This is for those who have responded to the # of accounts this year...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by yardsurfer, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. yardsurfer

    yardsurfer LawnSite Member
    from Orlando
    Posts: 80

    How have you obtained those accounts?

    Fly distribution?

    Mailing postcards?

    Door Hangers?

    Ads?

    Word of mouth?

    People just stopping you while doing other work?

    I ask this because I'm about to get started advertising for my business. I know it seems a little late but we have been lacking in rain for a while here and a lot of the neighborhoods I wanted to target the grass looked horrible so I've held off.. Rain is starting to come and its starting to heat up so I know people are going to be looking..

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sweet Tater

    Sweet Tater LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,123

    I've gotten customers from all of those.
     
  3. KingSteveTTC

    KingSteveTTC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    7 new customers this year

    3 from yard signs
    3 from word of mouth
    1 from flyers

    I have 1 yard sign in front of my house and have only distributed approx. 40 flyers so far. I also plan on distributing more this week.
     
  4. Dave_005

    Dave_005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 359

    i have 37 accounts and all from flyers and word of mouth. do a good job and the work will be there.
     
  5. yardsurfer

    yardsurfer LawnSite Member
    from Orlando
    Posts: 80

    Yea I'm not worried about my quality of work. I've done this for 4 years. But working with my best friend and his dad. I quit last year for personal reasons. I learned a lot of rights and wrongs working with them. There is a lot of things they did I didn't like and I saw the errors in the way they run their business. They've been around for 10+ years and I'm starting with 0 customers so I know its going to be hard to get things going.

    I already have my equipment I just have to get out and about and start my advertising campaign!

    I flyers or door hangers are going to be the first thing I do. Mainly targeting yards that are overgrown already.
     
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    Once you get larger you will find that you need to get rid of some captial, one way to do this is to go purchase new trucks, and or new mowers.

    However depending on your size at the time, you need to spend X in advertisement.

    the only thing I seen you forgot is Radio ad's. We have just landed two new accounts totaling roughly 3 to 4 thousand a month, simply from radio ads.

    depending on your area it can be very cheep.

    remember to SPEND MONEY....... it all comes back with it's brothers and sisters....
     
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,919

    Got one new one with doorhangers, one from Craigslist, at least 3 from local newspaper ad.

    So, a variety of sources, can't peg any particular one.
     
  8. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    most accounts from ads in the local paper, and some word of mouth, neighbors of other clients, which i like..no drive time!:clapping:
     
  9. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    Word of Mouth is Priceless!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    All of them online.

    Craigslist.org

    adwords.google.com
     

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