Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-24-2013, 07:20 PM
mowing4rlife's Avatar
mowing4rlife mowing4rlife is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 231
Anyone working in East San Diego, CA?

How did you get some mowing or landscape jobs started? Craigslist? Flyers? Currently have moved to the area and I am trying to figure out what could work.

I need some Ideas or options of actual things that have brought work from people already working in this area or San diego county.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-24-2013, 07:38 PM
larryinalabama larryinalabama is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ragland Al
Posts: 10,258
Not many So California folks on here.

I had a nice little business in Simi Valley / Thousand Oaks area in the late 1980s early 1990s. However advertising has changed since then.

I will say putting flyers on peoples doors alaways worked for me out there. Plus the houses are real close togeather so you can cover a lot of homes quickly. Here in Bama flyers have been a complete dude.

One thing I did do when I advertised out there is put in all adds and flyers "American Owned, Owner Operated" it mad a huge difference.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-24-2013, 08:52 PM
mowing4rlife's Avatar
mowing4rlife mowing4rlife is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 231
Quote:
Originally Posted by larryinalabama View Post
Not many So California folks on here.

I had a nice little business in Simi Valley / Thousand Oaks area in the late 1980s early 1990s. However advertising has changed since then.

I will say putting flyers on peoples doors alaways worked for me out there. Plus the houses are real close togeather so you can cover a lot of homes quickly. Here in Bama flyers have been a complete dude.

One thing I did do when I advertised out there is put in all adds and flyers "American Owned, Owner Operated" it mad a huge difference.
Thank you for the advice! Anyone else use social media sites or even craigslist?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-24-2013, 08:54 PM
larryinalabama larryinalabama is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ragland Al
Posts: 10,258
Quote:
Originally Posted by mowing4rlife View Post
Thank you for the advice! Anyone else use social media sites or even craigslist?
They didn't have that stuff 20 years ago lol.

A lot of that stuff is inexpensive and Id do it if I needed work.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-25-2013, 11:51 AM
Jallal's Avatar
Jallal Jallal is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 149
Things are a little different out here, Larry's right about the American owned & operated bit, it does make a difference. I've gotten jobs solely based on that fact alone. Now, with that said, the competition out here is pretty fierce because of the fact that there are so many fly by night operations who will provide everything for $35 a month front & back every week.

There are some restrictions on advertising - California requires a landscaper to be licensed to take on jobs over $500 & display their license info in their ads. They also require unlicensed contractors to state that they are unlicensed in any ads they take out.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-25-2013, 12:25 PM
sbuchanan8154 sbuchanan8154 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 12
American owned would only work in Michigan if you were opening a party store
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-26-2013, 01:16 AM
TTS TTS is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 555
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbuchanan8154 View Post
American owned would only work in Michigan if you were opening a party store
It would be a hit for gas stations around here.

To the OP I don't have any So Cal specific information but in general craigslist will generate a few calls with a quality ad. I simply put the image of my print ad on there and added a few words at the bottom so I come up in keyword searches and got some work from there. General consensus on the site is to make a website, I'm guessing it would be hard to rank on google in your area but just having a website to put on your other advertisements makes you seem more legit.

I have a facebook page and I haven't had anyone specifically call and say they saw me on facebook but facebook gives you information on every post you make telling you how many people saw your post and again maybe they see something about you on facebook then somewhere else then somewhere else and decide to call. Somewhere buried in this forum they mention that it takes 3 times of seeing your information before they call. Be it a lettered truck, a website, a facebook post, a door hanger etc. Getting your name out there as many ways as possible creates brand recognition which will get you work.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-30-2013, 11:39 AM
TheBetterDoorhanger's Avatar
TheBetterDoorhanger TheBetterDoorhanger is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wichita, KS
Posts: 439
Hi my name is Ashley and I’m with Adeas Printing. I was reading up on the thread going here and I just want to say that the redemption rates with customers for door hangers (especially California) are great. We offer the Band-It & Stick-It style Door Hangers that won’t fall off and end up in your yard and also work great for redemption as the customer can use the Stick-It to Stick-It to the fridge when they are ready to make that call. Right now we have an amazing offer for Door Hangers - 1,000 full color, full size including free design online tools for only $79. We also offer full color Postcards mailed for as low as $0.27 as well. Call me at (866) 778-4254 or email stickit@adeasprinting.com for a custom quote. We have videos of our products in action at www.adeasprinting.com/door-hangers if you want to see how they work for yourself. Thank you and let me know if I can help! ~ Ashley
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-14-2013, 08:24 PM
KindGardeners KindGardeners is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 12
Join the CA Native plant society ( www.cnpssd.org )

Learn how to maintain CA Native plants - arguably the hottest new trend in SO Cal landscaping.

You will be able to increase your labor rates, as well.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-14-2013, 08:32 PM
Armsden&Son Armsden&Son is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: adirondacks, NY
Posts: 1,886
Move to Pacific Beach, set up shop, then quit as P.B is the party center of the world!!!!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

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 Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:08 AM.

Page generated in 0.07860 seconds with 7 queries