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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

How many accounts do you have?


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-03-2010, 12:43 AM
Lawn Envy Lawn Envy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 19
Rep Power: 5
Lawn Envy is on a distinguished road
Default How many accounts do you have?

Hey everyone. Just curious about the amount of accounts you have.
Residential Vs Commercial.

I'm holding strong @ 25 residential and gaining 3-5/mo
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 09-03-2010, 04:14 PM
Edmir Edmir is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Tennessee
Age: 33
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 6
Edmir is on a distinguished road
Default How Many Accounts Do You Have?

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I have a total of 50 accounts this season. Last season I had only 25 accounts.

Out of my 50 accounts I have 15 Commerical. I love having commercial accounts they are easy to deal with, and fair on the prices.

I am trying to get out of residental accounts. They are too complicated, and some people don't want to pay hardly anything to mow their lawn?

Example: "This client I have, she asked me to give her a bid on a landscaping job. Mean redoing the flower beds, and putting heavy duty plastic, along with pebble, and planting some azeelia plants." I told her I would charge her $1500 including materials, or $850 just for labor and delivery fee". She was working me on the price? So I told her to get other quotes, and to give me a call if she wanted to? She got other quotes, and then called me. I got the job. Then she wanted to add another job on top of it, for the same price I was doing the above job? I told her the other job would be $500 more.

See people like this, get on my last nerve, I will most likely drop her as my costumer for trying to take advantage.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-03-2010, 04:19 PM
Edmir Edmir is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Tennessee
Age: 33
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 6
Edmir is on a distinguished road
Default

What's funny about this season? I didn't have to do hardly any advertisment? By the way, yellow pages suck. I will never advertise with them? They are too expensive, and hardly got any jobs from that add.

Most of my jobs is word to mouth, and online advertisments.

Good luck guys.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-03-2010, 06:55 PM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 6
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

Yea, thats just what I would do is drop a paying customer. Make it work to your advantage.
Lawn Envy would most certainly take the job she offered and all the work that comes with it next year.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-03-2010, 09:08 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 5
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawncrafter56 View Post
Yea, thats just what I would do is drop a paying customer. Make it work to your advantage.
Lawn Envy would most certainly take the job she offered and all the work that comes with it next year.
to each his own.....
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-04-2010, 12:29 AM
Lawn Envy Lawn Envy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 19
Rep Power: 5
Lawn Envy is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawncrafter56 View Post
Yea, thats just what I would do is drop a paying customer. Make it work to your advantage.
Lawn Envy would most certainly take the job she offered and all the work that comes with it next year.
I understand where he is coming from. And you are right I would never drop a paying customer unless I had no choice.

Thanks all for your input!!

Ray
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-04-2010, 06:57 AM
lawncrafter56 lawncrafter56 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ia.
Posts: 159
Rep Power: 6
lawncrafter56 is on a distinguished road
Default

I was a little rude Ray
I try not to little let any future work slip by . You have an excellent post going. Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-04-2010, 08:54 AM
Edmir Edmir is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Tennessee
Age: 33
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 6
Edmir is on a distinguished road
Default

Well Guys:

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I run my operations my way. Therefore, If I want to drop a costumer I will.

Thanks for your tips.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-04-2010, 01:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you find it's been easier to get customers as you have been around longer? Was the toughest year to get customers, the first year?
__________________
- 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 09-05-2010, 12:35 AM
psparaco psparaco is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Rosedale, Maryland
Age: 37
Posts: 199
Rep Power: 6
psparaco is on a distinguished road
Default

Well my first year 2009. I ended the year with 18 clients. I handed out flyers twice that year. and primarily focused on typical lawn maintenance (mow, trim, blow) we did no fall cleanups but gave 2 estimates for them but got beat by another company having more workers. more is not always better in my book. Out of the 6 major snow storms in maryland. I believe I did fair with sidewalk and driveway clearing considering we were doing it all on foot since i didnt have a truck last year. i drove a 2005 chevy malibu. i know steve. you would have loved to see that one. sorry i never took a pic of my mower and stuff in the trunk.


In feb or march i forget which, i got in a bad car accident (wasn't at fault) and my malibu was totaled. I ended up getting my parents to cosign for me and I bought a 2004 Nissan Frontier XE with a 6 foot bed.

I started putting out flyers the end of march 2010. I passed out roughly 500 flyers. I ended up getting several calls and signs a good bit up for lawn care. Plus My fiance and I signed our daughter up for club soccer and alot of the soccer parents hired us to service their yards. We have been fairing 28-36 clients/properties since april 1st. Grant it we have lost about 20 clients due to houses selling, people moving, people buying a mower, etc.

by the way this year my fiance and I work together. she mows and i trim/edge and cleanup. and sometimes help her mow on properties 1/4 acre or more. We tend to be able to knock out 5-6 townhomes in an hour. she is fast and highly efficient and I get more compliments on how great the lawn looks this year than last year.

Currently we have 28 clients. 13 (46.4%) is rental properties tenants. 15 (53.6%) is home owners. We have done pressure washing, bush removals, spring cleanups, top soil trucked in and applied, hedge trimming, garden weeding, gutter cleaning, making countless trips to the county landfill with bush clippings to be recycled and i think thats about it.

Last year I did a fall marketing campaign and passed out flyers about this time. I am going to do that again but with a slightly different approach. I am going to call the 3 property landlords we service tenants in (rental townhomes) and request a list of addressses of people who moved in 2 months after i distributed flyers to. All 3 have several flyers of mine for them to put in the welcome packets of new tenants. We have gotten a few referrals that way. Some of our referrals are from existing clients who referred their friends. I frequent craiglist for posting of people needing their lawns cut and we have done estimates and those who didnt sign with us, We told them we would contact them in the spring to see if they would need our services then.

Overall I think we did alot better for a second year in operation. I wanted to have 50 clients but 28 is still better than 18. We did maintain 35 clients for awhile but like i said people moved recently and we lost like 5 in one shot. I am trying to keep the homeowner/ rental tenant ratio even. homeowners we get the upsales for other services. rental tenants we can knock out quicker since our routes are super tight. I hope we have a large request for fall cleanups for leaves and such. We added 2 snow blowers to our equipment list this year and need to get them preped and service ready for winter soon.

I think that about sums up our business. sorry for the book gang.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

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
New commercial accounts justin_time Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 10 09-05-2010 12:28 PM
How to get accounts. Sean70 Starting a lawn care business. 9 09-04-2010 01:12 PM
I NEED HELP SELLING MY ACCOUNTS!!!! Greenmind Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 4 04-17-2008 06:26 PM
Patented Accounts? Fernando's CleanCut! General Talk 6 02-24-2008 01:05 AM
New accounts Allen S. Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 05-17-2004 03:58 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 05:57 PM
by 04bluesilverado
5 128
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Today 10:17 AM
Today 11:39 AM
by stevef1201
1 34
snowplowing
jshak40
Today 07:20 AM
Today 11:37 AM
by stevef1201
3 64
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Today 09:52 AM
by mattthelawnguy
6 210
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
Yesterday 04:24 PM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by stevef1201
3 88
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Yesterday 04:48 PM
by avetslawncare
6 208
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
Yesterday 10:53 AM
Yesterday 10:53 AM
by Lsmain
0 60
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
08-30-2014 07:00 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
2 148
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
08-30-2014 05:04 PM
by stevef1201
1 91
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 391
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
08-29-2014 05:39 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 114
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 526
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 56
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 78
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 611
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
08-28-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 212
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,253
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,639
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 513
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 188
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,848
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 280
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 359
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 231
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 201
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 243
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 485
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 748
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 208
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 546
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 515
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 259
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 369
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 280
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,110
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 571
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,683
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 747
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,940
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 374
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 491
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 326
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 594
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 480
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 573
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 629
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 884
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 419
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 484
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 374
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark fall ferris first truck franchise gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate new buisness new mower patio install podcast promotion pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54 PM.

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