Need more work...HELP ME!!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by biggin69, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. biggin69

    biggin69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    I just got laid off from my full time job today:confused: . I cut grass part time in the evenings. I am going to have to cut full time to pay the bills now. Anyone in the Hamilton Ohio area need help??? I have my own equipment. Let me know.
     
  2. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would love to help you out but am having a time myself...If I hear anything I'll PM you...:usflag:
     
  3. biggin69

    biggin69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    Thanks Splicer!
     
  4. biggin69

    biggin69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    Nobody needs help????
     
  5. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    I live in Indy .. so I can't help you with your request. But ... what I can do is maybe help with some encouraging advice.

    What a great motivator it is when we are forced to do something. You obviously have the ability, equipment and knowledge to be in this business in some way ... so we know you can do it. When we are forced into action, it seems we always come though ... somehow ... someway.

    By doing quality work, in a professional manner, professional appearance, and on time ... you will come across more business. Most people pick by what they see .. and if they see quality for a decent price .. most will go that way.

    Word of mouth, networking, and being visible is key to any business endeavor.

    Dave
    Prestige Lawncare Service
    Part of the Davidson Select Group
     
  6. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,986

    Ohio to Utah would be quite a commute, but here is some thing I have found useful, I made up a little flyer, basically it says
    "we do you neighbors lawn at ________________ And we'd love to do yours too."
    It then goes through all the advantages of using our company and has a spot for a weekly service price. It also has a coupon.
    While we are at our accounts I take a few minutes to look over the neighbor properties and give them quotes on this form.
    It seems to be effective and we have many stops each day on our route where we service multiple properties.
    Good luck
     
  7. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    We have been servicing the Greater Cincy area for 5 seasons now and this is turning out to be the toughest due to all the FBNr's. We have lauched a major marketing campaign and will hopefully need extra subs for the mowing end of our market. Give me a call or PM me 513-545-4649
     
  8. biggin69

    biggin69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    Team Green, Could I get your name? I tried to PM you but it would not go through. I do not want to bother you or inturupt anything so you can call me @ 513-617-3537 at your convenience if you would. Thank you very much!
     
  9. grassmasterdawn

    grassmasterdawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Trust me, I feel your pain...in an area like mine, where everybody and their grandmother is towing around a trailer with at least 2 or 3 mowers on it, the competition is fierce. To be successful, you probably have to wade through a difficult first year and think creatively.

    I've contacted churches, explained to them my own personal situation and asked them if they might be able to put me in touch with any elderly parishoners who might need lawn care or if they have a bulletin board where they might allow me to put up a flyer. I also ask if the church itself takes bids on the maintenance of their own property or cemetery.

    I drive around looking for small businesses that have raggedy looking property and will mail a request to bid on their lawn and landscape work. I also tend to look for less desirable properties like day care centers and Christian schools that may involve a lot string trimming. I don't mind putting out more time and effort, as long as I know that after my overhead costs are subtracted, that I am still making more money hourly than what I would at my regular job.

    If you know of any trailer parks, stop in and see if they take bids on mowing the whole complex of if the individual renters cut their own grass. If the individuals are responsible for their own lawns, go around and leave flyers on the doors (if the park allows that) or some of them have a community bulletin board near the mailboxes.

    I don't know if any of these suggestions will work for you, but I hope you start seeing some customers come rolling in soon and for that matter, I hope I do too.payup
     
  10. Geo777

    Geo777 LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 5

    I started out by putting over 2,000 flyers out and knocking on doors. Make it a goal to talk to people about your business. One-on-one, the mail can’t do that.
     

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