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Old 12-19-2013, 12:12 AM
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For Annapolis, MD I'm guessing around mid March but if you ask Al Gore he'll probably tell you to start on December 21st because of global warming.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:55 AM
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30-45 days before I cut my own lawn for the first time.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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Half way there.

Need to go another 30 days to be at the beginning of February for the first round of advertising to sell spring clean ups for March so the lawns will be ready to mow in April.

Then a second round in the beginning of March to get those that did not bite for the spring clean up to sell them mowing for April.

Advertising needs to be done through out the year.

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Old 12-19-2013, 09:05 PM
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HaHa... It is an inconvenient truth that you need to advertise early!!!!
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:39 AM
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My target area is my own neighborhood. Around 1000 homes anywhere from 200-300k pricing. Last 2 years I have been here I have got 1 copier paper black and white flyer in my mail box and a magnet on my mail box. No LCOs really advertise here but I see around 10-15 trucks a week cutting grass. What are they doing to get the business?
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:38 AM
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My target area is my own neighborhood. Around 1000 homes anywhere from 200-300k pricing. Last 2 years I have been here I have got 1 copier paper black and white flyer in my mail box and a magnet on my mail box. No LCOs really advertise here but I see around 10-15 trucks a week cutting grass. What are they doing to get the business?
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Find other ways to advertise. Once you get busy you will not have the time to put out flyers. So start finding new ways now.

Your target area is too small.

Is it better to travel father to fill in your schedule or sit home needing more business?

Many new people get sucked into the veterans brag: I got work for 10 hours a day all within a 1/4 mile radius of my house.

No one starts with a full schedule with all of their customers in a tight radius. It takes time to get a full schedule. Then time to tighten that route up as one customer that is picked up close and one farther away is dropped to make room for the close one.

And a LCO that manages that way will find it hard to expand to a second truck. To me better to be in 2 towns and build up the route then eventually break the one route into to separate routes. 1 for each town.

If you went the way of getting rid of all of the customers in the far town. Once your route is full and you want to start in the second town to expand your business you will not be able to get your old customers that you dropped back. Thus you will be having to do double the work to get customers in that area.
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:08 AM
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Find other ways to advertise. Once you get busy you will not have the time to put out flyers. So start finding new ways now.

Your target area is too small.

Is it better to travel father to fill in your schedule or sit home needing more business?

Many new people get sucked into the veterans brag: I got work for 10 hours a day all within a 1/4 mile radius of my house.

No one starts with a full schedule with all of their customers in a tight radius. It takes time to get a full schedule. Then time to tighten that route up as one customer that is picked up close and one farther away is dropped to make room for the close one.

And a LCO that manages that way will find it hard to expand to a second truck. To me better to be in 2 towns and build up the route then eventually break the one route into to separate routes. 1 for each town.

If you went the way of getting rid of all of the customers in the far town. Once your route is full and you want to start in the second town to expand your business you will not be able to get your old customers that you dropped back. Thus you will be having to do double the work to get customers in that area.
Not looking to get huge and expand. I am jet engine mechanic with a good job. I like cutting lawns and landscaping on the side.
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