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Old 06-13-2007, 10:14 PM
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Hey Scott whats going on? Long time no see. Hows it going?
Oh busy picked uped two more lawns to mow in sandborton- 400 bucks worth sweet. Weather sucks though you busy???
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:31 AM
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Hi Guys,
I've been following the local thread all winter, but kinda lost touch with my computer once the snow melted...

Now that we got all the cleanups done, crisises averted and the customers are happy for a few minutes we're looking at company growth and renewal of the customer base (a couple moved away or passed away, etc.). We seem to be seeing a trend of sorts, and I'm trying to figure out if it is just perception, or real and if so and due to a changing local economy, or just stupid weather: in the last 10+ years we always got calls for new projects/installs in April/May when no one had any time to deal with them. This year there has been a few small new contacts, but no big calls (which we would have had to turn down - but that is not my point). I'm trying to figure out whether folks just aren't spending like they have been, or the summer residents haven't gotten into the swing of the summer season yet.

Have any of you notice a shift like this?

For what it's worth, our perspective is from 12 years in business, 3-4 guys on payroll crew, solid customer base with little turnover, just finally got new(er) trucks with sharp lettering... We always had more work that we knew what to do with; we are busy as ever, but the margin seems to be smaller. Wolfeboro Area.
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Hey welcome back--I have'nt had much install's but I have had alot more mowing customers. Our good friend Kingsbury has had alot of install projects and new lawns and such..more than he wanted , but he gets through it all. I'm sure he will chime in when he gets time, but from my end the customers this year still have the money around. See ya around SCOTT HASKINS
Ya I get a lot of project offers, actually more projects than anything. They seem to range frrom small Allen block walls to lawn installs and plantings. Some projects i get offered take more time than i can allow for or are wanted to be done with a almost impossible deadline.
From what I see there has been no lack of projects or $ being spent. Customers seem a little hesitant to spend the $ however they still end up doing it. I actually spend 3-4 days a week on projects and only 1 day a week mowing so most of the income for my business is coming in through installs.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:04 PM
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most of my business is through installs/maintenace so far, though i'd like to have 2-3 days of mowing a week. i'm finding it hard to find mowing customers though.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:19 PM
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Ive got more mowing than I want and not enough projects. Ive been giving some of them away unless they are something I can squeeze into my route.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:18 PM
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Ya seems like it's all of one and not an equal amount of projects and mowing.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:10 PM
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We got a couple new small mowing accounts, one big mulch/cleanup project and the current customers are running up the "to-do" list with multitudes of minor things, but we're looking to do a handful of decent projects and the first year we have the time AND resources is the first year we don't have random calls out of the blue... Usually this time of year I'm hiding from the phone.
There's a slew of startup LCOs, and I'm seeing a lot of rigs from several towns over lately around here but I haven't even seen anyone in particular advertizing...The bigger guys have name recognition - they don't even seem to bother advertizing except for Community Lawn Care: he's doing "the works".
Seems like we got more attention with our nasty old beater trucks with no company signs (D.O.T. fixed the signs issue last year, and the old trucks finally had to go - there's only so much duct tape can do ;-))

I guess we need to move beyond word of mouth, well lettered trucks, the local weekly paper block ad and the community phone book: I'm thrashing around trying to decide the best form of advertising for our weird local economy. Getting a website up is a must, but along with that, what? We're aiming for the higher-end accounts - trying to get away from the rags that won't spend a red cent on the yard, then whine that it looks awful. Our local paper likes to feature local businesses in the community section, but I can't even think of a "hook" or point to make with one of those...

hmmmmm (brainstorming in progress)....
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:15 PM
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i agree with lrs. it's hard to break into the high end customers.

it seems it's the $200 jobs that eat the profit out of you.. not enough work for a full days work (maybe you can fit other stuff in), not enough money after giving the estimate, getting supplies, etc...and then those customers don't want anything else. i would really like to get some high end 10-grand-a-year type of customers to make everything seem worth while
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:00 PM
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Ive got more mowing than I want and not enough projects. Ive been giving some of them away unless they are something I can squeeze into my route.
KEN----giving some away??? What? I have'nt seen any of them?
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:28 AM
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Igave 1 to jason, another 1 to another guy and 2 leads to another guy. I guess that puts you next in line. anything I get out that way is yiours. Hows things going?


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KEN----giving some away??? What? I have'nt seen any of them?
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:09 AM
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Hey Jason,

How are things looking for the job in Concord this week? I'll give you a call later to check, but if you get a chance, let me know when you think that will be ready.

Thanks

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