Just getting in the business but still no business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Eagle Lawn Care, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Eagle Lawn Care

    Eagle Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 9

    If anybody had any advice or suggestions for my business they would be GREATLY appreciated at this point. I recently bought a brand new graveley 144 and all new stihl equipment. I've put alot of money into this business so far but no business. It seems as though there is TOO much competition, everywhere you look is another lawncare business. I almost feel intimidated. Every business already has a lawn care business on contract. ANY HELP?
  2. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Its only January. Things will take off when the warmer weather hits. Until then get your name out there. Be persistant.
  3. kalyeah

    kalyeah LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Don't get in over your head too fast. Don't buy a bunch of equipment that you won't use on a daily basis. First year maybe you should start out with mostly residential or small commercial properties. Be liscensed and insured. There will be a time when you're glad you are and it's helps sell yourself. Don't be intimidated. It takes time to build a business. If you keep advertising you'll get the business. Conduct business professionally and you'll keep the business. Don't lowball to get business. You'll be sorry you did later when you're working your a@@ off and not getting paid enough for it.
  4. thepondman2

    thepondman2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    hey Eagle lawn care, i started in october going into landscape installation and maintnance ,i moved to this area three years ago and i know no one, i put out well over 2000 flyers , so far i've had 6 calls ,2 i've gotten ,1 thought i was to high priced, 1 is still in decision, and the other wanted a stone mason so hang in there and put out some flyers
  5. SoloMow

    SoloMow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    Eagle Lawn Care,
    Sit tight for now, but get your spring promotion prepared. You need to be ready for a big advertising push in 2-3 weeks. By mid-February you should hit the ground running with flyers and door-hangers. Since you are just starting, target residential and small commercial properties. Get your "sea legs" before attacking big commercial accounts. Once you get a start, word of mouth will add to your business as the summer progresses. You have good equipment...... just do a great job! Good Luck.
  6. Eagle Lawn Care

    Eagle Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 9

    There are some great people at LawnSite :)
  7. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
    from S>C>
    Messages: 399

    Sounds like everyone is giveing good advice,hang in,it will come NEVER CONSIDER DOING CHEAPER TO GET THE WORK>it will come call some other LCO's in your area and see what they would charge to do your yard,that will give you a general idea on what to charge

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Jan is slow but the time to put out fliers. Our first batch was out the 2nd week of Jan. our 2nd will go out Feb 14th.. Our third will go out on March 1st.
    After that once a month till Dec. To much other stuff going on to think about grass.
    The # count for passed out stuff is about 20,000. We also do a lot of mailings. from the first round we got 6 jobs lined up but the real stuff will happen in Feb and March. Being new you may not get as many as us because my name is know, but you will get some. The best thing is that you have nothing to do so it will be easy to pass them out. After that find some Real Estate people and ask them who passes out their stuff. That is the cheapest way to get them out. Do it yourself the first time so you know where they are going.
    We are going for two new routes this year so we need about 200 new jobs. I am hoping we get there before July.

    Keep the faith. It will come. Tell everybody you know what you do.
    Even though we do the ads we still get a lot of business from word of mouth
    Use every club or activity you are in and let them know about you.
    Marketing- Marketing- Marketing!!---------Good Luck,
  9. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 391

    I would agree with others, get experience, get legal and start with residentials to develop clientel. I am trying a new idea this winter and into Spring. I watch my area almost daily but I take one day a week to ride around my area and see which homes are for sale. After they are sold and I see signs of new owners I make sure they get a flier describing my services. This is my first year trying this but I think it's got good potential. Being able to claim that you are insured is a huge advantage over those who are not, so having insurance is a must if you want to succeed.

    Good Luck

  10. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Get yourself a nice winter jacket and hat made up with your company name on them. Wear them everywhere its appropriate. I have had mine for three years and am amazed at how many times people will ask just because of these items. This is a good way to get name recognition and recognition is the way to success.

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