Wanting a few more customers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BobbyKnight, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. BobbyKnight

    BobbyKnight LawnSite Member
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    I know things like this have been asked before, so sorry to be redundant, but I am wanting to try and pick up just a few more customers. Mowing is not my full-time job; teaching is my full-time job. I have 10 customers at this time. I have a few small neighborhoods I mow in. What would be the best method that I could use to pick up a few more in these neighborhoods or else where? Should I go door to door, hang flyers on mailboxes (is this legal), or what? Due to time restraints, I don't want to go "big time" in the mowing business. But, for the last two years, I have been taking care of 8-10 lawns. I feel, on my own, I would have no problem taking care of 15-20 lawns each week. During the summer it is no problem since I am off for 2 1/2 months, but in the spring and fall it is a little tougher due to my full-time job. Any advice would be appreciated. Side note: I like mowing grass better than teaching!!!! :)
     
  2. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    have your sudents give flyers to there parents....... just kiding
     
  3. BobbyKnight

    BobbyKnight LawnSite Member
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    Good one! I hadn't thought of that.
     
  4. boxoffire

    boxoffire LawnSite Member
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    Seems to me if you already have got 10 customers, they might be able to help you out if they like your work. Just tell them you are wanting a few more accounts and word of mouth should get you those other ones you want, or at least a couple of them. In NC, I got busted messing with flyers on or even near a freakin mailbox. Good luck with that one. I just started putting small rocks in baggie with flyer/business card and throwing in driveway as I selectively choose from my Jeep riding through neighborhoods. I also put a ad in 4 straight sundays for Leaf and Debris cleanup (that time of year now), and have one of those customers who called ask me back to do more and says he'll definitely keep me in mind next cutting season. I'm heading out tomorrow and put that same Fall Cleanup flyer I've been tossing in driveways and posting it at 10 local supermarkets (if they'll let me) on their bulletin boards. At bottom I've attached a mini-pocket stapled to flyer to hold some little strips of paper with my company name/number on it for people to take. I'm writing on the bottom of flyer where pocket is, "TAKE ONE IT'S FREE!" Maybe I'll get something there too?? Anyway, that's all I got for right now. I am at deadline for adding just a 1 line yellow page ad for next years edition and am leaning toward doing it since it's not too much (like $14 a month). Called another lawn guy closeby who has a 1 line name/number in yellow page and he said it's worked great for him. Sure you get plenty of 1 time cuts there too which some you may not really want. But you can decide if you don't want too I guess. Good luck and if you really needed to pick up many many more accounts cause you were doing this full time to feed yourself, I'm sure you would find what you needed. :)

    Oh and good post by icc too. That was an excellent idea. Better than everything I said!
     
  5. LLCO

    LLCO LawnSite Member
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    Saw an article in L&L Mag that talked about a guy that has had success by offering vacation mows.. when they see the quality and the cost, the sign up for the remainder of the year.

    Refer-a-friends also work well.
     
  6. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. CrazyBlonde

    CrazyBlonde LawnSite Member
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  8. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    Many don't like it. But you only get a tiny % of response from them anyway so you are not going to please everyone anyway. Advertising is generally intrusive. I realize this is an old thread and an often repeated one.
     
  9. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I was mowing and building my business I would offer one time mowings. Once they seen how good a job I did they would sign up for a regular service. I would just pass out flyer that said I'm going to be in the area this week so if you'd like a one time mowing call me. Once I did the yard I'd tell them about my on going service, worked everytime.
     
  10. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe try some flyers or door hangers, ask you customers if they know of anyone who might be interested in your service and you could talk to them. Try putting a freebie on your flyers, like first mowing is free or 3rd mowing is free, or something like that to get somebody interested.

    Hope I could help, God Bless
     

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