Best time to advertise in New Jersey????

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by FOX8701, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. FOX8701

    FOX8701 LawnSite Member
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    Hello, I'm new to this website, so i'll start off by introducing myself, i'm Dennis, I have a small lawn business that i'm looking to progress this year. I work full time with my local township, but looking to boost my income with my business and enjoy doing it.

    So my question is, I have made doorhangers w/ rubberbands attached for easy placing on neighborhood front doors. When would be the best prime time to start walking around to distribute them? I know there are many threads on here that say about february, but isn't that just a bit to early? I know that the callback-success rate of going door-to-door isn't quite the best, but i also don't want to waste all the marketing and having no new accounts, which is everyones bad nightmare.

    I don't mind walking around with a few friends, in fact i may actually lose a few pounds in the proces.s, LOL. Any other options regarding ways to adverrtise? I plan on placing an ad in the local churches bulletin and local town paper and in supermarkets etc. Problem is i don't have insurance for the business yet being i only have 9 lawns as of now. Do you think this will be a problem without insurance? If customers pay by cash it shouldn't be a problem right?
     
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  2. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Try mid February and then again early to mid March. Hit the same area twice I did that last year and had a decent return on leads. But I think the best way to get work is word of mouth. I have gotten about 95% or my work through word of mouth. Best of luck to you this year.
     
  3. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    all year round! dont stop til you get enough.... c'mon
     
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would strongly advise you to get insurance.
     
  5. FOX8701

    FOX8701 LawnSite Member
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    of course you can never have enough advertising.. heh.

    and i know many people who don't use insurance, which i know isn't a good thing, but for a small side business is it really worth the money for ten-twenty lawns?
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2009
  6. TSB group

    TSB group LawnSite Member
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    Its worth the money for the first person that gets hurt!
     

  7. NAH your right. you don't need no stinking insurance.
     
  8. FOX8701

    FOX8701 LawnSite Member
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    Are you being sarcastic?

    Cause i looked into insurance, and for $2600. a year i think i'll take the chance like everyone else seems to do
     
  9. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    are you an actual business or just a name and number ?


    insurance in NJ is a must mofos are sue happy around here lol
     
  10. FOX8701

    FOX8701 LawnSite Member
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    that i know, but i wouldn't consider myself a full business quite yet, but i'm trying to head into that direction to be self sufficient.
     

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