Solo Guy Trying to Expand

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by EoriosLawn, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. EoriosLawn

    EoriosLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    So i post the other day about dump trailer rentals. I’m a solo guy in my first full year of business. I have about 40 weekly lawns i cut and i pick up small landscape jobs here and there. I’m looking fo ideas on what i can do to expand and make more profit. Different services and such.
  2. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Gold Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 3,707

    Gardening/ garden maintenance is one of my highest margin services.

    Small installs bring a nice chunk in to.

    Fertility and weed control programs are easy add ons.

    One thing I did when I had alot more time then work. Was check over current clients properties for work. Do the bushes need trimmed? Open bed space needs filled with new plant? Thin lawn gets overseed? Etc..

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,600

    Up selling vs waiting for the customer to ask you to do something : depending on time of the season I text or email every customer offering services . I keep it simple “Hello I am starting spring Cleanup in April and Mulch in May . Let me know if you would like either service and I will add you to the schedule”.
    Ppl won’t always ask but that doesn’t mean you can’t sell them on a service. Aeration & overseeding for example I never even offered for years and no one asked. Once I started selling ppl on it now it’s an extra few grand every fall.
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  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,043

    Your location would be helpful.
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  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    40 lawns in your first year? :dizzy:

    it took me 8 years to get up to 40 lawns. :laugh:
  6. EoriosLawn

    EoriosLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Northeast Ohio
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  7. EoriosLawn

    EoriosLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I got pretty lucky. Spent some money on advertising but it was worth it.
  8. EoriosLawn

    EoriosLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I looked into fertilizing but wasn’t sure if i want to deal with all the tests and the EPA being my first year

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,600

    Very strict in most states you have to be licensed even for organic and it’s not an easy certification/ test.
  10. Guitargain

    Guitargain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I count my blessings every day man. I work EMS for our county so I work 24 on 48 off. I started last year around June and got about 5 accounts just to pay my Scag mower payment. About a month after I bought it a friend that had a small lawn service GAVE me about 20 accounts because he had to get out of the business due to family obligations. Picked up a few more last year, and this year I have picked up quite a few. I am now up to almost 40 accounts. I took the guy and his fiancé out to dinner to show my appreciation last year, but thinking I am gonna take em out again. I probably would be nowhere near where I am in accounts had he not given me the 20.

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