how far?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    again, i know we been through this, but id like input from new members as well as old. im trying desperately to expand by adding new clients this fall, and certainly many more in spring. i placed adds in newspapers in 8 different townships. i am now getting calls from as far as 40 minutes away for leaf cleanup. do u think it is worth the investment, provided i have the time, to service these clients(we are talkin now one hour and 20 min travel time) , or should i say we are offering this service only to clients who sign up for lawn service next season(which is what my real goal is, to get work for the whole season in 2004) . any ideas? my adds went in today, i started gettin calls at 11 am. so i now ill get bombarded with calls. i plan to personnaly man the phones sat and sunday.
     
  2. Moguy

    Moguy LawnSite Member
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    I had a couple accounts that were about a 40 minute drive and it turned out to be a big pain on scheduling. Unless you have weekends or days with smaller work loads, it might not turn out to be the best. If you do end up taking them, I like the idea of offering the service to clients who only sign up for lawn service next year, much better. Best of luck
     
  3. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
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    Tell them it will be a couple of weeks. Line some up in the same area, or as close as you can. Hit them all at once.
     
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
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    Bob
    If you want to expand you got to travel, there are only so many customer in any given location and when you have them you have to go else where. I don't know how large you are or how large you want to be. but expansion means more customers. Send someone over to do some after you have a few lined up and you decide whether its worth the drive. And if your goal is to offer lawn service nows a good time to get your name in that part of the country Mac
     
  5. Davo

    Davo LawnSite Member
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    The only way to expand, is to increase your customer base. Like Elephant says, try to schedule some more in the same area, then price the leaf removal to make some money. If you get enough work for a crew to maintain in the spring, there is your expansion. If there is that many calls for leaf removal, maybe people need a quality scaper there, and will be willing to pay for your travel time.
     
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Not necessarily, but that's another whole thread.

    Bobby, it depends on how bad you want/need the money. Someone that's busy as hell would turn them down. Someone that needs the work (like me) would take them. It's not like it's weekly maintenance, it's just a one time clean up.
    You said you have the time, so why not take the work/money?
    Go a little higher on the price to compensate for the travel.

    I keep my regular lawns very close, but I travel a bit more for one time stuff like mulch/fall clean ups/etc. If it's going to be a couple hundred bucks or more, as opposed to sitting and waiting for the phone to ring from someone closer by, I'd take the work.
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    expand bobby, expand...that means travel btw for the time being. Later, you can pull in the reins. For now, get the most # of customers to the point that you can cut back at a later date.

    your bud...
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    well, its not so much i need the money, and traveling for a leaf cleanup is not my idea of fun, but im lookin more towards the future. im thinking if i really am going to grow, ill need to perhaps go out and spend a day in another town or two. the reason for all the adds, the paper i deal with was running a special, i got the additional towns real cheap. so far i got alot of calls, but far away. where the heck is millstone? anyone know? is that by you rod?
     
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    NO. Well only if you can make a day of it. Or make sure that they know they will be paying for drive time.

    Long story short. I had a dream property. One problem drive only one that way. All in all ended up making little I mean very little on it. I did it for 9 months before I told them I had to add in drive time and it raised there per cut price quite a bit.
    Yes if you will make money and be worth your time, No because you can add 1 or 2 close ones and make more because less window time and less gas. Good luck.
     
  10. creativedan

    creativedan LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 54

    I would pick up the new work, maybe more future work if you do.
    I have a town 40 min. away that is three times the size of town i live in and work in and I am trying to drum up new work there.
     

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