Is this lawn care competitor helping me or throwing me scraps.

The thought of having a competitor hand you some lawn care customers may at first seem like a dream. What a nice person they must be to think of you and be looking to help you grow. Now while sometimes the competitor is doing just that and giving you a jump start, other times, you may be getting their problem customers. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you always need to be careful to make sure the customer is a good fit for you.

One lawn care business owner wrote “in the middle of March, I advertised my lawn service on craigslist. A local lawn care competitor, noticed the ad on and decided to help a guy out. Basically he doubled my mowing list within a short period of time as he gave me numerous customers he didn’t have time to service. It’s good to know there are still people in this world that are willing to lend a hand and do a good deed.”

A second lawn care business owner responded “what I have noticed is competitors are always willing to give up a few of their lawn care customers if they aren’t interested in them.

Many of these customers will have very poor lawns, or the client will just be unbearable to work for. In my opinion most of these clients can be considered scraps from the competitor. Never is it a situation where they have excess. If a new customer was that good, they’d keep them for themselves and get rid of their lowest priced customer or a customer that is late on payments or they have some other issue.

If these clients are outside of their service area or the competitor doesn’t focus on residential properties, maybe then could they a benefit for you. But you do have to ask why they want to get rid of them.

You need to be careful. This is especially true when you first get started. When you are willing to take on any lawn care customer you can get your hands on, regardless of price, you can burn yourself out quickly.

Don’t for a moment think that a competitor is beyond giving you their worst customers in order to knock you out of business because they may be doing just that. No matter where the customers come from, you absolutely need to make sure you can profit off the job or it is not worth doing.

If you are sitting around waiting for work to come your way, get some flyers printed up and start walking your local neighborhoods to hand out flyers. You can find customers on your own if you have the time to do it.”

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