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Well its June three months in to a (Approx) Six month season.
I have 7 full time customers and five single services that I do.
Things seem to be going well and I am making some money.
I also have been putting out quite a few expenses some planned and some not so much.
I am some what happy at were I am right now but as most I really want to see thing grow more but seem to have hit a wall and am stagnating.
I have done three fliers and put up signs at local stores and service stations. I have put Business card at a local hair salon and a local restaurant.
I have put an add on KIJIJI (like Crags List) I have a Web Site a FaceBook Site and I use a Twitter account all seem to be getting interest but not a lot of work. My rates are comparable to my competition and I will not Low Ball I feel like I have covered all the bases.
Have I missed anything ? is this normal for your first year ?

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What are you doing to reach out to your neighbors? What about your friends, and your friends' friends?

How are you utilizing your current customers to help you get more customers?
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What are you doing to reach out to your neighbors? What about your friends, and your friends' friends?

How are you utilizing your current customers to help you get more customers?
Well I talk to most of my neighbors often but most do there own lawn care but I keep trying, I have done some aeration for most of my neighbors but not mush else. I do one friends lawn but most live in Apt or condos.
I do keep things moving on a word of mouth kind of thing every time I talk to people. I have had some referrals from my customers but the problem is usually price they all want it for nothing Had a call yesterday for example Ask how much I would charge to do her lawn sight unseen said I had to see it first She said it was a small city lot,I said i had to see it she insisted I give her a price on the phone so I said $35.00 and up Cut, Trim, Blow, So she say well how much for just a cut no trim or blow I said $35.00 and up then she say so you won't do it for $20.00 and I said I wouldn't even start my truck for $20.00 She hung up.
I know I'm new and I should take what I can but I do not want to Low Ball
I have expenses you what they are I'm not going to list them I can't work for less the $35.00 a cut and I defiantly will not do half a job for cheap Its my Company name out there .
Oops look at me ranting along again had a long day today and looks like tomorrow is as well.
I love the job and the work I just have never worked for myself and don't know what to expect and am just wondering is my situation normakl for your first year?
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Three $20 cuts next door to each other are better than any $40 cut that takes the same amount of time to do and is 5 miles from the last cut.



I'm beginning to see the value in "cheap cuts". They can also break up an otherwise brutal day of "hard" cuts.
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I feel pretty satisfied so far. I have 16 properties that I am maintaining at present. That is 1 over my goal for this season so I am happy. But I now see that I can add at least 10 more and still be efficient. I am still getting calls everyday. Some are for services that I do not provide so I let them go, and usually land at least on "extra" per week. Tall grass mow, clean up, broken mower, type of calls. I'm eating paying my bills and learning like crazy. It's a good season so far.

I have a great feeling about next season! I have made some really strong contacts that I know once nurtured and tended too, will yield results for me come next spring. I just need to survive the winter!!

Glad to see some of us new guys are makin it this year!
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you might need to look at your overhead and see if you can arrive at a lower starting price
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Well I talk to most of my neighbors often but most do there own lawn care but I keep trying, I have done some aeration for most of my neighbors but not mush else. I do one friends lawn but most live in Apt or condos.
I do keep things moving on a word of mouth kind of thing every time I talk to people. I have had some referrals from my customers but the problem is usually price they all want it for nothing Had a call yesterday for example Ask how much I would charge to do her lawn sight unseen said I had to see it first She said it was a small city lot,I said i had to see it she insisted I give her a price on the phone so I said $35.00 and up Cut, Trim, Blow, So she say well how much for just a cut no trim or blow I said $35.00 and up then she say so you won't do it for $20.00 and I said I wouldn't even start my truck for $20.00 She hung up.
I know I'm new and I should take what I can but I do not want to Low Ball
I have expenses you what they are I'm not going to list them I can't work for less the $35.00 a cut and I defiantly will not do half a job for cheap Its my Company name out there .
Oops look at me ranting along again had a long day today and looks like tomorrow is as well.
I love the job and the work I just have never worked for myself and don't know what to expect and am just wondering is my situation normakl for your first year?

with the economy the way it is your not going to grow fast. you have multiple problems way to many starting lawn care operations as it is a cheap business to get into, and fewer customers to go around as more people are doing it themselves to save money. Stick with it as most will fall due to the fact that is not really what they want to do.
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I'm happy were I am
I am making good money on Hedge work this week I have done 175 ft in the last two days and I have 50 feet tomorrow and I have to follow up on a 300 foot hedge I quoted as well, Plus my 7 lawns and I now have 2 flower garden to plant. As for my over head it next to nil. I pay my bills cash as needed. I own most everything equipment wise and what I don't have I can rent once again using cash.
I won't give up I have to much pride for that, I will see this work out .
Maybe I will have to get a couple of cheap jobs close together. The example I gave above she lived clear across town and I have no other customer near her and it would not have been worth the trip.

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As you are experimenting more, do you find there are certain services that customers just won't do themselves and would feel comfortable paying for it?
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