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Anybody else experience a spike in business during July?

Man, I just landed a great account smack in the middle of LCO alley - there's three of them within 1/4 mile of this residence & the client told me she couldn't get a return call from one guy and another never showed. I mean, she's going for the whole thing thing - mowing, fert, aeration this fall, and open to other improvement ideas.

Also, twice this week I was approached by people while I was in the middle of mowing a current client asking me to take of them & now they are both weeklys.

I've got some more gigs via phone book too.

For me, this is big fish.

If you're a new guy/gal out there thinking it's too late in the year to start, I say that is NOT true & go for it!!!
 

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All season has been like that for us.

Start a big landscape in a ritzy area tomorrow. Start another building Monday.


I have landscapes lined up for the fall, any new requests in the fall will most likely be waved till spring.

This is all in house. Not in 3 years have I had to do work outside my customer base.
 

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Originally posted by GLAN
This is all in house. Not in 3 years have I had to do work outside my customer base.
That is where I want to be. I'd like to yank my "big" yellow page ad, maybe as early as next year (but leave in the line ad). The referrals really are the very best.
 

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In the last three weeks my bus. has really picked up first I got a shrub job from some apartments that was like $815. Then I got another shrub job this week and I picked up another account today. To top it all off I've only been in business 2 months and just bought my first commercial mower.

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Picked up five new accounts in July and need to bid one very high end res. job this weekend that called two days ago. The house if you can call it that has a rotunda in it. Sweet. Of course this follows on the heels of two months plus of no new work. There are a lot of unemployed white collar family men out there working for peanuts just trying to get enough money to feed their family or stay in their house or keep their vehicle. When they are offerring to get abused for half or less of my qouted price, the customers aren't stupid. But for my area the June uneployemnt figures showed a .5% frop from last year and some of these guys are finding out this is tough work in 105+ temps, the reliable MTD mower and Wally World combo trimmer they used at home is falling apart or they are missing their schedule because they have to do to much work in a day to make money. I will be here nexy year but they won't
 

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Glad you are all seeing a spike in bussiness. I have been forced to keep my personal accounts very low key this season simply for the reason that my 2 other jobs take up all my time, also for the reason that I do not yet have a vehicle nor am i able to drive.:(

Oh well, I guess I will just have to slowly chip away @ the rock and hit it hard next year.

Best of luck to everyone else who is thriving
 

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July was kind of a let down for us. Mostly because of the transition that went sour and left us without a landscaping maintenance manager so we lost around $2,100 in landscaping.

But compared to last July we had a 217% increase.
 

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We have picked up 9 nice accounts in the last 3 weeks.
I just asked my brother last night,"What's up with this in the middle of the season?" (told him he's a great salesman,but there coming to us not us going to them)
 

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Originally posted by LandscapeEscape88
Glad you are all seeing a spike in bussiness. I have been forced to keep my personal accounts very low key this season simply for the reason that my 2 other jobs take up all my time, also for the reason that I do not yet have a vehicle nor am i able to drive.:(

Oh well, I guess I will just have to slowly chip away @ the rock and hit it hard next year.

Best of luck to everyone else who is thriving
Do you mow a lot of lawns in your neighborhood because you sure have a lot of equipment.
 

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july???? the WHOLE year has been a spike for me. almost everyday i mow i pas out 5-10 flyers to people who stop by while im mowing... i get maybe 1 or 2
but at that rate 2-3 new people every week... im getting up there with my accounts.. its great.. keep the rain and heat coming!! good for buisness cause noone wants to work in the heat and the rain keeps the grass growing!!!
 

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Originally posted by colonel landscaping
keep the rain and heat coming!! good for buisness cause noone wants to work in the heat and the rain keeps the grass growing!!!
Ditto. Very, very wet & hot here too. The grass keeps growing, and growing and ..............
 

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It may be partially explained by the fact that many people are working even longer hours to keep the job they are afraid pf losing. As a result, they need someone to do what they used to have time to do, but no longer. Also, I had a number of new landscape jobs this year where it was clear that in the past, little was done such as edging/ mulch etc. It seems that even these people want to make their homes and yards their little vacation spot...just my opinion on what I'm seeing. Yes we've gotten to the point where I've stopped the little advertising we did...just dont have time to give prompt service for estimates...and as we all know, referrals are the key to making it in this business
 

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until today it's been slow, picking up a new client here and there, today while out on a 1hr job, had 5 voice mails. thier "other guy" has stopped because it's too hot. so now i have 5 more clients:D
 

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Garpa

Something you said in your post that made me realize this.


Not sure if some of you know, but supposedly the economy is not that great. Stocks are low and still falling. Interest rates are very low. OK maybe you do know.....

last time this happened was after the Gulf War.

Well. As Garpa said, people are now making their homes their own garden haven or retreat. When people stay closer to home that is when it is best for me. They put in in/above ground pools, decks, patios. Whatever. They also find it's time to add a water feature or do a flower border, or any landscape addition or renovation.

People are not traveling as they have in the past.

If they are going to stay home. Home may as well provide a little of what being in a resort would offer. I have targeted our advertising and monthly letters as such. It has paid off in the couple recent years.
 
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