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? > Starting a lawn care business.

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.

What are we doing wrong??


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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-25-2009, 10:51 PM
McBride Services McBride Services is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Walker, Louisiana
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 6
McBride Services is on a distinguished road
Default What are we doing wrong??

Hello guys,

I live in louisiana and am starting a Lawn service this year. I currently have a fencing business, but with things like they are we gotta supplement the income.

So far I have placed 100 yard signs throughout my area, flyered over 1500 homes, handed out a half a box of business cards, and I have 1 customer. Sad thing is she is my wife's friend.

WTH is going on?

I have never had so much trouble getting the phone to ring.

My flyer was one of yours, the free lawn care one, that I just put my name and number on.

I seriusly had to go back and check to make sure I didn't put the wrong number on the ads.

We have a newspaper ad coming out tomorrow, hopefully that will help.

Am I just hitting it too early? or what?

It's in the high 60's low 70"s everyday here, and lawns are starting to green up and grow.

Any help would be appreciated.
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 02-25-2009, 11:07 PM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 28
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Your doing absolutely nothing wrong. The average response rate is between 1% and 2%

People are gonna start watching their money in this global recession.

So I wouldn't worry about it, maybe you'll get the phone calls later on.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-26-2009, 05:11 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb Knuckle Marketing

The answer is Knuckle Marketing

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-26-2009, 09:17 AM
lawnsalonforyou's Avatar
lawnsalonforyou lawnsalonforyou is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phenix City Alabama
Posts: 48
Rep Power: 6
lawnsalonforyou is on a distinguished road
Default

What kind of neighborhoods did you post fliers? My rule of thumb is I go to neighborhoods that are about 3 income levels above mine. Our home cost 171,000 so I post fliers in neighborhoods where I know the homes are 350,000 and and up. I have had a great response...and those folks don't mind paying the 40 to 45 dollars for lawn care because they normally have 2 working parents. Just an idea that worked for me!

Good Luck!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-26-2009, 01:06 PM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 7
Totally Green
Default

I live in Minden, La. and started my business last May. I had very little luck with flyer's. Door hangers were even worse. Most people around here don't like solicitor's. I picked up around 30 regular customers last year and most came from a "Bold & Bordered" ad in the local paper and from business cards we put out at convenience stores/gas stations. The Thrifty Nickle (American Classifieds) was a waste. With the economy the way it is, who knows, this year may be a bust. We'll see. Good luck.

Gary
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-26-2009, 02:26 PM
Fresh Cut's Avatar
Fresh Cut Fresh Cut is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 235
Rep Power: 6
Fresh Cut is on a distinguished road
Default

Same here man. I started last season and had some bad experiences with the residential clients that I got.
Now I'm at my wits end. Seriously questioning whether or not I want to do this. I love cutting grass, and I know how to market, but what's left to do when you have tried all the marketing plans that you know?
I recently posted about my door hangers not getting me but 3 or 4 calls last year, I'm not sure I wanna go that route again this year. I would rather try the newspaper ad. I'm putting new signs on my truck. And I'm going to try what LawnSalonForYou suggested by targeting neighborhoods with homes that cost $300k or better.

Quote:
Originally Posted by McBride Services View Post
Hello guys,

I live in louisiana and am starting a Lawn service this year. I currently have a fencing business, but with things like they are we gotta supplement the income.

So far I have placed 100 yard signs throughout my area, flyered over 1500 homes, handed out a half a box of business cards, and I have 1 customer. Sad thing is she is my wife's friend.

WTH is going on?

I have never had so much trouble getting the phone to ring.

My flyer was one of yours, the free lawn care one, that I just put my name and number on.

I seriusly had to go back and check to make sure I didn't put the wrong number on the ads.

We have a newspaper ad coming out tomorrow, hopefully that will help.

Am I just hitting it too early? or what?

It's in the high 60's low 70"s everyday here, and lawns are starting to green up and grow.

Any help would be appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-26-2009, 04:00 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,218
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I live in louisiana and am starting a Lawn service this year. I currently have a fencing business, but with things like they are we gotta supplement the income.

So far I have placed 100 yard signs throughout my area, flyered over 1500 homes, handed out a half a box of business cards, and I have 1 customer. Sad thing is she is my wife's friend.

WTH is going on?
This is a fantastic post! The question I feel here is not what are you doing wrong but look at what you are doing right!

Look what has worked so far. You have 1 customer. Why? Because it's through someone you know.

People buy from people they know and trust. This is so important to remember and it is why you always need to work on marketing through your social network. If you don't have a big social network, then you should work on developing it.

Do things to get to know people. Join organizations. Offer lectures on property care to associations. Clean up different areas of your town and get media attention on you doing it to build up the goodwill you have between you and your community.

Are you a member of any organizations now? If so, what ones? Can you do anything to market through them? Can you do a good deed for the organization to build up awareness of your business and goodwill?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 02-26-2009, 04:18 PM
McBride Services McBride Services is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Walker, Louisiana
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 6
McBride Services is on a distinguished road
Default

So I think I figured it all out today.

If you want business, get on the forum and complain about not having any.

Today was great. Got several calls from the newspaper ad, set 4 appts for estimates, got a huge landscaping job, and got a job for some tractor work. I went from having absolutely nothing to having to schedule bids two or three days out because i'm so busy.

I'll be back next week to complain about my efforts not working again so I get some more calls.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-26-2009, 04:22 PM
McBride Services McBride Services is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Walker, Louisiana
Posts: 18
Rep Power: 6
McBride Services is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawnsalonforyou View Post
What kind of neighborhoods did you post fliers? My rule of thumb is I go to neighborhoods that are about 3 income levels above mine. Our home cost 171,000 so I post fliers in neighborhoods where I know the homes are 350,000 and and up. I have had a great response...and those folks don't mind paying the 40 to 45 dollars for lawn care because they normally have 2 working parents. Just an idea that worked for me!

Good Luck!!
I live in a $350,000 house. They don't have many $750k home around here. haha

The neighborhoods I flyers were all upper end for my area. The average home price around here is over 200k though.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-26-2009, 04:39 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,218
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is great news! Never give up and keep a positive outlook!

Quote:
Today was great. Got several calls from the newspaper ad, set 4 appts for estimates, got a huge landscaping job, and got a job for some tractor work. I went from having absolutely nothing to having to schedule bids two or three days out because i'm so busy.
What kind of ad did you put out and what section of the paper did you put it in?
__________________
- 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
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
customers say wrong business name... landonkade General Talk 13 11-07-2008 04:36 PM
10 big things small business get wrong Steve General Business Discussions 0 07-20-2006 04:11 PM
Wrong site Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 2 05-01-2006 02:53 AM
What is wrong with the health insurance today? Steve General Business Discussions 0 04-05-2006 07:39 AM
Revenue report wrong tlclismore Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 6 10-24-2005 06:53 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
Today 06:14 AM
Today 01:08 PM
by WesleySnips
3 46
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 12:51 PM
by Steve
85 4,832
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
Today 12:44 PM
by Steve
18 239
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
Yesterday 07:23 PM
Today 12:41 PM
by Steve
2 59
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 12:36 PM
by Steve
12 265
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
07-28-2014 08:51 PM
Today 05:08 AM
by kslawn
7 204
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:03 PM
by Steve
5 213
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by Steve
17 742
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
07-29-2014 06:40 AM
Yesterday 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 141
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Yesterday 06:29 AM
by kslawn
5 182
Will summer ever come
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-29-2014 08:27 AM
07-29-2014 08:29 PM
by SGL1
5 138
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
3 139
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 197
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
07-29-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
4 198
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
07-28-2014 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 382
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 391
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 231
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 379
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 573
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 140
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 268
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,350
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 454
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 292
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 973
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 269
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 327
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 385
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 270
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,496
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 299
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 209
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 350
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 719
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 582
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 363
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 712
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 260
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 249
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 813
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,131
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 866
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 788
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 321,804
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,811
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 532
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 431
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 885
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 626
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 653
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement article marketing auger bid butterfly gardens charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call customers decorating estimate exmark ferris first truck fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf lighting marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness new mower organize outdoor environments payment podcast property management company pto reo scag schedule scripts seo snow starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker winter winter services zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 PM.

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