Originally Posted by redrddvl
Hi ive been having trouble getting new customers. I've passed out flyers and business cards and have only gotten a couple of calls also been using Craigslist but only one or 2 hits. Any suggestions
Don't worry, most of your customers will come while the season has already started.
Expect to double your customers in June. People who decided to cut their own lawn this year will realize how annoying it can be - and they will be looking. Happens every year.
Ask family and friends to refer you.
Take a drive around, as you see people out on their yards or working in their garage - feel free to introduce yourself and talk to them about your service. I've gotten quite a few customers by showing my face - instead of relying on a piece of paper.
Own the city you are in by being known as the friendly freak who has nothing negative about him. Become Mr. Popular when possible.
When you speak to people, don't start off by mentioning your service;
If I see someone washing their vehicle, I'll say, "You wanna do mine next?" along with a compliment of their choice in vehicle, color/model, etc.
If I see someone working on something in their garage, i'll say,
"Whatcha workin on?" and take interest.
A wife told me she has all the tools to cut her own lawn and that she will be doing it herself, i said, "You're Hired!" to brighten up the mood and leave without feeling disappointed.
Making a customer laugh might make him/her consider helping you out and referring you to a friend. After all, you were very friendly.
I passed an elderly man walking on the street and said, "You look like your in better shape than I am!"
as I was handing out flyers.
The trick is to show interest, show that you are friendly and have character. Make the customer feel special, and impressive. Then say, "I thought i'd come and bug you for a little bit about something you might be interested in"
It helps if you are Irish or Newfie, as we can get away with being intrusive and still remain friendly in the eyes of potential customers. lol. It's like being a cartoon character in real life.