Advertising Tips?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Vecchio Lawn Care, May 6, 2012.

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  1. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am 16 and started a lawn care business in late march. Since then ive gotten three lawns through my dad but by the time summer comes i want to have a few more. What is some advertising tools you guys use?
    Thanks
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Typically you should use fliers and stay in the area where you have clients. Also ask those clients to give your card to their neighbors.

    There are other ways but that is expensive.
     
  3. Four_Seasons

    Four_Seasons LawnSite Member
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    BEST WAY: Yellow Pages Ads, Website, Door Hangers, Business Cards, ect.
    Check out Vistaprint for advert. options. Yellow Pages made MY sales go up 45%, but it can get pretty pricey although in my opinion it is very worth it.
     
  4. johnwright238

    johnwright238 LawnSite Member
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    Run a big all-out color ad in the phone book/yellow pages. Build a web site to document and showcase your work for potential clients to see your quality. Easy to read sign on your truck/trailer.
     
  5. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the advice. One question, if i create a website do i have to make my company legit? All of my lawn jobs are cash or checks made out to my name.:cool2:
     
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    Often there are some allowances for the SOLO regarding "legit".
    You need to know what the requirements are in your area.

    You can not apply pesticides to the property of another for profit, including barter.

    You can be held liable for sales taxes.

    Some states you can not repair or install irrigation.

    There are few laws about insurance unless you are applying pesticides or doing any kind of work in a Right of Way.

    Last thing you want to have happen is for the Law to come take all of your hard work away from you. They can go back about 7 years and get all the money and more through fees and penalties. However, that is part of what they do, stop illegitimate companies from having an unfair competitive advantage.
     
  7. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    well since im only 16 i am allowed to make a certain amount of money without being taxed. Also all i do is lawn cutting and mulching once in awhile. no pesticides.
     
  8. t608

    t608 LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 91

    Just set your self up as dba and pick a name for your company. You can actually go to legal zoom and set it up online.
     
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I think that is also the case on sales tax for solo's too. Many states have limits. Check and see,.
     

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