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Old 04-04-2012, 02:30 PM
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Please Help/Advice

Well heres my situation, for anyone who as any advertisement or ways to get customers this would be the time to chime in, im 17 and have roughly 5-7 customers, but i need more, i want to make lawn cutting my main job, ive put 3 yard signs up at 3 seperate intersections and advertised with door hangers in 3 sub divisions, but only have got a few calls, should i continue door hangers?? more signs? i understand word of mouth is a big thing but i need to get myself out there but with few customes this will be hard, what would be your way to get out there???? my equipment is old, so is my truck, trailer is getting repainted next week with new fenders, also looking into some 'new' handhelds, some used shindaiwa's/redmax's, any help or advice would be great
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:25 PM
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Tyler,
I think if you look you'll see lots of threads on this forum on how to advertise and there's lots of options. Honestly You just have to find something that works for you. One person will tell you signs work best another will say it's the classified ads or Facebook.

That said there are lots of FREE adverting options, craigslist, google places, and Facebook. Being a technical guy one reason I like Facebook is you can ask your family and friends to share status updates, specials etc. It's digital word of mouth. My site is also free to create a listing of your services and show and tell how you are different.

But in the end, marketing your business is a challenge every business owner has no matter how long they've been in business. Best of luck to you though, and great that your out there making your own way in the world
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:32 PM
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Just keep doing what you are doing. Work hard, do anything you can to get your name out there- day after day. It takes time, but you can do it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:01 PM
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Keep pushing the door hangers! they have yielded us almost 20 accounts so far this year, but we have already put out about 3600 (out of 5000). A couple of sub divisions doesn't do it, keep hanging over and over again all through your target areas.

Craigslist: its free, use it

Get yourself a website. If you root around you can get a really nice one for cheap or free.

Business cards: I assume you have them, but get some NICE ones with glossy card stock, go on vistaprint.com and design them yourself.

Present yourself well, speak well, be organized when you talk to people and give estimates, and things will move!
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:28 PM
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Keep pushing the door hangers! they have yielded us almost 20 accounts so far this year, but we have already put out about 3600 (out of 5000). A couple of sub divisions doesn't do it, keep hanging over and over again all through your target areas.

Craigslist: its free, use it

Get yourself a website. If you root around you can get a really nice one for cheap or free.

Business cards: I assume you have them, but get some NICE ones with glossy card stock, go on vistaprint.com and design them yourself.

Present yourself well, speak well, be organized when you talk to people and give estimates, and things will move!
Question, i will do the craiglist add, but how do i do that? just say hey i cut lawns, it may be that simple but want to say it the right way
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Equipment:
-97' F-250HD Ext. Cab Long Bed 5.8L 4x4
-08' Exmark Lazer Z 28HP EFI/60" Triton
-05' Ferris 15HP/48" Ultrabelt GD
-09' Craftsman 7.5HP/22"
-98' MTD 5HP/21"
-00' Shindaiwa T-230 Trimmer
-06'/12' Shindaiwa T-242 Trimmers
-12' Shindaiwa LE-242 Stick edger
-11' Redmax 7150 BP Blower
-00' Redmax 4300 BP Blower
-06' Craftsman 5HP Edger
-05' HaulinUt 6x12
-13' PoulanPro 18" Chainsaw
-02' Craftsman Bushwacker HedgeTrimmers
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:37 PM
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Question, i will do the craiglist add, but how do i do that? just say hey i cut lawns, it may be that simple but want to say it the right way
Here is the link to mine:

http://carbondale.craigslist.org/fgs/2939068023.html

I'm sure its not perfect and there are better ways to do it, but I'm pleased with it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:41 PM
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Here is the link to mine:

http://carbondale.craigslist.org/fgs/2939068023.html

I'm sure its not perfect and there are better ways to do it, but I'm pleased with it.
alright ill give it a shot, have you gotten any calls from it??
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65 accts
Equipment:
-97' F-250HD Ext. Cab Long Bed 5.8L 4x4
-08' Exmark Lazer Z 28HP EFI/60" Triton
-05' Ferris 15HP/48" Ultrabelt GD
-09' Craftsman 7.5HP/22"
-98' MTD 5HP/21"
-00' Shindaiwa T-230 Trimmer
-06'/12' Shindaiwa T-242 Trimmers
-12' Shindaiwa LE-242 Stick edger
-11' Redmax 7150 BP Blower
-00' Redmax 4300 BP Blower
-06' Craftsman 5HP Edger
-05' HaulinUt 6x12
-13' PoulanPro 18" Chainsaw
-02' Craftsman Bushwacker HedgeTrimmers
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:55 PM
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alright ill give it a shot, have you gotten any calls from it??
Only emails so far, but it has only been up for 2 days. I just reposted it from last year.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:01 PM
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Only emails so far, but it has only been up for 2 days. I just reposted it from last year.
alright well mines up, hate to say it resembles yours but it is different, with me only being 17 in highschool i only got so much time in a day with another job until this takes off to be advertising/networking
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65 accts
Equipment:
-97' F-250HD Ext. Cab Long Bed 5.8L 4x4
-08' Exmark Lazer Z 28HP EFI/60" Triton
-05' Ferris 15HP/48" Ultrabelt GD
-09' Craftsman 7.5HP/22"
-98' MTD 5HP/21"
-00' Shindaiwa T-230 Trimmer
-06'/12' Shindaiwa T-242 Trimmers
-12' Shindaiwa LE-242 Stick edger
-11' Redmax 7150 BP Blower
-00' Redmax 4300 BP Blower
-06' Craftsman 5HP Edger
-05' HaulinUt 6x12
-13' PoulanPro 18" Chainsaw
-02' Craftsman Bushwacker HedgeTrimmers
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:27 PM
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Check out vflyer.com. You can put together a nice looking ad there. It's free, very easy, and will make you look more professional. You may also want to sign up for Redbeacon.com, thumbtack.com, homeblue.com, etc. They all work a little differently but the basic idea is that they bring you leads and you pay them a fee if you get the job. I like Redbeacon the best- check it out.
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