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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Bcvulcan1, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Bcvulcan1

    Bcvulcan1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Hello everyone. I've decided to start my own lawn service business this spring. Ive started with some basic advertising and am about to buy some more equipment. I have some but need more. Of course my biggest opportunity is getting 20 or 30 to start with. Im 52 years old and not only have experience in working with lawns, but some small buisness experience also. Any tips on how to get those first few yards would be greatly appreciated. I've printed off business cards sent out 100 flyers, created a Facebook page and am about to put an ad in the newspaper. I live in northeast ms so I need to act fast! Thanks for any replies.
    larryinalabama likes this.
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,439

    Welcome and good luck.

    Ive had good luck with getting referals from our local nursury.

    Working on saturdays is also helpful.

    Take it a little slow so you can keep all your promises startine out.

    Ive alaways believed that if you make the yards look nice you will get pleanty of work, and for the most part its proven to be true.

    Good Luck!.......
    RDALawns, sehitchman and hort101 like this.
  3. OP

    Bcvulcan1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks Larry. I haven' thought of the nursery idea. Will try that for sure!
  4. DJ49

    DJ49 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    hey Brad, I'm new at this too but have had good luck with Craigslist and the Thumbtacks site.......good luck !
  5. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    I also started my lawn business when I was 52. I'm 66 now and retired but when I started my local newspaper had a section called " Who Does It". It cost $30.00 for a month for three lines of ad and after that month I canceled the ad. I picked up 15 accounts and from then it was word of mouth. I built my business up to 95 customers at its height but as I got older I scaled back a bit because it was getting to much being solo.
  6. OP

    Bcvulcan1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Very interesting reply scagman! Any tips on a simple newspaper add? Also what type of clientele did you have?
  7. OP

    Bcvulcan1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks DJ49. I don't
    Live near any major cities so I wonder how effective sites like that would be for me. Would that matter?
  8. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 514

    I advertised what my services were. Offered free estimates. All residential with a few commercial accounts.
  9. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,585

    When I first got started in lawn care back in 1992 I got a lot of work from handing out flyers under car wipers in parking lots at churches on Sunday and bingo nights during the week...not sure how that would work now days but always got a good response back in the 90's.. But currently I'm reading about paid advertising on facebook as I've heard it works great
  10. MowDaddy

    MowDaddy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,734

    This will be my 8th full year, I'm 55 now, I'm like scagman. My first couple yrs I did old fashioned new papers, lots of retired folks still love the paper.
    Absolutely the best though was word of mouth. If you've lived there in MS for a while you probably know lots of folks. Go talk to everyone you know, let them know what your doing, talk to the small businesses in your area. Especially the one's that already know you. And yes garden center is a great place to leave some cards. Let them know you'll be buying any plants, mulch etc from them. Scratch each other back.
    Good luck, I wish I would have started 20 years sooner.

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