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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Donation idea help.


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-19-2011, 11:53 AM
cleancutlawncare5382 cleancutlawncare5382 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
cleancutlawncare5382 is on a distinguished road
Default Donation idea help.

In about 2 weeks the local Garden club will host May Mart. Itís a show held in the city park and any garden related vendor or service provider can set up a booth. I have decided to take a chance this year and see if any leads come out of it.

I need you help.

The first morning of the show someone will be coming around asking for donations for an auction. The money goes to next years show expenses.

Question: What should I donate? Here are some of my ideas. Gift certificate for:
1. Purchase a hanging basket and place business card in it.
2. Free lawn mowing (size restriction)
3. Free Liming
4. Free Organic fertilizing.


Have any of you donated anything and what?
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 04-19-2011, 02:57 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
1. Have business cards / flyers ready

2. Find a promotional product site which allows you to brand their product, mass order the product. (mugs, bags, pens, keychains, etc - "giveaways")

3. Have customers write their contact info (on sheets you've created) and have them place their sheet into a "lawn mower bag". You pull out one sheet from the bag for every 20th sheet dropped into the bag. The person who's sheet is revealed will win "INSERT DISCOUNT".

/////////////

The trick is, offer the discount to the customers who's sheet have been selected. Though, for the ones who didn't win - you still have their contact info... Mail them a nice "thank you for participating" letter with another offer which might grab their attention. "Everyones a winner with X Lawn Service - enjoy this new offer as our token of appreciation"

.................................................. .......................................



Would the above be reasonable?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-19-2011, 03:24 PM
cleancutlawncare5382 cleancutlawncare5382 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
cleancutlawncare5382 is on a distinguished road
Default

Scott great ideas, I have #1 covered. Lots of cards and flyers ready to go. I was struggling with #3, I knew I wanted to do something but wasnít sure how to collect contact info. Thanks

I think the organization sponsoring the event was looking for something they could auction off Ė something I could hand them in the morning. All profit goes to next years expanses. What do you think here? Gift certificate for services?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-19-2011, 07:54 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,282
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That sounds like something to take part in. I would go with some kind of free service because that can help you get the winner to become a customer and create positive word of mouth about your services to their neighbors as well.

Have you been to this in the past? Did any booths stand out to you? If so, what did they do that made them stand out?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 04-19-2011, 08:19 PM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 5
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

I would say Free Lawn Mowing up to x sq ft or 50% or what have you above the x sq ft. People love to see FREE! Def the cards and flyers. That is a must. The sign in sheet is a good idea. Even if you type up a info card and put three or four on a page and run to staples or something like that and print 500 sheets then you will have say 1500+ index card sized info cards for the lawn mower bag or what have you. Good luck! Let us know the outcome.
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-20-2011, 04:45 AM
cleancutlawncare5382 cleancutlawncare5382 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 5
cleancutlawncare5382 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Have you been to this in the past? Did any booths stand out to you? If so, what did they do that made them stand out?
Steve I have been to this event in past years. Booths that I remember were nursery type vendors, selling hanging baskets, garden plants, and landscape trees. Those kinds of things.

I spoke with one of the organizers on the phone and her comment was “I often wonder why people like you didn’t participate”. So with that, I might be the only lawn care provider there.

I will offer a gift certificate for a free mowing up to 15 sqft. This would equal about $50 for me. I’m going to do the sign up for a free mowing also at my table. Should be a great weekend.

Last edited by cleancutlawncare5382; 04-20-2011 at 04:48 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-20-2011, 12:36 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,282
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I will offer a gift certificate for a free mowing up to 15 sqft.
Could you make this the size of an average yard in your area?

Also, why not give away another one for a neighbor of their choose? That way you could meet up with two potential customers all while you are parked in one location.

It could double your chances of getting new customers in that neighborhood.
__________________
- 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
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
Idea B7 Enterprise Promote your products or services 1 02-10-2009 07:06 PM
an idea Lukacs Property Maintenance Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 3 11-05-2008 02:36 PM
Ad idea! VPS Lawn Care Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 10 08-05-2008 12:46 PM
Reel Push mower Lawn care... good idea, bad idea alehandros_lilbreaker Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 17 04-19-2008 04:58 PM
If you ever had an idea for a toy... Steve General Business Discussions 0 04-26-2006 10:08 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
Today 01:48 AM
Today 04:00 AM
by jrs.landscaping
1 17
Hello
M2Dave
Today 12:32 AM
Today 12:32 AM
by M2Dave
0 15
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 04:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
100 5,909
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
Yesterday 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 280
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
Yesterday 12:01 PM
by Steve
1 49
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
Yesterday 11:56 AM
by Steve
7 284
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-19-2014 07:52 PM
by SGL1
8 205
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 97
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 146
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 94
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-18-2014 02:52 PM
by Steve
7 221
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 849
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 381
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,294
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 566
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,723
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 151
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 192
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 290
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 147
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 395
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 271
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 387
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 393
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 672
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 222
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 300
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 188
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 203
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 522
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,140
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,344
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 574
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 1,932
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 771
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 472
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,554
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 432
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 445
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 937
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 731
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,752
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 271
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
08-04-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
2 307
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:14 AM
08-04-2014 11:52 AM
by Steve
6 414
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:13 PM
08-04-2014 11:50 AM
by Steve
3 342
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-02-2014 07:55 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
24 3,485
Easy money
stevef1201
11-14-2013 10:17 AM
08-02-2014 01:03 AM
by stevef1201
3 1,495
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-01-2014 11:42 PM
by TNTurf
1,186 327,985
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
08-01-2014 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
7 542
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ads birdscaping care charge christmas christmas light hanging collections subcontractor commercial craigslist customers ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark fall ferris foreman franchise gopherhaul grass gravely holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna hydraulic installation invoice labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care 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 brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mulch estimate new buisness podcast promotion riding mower scag scag v-ride seo small engine repair starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services tips top dresser toro trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:46 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:46 AM.

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