Best way to obtain new customers?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dura to the max, May 17, 2008.

  1. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    Ive been cutting yards for about 6 years now, but i quit for a short spell and lost a good bit of my accounts. What is the best approach to getting new accounts this time of year?
  2. SOS Landscaping

    SOS Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    anything you can do I would say. I know a lot of guys have a lot of luck with door hanger flyers, I just orderd 1000 of them for 200 bux. Due to a family death I got set back about 2 weeks so Im getting a late start for a new business. I handed out maybe 200 flyers in the past 3 days and I got 2 call backs. But from what I hear as soon as you get a job, put up a lawn sign and that will bring in work. Also when neighbors start seeing you doing work that helps too
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    Do real good work on your properties and throw signs up everywhere.

    In my's all about the do a good edging job, and mow straight lines, and people stare and come running.
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    as good work, remind customers to refer you to others who ask...... Signage........
  5. David C.

    David C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    Here's how I picked up a new customer----no joke

    I went fishin'!!!!!!

    Thats right!!!! One of my customers has a lake right in front of his house and another in back---rural area

    He told me anytime I wanted to fish----to help myself---and so yesterday I took my son and nephew to his place

    The customer's son----he sees us out fishing on his dad's place and decides he'd "check out" who it was fishing

    I introduce myself to him---tell him that I maintain his dad's turf

    When he hears that----he hands me a business card and tells me he doesn't have time to keep up his yard and wants his weekends free and that he wanted me to work him up a price for turf care

    Moral of the story??? Fish more often than you mow!!!!!!:weightlifter: Somebody will see you out fishing on the lake and come check you out!!!

    Heck----one customer I have---I was pulling up to mow his lawn---and I had to back my trailer up a little in the street---and I "touched" the neighbor's edge of the yard with my trailer---the neighbor sees what I did---told me not to do it again----then wanted me to give him a price to take care of his turf----since this guy didn't have a lake in his yard stocked with largemouth bass----I told him to go take a hike!!!!:weightlifter:
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I went fishing yesterday. Didn't catch any new customers but I did catch 13 largemouth bass and 2 huge Crappy! :)

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