Building a client base

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by eps, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. eps

    eps LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    What is the best way to build a client base for a first year start up? Any ideas that work better then others?
  2. Spring Valley Lawn Service

    Spring Valley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Advertise and google lawn bids in your area. Knock on doors.
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Work, effort, time, money.

    No easy way. Most people starting out just have enough to scrape a trailer and basic equipment to start out.

    They can't afford ads in local papers, or doing EDDM through the post office.

    Nothing beats free access to a copy machine to run off some free flyers.
  4. Vanderhoff Landscaping

    Vanderhoff Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I printed a flyer on my computer and took it to staples and had 200 copies made. Cost me my time to create it plus 20 bucks to get it done. Going door to door with my son this weekend. Relatively cheap.
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  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    1st of all, decide on what type of client your seeking .........

    this can be a hard thing..... If your a guy that will do anything. and put your equipment anywhere. dont expect to have a good client base. and expect to be screwed over offten.

    after you decide. then do research ( IN YOUR AREA ) as for prices. it's ok to go talk to others in the business.

    Just walk up to a crew and start talking. be sure to sit down and add up all of your over head...... EVERYTHING..

    it will help you to price.

    if you have elderly customers. tell them, if there is anything We cn do for you PLEASE tell us...

    TELL them you will be happy to change light bulbs. move the furniture if they want it done.
    this will go a long way. they will recomand you to everyone. ( just let them know you CARE )

    do not be afraid to turn down custoemrs. if the money's not right. YOU CANT MAKE IT RIGHT.
    if you get that uneasy feeling. LEAVE......

    before you know it you will havethat client base. BUT review the type of custoemrs you have.

    TODAY. I cancled a HOA. simply becasue there guy is always calling us. he watches us work.
    I informed him if he calls us anymore we will inform the police.......

    if you get PITA custoemrs dont be afraid to cancel them.

  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,137

    Advertise,do good work, show up when you say you will, and be as professional as possible. Good luck!
  7. Paul's Green Thumb

    Paul's Green Thumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    I love this site! Good advice and lots of positive feedback. I'm starting out part-time this Spring, not even a trailer just workong out of my truck. Its a little scary, but I'm determined!

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