Help with getting customers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stuntmanlogan, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. stuntmanlogan

    stuntmanlogan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Alright ive been in the buisness for about 4 years and love every minute of it. Im curently in highschool graduating this year and so i really want to get alot more customers this year my goal is atleast 30 customers hopefully more. The most customers ive gotten was around 10-12 and they are all but a few from a guy who works with my dad and last year was the first year i tried advertising i hung a couple of flyers at the local grocery stores and bought truck magnets for both sides of my truck witch only ended up only getting me one customer who only needed me when he called. So this year i would really like to increase customers but i need help with it. So is what im asking is for any tips to advertising and whats helped you the most. Thanks

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I would just suggest making some fliers and putting them out at peoples houses. To get thirty customers you'll need to put out quite a few fliers. I also suggest doing a refer a friend program with your existing customers. If they refer you to a friend, neighbor, or relative and you get the account, you give them a small discount. Just some thoughts.
  3. stuntmanlogan

    stuntmanlogan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Alright thanks for responding, I deffenetly have to get out some more fliers but im going to try to do the refer thing to.
  4. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Get a website up, nothing flashy just services and contact info. Post a link to your site anywhere you can on the internet. Look at putting an ad in your local paper or weekly advertiser. Get business cards made and give them to everyone you talk to. You should be telling everyone you talk to what you do.
  5. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    WOW same position as me. I'm a HS senior this year. Anyway I got a few customers last year by advertising in a good classified paper in the Lawnmower section.

    Also if you have some friends tell them you will give them CASH if they get you a steady customer.
  6. tradeyouraccounts

    tradeyouraccounts Banned
    Messages: 343

    Hook up with another service guy like pest control or window cleaning company and cross promote each other services. Best of luck.:dancing:
  7. rnd

    rnd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    Go to RNDSIGNS.COM. Hundreds of advertising ideas for the green industry from all over the U.S. Request a FREE marketing handbook.
  8. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    I got most of my business through an ad in Sunday's paper. Try that and word-of-mouth......let people know what you do and that you are looking for new customers.
  9. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    find a neighborhood, put some flyers in the neighborhood and tell them that you'll be back tomorrow to mow their lawns for a set price(whatever is the going price for your area, you may knock off $5 to $10.) if they want to have their lawn mowed, tell them to tape the flyer to the front door by 8am along with a name, address and number. go back the next day and you'll be surprised at how many flyers will be on the front door. then do the job, and leave a bill. Then get them on a regular schedule.
  10. Midstate Lawncare

    Midstate Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    I read this section everyday, and this has to be the most unique idea I have ever heard. Good thinkin'

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