Help me gain ideas...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Exmarkboy13, May 3, 2011.

  1. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hello everyone. I live in an area (my neightborhood) that is mostly senior citizens (middle class). I am 13, so i cant drive, but i need some ideas to gain some more weekly customers. This area im looking at is mostly small, 2400 square foot lawns that i charge 15-20 dollars a week and do a really nice job (as people have said to me). I advertise this on my flyers. Should i just continue to pass them out? where do i put them so they will see them (since you cant put them in mailboxes) and how do i overall boost my profits. Thanks in advance..
     
  2. dtc0207

    dtc0207 LawnSite Member
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    Charge more
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  3. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    My main consern is that it will turn people away, especially the area i live in and the blue collar, retired people. Most guys charge 20 to 30 a week. should i be to??
     
  4. rain man

    rain man LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you can maintain quality and yet lower prices by even a small percentage it might help you gain customers. Especially considering that you are in an area which is on limited income. $10.00-$12.00 is extremely enticing.
     
  5. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks. But do you think ill lose profits
     
  6. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well lets see here, you go from charging $15-20 down to $10-12. Thats a loss of $5-8 per yard. So yes, that's gonna hurt your profits.
     
  7. Texas Lawn

    Texas Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    plus, you dont have a vehicle, so your market is limited. You are going to have to be flexible
     
  8. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a tractor to mow and tow things around. What do you mean by "be flexible" and what are some effective and practical ways to win old people over??haha:):confused:
     
  9. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tell them your just a kid in school trying to save some money for college. Act like their grandchild almost...
     
  10. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    nice. thats what im trying to do and family memebers told me to put that on my flyer but i thought it looked improfessional. I do tell that to them in person thought.
     

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