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Calling local mowing businesses for accounts?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ToughAsStihl, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. ToughAsStihl

    ToughAsStihl LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 124

    So far I havent gotten any accounts for this year. I got some flyers made up and passed them around. I'm getting worried that I wont get any business. So i've read about people calling local mowing companies and having them forward customers once they are booked full or be a sub for them. Is this really possible? What should I say to the person when I call? I will take any advice on how to get more people.

  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335


    Good luck with that.
  3. ToughAsStihl

    ToughAsStihl LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 124

    Thanks for the usefull comment:hammerhead:
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    wow thats a new one
  5. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    I see nothing wrong with that its called networking, nothing wrong with meeting a few other lco's and letting them know if they have any customers they dont want or not in their area that they can call you.
    I mean i get calls all the time from people out of my immediate route so why not refer them to another lco that in return may do the same for me?
    Now i wouldnt just call them and say can i have some of your customers, i mean just mention if they get any that they dont want or not in their Route maybe they could throw you a bone.
  6. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    This is common in my area. Ive gotten and passed along accounts due to their location. Sometimes the big boys have overflow and they pass it off to others. I say call them and just introduce yourself and let them know you would appreciate the opportunity to help them if they have accounts they dont want/need/cant get to.
  7. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    I would guess that they would send all the junk your way. Maybe a way to get started but they won't be the best accounts out there.

    Be ready for headaches.
  8. Big Daddy Choper

    Big Daddy Choper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Hey Tough
    I'm new at this, but I know a fellow mower who has been in the business for 15 years, he's mowing 100 acres of parks, and over 200 residences, he'll pass some along to me, and not be hurt by it. You know the ones that are closer to me than him, good luck, wish me the same, I need it!
  9. Reliable Lawn Care

    Reliable Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    Yes, do call them and let them know your company is available to take on accounts. I have had companies pass some to me and I to them. Networking is key in most businesses. Alot of times, customers they or I can't service ask for a referal, get on that list and do a great job for the customer, your referal company and your own sake !!!
    Good Luck
  10. paul vroom

    paul vroom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I just started cutting last year and at this time had zero accounts. By mid May I was up to ten. This account I had was down the street from another providers house and he would always drive by slow. One day he stopped and we started to talk, he turned out to be kind of cool. He had about 150 residential accounts. Well a week later he stopped again and he asked if I would want to cut some of his accounts for him when I had free time. I said I would be happy to, we exchanged numbers and kept talking. He started asking me about some of my other accounts and how I got them. I went on to tell him that I passed out fliers. I told him about this one account and he knew the lady. He asked how I got her and I said I got this account because the lady said the previous provider was a hack, he would leave grass clippings on the walks and just did a bad job. If you guessed by now that he was the previous provider then you are correct, that client and two others dumped him for me. He acted like it was all good but that was the last time we talked.

    The moral of the story. Do good work and they will call. Good luck.

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