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Old 07-17-2012, 06:10 PM
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UPDATE on the above post:

After the second cut, the wife called to complain that the price was "too much".

Honestly, after having cut it, I do realize I could do it for less. I tried discussing it with her and told her I was willing to work with them on the price, but she was "busy" and didn't want to talk about it.
I figure I'll throw out an offer via email to the husband, but I'm not holding my breath.

At least it wasn't one that will be missed if they don't wish to continue with me. It's not really near my other stops and the lawn isn't one I could ever be proud of.
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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!
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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,
flowers, flower, rake, raking, shovel, digging, sweep, haul, hauling, debris, removal, honest, honesty, integrity, pride, diligent, reliable,
responsible, fair, detail-oriented, affordable, satisfaction, 15217, 15208, 15218, 15221, 15235, 15145, 15146, 15239, 15147, 15139, shadyside, swissvale, 15232, lawnmowing, grass cutting, lawn mowing, landscaper, landscape, landscaping, land scaping, cut grass, mowing grass, lawn, low priced, affordable, affordably priced, curb appeal, gardener, maintenance, lawn maintenance, mainenence, maintainence, fertilizer, organic, sod, low emissions, free estimate, estimates, green, handyman, water conservation, pond, fountain, fountian, thinning, removal, chain saw, lot, vacant lot, property, hauling, roses, bush, bushes, trimmer, snowblower, snowthrower, pole pruner, pruner, shaping, cutting, push mower, discount, referral discount, low priced, landscaper, landscaping, pet, pet friendly, pet-friendly, dog, pet safe, pet-safe, weekly, biweekly, bi weekly, monthly, annual, annuals, last minute, hurry, asap, quote

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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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