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Old 09-05-2010, 11:36 AM
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It has been easier for me to get costumers since I have been in business longer. I think the best advertisment you can get is word to mouth. And the quality of work you do?

My first year, I did well then expected. I walked around businesses places and talked to the managers, asked them if they had anyone under contract to mow their places, some said yes, some no? Thats how I started to grow. I never distributed flyers.

My goal next year is to have 100 accounts. And plan on expanding by March of next year. I did really well this season, to where I don't have to work the winter months. Plus some of the money I made this season, I plan on buying another real estate property. An apartment quadplex?

Wish all of you guys well.

I do have a problem with some costumers, and I am sure majority of you have encountered this problem:

You have clients that try to work you for little or nothing, while not taking into consideration your business expenses, and you labor, etc. That's why with my large growing number of accounts, I am weeding out the ones that I don't think it's worth working with.
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You know I'd love to have seen a pic of that malibu!

As you reflect back on this year so far, is there anything you would have done differently with your marketing? Do you feel you learned any lessons on what works best and what works least when it comes to attracting customers in your area?

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Plus My fiance and I signed our daughter up for club soccer and alot of the soccer parents hired us to service their yards.
This is a really creative way to market! When it comes to using sports teams like this to reach out to home owners, what approach works best? Would sponsoring a team help you get even more customers?
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ok so instead of posting a new thread. I decided to put it here. I just acquired a new major piece of equipment. I was browsing craigslist this morning and discovered an ad for a utility trailer for $150.00 or best offer with no pics. The trailer used to be a boat trailer and was converted to a utility trailer. It measures 6 ft wide by 10 ft long. I called the guy right away. He emailed me some pictures and I drove an hour to check it out and handed him 150 cash and took it home. Grant it I had to buy a wiring harness for my truck as well as a 2 inch ball. So i spent $40 for the wiring harness and $8 for the ball. Drove the hour and installed the wiring harness and hitch ball at this guy's place on the shore. Got the title signed over to me.
So overall i spent:
$150.00 - Trailer
$40.00 - wiring harness
$8.00 - 2 inch hitch ball
$10.50 - tolls
$20.00 - gas to and from trailer location
Total: $228.50
Now I haven't gotten the tag for it yet. Have to wait until Tuesday when MVA opens due to the holiday tomorrow. The previous owner loaned us his license plate until we get the new plate for it and I'll just mail his license plate back once I get one. Have to contact my insurance company as well to put insurance on it. But WOOOOHOOO finally got a trailer for a lot cheaper than I expected to pay.
I am attaching the pictures the guy took of the trailer. I will post pictures soon of my equipment on it hooked up to my truck. Let me know what you all think.
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I think that is awesome! There is nothing like getting the piece of equipment you need at the right price. I bet this is going to help your business grow further!
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