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Avets Lawn Care you are really doing well with business it appears. I hope your success continue throughout Spring and Summer. What are your secrets? Any advice to offer us? BTW I like the new truck. I new something was lacking with that trailer.
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That is perfect Duck! I love the logo, it really stands out..excellent advertising!
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So I picked up the vinyl lettering and installed it yesterday. Definitely NOT easy. For the most part it was pretty straight forward but it gets tricky trying to keep all the air bubbles out and the letter like to stick to the film you're peeling off verses the backing they're supposed to stay stuck to. All in all, for under $100 my truck looks pretty dang good if I do say some myself. I took it out driving around today and could literally see heads turning. People are much more responsive to it than they ever were with the magnets. I know it's simple but it stands out now.
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That is fantastic! Nice job!

How long did it take?
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So I picked up the vinyl lettering and installed it yesterday. Definitely NOT easy. For the most part it was pretty straight forward but it gets tricky trying to keep all the air bubbles out and the letter like to stick to the film you're peeling off verses the backing they're supposed to stay stuck to. All in all, for under $100 my truck looks pretty dang good if I do say some myself. I took it out driving around today and could literally see heads turning. People are much more responsive to it than they ever were with the magnets. I know it's simple but it stands out now.


where did you get the decals from? sounds like a great price.
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It took me about an hour to do the entire truck. You really have to take your time (not something you want to just slap on there). Considering they wanted to charge me $180 to install or $90 for the the vinyl, I feel I did alright on the deal. Basically got paid $90 to do it myself.

As far as where i got the vinyl, it's a local business here in southern Oregon. their website is imprintsservices.com and they did an awesome job for the price. I'm going to have them cut out some bulletpoint services to throw on the half door.

Not only was I on a budget, but I also wanted to show how anyone tight on cash right now can effectively look like a pro for less that $100.
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Good job. I have a friend who used to have a side business doing vinyl and he said the more simple designs like that can be handled by a novice, but it can get tricky with more complicated applications.

I think I'm going to have my website put across the top of my windshield, or perhaps on a bug deflector.
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I think I'm going to have my website put across the top of my windshield, or perhaps on a bug deflector.
That sounds like a good idea but everyone looking in their rear-view mirror would read it backwards. You'de almost want it printed in reverse (like how the ambulances have it) so they can read it.

I'm going to have them print me out my website and phone number again so I can put it on my tailgate. How many times have you been stuck at a red light and noticed someones personalized license plate, or a bumper stick they have. Wouldn't it be nice to have your info back there so anyone getting stuck behind you gets to read it? That would make me want to stop more for yellow lights instead of trying to get through them...
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Thank you, business is great.... brought in 820 today, paid my worked 220 bc he is great and a tough worker....he cuts trees during the week and really helps out when it comes to trees....

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Have a name or slogan or SOMETHING that makes you different from other businesses.....


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also, when i do estimates a bring a binder of before and after pics, this is the part that seals the deals.

....i don't undercharge, that way i can ensure quality

....i keep my ipad on me, and have some plants app and mulch app, this is great...they are always impressed. This usually seals the deal too, especially when they don't know what color mulch they want

.....i find guys to help me who are dependable and trustworthy, I pay them $12 an hour put throw in nice bonuses if we get a ton of work done...treat them right & they will do the same



...facebook page with before & after pics....offer giveaways, i like to do a free mowing with fertilizer each month


...get involved in the community, i recently called the local newspaper and got a story written on my business and got people to enter in a contest for a free yard makeover....and picked 3 judges, many calls from people who wanted me to start doing their lawns.....get involved in a local church, can bring in tons of new business
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That sounds like a good idea but everyone looking in their rear-view mirror would read it backwards. You'de almost want it printed in reverse (like how the ambulances have it) so they can read it.

I'm going to have them print me out my website and phone number again so I can put it on my tailgate. How many times have you been stuck at a red light and noticed someones personalized license plate, or a bumper stick they have. Wouldn't it be nice to have your info back there so anyone getting stuck behind you gets to read it? That would make me want to stop more for yellow lights instead of trying to get through them...
I considered the "backwards" approach, but thinking about it, I think there are many more potential clients who will see the truck while it's parked. The people walking by as I work on their neighbor's lawn are a better target audience than some random person driving in front of me that may, or may not look in the mirror, and may not even be from an area I service.
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