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hobbsd
04-28-2008, 04:03 PM
How long did it take you to get 1000 application (fert and weed) customers? From the time you started till the time you got that many.

All ears!

CrystalCreek
04-28-2008, 05:20 PM
Holy Crap Dude! A 1000!!! I would be happy if I could get a 100. I only do the fert and squirt for my customers and a few extras. Still, with about 60 customers, at about $38 per app, and about 5 hours of work, not to bad in my mind. My lawns are 50X100 on avarage, in case you were wondering about the price:usflag:. Good luch in getting a 1000.

topsites
04-28-2008, 05:26 PM
You might want to start with 1?
Then 2, and 3, and so on heh

Take your time, you know what I'm saying, slow down a little.

Holy Crap Dude! A 1000!!! I would be happy if I could get a 100.

Yeah me too, lol

superchad
04-28-2008, 06:27 PM
Took me two years, but I have over ten years in lawn care marketing. The worst part is trying to find dependable people to grow your company. Like every other year being the owner stinks out from sunup till sundown, while employees whine about how sore they are after working 8 hours. LOL.


Could someone tell mother nature to give us a break once in awhile. Sleet, Snow, Rain.:dizzy: Come on!

Atlantic Lawn
04-28-2008, 07:28 PM
How to get 1000 customers ......buy 2000 off a competitor.

hobbsd
04-28-2008, 07:41 PM
Took me two years, but I have over ten years in lawn care marketing. The worst part is trying to find dependable people to grow your company. Like every other year being the owner stinks out from sunup till sundown, while employees whine about how sore they are after working 8 hours. LOL.


Could someone tell mother nature to give us a break once in awhile. Sleet, Snow, Rain.:dizzy: Come on!


I agree on the weather

I'd like to ask you a question or two, but you don't have enough posts to PM to, Get your post count up! Or send me your phone, i'd like to give you a call!

humble1
04-28-2008, 09:55 PM
Holy Crap Dude! A 1000!!! I would be happy if I could get a 100. I only do the fert and squirt for my customers and a few extras. Still, with about 60 customers, at about $38 per app, and about 5 hours of work, not to bad in my mind. My lawns are 50X100 on avarage, in case you were wondering about the price:usflag:. Good luch in getting a 1000.

wow 6o customers in 5 hours huh.:confused: do you use a crop duster?

superchad
04-28-2008, 10:29 PM
I agree on the weather

I'd like to ask you a question or two, but you don't have enough posts to PM to, Get your post count up! Or send me your phone, i'd like to give you a call!
I'm new to this site so real big on leaving my number on here. You can email your number to me at chadschulz1@aol.com. Be happy to answer any questions I can.

rcreech
04-28-2008, 10:50 PM
Grow slow and build relationships with your customers! Focus on QUALITY and not QUANTITY!

Don't worry about the numbers!

If you do a good job they will come with time!

Why do you want a 1000 customers anyway?

It has taken me four seasons to get 330 customers and I now I wish I was smaller!

Lbilawncare
04-28-2008, 11:16 PM
1000 customers would require you to be the "complaints and callbacks guy". Every customer expects something different and you would be the guy to deal with. If you enjoy listening to people with stupid questions on an hourly basis then I say go for it.

causalitist
04-28-2008, 11:17 PM
i added fert/squirt to my at+t yellow pages add, just on the list of services and i already have 16 customers in 2 months.. and thats barely any advertising.. thats double the mowing accounts i added.

CrystalCreek
04-28-2008, 11:38 PM
wow 6o customers in 5 hours huh.:confused: do you use a crop duster?

No but that would be awesome. My route is very tight, thank God. My furthest drive is six minutes. I also have several sections where there are six to ten customers in one stop. I also only take out the truck out. No trailer. Can drive a little faster. Like I said most of my lawns are so small that when I use the spreader, I can do both neighbors as well. HAHAHA:usflag:

LawnTamer
04-28-2008, 11:50 PM
I've never hit 1,000 fert accounts. I started with 0 and was just a 23 yr old who had done fert work for another company to get through school. in 4-5 yrs I grew to a little over 600 fert clients, and added a mowing truck, just because I got tired of turning work away. It was nice in a way, but I wasn't a very good manager, and I got tired of having to fix work that my employees had done. I raised my prices, cut out clients that weren't fairly close, dropped to 420 fert/spray clients and 40 mowing clients. I could do that with 1 truck. I would spray by myself Mon-Wed, and go out and mow with a helper Thurs and Fri. I really liked that size. Now that I have a little more experience, I would like to get up to about 500 fert/spray clients and 100 mowing, 2 trucks, I do all the spray work myself, go out with the mowing guys a few times/month to keep quality good. That is my goal.

jdmcat
04-29-2008, 01:11 AM
I have about 275 fert and squirt and 150 pest control accounts and I am busy for about 7 weeks and start over again. I couldn't imagine 1000.

Turfrific
04-29-2008, 04:40 PM
and i thought i asked stupid questions.

Stillwater
04-29-2008, 05:19 PM
How long did it take you to get 1000 application (fert and weed) customers? From the time you started till the time you got that many.

All ears!

1 hour 6 minutes and 32.8 seconds

humble1
04-29-2008, 10:13 PM
I talked to a franchisor he said that its easy to get the first few hundred accounts, but that to get over the 1000 mark it takes systems that only a franchise can get you. I know guys on here will slam the franchise but honestly how many people on here can do over 1000 accounts without being a franchise, or have worked for a franchise and used their system?

BobcatBoy06
04-29-2008, 11:09 PM
In my town there is a company that is privately owned I'd say the man has been in business for around 20yrs he is servicing 4,000 plus accounts. I think he is running 6 rigs this year.

cod8825
04-30-2008, 12:02 AM
We have close to fifty accounts but around 45 acres mostly commercial I am hoping to get to where all I do is fert and squirt and my partner does the mowing.

1000 that would be sweet.

AppleEarthCare.com
04-30-2008, 12:10 AM
Im at 450 in 3 full seasons. I feel like I'm barely keeping up with equipment and staff upgrades required. Also spending more and more time with the PITA customers. Some people just gotta have their hand held, ya know?

mngrassguy
04-30-2008, 01:50 AM
Getting 1000 accounts would be relatively easy. Keeping 1000 accounts is a whole nether ball game. You could prob do it in a year if you did it right and had enough money.

mngrassguy
04-30-2008, 01:54 AM
Took me about 3 years to get there and about 10 to get down to 300 good ones where I can make some money

humble1
04-30-2008, 11:36 PM
Took me about 3 years to get there and about 10 to get down to 300 good ones where I can make some money

amen brother:drinkup: