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Offline Method to Make a Little Cash - 500.00 a week - Works in the USA

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  1. BassTrackerBoats

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    I was reminded of this method when someone here was asking about how to outsource contractors and make money doing that. I used this a long time ago and I know it works well. You will not make a huge bundle of money at it but the time it takes is not much so the ROI on your time and effort is pretty strong. I know it works in the USA and I suspect it would be successful in other countries but I can't honestly speak to that.

    This time of year, landscapers and lawn maintenance companies are looking to build their client base as they are just really starting up in most areas in the USA. In general, landscapers are working men and are not marketers so this is where you can shine and make a couple of extra dollars for a small amount of work.

    Costs are minimal although you would need to spend some money but you can almost pull some of this off without spending a dime.

    You will be generating leads for the landscapers and the first thing you need are landscapers who have a checkbook and is willing to spend for new client leads. Those are not hard to find. Then you need people that need a reliable and professional landscaper; again, not all that hard to find. Marry those together and you have a revenue stream.

    1) Throw up a quick WP website with a domain name like LandscaperLeadsYourArea.com or some such thing. Spend a couple of hours making it look pretty and put up a few pages of content with about us, contact us pages and such. Testimonials would be a nice touch as well. You are not looking to rank this site as it is really just window dressing and something to give to the landscaper in the event he wants to see if you are legit. Be sure to use a phone for contact info and your cell is probably the best for that.

    2) Get landscapers by calling those in the phone book (yellow pages), Yelp, Merchant Circle, trucks you see on the road or advertise on craigslist. Any place you see that a landscaper is advertising for new clients is fine although the above are where I found them. Let them know that you can get qualified people that want an estimate to manage their landscaping needs or handle their lawn maintenance. Find what areas they are looking to increase their business and if it is reasonably close to you pitch them on the benefits of you getting them leads and them just going out to close the leads. The typical demographic of your lawn maintenance guy is not a prospector but has the ability to close once they have a qualified appointment. Line up 5 or 6 of these guys that you think can close the deal in different areas of your market and find out general times they are available to give estimates to get accounts.

    3) Get leads. Leads are not all that hard to find either and you get them to call you on your cell phone so you are not actually doing cold calling. Where and how do you find these prospects? One way is to use bandit signs or snipe signs. These are the 18 X 24 inch signs you see on the side of the road offering anything from "I buy homes" to "Cheap Plumbing" to "Special deal today" and so forth.

    What you want to do is to buy a hundred or so of these signs, get a fat sharpie and write on the sign (both sides) "Local Man does lawns and your phone number" or some variation of that. I liked to make it looks like I was a guy in the area just trying to make a few extra dollars mowing lawns as people generally trust others that are local and when working on their home like a smaller company. Again, that is just my thinking.

    Put the signs out on Friday afternoon/early evening in high traffic areas near stop lights, Home Depot/Lowes exit areas, Supermarket exit areas, Walmart, Sams Club, Costo and other big box exit areas. Stay away from neighborhoods or you'll get some nasty calls for sure. Pick your signs up on Sunday afternoon and you can reuse them the next weekend. You'll lose some signs in the process as people will take them and toss them away but that is part of the cost of doing business.

    When the prospect calls you get some basic info about what size their yard is, what they are looking for, do they have a current service and that cost (get that and you'll have you guy close every deal every time) and then set up a time for you to come out and look at the place to give them an estimate. Be sure to give them a 30 second elevator speech on how good your company is as that is part of the presell. You want your clients (the lawn maintenance guys) to close the deals.

    Send the lead to the landscaper/lawn maintenance guy and you have done your job.

    I would typically sell the landscapers on paying up front for leads in blocks of 10 @ $20 - $25 per lead. That was not a hard sell and you can use Paypal for a credit card so you do not even need a merchant account. If you have a guy that balks at the 10 block of leads upfront, tell him you will do a trial for him of only 5 to get him hooked. Once he gets a few of the leads closed he will be buying those blocks of 10 for sure.

    This is not a huge money maker but not bad for a guy that is looking to make a few extra bucks and this can be expanded to other niches as well. I tried a hot tub guy that was having a sale once and failed miserably so that niche may not be your best bet.

    I would think that other crafts like plumbers, roofers, window guys, etc would work and that the price per lead would be a little higher for those as well since the revenue is more relative to the time they spend on the job.

    You can easily make 500 a week with this method and it will not take a huge amount of time to make that money + you will be helping out a lot of guys make money with their businesses and possibly they would be hiring more people thus helping out those that need work.

    You can also put up ads on craigslist, your local supermarket bulletin board or those little newspapers they toss on the lawn for free (I used to run an ad in them for a computer parts, sales and service store I owned and it only cost us 18.00 a week).

    I'm sure that you can come up with other cheap/free ways to generate leads for this and I promise you the closing on either end is not hard. Just be available (thus the suggestion to use your cell) and be responsive.
     
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  2. jinntana

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    Not only is this a great method to help generate extra income it also helps alot of people get money. If only there was more people like you in the world BTB with that generous way of thinking and no greed.

    I have a really good twist for this after i finish my current project thanks again
     
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    We actually do this every week for our pay per call clients, they pay us between $15-$100 per call generated, we buy bandit signs every week and set them out on a friday night and pick them back up on sunday night, Great income earner.
     
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    nice idea, but might not work in my country
     
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    Great method will give it a try deffo
     
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    would this work in Manhattan?
     
  7. spider7

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    Interesting...
    Let me play devils advocate.
    Why would a Landscaper PAY someone for leads from a bandit sign...when they can do this themselves?

    (*not trying to be smart....i'm just saying ;)
     
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    Probably but I've never done anything up that way... you would need ties to hold them to poles as opposed to nailing them or putting them in the ground as the landscape is different there than most places.

    Why would any company pay for an advertising service?

    Landscapers are good at landscaping and make real good money when they are working on lawns but nothing when they are marketing. Typically on a Friday afternoon they are not thinking too much about going our and placing 100 signs as they are tired and a cold beer sounds much more inviting + the mindset is not the same as one that is in the sales and marketing fields.

    Most landscapers are hard workers who enjoy working with their hands and their tools and not so much marketing to get that business.
     
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    I missed this when it was first posted. Thanks BTB! I live in South Florida and this will work year-round down here!
     
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    Like a charm!

    I rocked it in Clearwater when I had a place over there.
     
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    This method is awesome! I currently do this with 3 other small niches that bank fairly nice. Each with minimal overhead. We're talking flip phones for each "company" and websites to match with brands.

    Instead of presenting the image as a "Local Joe"... I present a corporate style, sophisticated, Local & Family-Owned company. I'm able to close deals at much higher prices ($X,XXX - $XX,XXX) and you could imagine how much people are willing to pay for that. Contract it out... and collect.

    It's a little more work involved, but it's much more lucrative.
     
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    Nice idea ! But might not work in my country. (
     
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    So basically your the middle man... I've always thought about this... Ever since I first had a job at a temporary agency.

    My only question is how to get into contact with said businesses. Like yes finding them is easy... The hard part to me is how do you explain to them you can get them more money without sounding scamish... or even like a prank phone call? I guess for bigger more expensive niches it would be worth it to just enter the establishment and try to talk to whoever is in charge... But for the bigger companies... the owner... or person in charge usually doesnt even have his hands in the business anymore...

    Smaller companies... family run ones mostly... i can see just finding their website and being like... yooo lemme get in on dat money... i can get you leads... But what if its like... they have secretaries... and managers... and such. How do you go about talking to them?

    Some companies have just one manager... hes responsible for everything... Would you talk to him? Or ask to talk to the owner...?

    Some companies have marketing directors... and all these other managers... any tips?
     
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    I used to get on the phone and call them. I was offering a legitimate service that gave the business owner a good return on his advertising dollar and would explain how the process worked. They are just regular people like you and I and want to make money just like you and I.

    Say i buy 100 ads or signs and stick them in random places... How long to get the 10 leads?

    I could easily get 20 - 30 calls on a weekend and turn the majority of them into appointments.


    I ask because... If you put the ads out on friday... and you get 10 calls... You can sell them all that night... or whatever... You obviously want to get their yard done ASAP... otherwise they will go somewhere else... correct?

    They do not necessarily want their lawn done ASAP as much as they are looking for a service to take care of their needs. If they called they was interested in getting a quote and in that particular industry the company has to send someone out to look at the project to give them a quote. This was for people looking for a contracted service, not a guy with a mower on the back of his pick up truck looking to make a couple of bucks on a Saturday.

    So how fast do you get the leads? Because you said you sell them in 10x bundles... So does that mean you get 10 leads per 1 day? thats 250 a day... Or does it sometimes take 2-3 days to get the leads?

    I'd get them on the weekends when the signs were up... that is why I suggest a cell phone so you can still live your life and take calls to set up appointments.

    If it does take a few days... doesnt that risk giving bad leads to the business that will be doing the work? Bad leads as in.. people might not need their work done anymore?

    All I did was set an appointment for them to get an estimate and the company would go and close the deal. I would set up the appointment for a week day or week day evening and sell the info to the lawn maintenance companies to go and close.

    OR do you have multiple companies you give leads to?

    I had multiple companies because not all companies covered all the areas I got calls from and not all companies could handle the volume of new business coming in so I spread it out amongst a few different companies.
     
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    good ideea thx for this
     
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    So after a client calls and you set up an estimation what do you do? You just give the number of a client to the landscaper and he goes and closes?
     
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    I've got to say, I think this is one of the best ideas I have read on this site albeit I have spent limited time here.

    I think it could easily transfer over to a lot of other fields besides lawn care as well.

    For example, paving, construction, plumbing, electricians, maids / cleaners, etc etc. A few you did mention.

    I think I might try set up a craigslist bot or something similar to routinely post advertising "my" services. I am unsure on the effectiveness of going around actually posting signs etc, maybe thats just my area though.
     
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    When I did this I would set up an appointment with the caller and then pass the info to the client so he could go and close the deal.



    Without a doubt this would work with almost any service industry.