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Old 07-22-2013, 01:41 AM
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First Year Blues

I know the season is not quite over yet but this first year has been very slow. I so far have the dedicated contracts that clean around $75/week. I have advertised and advertised every tactic known to man door to door, flyers, website, Facebook, eddm, everything. Is this typical for the first year? I'm going to continue with our business as scheduled fall clean-ups, Christmas light install and removal, and snow removal. Any other ideas on how to drum up more business?

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Old 07-22-2013, 08:07 AM
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:12 AM
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:53 AM
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How big is your service area? You seem to be located in a sparsely populated area with below average income. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37193.html It may take awhile to get a good customer base.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:12 PM
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How big is your service area? You seem to be located in a sparsely populated area with below average income. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37193.html It may take awhile to get a good customer base.
The size of our county is 760 Sq Miles were the largest county in NC, downside most of this land is pasture land or has Tyson chicken houses on it another down side is there are 5 well know LCO's around. Then you have the 25 dollar a yard guys they are the ones that really hurt new guys here because they are not just upstarts they are mostly retired guys who own a commercial mower and just want something to do. All thought I've gotten several complements on our lawn care thats about as far as it gets. If it doesn't pick up a little more next year I may have to throw in the towel. Included a photo of our work
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:40 AM
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The size of our county is 760 Sq Miles were the largest county in NC, downside most of this land is pasture land or has Tyson chicken houses on it another down side is there are 5 well know LCO's around. Then you have the 25 dollar a yard guys they are the ones that really hurt new guys here because they are not just upstarts they are mostly retired guys who own a commercial mower and just want something to do. All thought I've gotten several complements on our lawn care thats about as far as it gets. If it doesn't pick up a little more next year I may have to throw in the towel. Included a photo of our work
If there are other lcos making it work, it likely has a lot to do with reputation gained over time. The cheap guys are not putting them out. Your work looks good and you should hang on if you can financially. If you can't try to find out all you can about the winning lcos or even get a job with one of them.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:24 PM
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Man.... build your web presence! Have your site where is very good organic SEO... Spend a few buckson google adwords to get your phone ringing.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:39 PM
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If your serious about this industry keep your head down and keep pushing forward with all the tactics you have been using as well as website and chamber of commerce etc.
contrary to popular belief this is not an easy business at all.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:24 PM
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Keep at it, most accounts will come in the spring. Let your existing customers know you want more work. They may not be giving you referals because they never thought about it.
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