Getting your first customers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ar_blazeman, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. ar_blazeman

    ar_blazeman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    How do you suggest getting your business rolling and getting hooked up with your initial customer base?
  2. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 829

    buy lots of door hangers and postcards when you are putting out the door hangers talk to the person at the door. thats what made the difference for me. you get 5000 door hangers for $189.00
  3. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    ad in the newspaper can get the ball rolling. only bad thing is that you will get customers that are spread out. if you want them concentrated then do what Matt says and get some flyers or door hangers.
  4. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    Though they are a little more expensive, you can get full color post cards at Vista Print that will do a fantastic job as well. You can do your own layout. add as many photos or graphics as your design will allow ... and this is something that your customer can put on the front of the refrigerator.

    You can get 2500 for $179.99, 5000 for $299.99, or 10,000 for $499.99 ... and the quality and colors are great!
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I would target a few nieghboorhoods you want to ork in and decorate it with your fliers. Maybe put an ad in your churches weekley newsletter if they have one. An ad in the paper is also a nice idea!
  6. jcb287

    jcb287 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Advertise,Advertise ,Advertise!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Newspaper ad is always a shoe-in. You get alot of ghetto calls that you don't want, but you can pick and choose. You ust have to sort through them. When you're first starting though, you take what you can get. You have to make some drives sometime, but as time goes on, you can get them in a tighter perimeter.
  8. NothingLess

    NothingLess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Anyone have any all ready pre done... Just tryin to get some ideas on what to put on them and a attention getter quote/phrase....

    lookin to dso possible the door hangers but just tryin to get an idea on what all to put on it...

  9. Dogbonz

    Dogbonz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 389

  10. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    All of the above are great, but the best way is door to door. You gotta try and catch a few people at home during the day, and sell your self. This time of year, you will be able to catch a few lawns from those who have went under or decided that this line of work is just not for them. Once you have one customer in a area, its easy to add more, just stay on top of your lawn and keep it looking good, even if you have to do a few extras on the house. If you are looking to start next year, then fliers will be great, but door to door is still more powerful. But remember, its a numbers game. The more people you can see, the better chance you will have at picking up accounts. My goal during the winter is to knock on at least 75 to 100 doors, and and pass out about 500 fliers daily.

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