Separate names with a comma.
Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .
Discussion in 'Network: Central' started by tiedeman, Sep 4, 2003.
Thanks for the info.
It seems like this week was one of those where work could be done in some areas and not in others. Thursday I did some work in farmington where by my house in Novi we still had snow on the ground.
While we're on the subject... Back around January and February, I was assuming the worst and figured it was going to be absolutly brutal this spring. Looking at last year's records I am probably a equivelent to last year, or maybe a little ahead now vs. a year ago. The only problem is, I have had to almost triple my advertising vs last year, so the little bit of additional work hasn't really paid off. Most of the calls are for clean-ups, aerating, ect. very few for mowing or landscaping.
As far as mowing goes, its kind of up in the air; I was able to nail down a big contract for a repeat customer (big to me, atleast) on Monday so that was a bit of a relief. Have lost a few mowing customers, one of significance, the others were $25 -$35 a cut so it doesn't sting too much. A small cemetery that I do I'm not 100% sure if they're coming back (not to jinx myself but I'm pretty sure its a go) along with an HOA that I do some work for that I'm not sure whats up with. Have picked up a couple new ones, but nothing really that great, heck this year just finding out your retaining a mowing customer feels like getting a new one.
On the landscaping install side of things it's slim pickings, by some miracle I did manage to line up a really nice commercial install, won't be getting rich off it, but its work and its kind of fun project. I bid another small install last week for a residence. Basically was about 13 shrubs, a few perennials and 4yds of 6a stone, I came in a little over a grand and they're jaw it the floor. It's like geez what did you expect. I guess the wanted it done for $50.
So, there you have it, my "State of the Industry Report" I havn't wrote off this season yet. Historically, I almost always start slow, and then pick up last week of April, first of May. Just remember, anyone that tells you they're totaly swamped with work right now is probably BS-ing.
Well as far as work for this season, I've lost two lawn customer's $19 and $24 so no big deal. Signed on a HOA so that's real nice. Did one mulch job (for the HOA) and landed 3 more off of that one job so thats nice. and the best part was they just stoped by because the saw the truck there. Still have about 6 Thachting to do. Could really wait to start cutting grass for two more weeks.
About that when is eveyone else going to start
I am thinking the week of the 20th
Im starting on the 20th or 21st come hell or high water!
I think that once the grass starts growing all of our phones will be ringing. Every year it seems that I end up mowing lawns about a day after I bid them, because people wait til they need cut.
I agree with you procut, a lot of calls for aeration, clean-ups, etc. I wish it was more long-term stuff. As I'm sure all of you do, I always keep good records of customer's information, so we can send them stuff and try to get more work in the future.
Here is what I was doing this week, Getting the dump truck ready, painted the bed, put new wood on the sides and stained them
think its about time to get those xmas lights down??