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Old 09-15-2011, 08:50 PM
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Middle of March, 2011, I advertised my lawn service on craigslist. A local company owner, Bryan Ring "Ring Lawn Care" noticed the ad on craigslist and decided to help a guy out. Basically Bryan Ring doubled my mowing list within a short amount of time and gave me numerous tips that encompassed a lot of the lawn care business. Anyways, its good to know there are still people in this world that are willing to lend a hand and do a good deed. Thanks Bryan.



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That's great!

I don't run into many guys while I'm working, but one fellow I spoke to was nice enough to spend about twenty minutes talking "business and equipment" with me. He had been doing this for years and had a lot of useful info to share.
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Hi Rich,

That is great!

For those just getting started, could you share some of the tips you learned from him?
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What I noticed, is competitors are always willing to give up a few of their potential clients, or clients if they aren't interested in them.

Many will have very poor lawns, or the client will just be unbearable. These clients can be considered "Scrap" from the competitor. Never is it "excess".

These clients might be out of their service area, or the competitor doesn't focus on residential properties... That's the plus side for you!

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As for temporarily teaming up with a competitor, it's a nice change.

Pros: Lawns are faster to do.

Cons:

Days are longer by a hair, not bad

You might have to do more of their lawns, then they do of yours

You might do better work than your competitor, and they get the praise for it when you do their lawns. Basically, you make their company look better than ever, and in return they make your properties look less than standard.


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On the topic, it's very nice to have allies. On several streets, there will be 4 or more companies working side by side on different properties. Parking is a P.I.T.A, but it's nice that we all get a long and have some communication. It's actually really funny, we usually park one after another - it's a cool sight to see! (I'm serious about my area being full of competition).

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What I noticed, is competitors are always willing to give up a few of their potential clients, or clients if they aren't interested in them. Many will have very poor lawns, or the client will just be unbearable.
Do you find this is helpful or do you feel this could be viewed as trying to sabotage a competitor?
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Do you find this is helpful or do you feel this could be viewed as trying to sabotage a competitor?

It's debatable, everyone is an individual with different personality traits, and finances. Not to mention, we all have our own peeves that we might not have in common with a competitor.


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I do believe that running a business is like attracting/seducing others into choosing you. Depending on how you are, you might attract a different crowd.

This is just a theory, though it should be looked at. Any opinions?
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Ultimately, I guess you have to take a moment and look over any property a competitor is offering you to see if you can service the property for a price you are comfortable with.

Otherwise, you may be picking up someone's problem customer.
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We should all help one another out. Plenty of lawns for everybody. This is a bust azz, hard workin' brotherhood we got goin'. I saw a guy the other day pullin' a trailer with just a few necessities and it reminded me of me. I pulled beside him at the light and flagged him.

"Just got started huh?"

Laughs, "Yeah!"

Thumbs up. "Knock it out bro!"

Funny how ya never notice things before till you're doing it and then they jump out. This is my second year (first full year) in the business and I've had to let a few customers go because I'm streamlining (and not giving away my toil) and I'd gladly refer those customers. (maybe with forewarning)
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Have you ever been referred customers by another business owner? If so, how were they?
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I was once. I was actually purchasing a piece of used equipment off the guy and he said he had given a lady a quote but didn't have time to do the work. Thank goodness I knew of her. She was a real pia. I passed!!!!!
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