Georgia Business Owners, LETS NETWORK

Discussion in 'Network: South' started by TriageLawn, May 13, 2013.

  1. TriageLawn

    TriageLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Look guys. I have always been a supporter of networking and let me tell you why. When I first got into this lawn game, I didn't know too much about nothing. I created a profile on Lawnsite.com and started reading posts and threads by more experienced guys. Wow, I had no idea there was so much to learn, so I immersed myself in the green industry and became more and more fascinated about the business.

    After my first summer of cutting lawns, I realized that everybody had a lawn mower and everybody was out to make a quick buck. I would literally pass 4 or 5 guys a day with lawn mowers on their trailer. It made me question my method of securing customers, so I changed my approach and started networking.

    I started talking to other small businesses that were struggling like me. I met a guy at Subway that did pressure washing. We exchanged numbers and started meeting every Thursday at a Sportsbar to discuss our strategies. We were more alike than we knew because he was trying to pick my brain and I was trying to pick his. I just said," Look Danny, we are both underdogs out here because we don't have many customers and we have no leads. How about we share our customers list and lets go from there".

    That was the start of something beautiful because we developed something very unique. Then about 2 months later, we met a guy that overheard us talking in the parking lot of a Home Depot; He carefully approached us and said he was in the Pest Control field and wanted to know more about our operation.

    Let me make this story short because I can go on for days. After it was all said and done, my network grew from just a one man operation to 10 businesses.

    Lawn Care
    Landscape
    Pest Control
    Pressure Washing
    Gutter Cleaning
    Paint
    Handyman
    HVAC
    Plumber

    We help each other as much as we can. For instance, I have a system where I will pick the ugliest yard in the neighborhood and convince the home owners to let me cleanup their yard FREE. Yes FREE!! The catch is, you have to let me advertise in your yard and tell as many people as you about the service. That has worked wonders. I have gotten 35 customers just from that one house.

    That also helped my partners with leads from customers. When I did FREE yard work, I would bring my pressure wash guy, my painter and my landscaper. I would do all the lawn work, aerate, seed, fertilize and trimming. Landscape guy did more of the detail work like borders, flowers, designing layout of garden. Pressure wash guy would clean driveway, house and walkways. Painter would do something simple like handrails or mailbox. The information that was left as advertisements would list everyone in the network. So if the painter got a call from a customer that only needed paint work done, he would convince the customer that staying within our network would save him more money and he would get free stuff by doing so.

    Our new project is building a Georgia House Crashers business. This is where we come into your house and do everything we can for free. Yes you are right, there is a catch. We will be filming every episode to add to our website, so that people can see our work.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2013
  2. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 86

    What about HOA policies on yard signs? I have yard signs but home owners rarely let me put them in the yard due to the HOA folks and thier ticket books.
     
  3. DeMenkey

    DeMenkey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    I'm interested into this too, I am in Northeast Georgia! Hit me up!
     
  4. dllawson

    dllawson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    That is a brilliant idea. You should checkout BNI for ideas on building and structuring your network as it grows. I have been working to put together landscape peer groups in GA and SC, and have gotten a very good response from vendors willing to offer group purchasing discounts. I would be very interested in talking with you sometime and hearing more about how your group works.
     
  5. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    Yea..I've been trying for yrs to network but usually I'll give someone some business and never get a thing in return..people are greedy!! The Chem companies are notorious for this. You also get into referring..they don't show up..and then you look.like an idiot. Seen it too many times.
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  6. Kawizx62003

    Kawizx62003 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,411

    you're doing it for the wrong reasons
     
  7. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    What other reasons,are there other than growing a business and making money. My goals aren't to make other people rich. Ultimately that's everyone's goals.
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  8. HLM HustlerZ

    HLM HustlerZ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    I'm in Fayette County, my brother and I have about 50 properties for lawn maintenance- we serve almost all of South Metro Atlanta. Since last year we've gotten a lot more in the installs business, we do sod, irrigation, and Bobcat work with our Ford Tractor and Case track loader (great money).

    I'd like to connect with you guys more on here, facebook, or whatever....keep me posted!
     
  9. MnPLawncare

    MnPLawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    My business is in the metro Atlanta area Conyers/Covington. I am willing to network. this is my first year. we got 2 people we network with. I refer jobs in area I don't cover. If anybody want to network please let me know. thanks
     
  10. Cutbuddy

    Cutbuddy LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 15

    Hey man, gwinnett/Walton co here.
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