Neighborhood Meeting to attend

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wglawncare, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. wglawncare

    wglawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    I was invited to a neighborhood meeting of approximately 30 lakefront owners. I currently have 1 customer in that area, and he happens to be the person that created the meeting. He has invited me and told me to get something together for that meeting. What do I bring? Business Cards... what else should I bring and be prepared for?
     
  2. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    OK now, I am new to this, but I have some ideas.
    If you do landscaping, make up some type of portfolio with you to show everyone what you have done and how it looks just to give them ideas.
    If you have a good looking rig and equipment, id clean em up and take it all with you like a show of sorts. This way, they know what to expect if they hire you.
    Take your business cards, and make up or have made up some flyers, they dont have to be fancy, you can just type up something with your company name, your name, and the services you offer.
    You can ever find some info to show everyone things that can be done to make their yard healther and better looking. This sounds like an incredible opportunity for you, and I am sure just this experience will help you sell your services in the future. If not to too many of these folks, you will be better prepared with everyone you come into contact with. It may sounds a bit scary, but if you present yourself right, I think you will look back on this day as a very positive experience.
     
  3. just Cuts

    just Cuts LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 130

    I would print out check lists with different options (lawn maintenance,mulch,clean-ups,landscaping ect.If people are interested they can check off want they are interested in.have a place for them to put there name, address,phone number.I would also print out price lists of what you charge (per yard of mulch,hourly rate for clean-ups,price per acre for cut..ect. Hope this helps.
     
  4. wglawncare

    wglawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    I do mainly lawn maintenance(Mowing, Clean-ups, Fertilizing) Beach Renovations, and Seaweed Removal. I have been trying to put a lot of effort into just looking for lakefront properties, because 95% of my current client base are lakefront owners, and make my services fit these properties needs. I got a late start on taking pictures last year so I do not have too many that really look their best. But I might use that checklist idea.
     
  5. just Cuts

    just Cuts LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 130

    Good luck!!!:waving:
     
  6. rick2752

    rick2752 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    Something to think about that is a big seller in the Lakefront communities is ORGANIC. I am sure you could find a ton of info online on how bad weed and feeds and other chemicals are that leach into the lake. Sell yourself on an organic fertilizer and maybe spot treatment of weeds so nothing gets to the lake. What about lake front cleanup???Cattails and stuff growing? Depends on what you specialize in or want to.
     
  7. wglawncare

    wglawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    I specialize in lakefront cleanups(leaves, seaweed, ect.) and beach renovations. The organic thing I have looked at and the best fertilizer that works for not harming the lake is one that is phosphurous free. It does not promote plnat growth in the lake. There is currently a ban for lakefrotn owners to use any fertilizer WITH phosphurous in the fertilizer. So maybe Ill go that route. But should I be bringing pictures, which really I do not have many. Or an estiamte for each person, which I dont no exactly which people are coming. Should I bring some sort of snack for everyone. Donuts?
     
  8. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    I would say bring any pictures you can. Put together a little porfolio to hand out to them listing services you offer. I would also try an get a couple letters of reference from other accounts that you have.
     
  9. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 834

    I would call the guy back and ask him why he wants you there. It sounds like some sort of trap. Why is he putting this meeting together?
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    I'm catching turflord's general drift myself...

    No offense, but I wouldn't waste my time with this.
    I wouldn't even call the guy back, thou if he was a customer of mine, I would be reviewing what this could mean insofar as what he is thinking because it may be nothing, but it could also be saying this guy doesn't think much of me...
     

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