How long did it take?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cuttin-up, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. cuttin-up

    cuttin-up LawnSite Member
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    How long did it take for you to gain enough clients to keep you busy 3-4 days a week?
  2. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    my first season. all word of mouth. zero advertising. im now in my second season i mow 3 days a week and one day a week i do other work, shrubs cleanups, trimming, etc.
  3. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    It took me a couple of months.
  4. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    Just a few months ,things really took off for us. Every season we get about 25-30 knew Clients
  5. DixieChopper88

    DixieChopper88 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    TNT how are you doing this? Word of mouth or by advertising? And do you think that i could get more accounts in mid-July?
  6. wooley99

    wooley99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    I started in May and from then till now only had 5-6 weekly clients plus clean-ups for rentals, handyman stuff, etc. In the last two weeks I only talked to two cheapos and one crazy. I have an ad in the local weekly and have passed out cards and talked to who knows how many people. On Wednesday I finally decided to actually implement the marketing plan I came up with in April and spent $730 on 5K professionally designed door hangers (yes, I know you can get them cheaper elsewhere, we'll see if they're worth it). I haven't seen a proof of the door hangers yet.

    In the last 24 hours I got 3 new weekly clients, 2 bi-weekly, my first signed commercial contract and turned the first lawn I ever turned down into a $455 clean-up.

    The short answer to your question is I don't know how, why or how long but hang in there. As Bohiaa says "talk to everyone about grass, they either have some or know someone who does".

    In the meantime I should either do the happy dance
    :dancing: :clapping: :dancing: :clapping: :dancing: :clapping: :dancing: :clapping: :dancing: :clapping: :dancing: :clapping::dancing:

    Or figure out how I'm going to waste so much time on lawnsite next week:cry: :dizzy: :cool2:
  7. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    We just placed another add that will run for 6 weeks,most is from addvertising. We advertise 5 weeks before mowing season starts. This is our 4th year and the word of mouth is finally coming on strong. You can still pick-up clients,the fly by nighters always Quit when the heat and the humidity starts to go up.
  8. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    At the current rate I'm at, next spring. Which will be the start of my 3rd year. Right now I have enough to keep me busy 2 full days plus about another 2/3 of a day. This is weekly accounts only, not including one-time things like mulch installs or clean-ups/weeding.

    However, my advertising has been pathetic the last 2 years and it's getting ramped up currently and all the way through and into next spring. I'll have enough to keep me busy 6 days a week or I'll sink trying:)

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