First year flop

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BLC14, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD/NC
    Messages: 3,051

    OP, any update??????? Kinda curious to see how your doing!
  2. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    Well, that was his last post. He comes here for advice and never comes back. It's not like he doesn't have the time to take part in his own thread....

    This is why people fail. Laziness.
  3. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 3,512

    Op are you looking for any part time work? I sent you a PM.
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Do lots of little extras for your customers free of charge, keep doing that, before you know it you'll be there.
  5. BLC14

    BLC14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108


    Sorry for not being around I don't go on my computer and sign in on here much, but I've been reading everything. Since then I've posted on craigslist and got a lot more bs then actual customers out of it, made the add look clean not sloppy. I also have a text add in the local newspaper which has already more than paid itself off. Most of my calls have been off the newspaper add and referrals from where I used to work. The big problem right now is most of the jobs i'm getting are odd ball jobs like hey come mow my hay field for nothing or i'm selling my house how much to mow once a month. I have picked up some quality weekly mow customers. Right now just focusing on doing quality work on the customers I have while juggling the delivery job. Trying to gain a good portfolio of pictures so I can set up a website in the near future. I've learned a lot already this year on what to do and what not to do.
  6. ryan41

    ryan41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I have gotten a lot of jobs through HomeAdvisor. I have had pretty good luck with the lead company but i know a lot of contractors dislike it.
  7. JoeDirtLawn

    JoeDirtLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Honestly, I got 15 accounts off CL in 3 weeks. could have been 22 but we have been rainy and I got a lot of calls from the 3-6 miles out of my service area, so I had to decline unfortunately.

    of my 15, 10 are great so far, 2 are ok, and I have had to drop 3. so 12 pretty good accounts, half of which pay cash on completion, for no cost advertising is ok.

    and no, I don't lowball my prices. I am average for my immediate area

  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    This stuff isn't for the weak keep your head down treat each customer like their your only one do good work time will pay off if you are true to sticking with it.
  9. rgunn1

    rgunn1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Tape a flier to each pizza box that you deliver...
  10. LawnMowerMan2003

    LawnMowerMan2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 768

    Maybe I should be doing this now. I remember I went through the phone book one year (back when people still used them lol) and called other lawn services because we had some rain, and I figured they were busy but I didn't have enough work.

    I offered to do the work and give them a percentage, so they wouldn't lose customers. One company just gave me a landscaping job. It was pretty intimidating for me (and still might be, I don't have a lot of landscaping experience) but I called some people to see if they could give me any advice and I met a guy passing out flyers that said he liked doing landscaping for fun, so I called him and he ended up helping me install some ground cover. I also found a lawn service that let me do some of his accounts for a commission.

    Just be careful though; I've also met some people that will be happy to cheat you out of work or money. I told a tree service I would put "tree trimming" on my flyer if he would pay me for referrals and I found him a job in a few days. But then the customer called me and said they paid him and he hasn't finished the job. I called him and he finished the job, but he never paid me anything. He said he didn't make enough money, but that wasn't the agreement: It's not my fault if he didn't make enough money; I didn't bid the job for him. Before that he gave me a mowing job, and then instead of paying me he gave me a blower. It was probably worth what he owed me, but again, that wasn't our agreement. Then he tried to get me to do an overgrown lawn cheap and that was the last time we talked. :)
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2014

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