Anyone working in East San Diego, CA?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mowing4rlife, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    How did you get some mowing or landscape jobs started? Craigslist? Flyers? Currently have moved to the area and I am trying to figure out what could work.

    I need some Ideas or options of actual things that have brought work from people already working in this area or San diego county.
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,635

    Not many So California folks on here.

    I had a nice little business in Simi Valley / Thousand Oaks area in the late 1980s early 1990s. However advertising has changed since then.

    I will say putting flyers on peoples doors alaways worked for me out there. Plus the houses are real close togeather so you can cover a lot of homes quickly. Here in Bama flyers have been a complete dude.

    One thing I did do when I advertised out there is put in all adds and flyers "American Owned, Owner Operated" it mad a huge difference.
  3. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Thank you for the advice! Anyone else use social media sites or even craigslist?:)
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,635

    They didn't have that stuff 20 years ago lol.

    A lot of that stuff is inexpensive and Id do it if I needed work.
  5. Jallal

    Jallal LawnSite Member
    from SoCal
    Messages: 162

    Things are a little different out here, Larry's right about the American owned & operated bit, it does make a difference. I've gotten jobs solely based on that fact alone. Now, with that said, the competition out here is pretty fierce because of the fact that there are so many fly by night operations who will provide everything for $35 a month front & back every week.

    There are some restrictions on advertising - California requires a landscaper to be licensed to take on jobs over $500 & display their license info in their ads. They also require unlicensed contractors to state that they are unlicensed in any ads they take out.
  6. sbuchanan8154

    sbuchanan8154 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    American owned would only work in Michigan if you were opening a party store
  7. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    It would be a hit for gas stations around here.

    To the OP I don't have any So Cal specific information but in general craigslist will generate a few calls with a quality ad. I simply put the image of my print ad on there and added a few words at the bottom so I come up in keyword searches and got some work from there. General consensus on the site is to make a website, I'm guessing it would be hard to rank on google in your area but just having a website to put on your other advertisements makes you seem more legit.

    I have a facebook page and I haven't had anyone specifically call and say they saw me on facebook but facebook gives you information on every post you make telling you how many people saw your post and again maybe they see something about you on facebook then somewhere else then somewhere else and decide to call. Somewhere buried in this forum they mention that it takes 3 times of seeing your information before they call. Be it a lettered truck, a website, a facebook post, a door hanger etc. Getting your name out there as many ways as possible creates brand recognition which will get you work.
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  9. KindGardeners

    KindGardeners LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Join the CA Native plant society ( )

    Learn how to maintain CA Native plants - arguably the hottest new trend in SO Cal landscaping.

    You will be able to increase your labor rates, as well.
  10. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358

    Move to Pacific Beach, set up shop, then quit as P.B is the party center of the world!!!!!!!!!

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