Rotating daily schedules bringing in more business

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eddie B, May 13, 2005.

  1. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
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    2.5 weeks ago I decided to rotate daily schedules. What I mean by this is lets say you have 4 neighborhoods scheduled in a day. Week 1 you will do neighborhoods in the following order. 1, 2, 3, 4. Week 2 you will do 2, 3, 4, 1. Week 3 you do 3, 4, 1, 2. This way, you'll be doing each neighborhood a different time of the day each week. Many customers and their neighbors don't come home from work until 6-9pm during the week. My motive for creating this schedule is more exposure. I must say it has worked, and I have brought in 6 new customers so far from this exposure alone. What do you guys think about this scheduling? Has anyone else tried this? Throw me some opinions as well.
  2. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    It makes sense, as long as the neighborhoods are in the same general area, and your not driving out, doubling back, then driving out all over again. You are bound to be seen more though.
  3. Tight Angles

    Tight Angles LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    It's good, but a lot of people prefer to be cut on Friday's, or near the end of the week, and if you start cutting them on a different day they freak out. Maybe just rotate the time of day you go into each neighborhood. Are you only in 5 different subs all week?
  4. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
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    Messages: 859

    I think you mis-understood what I said. Everyone still gets cut the same day of the week. Just within a different time-frame of each day.
  5. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
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    I dont think he means swithing the day they are cut, just the time of day he does each neighborhood. So, each would still be cut the same day, just not at the same time.
    **edit-woops, looks like you beat me by a minute***
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    It certainly makes sense, the "exposure" thing that is.

    Last week I picked up 2 new customers and did an estimate for another person who all saw me working at a later time then I usually do. I usually work earlier and get done early. But last week I started later and worked later, so people that never usually see me came out and wanted prices. Picked up 2 out of the 3.

    Also, I never usually work Saturdays if I can avoid it, but I think I may do some short Saturdays over the next few weeks for the same reason as above. Hopefully get a couple more lawns out of it (plus I'll get to check out all the weekend warriors with their mowers in their trunks! LOL!).
  7. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Messages: 548

    I bet ya not many people do this and the rest will bash it and it will be kind scrubie because they didn't think of it . But i think its grate i do it not for any reason just as i might have a clean out Tuesday morning and that is when Joe shi* the rag man gets cut and he gets a cut at 4:30 rush hour on main street and not 10:30 all the old people are out bitchi** the mowers to loud !! works grate but some people say i have never seen you be for are you any good ? Well i cut the yard two houses down for the past year and a half what do you think ? Really i never seen you .
  8. Texas Mowem

    Texas Mowem LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 59

    Thats pretty smart, your thinking like a business man and not a lawn boy keep it up.
  9. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    That is a very good idea, I would have never thought of that. Theory is there and you have proof to back it up, I'm going to have to try it out.
  10. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    Sometimes we flip the days schedule, start at the end of the route and work the other way back.

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