View Full Version : If you were to start all over again...

09-14-2007, 09:02 PM
Name one thing you would do differently and one thing you would keep the same.
Dan Gomez

09-14-2007, 09:59 PM
I would have never bought a used ztr especially the one with 2000 hrs on it

Everything else id keep the same

09-14-2007, 10:03 PM
would have quit my other job alot earlier and focused just on the lawn business:waving:

09-14-2007, 10:12 PM
I would have bought a 6x12 trailer instead of a 5x10.

I would have bought a 48" ride on instead of a 36" wb.

I would have bought 21" toro prolines instead of home cheapo toros.

09-14-2007, 10:27 PM
Paid someone else to do the books
Still would have bought a Hustler

09-14-2007, 10:29 PM
Would've saved more money, closer to 8000 (I had 5)
And MORE advertising, a WHOLE LOT more.

But all in all starting in the dumps wasn't too bad, the pickup truck was a trip!
1974 F-250 with unknown miles thou we guessed over 400,000, this thing was 28 years old when I got it lol, 5-8 mpg on the original 390 Cleveland engine (thou for the size this thing had less power than a new 251 v-6 lol). Leaked more oil between changes than the change itself, I think a quart every 500 miles I used to buy it by the case, thou fuel in those days was 0.99 - 1.59 / gallon.
The wipers never worked, that's when I learned all about Rain-X, stuff works so good I use it to this day, don't need wipers anymore.
The heat worked, kinda, the brakes were an adventure in advance planning.
The paintjob was nice, it looked like a DIY job so when the paint got to wearing thin I re-did it for $20 with 0.99/can spray paint, white.

Yes sir I was a total scrub and proud of it.

09-15-2007, 10:27 AM
Not bought a 2nd and 3rd american truck.

Americal Vet
09-15-2007, 09:02 PM
I would not have volunteered to walk point!

09-16-2007, 12:20 AM
I would not have bought a PE-200.

09-16-2007, 12:26 AM
I would not have volunteered to walk point!

LOL! Yea, and I would not have asked you to. I was so scared of ambushes
that I always took the point myself rather than ask some volunteer.

09-16-2007, 12:29 AM
Would have purchased a used WB instead of my 44" home edition ztr. Would have purchased a used 6x12ft dual axel trailer instead of my 5x10 single axel for $1050.00 after tax (Didnt know any better at the time).

09-17-2007, 07:24 AM
Stay small

09-17-2007, 02:56 PM
What would you consider small richie?

09-17-2007, 11:30 PM
I wouldve planned and budgeted my equipment purchases instead of making "reaction" purchases on a whim.
I wouldve bought more used stuff when possible.
I wouldve had some sort of "business plan"....you need to know what you want to be. That is, mostly residential. Mostly commercial. Big properties, small properties...full service, mow/blow/go.
By figuring this out it will help you with your purchases and plans.

09-18-2007, 12:49 AM
Not of bought a used john deere gs30 and bought the toro hydro sooner

09-18-2007, 01:03 AM
Would have bought a hydro walk behind and commercial trimmer and blower. Would have also done more research on pricing everything using a measuring wheel. Also would have always required half down on all jobs(that way if they dont pay you dont loose out on what you invested in material costs.

09-18-2007, 01:14 AM
I would have thought ahead to the posibilites, and not limited myself, or spent money on only one thing such as cutting lawns

09-18-2007, 01:27 AM
This is good stuff keep it coming guys.

09-18-2007, 01:31 AM
Another thing, if you dont have a name already, try to stay away from a name that limits your services, 'joe shmoe lawn cutting' 5 years down the road now you find that 50 percent of your buisness is instaling patios and walk ways now what? I dont know maybe thats just me

09-18-2007, 01:36 AM
Would have bought a hydro walk behind rather than a gear

Would have advertised much more

And the big one, would not have wasted 2 years in college (or went for something else that would benifit my business, like accounting or some ag classes) and another year working at the dealer after college, and instead stuck with mowing