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Old 07-17-2012, 06:14 PM
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In other news, I just picked up an new $40 account today.

I was contacted in the am via email. Went to look at it this afternoon.
Sent a quote and within minutes I got "Sounds like a great plan and I'm ready to begin whenever you are."

It's also located less than a mile from my home.


Sometimes the universe has a way of balancing these things out.
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Picked up another $40 biweekly that I gave an estimate for two weeks ago.
After not hearing back from them I just assumed they weren't interested since the price was high considering the neighborhood it's in. I guess not - I start this week.


I also picked up another new client today.
I was mowing on a street near my home and was approached by a man from across the street.

"Hi, could I get a quote to have my lawn maintained - I'm only home on the weekends and don't have time to do it." Apparently he was headed out the door to catch a flight when he saw me working.
I quoted him $35 and he gave me $40 for the first cut "because the grass is a little high." (It wasn't high at all, but I wasn't arguing with him)
"If you want to do any weeding while you're here, that needs done too - just let me know what I owe you" he said, before heading for the airport.
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Nice. I like those clients. Just go ahead and do this or that it needs to be done. Sometimes you can run into a tight @ss that will give you a hard time but a lot of times people like that just want the sh!t done. They will pay for it. Always good to pick up new accounts!
Yep.

I haven't been updating this the way I used to, but I thought of some discussion about picking up clients mid-season, and thought this would be a good example. There are always people looking to hire for various reasons.

And yeah, I have one other client who tells me to just do whatever I think needs done and give him the total. He's the closest to "full service" that I've got.
It's SO hard wrapping my brain around this concept since everyone else is so damned tight with the money most times.
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Picked up a $35 weekly/biweekly (depends on growth) today.

I had a voicemail yesterday requesting a quote and called back within a few hours. I generally try to return calls ASAP, but I was trying to beat the rainclouds that were forming.

"I JUST moved in and I'm looking for someone to maintain the lawn and hedges", he said.

Anyway, I stopped to look today and will be starting tomorrow.
As an added bonus, he's just one street away from a cluster of 7 that I already service and I was looking to add one or two more on that day.

I asked where he got my info and he said "Craigslist".
I haven't run my ad in at least a month - apparently having keywords is a good idea because my ad still pops up when people do searches.
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How do you do your craigslist ad ? What key words are working for you ?
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How do you do your craigslist ad ? What key words are working for you ?
Here's my thread with my original ad...
http://www.gopherforum.com/showthrea...ght=craigslist


I just posted my keywords for someone else. I'll see if I can find it...

This is what I use. Modify it as you see fit. (Obviously town names/zips for one thing)

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keywords: pittsburgh, east, squirrel hill, point breeze, edgewood, regent sq, regent square, forest hills, rt 30, route 30, 376, rt 376, route 376, churchill, penn hills,
15235, pennhills, wilkins, wilkins township, wilkins twp, edgewood, churchill, monroeville, murrysville, plum, verona, oakmont, lawn servce, lawn-care, lawncare,
cut, mower, lawnmower, mow, insured, insurance, licensed, registered, estimate, edge, trim, leaf blower, blow, blowing, sidewalk, driveway,
walkway, mulch, mulching, mulches, spring, fall, clean-up, cleanup, twigs, weeds, branches, trees, recycled, recycling, compost, summer,
winter, rain barrel, weedwack, weed-wack, weedwhacking, weedeat, weed-eat, weedeater, shrubs, shrubbery, bush, hedges, forsythia, trimming,
cutting, pruning, fertilize, organic fertilizer, fertilizing, plant, plants, planting, beds, flowerbed, garden, gardens, raised garden, prune, annuals,
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Thanks for the info...I think I'll give it a try and see what happens, can't hurt...
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Reminds me, I need to put my add back up, it was flagged and removed for reason I don't know.
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Yesterday I cut one of my weekly regulars and sent a text letting her know it had been cut.
She was upset. "Please call before cutting. it was another dry week and I wasn't expecting you to cut."

WTF? It's been raining at least once a week for the last few Weeks and all my lawns are growing well now.
I did call her first during the worst part of the drought, but I guess she expects me to call to see if she wants cut every week now. Ain't happening.
Gonna let her know that she is responsible for contacting me ahead of time if she doesn't want it cut.
This is the second thing that she did that shows me she's more concerned with cost than anything.


On the other end of the spectrum is a client nearby that I cut "as needed".
This is the only account I do this way - her grass simply doesn't grow.
Anyway, it had been 4 Weeks, and I cut it yesterday.
She said, "it's been a while, just let me know how much extra you'd like for your trouble."

Amazing.
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Heh. I still haven't gotten to talk to her about it. At this point, I don't care much if I do. The only reason I'd like to at least get a confirmation that she doesn't want to use me (or does) is that she left the good review on Angies List. I don't want her posting a bad review.


That said, I just did a hedge job for someone who found me trough Angies List.
"Wow! Those hedges have never looked so good!"

Said she's giving me a good review and will be calling me back for other work.
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