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Does anyone have a waiting list?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MacLawnCo, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    Guys, i am way overbooked now and im still getting prospects wanting me to service them. My solution to this is simple...i explain that since i am still full time in school, i can only service a select number of accounts, and that i am currently at compacity but i can add them to my waiting list for the next opening or the 2004 season.

    Does this sound reasonable, and if not what would you change? Anyone have any experience with this type of situation?
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    When I tell people I am not taking new customers for the rest of the season for mowing, I get a lot of "Can you put me on for next year" kind of questions. I don't think it is unreasonable to have a waiting list, just don't expect all of those people to be around waiting for you next year. Maybe keep in touch and try to re-affirm they do want to be on for next year from time to time.

    Good luck!

  3. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    With you still being a full time student its important to have a waiting list so you can atleast concentrate on your studies. Since i am done with school and in this full time, if i get more and more clients i just expand the company and equipment.
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    definitely get their contact numbers. when you're done with school or as time permits call them up and explain you're ready to accomodate them into your schedule.
  5. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Use this as an opportunity to weed out the bad apples until you get a route you truely enjoy.
  6. costcutter

    costcutter LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 31

    That is a good post from KENH, alost all buis have some they can weed out.
  7. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Right on KenH !
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    it depends on what they want? If they want mowing we try to fit them into the schedule. Now if they want another type of service and we can't fit them in then what we do is schedule them for the first part of next year
  9. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    We have a waiting list and we keep in touch, send them a letter at the end of seaon, reaffirming their position on our roster and it has worked out well in the past. In years past, we have had a waiting list for mowing. This year, our waiting list is mostly for projects and aerating, slit seeding, trees, THAT sort of thing.
  10. veltenslawncare

    veltenslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    raise your rates. if u dont have time
    if your making like around $30/hr raise it to 60
    im sure you would be able to find room for someone whos willing to pay double from what ur usually getting.
    maybe subcontract it out, or get ur dad, or brother to help you.

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