"No Soliciting" on door...still leave a flyer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by oilcan, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. oilcan

    oilcan LawnSite Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 1

    Been lurking for a few months here on the forum and gathering great knowledge/wisdom. I am working on developing my plan "B" to maybe make the move out of the corporate grind in a few years.

    So the question is, when there is a no soliciting sign on the door, is it okay to leave a flyer/hanger? I feel like I am not directly bothering them, just giving them the opportunity to contact me if they are interested. On the flip side, does it make my business look bad by directly ignoring the sign?

    Thoughts and experiences appreciated.
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,404

    I do.

    As long as you don't knock and try to sell you're not "soliciting"

    Others opinions will vary
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  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Common sense should be your guide regarding your question. Do not bother people with no soliciting signs on their doors, windows or signs posted on their property.
    easy-lift guy
  4. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    If there is a no soliciting sign I won't leave a flyer.
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,404

    It is completely legal to leave fliers. You are not soliciting.

    When you knock on the door and solicit. That's when you have problems.

    Chances are where "no soliciting" signs are is where you WANT to work.
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  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,395

    'no soliciting' technically isn't a "legal sign"

    It's just a sign saying "go away".

    It's not a stop sign, or a no firearms sign.

    It carries no weight and isn't backed by a law.

    It's pretty much a request.
    However, if you aren't respectful of a clients request, what makes you think they would choose you as a vendor in the first place?

    "oh this guy just ignored my sign, I should hire him! he's a good trustworthy guy!"
  7. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    I know it's not illegal to leave a flier. I didn't leave them out of respect to the property owner/resident. I don't pass out fliers anymore so it doesn't matter to me.
  8. reliablelawn

    reliablelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    It's funny. 70-80% of my 85 accounts are directly from my flyers. Of those 60-65 homes, I would say 50 have no soliciting signs.
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    I asked this same question years back. Definitely no knock on the door...total no brainer. As for leaving material...it depends on the vibe honestly. Not trying to sound mystical here but that's how I play it. 60/40 or 40/60 percent of the time I leave it. When I have hired folks for this I flat out tell them the same. :)
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  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,404

    No one believes that on this site. It is the truth.
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