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? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

When is it the right time get customers????


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-18-2008, 09:33 PM
alehandros_lilbreaker alehandros_lilbreaker is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: quebec
Posts: 22
Rep Power: 8
alehandros_lilbreaker
Default

I am planning to open up a landscaping company, and want to know the best time to attract customers.
Spring is ideal because that is when people think about lawn care, BUT, the customers that get yearly service usually end up signin a seasonal contract over the winter...therefore leaving no room for me to convince them to switch.

I was thinking at the end of the summer. I can go door by door, talk to the homeowner and sell my services in advance, so that they remember me for the following year and they dont sign the contract with the other company. The following spring i can go back to them and have them sign one of my contracts.
Now, i know that they migt forget about me from august all the way to the spring time, and might end up signin a contract anyway with the other company. So i was thinking, and if i write down the potential customers address down. I can send them a christmas card in the winter, reminding them that im still around, and that i still consider them a futur potential customer. Plus they will see that i took the time to send them a christmas card, that way they wont forget me.

Do you think this is a good approach? Anything i can add to this idea?
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 04-19-2008, 01:07 AM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 9
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
The best time to attract customers is every chance you get. Any time you get 5 or 10 extra minutes walk up to 5 houses and introduce yourself. Do this a few times and you will start getting calls.

I found (for me) contracts don't work (again, for me) and I do much better without them. Most of the people I have dealt with get a little nervous when you mention the "c" word.

Good luck.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-19-2008, 12:13 PM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I never have residential customers sign contracts. I generate most of my customers in the spring, when people are searching for a lawn care company and they come across our website on Google.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-19-2008, 03:06 PM
Fernando's CleanCut! Fernando's CleanCut! is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Brevard Co., Florida
Age: 33
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 8
Fernando's CleanCut!
Default

Hi Alejandro.
Totally agree with Brandon, whenever you get a chance go door-to-door, hang up sings, pass flyers, whatever... you don't really know when someone moved in the neighborhood, or they thinking about the guy never shows up to cut their lawns, other thing, some of the contracts can be canceled with a 30-day notice.

Good luck.
__________________
.Fernando/CleanCut!.
36\" Scag Kohler 15Hp Walk-Behind
Toro Trimmer
Echo PE-200 Edger
Stihl BG 55 Blower
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-19-2008, 05:04 PM
alehandros_lilbreaker alehandros_lilbreaker is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: quebec
Posts: 22
Rep Power: 8
alehandros_lilbreaker
Default

very true.
I just wanto share something that is often repeated.
It is amazing how word can spread. I talked to one of my customers and he refered me to another customer down the street. I think the most important thing in building a company is building a good base. Starting off with a few houses in each neighbourhood and doing great personalized work will get noticed.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-19-2008, 08:20 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,566
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

If you get a chance, listen to the podcast interview with lawn care business author Ken LaVoie. He had a lot of great insight as to when it's best to get started and now is a really great time.

Actually there is no better time than the present to get started. If you are starting even mid season, you can still get customers to switch to you. I have a free flyer in the free flyer section called 'make the switch' and it is designed to be used mid season.

What will you be doing next with your marketing campaign?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 04-20-2008, 08:55 AM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Hi,

I feel it is always the right time to land new clients. Every time you service a new customer you should ALWAYS "Clover Leaf" the homes around it with fliers introducing your company.

"Clover Leafing" means you door hang or put it on the mail box (mailboxes work better). The flier should be something like "TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBORS THEY USED OUR SERVICES" "GIVE US A CALL WE PROVIDE FREE ESTIMATES" Then list a few services you provide. CLOVER LEAFING WORKS! hang 2 or 3 house to both sides, go across the street hand as many back. Most people try to keep up with the "Jones" as they say and it is true most do. Then the word of month kicks in.

If your looking for commercial clients depending on their budget setting time frame, request letters to be placed on their bidders list also works. Most commercial facilities set budgets in Jan, July, Oct.

Try talking to some real estate agents and local municipalities about rendering your services to the "EYE SORE" market homes or abandon homes from repos.

Talk to local builders, but be careful with home builders they have a tendency to be slow payers and the market is slow for new homes so this may be a good time to get their attention.

Good Luck hope some of this helps
Tim
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-20-2008, 10:36 AM
ProCut TM
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lots of great info here, just keep in mind do not place your flyers in mailboxes as it is a federal offense and you will get complaints or even worse.

utilize craig's list and myspace these sites are free and worth the time spent on them.

Every day is a good day to market yourself.

John
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-20-2008, 01:53 PM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (ProCut TM @ April 20 2008,12:36)]Lots of great info here, just keep in mind do not place your flyers in mailboxes as it is a federal offense and you will get complaints or even worse.

utilize craig's list and myspace these sites are free and worth the time spent on them.

Every day is a good day to market yourself.

John
How is it illegal to flyer houses? I've definitely never heard that before. I live in Canada, but still...that seems a little extreme.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-20-2008, 04:21 PM
makbootzy's Avatar
makbootzy makbootzy is offline
Rick
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Leavenworth, Lansing KS
Age: 29
Posts: 265
Rep Power: 8
makbootzy
Default

He said mail box....but you wanna look for no soliciting signs too
__________________
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
Today 10:00 AM
Today 10:07 AM
by acrajchel
1 25
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 59
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 497
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 379
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 382
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,697
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,445
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 953
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,725
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 102
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,152
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,551
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 151
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 479
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 381
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 342
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 236
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 946
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 361
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 405,913
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 573
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,213
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,421
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 200
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 386
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,051
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 351
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 328
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,781
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 490
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 491
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 454
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 416
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 346
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,729
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 242
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 385
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,115
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 375
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 614
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 416
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 295
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:53 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:53 PM.

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