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Old 04-27-2007, 06:39 AM
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I am new to th lawn care and property management business. I am retired military and worked for FedEx for 14 years. I guess I just got tired of working for someone else for all those years. I am going to attempt to establish a good reputation for quality work.
I am finding it difficult to break in. I have been reading and studing the market. I have done all the right things with a small budget.
If anyone has any suggestions as to how to make my business grow faster please drop me a line. Heck if you are in the Memphis Tennessee are and have to much work or need a hand let me know. To all of you that post on this forum thanks for all the great information. I enjoy the read.
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Hi Tiger,

Welcome to our forum!

I think a biggie is to leverage something that makes you unique and use it to stand out.

What kinds of things have you been doing as far as marketing thus far?

What kinds of future ideas were you planning on doing to get the word out?
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I have been using flyers on mail boxes so far but I am getting only a few phone calls. It feels like some days I can put out 100 flyers and get 3 or 4 calls and then I put out a 1000 and get none.

I have plans on getting signs for my truck and a website. I do youth websites now so that will not be an issue.

Just starting out I have a small budget so any help and suggestions would be helpful and welcomed.
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Hi TigerTime,

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Quote[/b] ]I have been using flyers on mail boxes so far but I am getting only a few phone calls.
Just so you know If you put flyers in or on a mailbox without a postage stamp, you may get a call from the local post master.

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Quote[/b] ]It feels like some days I can put out 100 flyers and get 3 or 4 calls and then I put out a 1000 and get none.
Most of the time it seems a 1 or 2% response is on average what you will get.

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Quote[/b] ]Just starting out I have a small budget so any help and suggestions would be helpful and welcomed.
I think since you are starting with a small budget, you should leverage your time to get attention. Since you were in the military, here are some ideas.

What if you got involved with that program that helps maintains lawns in your area of military members over seas? Is that possible? You could then put together a press release on how you are retired military and tell your story and then show how you are helping military members now.

Maybe the paper could help find military households in need of your assistance.

This could be a great way to build up word of mouth and goodwill in your community.

Any thoughts on this?

Also have you been handing out business cards to everyone you know?
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That is a great idea about assisting military members.
As you might know that some could really use the help.
I think I will go out to the base Millington Naval Air Station and see if they will do a release.
I also have friends at the commercial appeal (the local paper) that could help get the word out.

The over all plan is to break even this year. Then next year have it take off. I am hoping to have about a 10,000 budget at the beginning of next season.

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Think of growing your business like caring for a garden. It is very difficult to force growth.

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The more you get involved with your community, the more your name will be out there. This will help you land more accounts.

I think with you especially it's great to work with the military because of your connection. Have you attempted to create any flyers or door hangers that promote that part of you as well? Could we see some of your promotional material?

I really like your name Tiger Time Lawn Care and Property Management.

You could also build up the brand by playing with the name in your marketing material. What if you added a tiger fur colored theme to your trucks? Maybe made it safari like? Something to stand out from the pack? Maybe your dress could even be like that of zoo workers?

Something like this, with the hat too!


Keep thinking how to create a theme and a brand. How to stand out!

Tell me your thoughts?
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I has thought about the Tiger Theme on my truck and Lawn equipment. I hadd not thought about the attire idea.
I have has to keep some of the thought down because of the budget right now.
I seen to be growing at a stady pace but it still seems slow to me. I have 16 accounts right now but I was hoping for 30 by now. I am thinking that before summer is over I will have at least 50.

As soon as my budget will allow me, I am going to paint the truck. I thought about getting signes with the theme as well however playing with it on my computer it was hard to read.

I am working on a small movie to add to the website that plays Eye of the Tiger while showing information about The Lawn Care service.

What would Zoo appearal cost? I am aboout to start hiring some people to help in the business.

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Quote[/b] ]I am working on a small movie to add to the website that plays Eye of the Tiger while showing information about The Lawn Care service.
That is awesome! Let me know when you get it done!

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Quote[/b] ]What would Zoo appearal cost? I am aboout to start hiring some people to help in the business.
I bet you could get the same look with like khaki shorts and similar colored shirt.

Keep getting the word out because you may find this is a time people will be switching their lawn care operators. Many times in mid season customers find they don't like the service their current lco is performing and they will switch.

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Quote[/b] ] I thought about getting signes with the theme as well however playing with it on my computer it was hard to read.
Could you show us some of the designs you came up with?
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Now here is an idea of what you could do to get attention.

I bet it could be done for fairly cheap.

Get $100 truck painting in orange and then you could use tape to stencil in the stripes. Paint them with spray paint if you wanted in black.

Then put your vinyl lettering on the side and WOW would this stand out!

What's your thoughts?
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That would draw a ton of attention and laughter. However the Truck would be remembered and that is for sure. My wife told me that she would never ride in the truck and would rather stand on the side of the street with her thumb in the air if I did it. LOL
I think it would be a idea that would draw business.



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