Getting Accounts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutterking, Jun 6, 2001.

  1. cutterking

    cutterking LawnSite Member
    from TOLEDO
    Posts: 1

    I WAS THINKING OF STARTING MY OWN LAWN BUISNESS I WAS WONDERING HOW YOU GET ACCOUNTS? THE COMPANY I WORK FOR NOW CHARGES $50 BUCKS A CUT FOR HOUSES, I WAS WONDERING IF THAT IS TOO MUCH. THANK YOU:D
     
  2. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    If you can get that per account I say go for it.Depending on the size of the lawns,but that sounds like good money.
     
  3. MATTHEW

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    YOU MUST READ MY POST ON SHOUL I START A BUSINESS.
    ON GETTING ACCOUNTS, JUST MAKE UP FLYERS WITH A
    SPOT FOR PRICING ON IT. LEAVE A PRICE! DROP ABOUT
    500 FOR EVERY 1 ACCOUNT YOU WANT.AND FOR HEAVENS SAKE
    DONT LOWBALL IT OR YOU WILL BE SORRY! JUST GO A FEW
    DOLLARS LOWER THAN THE OTHER GUYS. AND STICK TO IT.
    IGUARANTEE THAT IN THREE YEARS TIME, YOU WILL BE TURNING
    DOWN PEOPLE.;)
     
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Bad idea....

    For one dropping a few dollars below the other guy is called lowballing and to do it just for the fact to get accounts is not smart. You need to find out what your expenses are and what profit margin you want to achieve and go from there. Make sure you are legit and get all the information you can on starting a business in your area to get you started in the right direction. Flyers work great for a begineer..they will get you into neighborhoods and then word of mouth and your presence will get you more accounts.
     
  5. MATTHEW

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    I DO NOT KNOW IF THERE IS A STANDARD PRICE FOR
    ANYTHING IN THIS BUSINESS. ALL MARKETS ARE DIFFERENT.
    PRICES EVEN VARY BETWEEN NEIGHBORHOODS. AND AS FAR AS
    COMPANIES AND THEIR PRICING... WELL, IT CAN REALLY
    VARY.I KNOW OF A GUY WHO CUTS A MINI LAWN FOR $10.00.
    TO ME, THAT'S NUTS. I WOULD CHARGE $17.00, BUT MY
    EXPENSES ARE PRETTY STREAMLINED. MY ONE BUDDY WILL
    NOT EVEN TAKE HIS MOWER OFF THE TRAILER FOR LESS THAN
    $30.00. YOU WERE RIGHT IN BRINGING UP YOUR PERSONAL
    FINANCIAL SITUATION.I DO NOT WANT TO ENCOURAGE ANY NEW
    GUYS TO LOWBALL ME OUT OF THE MARKET, BUT YOU NEED TO
    EARN THE RIGHT TO CHARGE HIGH. A GOOD JOB, REPUTATION
    AND GOOD LOOKING EQUIPMENT.
     
  6. Spence

    Spence LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    In my opinion, you are doing pretty dag on good if you can get $50 for all of your yards. Wish I could. How big are the yards that the company you work gets $50 for?
     
  7. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Matthew, Your caps are locked.
     
  8. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    matthew i hope the information that your are giving out you aint doing .never cut throat any1 theres too much work in this business. people want to be cheap you dont even need them .believe me the amount of time you waste on a biweekly or a cheap person you can be makeing it up somewere else who actualys cares about there lawn or landscape.
     
  9. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    Cutterking,
    Perform a search, there are at least a dozen similar threads on start-up cost, equipment, pricing, philosophy, etc.

    Watch those caps.

    Good luck, this is the place for getting you up and legit.
     
  10. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    I almost forgot, If you are working for someoe, lethim know you re interested in starting up an operation in an area he doesnt cover. He should be able to help, maybe even sell you some used equipment.

    If you are going into biz in his area, you better be ethical and not steal his customers by mowing for $45.

    Remember, good things happen to good people.
     

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