Too much compeition in your area?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How many of you guys out there have too much competition in your area?

    Last week in our local newspaper ad there was approx under 5 ads for landscaping/lawn care.. I just looked into the newspaper today and BOOM, there pops up 13 new ads for lawn care / landscaping.. Only 2 ads are 1" in boxed shapes, the rest are 3 liner ads..

    I'm beginning to wonder, I should start posting my ad again shortly but I'll be doing it 1" for 6 months..
     
  2. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bring on the compeition by fall i can buy mowers and trimmers dirt cheap.
     
  3. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    lol, you mean when they go out of business?
     
  4. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
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    10 new lco per year 9 selling out. This past fall i bought a 2000 eXmark turf tracer 48' for 600.00 with 400 hours on the mower
     
  5. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    9 selling out? you mean losing business or not making money
     
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thats exactly what he means 90% of businesses fail in the first year its not something that every one can do. And a lot of people lose everything best not to dwell on it.
     
  7. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tons a competition!!! Ya jus gotta be better than the rest...It jus seems to fall into place after that....
     
  8. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
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    Over 200 licensed in my county alone! About another 100 or so without license.
     
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Heck durring the winter we have at least 15 a week. durring the summer we have roughly 50 under gardening and they all say " Will mow yards and do odd jobs."

    I put one under there last july that said " When you had the rest , please call cause I will be there with bill in hand."

    Funny thing I put it in for a joke to one of the other LCO's, saying I could land at least one job from it (bet the price of the add). Heck I landed over 20 new jobs from it the first week and ran it again for three more weeks. after the second week I was begging the paper to take it out and keep the money.
    Goes to show you a simple joke will land your A$$ with a ton of work.
     
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I was just thinking today that the Florida heat and humidity here probably do a lot to limit competition from those who aren't really serious about it. It's sweaty enough here in February. And it's probably good for business too, since a lot of folks don't relish spending an hour or two out in that heat and humidity on their own lawns.
     

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