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Old 10-07-2011, 11:41 AM
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Default 2 new clients, possible 3rd.

I haven't even started yet, official startup is next spring and i have 2 accounts with a possible 3rd. I haven't even put myself on the market yet. I'm still planning and pricing equipment, figuring costs and all that junk. haha

Of course i have mentioned my business to my family. They tend to talk at work as all people do. The 3 accounts have mentioned to family members that they are unhappy with their current service and would like to give me a try next spring. I have talked to each and gave them an estimate on mowing, trimming and blowing, the basic service.

I asked about Spring clean up and 1 of them said no, they enjoy doing that part of the job because it's spring and it's a nice project and it's good to be outside after the long winter, but they hate the weekly maintenance. The other yes is a possible on Spring clean up. The 3rd is a yes on Spring cleanup if they decide to use me.

This is pretty cool, i didn't even have to do anything for my first client! Haha, that seemed to be the biggest pressure facing me: getting the first client.
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thats pretty cool. I would put them under contract though. You should have seen how surprised I was when I showed up to cut my very first customers lawn and there was another company there. I signed them up during a fall clean up but come spring I was forgotten.
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Thanks for the advice. I was looking into doing that, but i was not expecting any customers before the end of winter/spring.

I'm thinking of going with a service agreement, same as a contract just without the ominous legal sound of the word.

My wife did some market research on just that as she was walking the dog the other day.....She asked a few random people if they would be more inclined to sign a service agreement or a contract. Out of 12 people 7 answered with a service agreement, 3 pointed out there are very few differences but service agreement sounded better. 2 said they wouldn't sign anything, guess they thought she was actually selling something haha.
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Thanks for the advice. I was looking into doing that, but i was not expecting any customers before the end of winter/spring.
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My wife did some market research on just that as she was walking the dog the other day.....She asked a few random people if they would be more inclined to sign a service agreement or a contract. Out of 12 people 7 answered with a service agreement, 3 pointed out there are very few differences but service agreement sounded better. 2 said they wouldn't sign anything, guess they thought she was actually selling something haha.
I love the research! Maybe we can get all our wives to do this and have one big study group.
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Ha!

The wife loves helping out. She's actually a pretty bright lil cookie. I didn't even ask her to do it....she just comes up with ideas like that and asked cuz i brought it up before bed the other night.

Another idea she has is when my sister has another neighborhood garage sale next spring we're going to set up a table with free donuts and coffee and hand out our business cards and fridge magnets to people.
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You are doing fantastic! This is the way to get rolling. Put out your feelers. Ask friends or family if they need lawn care and then ask them to ask around for you as well.

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Cool. Off to a good start!

If you're in a populated area/city, you'll be fine - there are plenty of people who want someone to do their lawn work for them.

I may do a service agreement next season. A member here shared the one he uses and I modified it to suit my needs, but never actually implemented it.
I've been lucky enough to have excellent clients who don't need the threat of a $20 fee for not cleaning up their dog poop ahead of time - they just do it. Late payment charge? 99.9% of my clients have payment ready when I arrive on site and the ones who forget sometimes toss in an extra $5 for my trouble when I need to stop back for it.
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Update.... I signed the two to a service agreement for next year. The 3rd is holding off but has my number....not relying on it but understand not thinking about someone cutting grass 7 months before it has to happen...

My wife has her own seamstress business, nothin big, yet, but with her mind she'll probably end up making more than i do when i'm out full time mowing lawns haha.... but she plays me up, so i may have 4 other customers just from her hemming some pants and ironing some clothes! haha... she does quality work, so her quality work means i do quality work....soooo here i am...about two months into only planning what i'm going to do next spring and i have 2 for sure clients, i have 4 people i'm going to quote next week and i don't even have a mower yet! ( 85% of the money for one....)

Plus i have 4 snow removal accounts.

I decided to leave leaf removal for next fall. Too much of a headache for me right now...i'm planning my business, i'm working my regular job full time, and i'm going to school full time, plus i have been training for a half marathon i have to run this sunday ( oct 23 )...

All in all, reading these forums and even getting feedback on the small steps i'm doing so far....feels pretty good...it's all motivational...i've said this before, but i'm feeling like a kid a couple days before Christmas!
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so....your wife does quality work so that means you do quality work also ? how would your work rate if your wife did a crappy job ? [hypethetically speaking of course ] I guess all you single guys better start looking for a high quality work producing woman ,or there is no hope that you can ever do a nice job on a lawn .
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WOW, 99.9% of people on this thread would get the meaning from that statement. for those .01% that do not.....i charge 35 bucks minimum drop my intelligence to your level.
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