prob everyones the opposite, but this year had a handfull of timewatser quotes , and havnt really got any new clients and lost about 7 after the winter due to people cutting back, some this is after keeping their gardens looked after for 3 years.! although i am due to start a fairly good job in 2 weeks , im stil keeping fairly busy 4/5 days a week but not packing out the hours..
phone doesnt seem to ring and when does seems more timewaster quick tidy up jobs which not really interested in, suppose havnt gone mad on adve rtising as comfortable enough work.
The adverts in window seem to attract penny pinhcers shall we say, what other forms of advertising should i try out, as got a good base of cleints that we are happy with each other and would like to expand a bit more and really have a helper as currently on own and if rain all week a big struggle to motivate myself!
i agree with both above comments :)
apart from the rain 'ruining' everything - jobs tougher and missing days.
Some good points,
you mention not begin interested in the smaller once of tidy ups, I have found if you get a good friendship with the customer and always discuss the option of regular maintenance with the fixed price per visit that this has 95% of the time ended in them taking up a regular fortnightly maintenance. Most of the customers understand we are struggling as much as they are so try and give a fair price and ride out the storm then hopefully when your the other side we can encourage them to have other work done.
It is very bad when customers try to bargin you down they do not go to the supermarket and say i want to pay a £1 for my loaf of bread today. We need to stick firm on price.