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Old 03-31-2008, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by duelly44 View Post
i dont actually cut everyone for 12$ im not a moron. i only had two lawns that i cut for $12. one was a trailer lot. yeah laugh it up get-r-cut cutting in a trailer park. nice image. and the other was a ladies front yard. they both were an easy under 5 minute job.

and if your living in detroit youll understand why you might actually have to go as low as 12$ a lawn. everyone is a undercutter here and if other people are not doing it to you the customer sure as hell will try. anything to save a lowsy buck

appreciate the comments. Thats kinda the thoughts i was getting when I was passing out flyers... these people wont take me seriously.

its a heck of a winter name though

this is the problem, it is not about what everybody else is charging. It is about what YOU need to charge to make a profit. If what you need to charge is higher than the others you need to make adjustments to your market and services. In infancy a business typically has less overhead that those of us in deeper than a decade.
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by start2finish View Post
this is the problem, it is not about what everybody else is charging. It is about what YOU need to charge to make
True, but if you live in a town with walmart tastes, you will not be able to sell a macy's matter how hard you try, unless you sell it for little or no profit.

Prices reflect what the market will bear.... but you also need to think about that you are doing 5 yards in an hour for 12 bucks a pop or 60 bucks....just think if you could do 2 lawns @ 30 bucks each... in the same amount of time...... 3 less invoices to send out each month, 3 less people to deal with while getting the same amount of money., people with larger yards tend to do extra's and spend more money on their lawn...

we all strive for that magical $60 per hour....Just don't give away your services...
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:40 PM
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From your flyer, it seems like your offering to many types of services. I try to keep it simple myself. Your flyer did have those pop-out thingys that seem like its crowded and hard to read. JMO
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:47 PM
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I think I might change the name to something more respectable, something that connotes an air of wealth, glamour and sophistication.

I would suggest the name: Two Men and a Goat

Put the Blades on the Grass and SPIN 'EM brother, SPIN 'EM.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:16 PM
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I know im new to this site and this business. but ill tell you this. Like another guy said that the name dont matter but YES it does the name means more then anything else. Its a said fact that people base there opion of things on what they see or hear first. And the get-R-Cut comes off as a little redneck. Again im not trying to offend you or make you made and i dont want you to think i think this way because i dont. Infact i liek the name but as you know what I or you like dont matter. What matters is what your customers that pay your bills like. Think about it. If you are going after the right customers. witch i think is the middle-upper middle class folks that work hard and have alot of nice things but not alot of time. expecially to cut there grass. they will pay for your service and they are the type of people that care about imiage and it is everything to them. why do you think they buy expencive cars and life in over priced houses?? They are not gonna want some guys truck that says get-r-cut in front of there house..i mean what would there neighbors I would for sure change the name because i think personally its hurting you. i would go with a professionl name. I picked "all american lawn care & landscaping" its patriotic and people can relate to that. I passed out 1000 flyers 2 weeks ago and i have had a bunch of calls and actually have 36 signed contracts for this year so far. what i did was offer them if they pay up front i give a %20 discount... so alot opted to do that and since i take credit cards they paid that way.. so i havent touched a yard yet and have a little over 20k in the bank. i know i got off subject a little but the point is that you can be the most honest guy in the world if you named your business " ex-con lawn care" do you think people would call? hope this helps and again not trying to make you madd just trying to help!
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:29 PM
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Hey guy stiop lowballing and change the name to ___________ lawn service. Its that easy. Place an add in the clasifieds. drop your flyers. Its that simple.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:34 PM
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Why do you think certain companies blow up and get huge and others fail? It is more about marketing and image than anything. Brickman, Valley Crest, Symmetry, U.S. Lawns, and many more are huge because they send out uniformed employees, have professional names, and know how to run a business. There are millions out there that can cut grass, but only a few thousand talented people can manage a succesful business. End of post.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by LushGreenLawn View Post
I can see why people might not go with you based on your name. I am not trying to offend you, but it makes you come off as sort of a redneck, almost a fly by night. Some people may hire you just because of this, but more people will stay away from you because of it.

I would change the name to something more professional. We had a guy around here called Get R Done Lawncare for a few years, and more than one of my customers commented on it, making fun of it.

Again, I'm not trying to offend you, just sharing my honest opinion.
I agree with Lush, I am in the process of changing my name right now, when i started out as The Lawn fit me.....One guy going around mowing yards......Now im still just one guy but want to branch out to some nicer properties with a more "distinguished" or "noticable" name.....Ive had alot of good comments on my name and alot of bad ones too, that will happen with any business name though. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by duelly44 View Post
so ive been in the business for coming up on my fifth year.... never had commercial accounts. had plans for partnership but fell through. had 40 accounts two years ago and now im around 20. people died, had some undercutters and i need to get back above 40.
If people are dying you are doing something wrong, very wrong. Can't just blame that on the name. From 40 to 20, are you saying you've killed off half of your clients? I'm surprised the police aren't hunting you.

The name is a little rednecky, okay by me but I can see where money folks might think it's cheesy. Think of something that sounds elegant and professional, even if you're just one guy with a rusty old truck I think it helps. That being said, my buddy has a really stupid name for his landscape company and he stays busier than I do. Granted, he does everything and knows what he is doing. I only cut grass, and I don't know what I'm doing. But I still think my name is better. Except that "Property Care" leads people to believe I do landscaping, when really all I want to do is mow.

Just try to stop doing whatever you are doing that is causing the deaths of all your clients. That's worse than a kitschy name. Try looking behind you before you back up, that's always a plus.

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Old 04-01-2008, 07:28 PM
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That name... Get-er-changed!!
My lawn is masculin, not feminine, and no... you wont be mowin' HER!
JK- Not very professional in my opinion.
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