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Big City vs. Small Town

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rookie03, Jan 14, 2004.


What size town do u prefer starting in to get as many accounts as u can ur first yr?

  1. Town with Population less than 20,000

    9 vote(s)
  2. Town with Population between 21,000-99,000

    14 vote(s)
  3. City with Population between 100,000-300,000

    7 vote(s)
  4. Bigger City with Population between 300,000-1,000,000

    10 vote(s)
  5. Population has nothing to do with obtaining accounts

    7 vote(s)
  1. rookie03

    rookie03 LawnSite Member
    from OK
    Messages: 184

    I'm starting out full time this season. Is it easier to find more work in a big city versus a smaller town? What's the population of your town? And how easy is it to get accounts in your town?
  2. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    5,000 people in Jericho, VT. about 4,000 in Underhill, VT
  3. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I like to keep my business in my area. My town is about 15-20K people and I will go about 15 miles to surrounding towns. This is the only place I do advertising, Not saying I wont go any further but I know alot of people in this area which helps in referrals. It keeps it simple, plus i would have to charge more going beyond that which may not make me competitve in my bids.;) Scott
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    38-39,000 in my town, many neighboring subdivisions and communities and what not in addition to 39,000. There's around 69,000 in this county at last count. I try to stay within 5-10 minutes of town since there's enough work in town. Getting accounts has to do with competition, salesmanship and reputation, etc. It seems like it might be easier to get accounts in smaller towns because you might know a higher percentage of the population so word of mouth would be better, but there's less work to be done and also might mean tough competition. More opportunity in larger towns. I like the size of my town, not too big not too small. Just right for me :)
  5. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    I voted City with Population between 100,000-300,000. Why ? Although my town is about 50,000, I serve my town and about 3 other towns about the same size (I am in a suburb of Houston, but do not serve Houston). I think a town of 300,000 + will give you a great diversity with different income groups and a good mix of commercial and residential while still keeping your service radius decent.
  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    2000 in Mediapolis IA. - am bidding jobs - commercial - large acres in Burlington - 13 miles to the south.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Population really means nothing to my business...probably because I work in the most densely populated state of the US. Funny though, I live in a very rural and wealthy (NOT me though)area of the state.
  8. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    We have here about 50,000 people .Is it easier in a small town.I would say yes to get started for the first few years.But you have to get creative to make your business grow in the long run.If it is easy for you to start up.Its proably the same for the next guy also.But to stay in this business lets say for over ten years and be succussful is a whole other challenge in its own right.Best of luck to you this season.Where are you at in ok?
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    My closest town is 8 miles away and has 1000 people, we only have a few customwers there. Most of our customers live along the Lake and only live here part time.
  10. Sauls1686

    Sauls1686 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Town is 40,000

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