recession worries?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by wildstarblazer, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,046

    Anybody worried this recession will have a big impact on the lawn biz?

    I started my first business during the small recession in the late 80's early 90's.
    I didn't even think about it. I just advertised like nothing was going on and things were fine.

    This time I was thinking of using some type of recession topic in my ads though.
  2. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    I plan on addressing some financial questions in my advertising, like why they should keep spending money. But I will not mention the words "recession" or "economic downturn" becaue I think that will just make people remember where everyone is at and throw my ad away!

    I am worried about things though. That's just because my generation (I just turned 24) hasn't really been through something like this. At least not when we were aware. I work in aircraft here in wichita (aircraft capital of the world) and I'm going to be laid off the end of this month. I've already got my hours cut back to 23 a week so It's kind of forced my hand into trying to find more mowing work. I know I won't find any aircraft jobs because I'm just one of around 6000 workers around here that are getting laid off right now.

    I know things will improve, they always have and hopefully always will. All we have to do is hang tuff and know that when things start going upword we're in place to ride the big wave of more work coming in! If you back out of things now because you're financially worried then you won't have your ducks in a row for the rebound. Thats just my thoughts.
  3. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    just about ALL advertisements these days are pushing the horrible economy, and then they try to sell the consumer something.
    My original plan was to talk about the economy, but I couldn't get myself to do it....
    ya know...

    "Is your 401k shrinking and yet your grass is still growing????" Call us!

    of course, I would never do such a thing, even though it might bring about a 'chuckle' or two.... on the flip side....I could get death threats.... :eek:)

    So I just chose to plug away with the usual advertising that's worked for the past couple years... simple, dependable service, simple, economical prices...
  4. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    This year I am offering prepay, if they want to. I will offer a discount for prepay, one amount for monthly prepay and a better one for yearly. Not sure what the discount will be yet. Depends on if I decide to raise prices this year or not.
    I had thought of having them call if interested and then deciding the discount. Unfortunately that could lead to some unprofitable negotiations.
  5. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    I have been thinking about running a new advertisement in the newspaper something like:

    Check out our lawn & landscape "stimulus plans" your golden parachute has arrived:usflag:
  6. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    I guess we are bless here in southern Louisiana, the recession has not been that bad for us...still seeing help wanted signs around the area...

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Same here in Texas Big C, we are still going good here (knock on wood).
  8. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Thats good to hear finally some good Karma, from Hurricane Katrina:usflag:
  9. ruffs

    ruffs LawnSite Member
    from md pa
    Messages: 74

    as long as it rains we will work . most jobs that will be lost are in sales and bulls@#$ing jobs in corpurations were thier overstafed because of vacation days and holidays. the grass will still grow. but you might not want to get to far into the hole with your clients
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2009
  10. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    Funny story on the economy. Last year I had a customer that lived down the street from me, and I hated mowing her lawn. She never watered and had two huge trees in front so it never got enough sun either. DUSTBOWL. Anyway, this year I noticed she'd been watering alot and the grass was starting to fill in nicely. I was happy to see that I would actually enjoy mowing her lawn this year (it's two houses down from mine, so if hers looks good it makes mine look good). Turns out, the reason she'd had time to do so much watering and lawn maintenance was because she was laid off. In the same conversation she informed me that she wouldn't be able to afford my services this year. Bummer.

    Other than that the economy has not affected everything too much here in West Texas. Everything hits here slower though. A few people have gotten laid off, but they aren't having that much trouble finding more work.

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