebie at webs.com. Not ready to pay for one just yet. There's a link in the signature to our site. Google Ads sent us a $100 voucher to use their service. It brought about a few clients. We're listed on Google places, as well. I blog monthly, partly to help us rank better in search engine crawls.

Hang in there. We have up and down weeks all the time.
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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?
Rudeness and the whole they think they are god attitudes. I started my biz because I wanted to work for myself and I hate my office job I have. I love being outside and working. I'd say they should know when enough is enough when they do not enjoy what they are doing. Why do something you hate to do? I am pretty sure we all started in this biz because we love it and our services will always be needed.
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I Started in the spring of this year. Spent most of the money on help equipment and adverting.I do not plain on making any profit this season this is why i keep my other job tell i get things going and it has been hard working both.

In the long run it will pay with my current business plain i plain on making about 9000 off of three crews maybe a little more depending on what the cost wind up being at the end of season. IT takes time and planing to run a business so maybe it is time to sit down and write up a plain and what your golds are and what needs to be done to meet them.

I have about 20 active clients and about 20 off and on clients that call on me from time to time. Had on commercial account but things out side of my control that fell through.I expect to take my Averting that worked and try new things for the next season and take the 20 and turn that number into 60 next season. Keep in mind i started with little investment and am adding as i go so i have no loans plain on doing this debit free.

Key is in the plain and what you should be doing to get there. Think of what you want to get out of it and what has to be done to do it. Then write it down on paper and think of things that can be done to get there.
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Do you think this has anything to do with being a newer business? Can customers sense if you need them badly and then they take advantage of it? Or do you think this happens at any business level?
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I started back in June. So far I have 14 properties and 5 customers. I have found a good way to get the ball rolling here is to get in touch with anyone you know in the real estate field. That is how I got 10 of my properties.
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