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Small Time Business Help

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by squirrel17, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. squirrel17

    squirrel17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I've been cutting lawns for about 5 years. Each year seems to be a struggle to keep the right number of customers. I work by myself and would like to keep it that way. The only customers I have lost have been because they have moved, died, or decided to pay a family member who lost their job. I was going to send out letters to all of my customers from last year to let them know I will be back at it again. I would like to pick up just a few more customers and I will be set. Does anyone have advice for a small timer like myself on how to pick up some new customers? What is the best way to advertise? Local paper, craigslist, flyers???
     
  2. Brodie

    Brodie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Id suggest target some flyer distrubution to lawns on your current route that look a little un-tidy. if you dont want masses of new clients then dont target large groups. But as you are doing your daily mowing route have a look at the lawns in the street and surrounding area and just drop a flyer into the mailbox. As I see it that is more of a targeted approach to your marketing.
     
  3. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Ask your current customers if they know of anyone that needs your services. And look that the yards around where you are cutting.
     
  4. dcjb

    dcjb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    i agree with jsslawncare, i also am also a small bussiness, (13 years) as long as your customers are happy with your work, let them know your looking for more work, mine always have a friend, family or neighbor that needs help.
     
  5. squirrel17

    squirrel17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Will do. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. rnd

    rnd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    Doesn't matter size of company anyone can make themselves look professional.

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