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help getting business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by travolta87, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. travolta87

    travolta87 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Hey guys

    My approach to start and get new customers is going to be the door to door gig which i have alot of experience with in other industries

    was wondering if anyone else has tried it and what the success rate was

    If you have done it i would love to hear your pitch to people, intro, close etc also would like to know what the negatives are that people throw at you and how you overcome them

    I think Dago said he did some of it when he started and would love to hear from him as well

    Green and growing
  2. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Not a lot of people do this. You see some new guys talk about it every month or so in this forum, but I never see anyone with results.

    Most guys will tell you that door to door sales is frowned upon. One of the best general ways to do it is post cards or door hangers. But it is pretty late in the season. Not to say that you cant do it.

    I'd say give it a try then get back here and let us know how it went. It just seems to me that door to door salesman is a thing of the past. Many neighborhoods around here will have signs as you enter saying "No soliciting"
  3. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 946

    I'd go for the flyer/door hanger idea.

    If someone knocked on my door, interrupted my dinner, and proceeded to pitch a lawn service to me, I'd be a bit perturbed. :nono::nono::nono::nono::nono:
  4. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,203

    ive had someone come knocking on my door early this year, and i asume the rest of the neighberhood, havent seen em sense. and door flyer things dont work. why u ask? cuz only newbs do that. dont waste ur time and money like i did 5 years ago. mmmmk
  5. kayeproperties

    kayeproperties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    Id be pissed if someone pitched me a lawn sales pitch. I have heard of a lott of ways to try but I do not think the door to door is the way to go. But ya never know. I do think its a thing of the past. I do see in most of the places I cut they have no soliciting signs so ya better check to be legal.
  6. ambersLawnmowing

    ambersLawnmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 333

    Door to Door is NOT what you do. I personally get more business from Craigslist then anything else. I also hang flyers at other Businesses. The other big one is teh Phone Book, for me it costed $200 for the first year. Seems like alot when you just start, but if you have a nice straight forward ad they do call.. Off that first $200 i made about 12 times that in sales.. I did alot of advertising, but when i got the place to work i generally asked. "Where did you get my name and Number" to feel it out to see where the ad's are paying off. Just my 2 cents.

    Door to Door....LOL or even Cold Calls....LOL It is just like SPAM>>>> DELETE...
  7. mowerman2u

    mowerman2u LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Phone book has worked for me
  8. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 488

    well the phone book here is like $130 a month so I will pass LOL.
    But I started last year and got %90 off of craigslist but now It's half word of mouth now!\But I did get some shirts made up too !!
    I think the door to door thing only works if you are a girl scout selling cookies :)
  9. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    An ad in the local paper has worked great for me, then craig's list would be second....that door to door stuff is not worth the effort..plus it makes you look desperate for business.
  10. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    When I'm home at the end of the day (today it is raining and the ground is soaked), I don't want to talk to someone about carpet cleaning, pressure washing, floor replacement, new curtains, etc. They are quickly dispatched. Like the wizard says, "It's family time."

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