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any one start getting ready for 05-06 yet?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Clapper&Company, May 16, 2005.

  1. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    just thinking today at lunch about getting accounts line up. Any one else start getting accounts lined up yet?

    if not when do u start??

    What are you doing about gas prices / your rates ?
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Already started (read my tag line). Two weeks ago, I contacted last winter's customers to see who wants me for next winter. Told them there might be an increase to cover the increased gas cost. So I've got the basic route established. Dropped a couple of customers to tighten up the route. Started planning how much expansion I want and where. Made a couple more contacts (ie: real estate agent) for potential customers. Planning for advertising strategy. Etc, etc.
  3. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I have a few accounts still to bill and several to collect from.
    Truck maintenance/blade overhaul is next on the list- I don't worry about re-confirming for next year until September. Unless I happen to notice a for sale sign at a customer's (got one I need to contact now because of that- try to pick up the new property and retain the old). I retain customers unless they move with no diffaculty- and if I want to drop I simply don't call them for the next season. If they don't hear from the plow guy by the middle of Sept they all call me to make sure I'm ok and still in business- gotta love loyalty. When you do a reliablly good job and price it fairly they hate to have to even think about finding a new plower.

    I'm looking into book keepig software and a business computer system over the summer season, so that will be the most work off season plowing related I have done in several years.
  4. OneBadDodge06

    OneBadDodge06 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 731

    what have you found that works well for an advertising strategy?
  5. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    Ready for 05-06, 06-07, and 07-08 already Have some contracts signed for 5 years at a time, some for 3 years and a few for 1 year. and a waiting list incase I ever have 1 that does not renew. I never have to look for customers sence I started offering long turm contracts.
    The best advertising I have ever done is on the side of my equipment.
  6. Hammond Welding

    Hammond Welding Junior Member
    Messages: 8


    yes i custom build plows last year was good i learn alot about what i built as well as what im gonna build and how it fits into actual use. my plows are for sale but i have yet to be able to get help to get pictures up chris
  7. dmc337

    dmc337 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Reminders sent with July billing

    I send my friendly reminders with my July billings, then August 1st we send out the letters and proposals to all past customers and the new landscaping customers from this year. Contracts are due September 1st, so it gives them a month to commit.