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Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
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This year I think I was a little early. But also I think the economy had a little to do with it too. People were waiting untill the last minute to get there fall clean-up. I was the first person to hand out flyers in this one big developement and I saw another set of doorhanger flyers a week later and then a week or so after that my brother-in-law went through and knocked on the doors and got alot of jobs. I think it takes people a few times to see something before they want to get it done.
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Do you think in the future you would wait a couple of extra weeks or would you just go out and canvas the area twice at different times?
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I'm not really sure. I think i'm going to do the same dates again this year and see how it works out. If it doesnt get any better i will just change it up by a week the next year. It takes a lot of time by yourself to go hand out those flyers. So if you don't get enough work from them you could end up losing money because you have the time it takes to hand out the flyers plus the cost of them.
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I watch the big box stores.They spend millions in research so when they start to ad for out door,you do the same.Central Florida has so many guys doing fliers, its hard to get a responce.My fliers have the price for that house on it so if they dont like the price they dont call.It also has every thing they will get for the money ie. monthly,weekly,or bi weekly.Then a coupon for landscaping
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I watch the big box stores.They spend millions in research so when they start to ad for out door,you do the same.
I am guessing you mean like outdoor furniture or maybe even mowers? When have you found they start putting these ads out?

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My fliers have the price for that house on it so if they dont like the price they dont call.It also has every thing they will get for the money ie. monthly,weekly,or bi weekly.Then a coupon for landscaping
I have seen quite a bit of a debate if a lawn care business owner should put a price on their flyer. What made you decide to do it?
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I watch the big box stores.They spend millions in research so when they start to ad for out door,you do the same.Central Florida has so many guys doing fliers, its hard to get a responce.My fliers have the price for that house on it so if they dont like the price they dont call.It also has every thing they will get for the money ie. monthly,weekly,or bi weekly.Then a coupon for landscaping
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Well I put my price on them because down hear you get alot of tire kickers.They want the cheapest guy so they'll call anyone who gives them a number.Also you get those one time cuts calling because families coming and the grass is 3ft. tall.I dont have time for games.This is what you get, this is your price as I view the front and my knowledge of the avr. back in the area.The price can go up if the back has alot of work or I have to use my 36.I've gotten as good or beyyer responce than avr. I think.We put out 1000 fliers and pulled 3 clients.The problem is when its time to do fliers its also time to work.That time will depend on where you are and early or late winter.I would say as soon as the grass gets some green to it and they see its alot taller than they thought
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Im digging your posts.

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Well I put my price on them because down hear you get alot of tire kickers.They want the cheapest guy so they'll call anyone who gives them a number.Also you get those one time cuts calling because families coming and the grass is 3ft. tall.
I think this is fascinating. Not too long ago I was having a discussion about this with a lawn care business owner and he was telling me he was against putting his prices on his flyer because he wanted to be there in person to talk with the potential customer and he thought that was the best way to make a sale. He felt being in person allowed him to use his sales skills that his flyers could just not do alone.

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Steve,

That's always been my train of thought, I think meetin them face to face helps & I'd also like to think my clients aren't nessasarily hiring me on price alone. I'm not the most expensive guy in town... but I certainly am not striving to be the cheapest so alittle salesmanship may come into play.
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