Enclosed trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TurnerLawnCare, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. TurnerLawnCare

    TurnerLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Ok, i've got my enclosed, fixin to take it to the sign shop. My question is about how much business am i going to get from pulling around my portable billboard(trailer). To put the decals on there will cost 530. But they're big. And they put them on for me. Should i go for it or not waste my money. I think having a sign that big will get major attention. And business. Agree, disagree?
     
  2. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    It should, but it also may not get you ANY business? There is no guaranteed results from any type of advertising. I get more calls from referrals than the name on my truck. It must be VERY big to cost $530.? My door signs were $90. and they are pretty big and multi-colored. You do not need to spend that amount to get calls though. Try a smaller size and just see how many calls you get from it.
     
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    No different then having a ad in the phone book. It can gain you customers sure. How many if any will vary. If you're happy with what they have done design wise then go for it. It's a one time advertising expense too. Only have to pay once and it will last for years, well unless you get more trailers. :)
     
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    Sometimes just hauling your trailer full of mowers down the road can get you work, especially in the spring, Ive been stopped while at red lights by other drivers, some of them actually ask me " Do you mow grass"? I had to laugh, No, I just like driving around town dragging all these mowers with me!! But Ive gotten a few accounts this way, just by being on the road, right time at the right place! That or at gas stations, people will often stop and ask me for my number or to come give them a bid.
     
  5. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    Having your trailer lettered is the most cost effective advertising you will ever do. That is a traveling billboard that you don't have to pay rent on.
     
  6. TurnerLawnCare

    TurnerLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    I agree with all of yall. Ok, i'm going for it. I'll put the letters on. Then i'll post some pics for yall.
     
  7. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 645

    It's also a write off...it really won't cost $530.00! Think of it that way. Pay for it now or pay for it in April!!!
     
  8. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    It's a regular business expense. It's only a write off if your making a profit.
     
  9. TurnerLawnCare

    TurnerLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    I don't pay taxes cuz i'm 16 and a minor can't legally "own" his own business. So.... my business doesn't exist. so...... i don't pay taxes. Now if somebody asks how i got all the equipment and truck and trailer. Then i may be in trouble. But untill then.......
     
  10. dclandscape

    dclandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    I am in the process of painting a used enclosed trailer I picked up a few weeks ago. The sign guy told me it would cost about $600. My lettering will be chrome with a blue outline. 4' x 8' area, $600. WORTH IT! We plan on parking the thing at every job we have. (contruction jobs).
     

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