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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cjcland, Apr 14, 2000.

  1. cjcland

    cjcland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    i am going to offer my customers a special if they get me a full service 12 month contract for lawn care i will offer them a free month of mowing, is this too much or should i offer 1/2 the month or 1 free cut i know i would make nothing the first month of the new contract but the next month i would break even and every month after that would be profit-expenses what have you done in the past, i feel 1 month of free mowing would really motivate them, please let me know if i am going to far<p>----------<br>CJC Landscape Management<br>Winter Haven, Florida
     
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I wouldn't give away ant free services. Instead at Christmas, send them a tin of pretzels or a gift from Swiss Colony.
     
  3. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    UH UH, Did you get a free month with your phone, cable, power, internet service, cell phone, etc............If I gave away a month of business I would have to give away my business.....Send them a gift certificate when they refer you to somebody else AND you land them. Everybody likes to eat so make it a Shoneys or something, don't give away your sweat though!<p>Homer
     
  4. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,642

    CJC, please tell me that your're not that desperate. Wipe free out of your vocabulary. If your a one man operation your&quot;re not going to get rich enough to off free work
     
  5. cjcland

    cjcland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    thank you all i am glad i checked here first<p>----------<br>CJC Landscape Management<br>Winter Haven, Florida
     
  6. ZYAL8R

    ZYAL8R LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Messages: 51

    how about a free mowing?? i was thinknig of setting up a fertilizer/areation plan and give all new customers a free mowing if they signed up.
     
  7. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,642

    I don't think you want the type of customer who are just looking for a freebie. What if you get 200 calls wanting a free cut and most of them have 2 acres? Most good customers arent going to give up their regular lawn service for a free cut. &quot;free&quot; that is such a scarry word lol
     
  8. DMC300

    DMC300 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    IF YOU GIVE THEM 12 MONTHS TO PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES YOU ARE ALREADY GIVING THEM A BREAK.<p>----------<br>DON<br>LIANNES' MOWING
     
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    I have to agree with Charles, you don't want this type of customer. Next think you know they are try to get you to honor a competitors coupon or something. :)
     
  10. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 628

    I offer a few perks for my customers that help me out as well. My main point of interest is that for every referral they send, if they become a reg. customer, I will give the original customer a free mowing. May not sound like much but for avg. of $25 a pop, I could sit on the phone for 5 min. at a time & call all my friends- $25 savings for 5 min. of your time.<br>I also send cards at Christmas time & surveys asking what they liked/disliked about our service, & any other comments.<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
     

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