Postive look on this yr!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Lawn Connection, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    Okay guys someone of you are off to a bad start due to the swampage of so many LCO's. I started last year in may. So not even a year yet. I wanted so many more customers last year but was hard to do. Built a website and was getting average 40 hits a month. Few customers from it last year. All in all slow year but ended in a bang!

    Now I live in a military town. Only lost customers because they moved! But was nervouse starting this year due to the low percentage. However this month over 400 hits on website and average 4 to 8 calls a day for lawn care! My potential income 2 weeks ago was 2800 for a month, today over 6000 a month.

    Hang in there guys and try hard! I am licensed and insured. Make sure all my customers are satisfied.

    All I am saying try hard guys! You can do it!
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  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    How many are wasting your time kicking tires?
     
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    your numbers are inproving.

    however dont look at it like that.

    keep your profet margin numbers.
     
  4. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    Tire kickers, maybe 25%. I have landed 75% of potential customers this year.
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  5. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Your too cheap if your getting 75%. That number should be 50% or under.
     
  6. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    How am I too cheap? My area I start at $35 weekly then start $45 bi-weekly and up. There's guys in my area who start at 20. Sorry that I am a customer friendly person, but I try to close the deal.And no I don't cut for cheaper than 35 period. I fix 20 cuts
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  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    The $20 cuts are lowballers and probably don't know how to run a business. So a $35 lawn if cutting every 2 weeks is $45? You're to low on your price then. Why would you cut twice the growth, take on more wear and tear and have to spend more to cut it, for $10 more? What you're doing is making it appealing for the customer to get 2 week service instead of the normal weekly service. I have one I cut every 2 weeks. I get $60 and it takes me less then 35mins. If she wanted it cut each week I'd be charging her $35.
     
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A lot of LC's do the same here in Tulsa. They charge the same price for weekly or bi-weekly. Hell they will even do spring cleaning for the price of $35.00 or $20.00 If you can make money okay, do it.
     
  9. The Lawn Connection

    The Lawn Connection LawnSite Member
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    I may try 15 more for biweekly later this year just hard to get people to bite in my area! But I have $200 a week customers and $350 bi weekly too so I don't think I am cheap compared to others
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  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    A tire kicker isn't someone who says no, maybe but not usually.
    A tire kicker isn't usually someone who calls for an estimate and then just doesn't call back,
    more so if they were not there at the time of the estimate.
    Which reminds me, I need to call one of mine back.

    But a tire kicker is a time waster, they were not going to buy your product or were very unlikely to long before
    they even placed the call, and the reason they called was to waste some idle time, like window shopping.

    Ever watch Pawn Shop?

    They lose 65% or so of all deals.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2010

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