If you want to target an area then go with the flyers in the areas you want to target.
If you just want work and dont care how far of a drive from one job to another then get five budies for two days and pass out a car load and i mean a car load like 20,000 flyers and you will get work. Make nice flyers and you will look better. This is good for getting work but you will get too many phone calls and get a lot of work depending on the demand for lawncare in your area.
My only other advice is dont take on too much work just take on a little and do landscaping to fill in the empty days. Like shrub trimming, mulch and so on. I am not an expert but i know this is a kamakazi approach to jump start a full time business. you might also not need to pass out that many flyers but if you want to definatly get enough work to get started then this would be an agrresive but resultful approach.
I agree with Eric. If you do put an area you want to work it. Example: York Town and surrounding areas. Keep your ad short and sweet. It will save you money. Also keep you ad in everyday. A small ad in once a day is always better than a big ad once a week. Try getting flyers with black ink and white paper its the cheepest. Hit areas you want to target.
In a log write the town street and house # and estimate.
On the bottom of each flyer write the estimate after looking at each house. The best time to do this is in the off season. It takes alot of time but mostly every call you get you pick up as a customer. And all calls you get is phone work. All you need is the name and phone number of the person. Let us know how it works. Good luck!!!
Travis AG&G Lawn Maintenance
flyers are the best bang for the buck. Make sure you don't put them in mail boxes though. You can get charged a fee for each flier. Newspaper ads dont target the areas that you specifically want to target, but the twenty bucks or so you pay is cheap compared to the cost and man hours you have to put in for giving out fliers.(gas, printing, etc.)
Tell your existing cutomers that you are looking for more customers and ask them if they have any friends they would like to refer you to. I have found that little old ladies are great for this. This has worked very well for me. What a network of customers I have. Good luck !