Getting that first customer

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by EliteImpressions, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. EliteImpressions

    EliteImpressions LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 215

    Has anyone found that getting the first customer really hard to get? Ive handed out about 300 cards and knocked on about 30 doors to see if anyone needs their leaves removed or other services.

    I live in south jersey and was thinking of putting an ad in the newspaper. Would this be too late? I probably have about two or more weeks until all the leaves fall. I was thinking that anyone that was thinking about the service already contacted another LCO? I think Ill try anyway.

    Please give me any insight on this. It's not that much money to advertise in the paper, but I do not want to throw it away because Im on a very limited budget until I finish saving for my wedding in July.

    Also, if any other people in the area have too many jobs, please send them over to me on a commission basis. I also have a day job near the Granite run mall in Lima, PA if anyone needs help in that area as well.
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    being honest, I would focus on residential snow at this time. It is late in the season for the lawn work. Many of the snow customers are going to end up as lawn customers. Wait until spring and start avertising around March.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    You could try some advertising, you could pick up some leaf jobs and snow accounts. A lot of people procrastinate on their yards. That's why I always get calls into mid-May from people who haven't cut the grass yet (its not that tall...HONEST).

    But I wouldn't shoot your whole advertising wad, have enough money to hit it hard in the Spring, too.
  4. EliteImpressions

    EliteImpressions LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 215

    Thanks guys. Ill wait to advertise untill next year. I might hand out some cards once we get news of snow fall later on this year.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    Have you thought about going through friends, family, etc to get those first few customers. Connections do pay off big time for something like this
  6. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    It's never too late to sign up weekly mowing customers for next year. I'm currently signing up new and old customers for next years mowing right now. sign them up early. Do not wait till next year because I will have them all. hehehe. :waving:
  7. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi EliteImpressions,

    Always consider services you can offer through out the year. The more ideas you come up with the more your business will grow, thanks to you.
  8. EliteImpressions

    EliteImpressions LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 215

    We'll see what happens, I put another 100 or so business cards out yesterday and left about 50 at a pet grooming place in the area. Im going to advertise a lot come februarty
  9. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    What about getting some 1/2-sheet fliers instead of business cards?
  10. EliteImpressions

    EliteImpressions LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 215

    Ive thought about that too. Some people at my regular job told me to use the printers at work. I just dont want to get caught right now. Ill probably do that come spring though.

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