Lawn care gift certificates

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EvandSeby, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. EvandSeby

    EvandSeby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    Does anyone out there sell gift certificates for their services around the holidays? I have thought about trying it to generate some income during the slow season. Work would be completed before the busy season starts in April. Also I would like to know how any of you are doing upselling services(i.e. face to face contacts, flyers, etc.) Thank you in advance!
  2. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    That is an excellent idea - weather it will work is another story! You might try bouncing the idea off some of your current clients - some may have a good use for this type service (older parents, grandparents). What do you have to loose?
  3. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    It may work for you.

    I tried pushing gift certificates for some 5 years. Every month in the company news letter. I pushed them for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Father's Day, Mother's Day, just about any reason I could think of. Offered them in any denomination they wanted.

    I sold " 0 "

    That's OK,

    I do something else every year, sometimes twice a year. I do a raffle only for residential customers. Send a blank coupon, they fill out there name, # and address. Send it back to me. As long as they had a " 0 " balance at the time of drawing they were eligable. Prizes were just about anything. A year of FREE lawn apps. A year of FREE weekly maintenance. A month FREE Maintenance. FREE cleanup. FREE Shrub Trimming. FREE bulb planting. FREE Annuals.................and so on.

    If it was a BIG prize then only one winner. If I was giving say a FREE month of maintenance (4 weeks) then I would have second prize of 2 weeks and a third of 1 week.

    My customers love it. So do I, get 90% of the checks in within 10 days or so.
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    I have sold some landscaping certificates for birthdays but im not trying to push them hard. Someone asked me what to get someone for their birthday and i just happen to mention a gift certificate for some landscaping services. right place at the right time i guess.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    If you decide to give away or sell "Prizes" make sure that you include limits such as time and size.
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Last Christmas I had a man contact me about buying a gift certificate for a years worth of mowing for his newly widowed mom for christmas. Was nice to get a 1200.00 checkin late December when money is no longer flowing in. The downside.....that money was spent a long time I feel like ive been cutting the lawn for free all year:dizzy:
    Also had someone contact me this spring to for a gift certifate good for 10 cuts for his dads Birthday. this is the first year Ive ever even had the request.
  7. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Yeah, I know what your saying Richard. And we do have limits accordingly.

    I have GREAT customers, so I give back a little. But like I said above, had to have a "0" balance at the time of drawing.

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