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LawnEnforcement25
01-27-2011, 07:51 PM
anyone have any advice? i have tried starting my business up now 2 different times at 2 different locations, and have to up and move after a couple of years. Im hoping to hit the ground running when i get there and establish something quick. Im just a single operation but i have brand new professional equipment and brand new truck. I know there are alot of companies in FL all trying to obtain the same thing so any info would be appreciated. ill bottom feed for a bit if i have to just to get a few accounts.

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 08:52 PM
Im just a single operation but i have brand new professional equipment and brand new truck.

Sounds like you have some bills coming your way.






I know there are alot of companies in FL all trying to obtain the same thing so any info would be appreciated. ill bottom feed for a bit if i have to just to get a few accounts.


This is a understatement.
My advice to you would be
1. invest in some quality looking door hangers. Hit the pavement hard. 2, Don't cut the SA short.
3, Take some extension courses to become aware of common issues in Florida.
4. Don't forget the sunscreen
5. Don't forget the sunscreen
6. If you do not already know - learn spanish
7. Did I mention the sunscreen?

LawnEnforcement25
01-27-2011, 09:37 PM
haha thanks. ill try to remember the sunscreen. by bills do you mean the equipment? if so, no not really. everything i have bought was paid for basically with cash. with the exception of my truck. its an 09 Dodge Ram Crew cab Sport. its my family truck but doubles as my trailer hauler. I just added it in so whomever would know they are not dealing with some budgeted operator in a 20 year old mazda b2000. my equipment list is in my sig and im waiting on a Stihl FC90 being delivered tomorrow. like i said, im pretty debtless and business wise. i have be lazy and only used this biz as a means of making spending money. my situation allows me to stay home with my kids and do the jobs i chose to when i get the time. Im motivated to make it grow, and i have the equipment needed to get started, i just havent put it in motion because i know im going to up and leave every few years. but when i get there i want to establish something solid.

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 09:48 PM
haha thanks. ill try to remember the sunscreen. by bills do you mean the equipment? if so, no not really. everything i have bought was paid for basically with cash. with the exception of my truck. its an 09 Dodge Ram Crew cab Sport. its my family truck but doubles as my trailer hauler. I just added it in so whomever would know they are not dealing with some budgeted operator in a 20 year old mazda b2000. my equipment list is in my sig and im waiting on a Stihl FC90 being delivered tomorrow. like i said, im pretty debtless and business wise. i have be lazy and only used this biz as a means of making spending money. my situation allows me to stay home with my kids and do the jobs i chose to when i get the time. Im motivated to make it grow, and i have the equipment needed to get started, i just havent put it in motion because i know im going to up and leave every few years. but when i get there i want to establish something solid.


You will do fine, there is plenty of work down here. The main thing is to get your name out there. I know it is really kind of funny, but word of mouth will do you a great service down here, so just get yourself going with some door hangers and everything else will fall into place. By the way a 20 year old Mazda is considered high class to many down here. You will see everything from Escalades to station wagons pulling trailers. LOL

FLAhaulboy
01-27-2011, 09:56 PM
Being we are in NW Florida, no need to learn Spanish...yet! Since your from "Mississippi", you might want to learn to speak English! :laugh:

Run some local small ads in newspaper & the American Classifieds. Post regular ads on Craigs List, it is very POPULAR in our area.

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 09:59 PM
no need to learn Spanish...yet!

LOL - better still learn ...you want to be prepared for next year.

LawnEnforcement25
01-27-2011, 10:09 PM
i guess the comment about the mazda could have been better depicted. when i was in south carolina i knew a few guys that ran around with a homeowner grade lawn tractor mower, craftsman trimmers and a ford f150 truck bed converted to a trailer pulled with a beat up mazda b2000. thats just what i think of when i think of these poorly funded and put together LCO's low balling all day. beat up trucks and old rusted equipment is all.

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 10:16 PM
i guess the comment about the mazda could have been better depicted. when i was in south carolina i knew a few guys that ran around with a homeowner grade lawn tractor mower, craftsman trimmers and a ford f150 truck bed converted to a trailer pulled with a beat up mazda b2000. thats just what i think of when i think of these poorly funded and put together LCO's low balling all day. beat up trucks and old rusted equipment is all.

OH Boy - you are about to enter to some sort of shell shock when you get down here. You will pull into a nice gated guarded community with 2 million dollar plus homes and see a Lincoln pulling a MTD rider from Wal-Mart.

You can get yourself one of these and some fuzzy dice for the mirror and still have some spending cash left over and not be out of place. Just get a 5 x8 trailer and your all set up to go.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MiZ-UqDwf6c/Syx5eSNkXrI/AAAAAAAABMw/n9NiQXwdZ5A/s400/Last+Import-c.jpg

LawnEnforcement25
01-27-2011, 10:22 PM
yeah i agree word of mouth is probably the most reliable. and the part about the bottom feeding, i just meant ill take any unwanted or small accounts if you come across some you dont want. i figured actually gaining a few accounts would help me to get out and get seen and talked about. i plan on doing the door hangers and business cards and i was also considering post cards with coupons/incentives on them. our report no later than date is 30 jan 2012. i might start changing things as soon as this season closes. i may change my name to something a little more professional as well.

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 10:32 PM
yeah i agree word of mouth is probably the most reliable. and the part about the bottom feeding, i just meant ill take any unwanted or small accounts if you come across some you dont want. i figured actually gaining a few accounts would help me to get out and get seen and talked about. i plan on doing the door hangers and business cards and i was also considering post cards with coupons/incentives on them. our report no later than date is 30 jan 2012. i might start changing things as soon as this season closes. i may change my name to something a little more professional as well.

I know all your equipment is new, but it will break down eventually. so maybe some of the guys closer to your new area can get you some names of dependable dealer/shops.

Getting out there is part of the challenge. You sound like you have the grasp of the business down. Just have to get out there and do it when you get here.

LawnEnforcement25
01-27-2011, 10:44 PM
Im not saying it to sound arrogant. thats the point i keep trying to pass. I was just trying to separate myself from the ones that go around with their old rusty or homeowner grade equipment and call themselves a business owner. I have a license to operate, i have some of the equipment i have is 4 years old. but its professional equipment and taken care of and thats why it is still running. some other equipment i have recently replaced so thats why they are new. im not a guy with a dream and alot of money to just run around playing LCO. thats all i was saying. sorry however it came off. i know there are plenty of legit companies running with older equipment or trucks, and may look like they are low quality, yet do outstanding work. i was just saying my business is presentable as professional and thats how i like to keep it.

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 10:52 PM
Im not saying it to sound arrogant. thats the point i keep trying to pass. I was just trying to separate myself from the ones that go around with their old rusty or homeowner grade equipment and call themselves a business owner. I have a license to operate, i have some of the equipment i have is 4 years old. but its professional equipment and taken care of and thats why it is still running. some other equipment i have recently replaced so thats why they are new. im not a guy with a dream and alot of money to just run around playing LCO. thats all i was saying. sorry however it came off. i know there are plenty of legit companies running with older equipment or trucks, and may look like they are low quality, yet do outstanding work. i was just saying my business is presentable as professional and thats how i like to keep it.


I am not after you about your equipment dude, LOL. I agree it will help your appearance.
What I was saying is that you will see a lot of different set ups down here that will make you shake your head. But the simple fact is that those guys are getting some business.
And again I was not sweating you on your equipment when I said see if you can get the heads up on local dealers before you get down here. Dealers are important people and can make or break your day. Your mower and sticks are used commonly down here so finding parts should not be a issue, but it could be different in your new location, worth making that relationship with your dealer as early as possible.

LawnEnforcement25
01-27-2011, 11:09 PM
i hear ya man. i appreciate the heads up. i will need a Deere dealer, Stihl dealer, Echo dealer, and a Dodge dealer. haha. i want to get more into servicing my own equipment so i can save a bit of money tuning up my handhelds. im not too knowledgeable about the 2 cycle engines. i know how to change spark plugs but i have attempted carb rebuild kits before with no success. not only that, but a couple handhelds i have are hard to start, and requiring alot of feathering the gas and choke to keep running. maybe i can make friends with a handyman around there that can give me good deals. or maybe another LCO will take me under his wing and show me how to tune up a carb and clean out the exhaust ports ;-)

Landscape Poet
01-27-2011, 11:32 PM
i hear ya man. i appreciate the heads up. i will need a Deere dealer, Stihl dealer, Echo dealer, and a Dodge dealer. haha. i want to get more into servicing my own equipment so i can save a bit of money tuning up my handhelds. im not too knowledgeable about the 2 cycle engines. i know how to change spark plugs but i have attempted carb rebuild kits before with no success. not only that, but a couple handhelds i have are hard to start, and requiring alot of feathering the gas and choke to keep running. maybe i can make friends with a handyman around there that can give me good deals. or maybe another LCO will take me under his wing and show me how to tune up a carb and clean out the exhaust ports ;-)

I am the same way with the equipment, not all that knowledgeable about it. I let the dealer take care of it for the most part. Works for me as long as it keeps me from having anymore down time than is needed. There is a lot to be said for that. While it would be great if I had the knowledge and the time to work on my own time to me that just means that I have more time that I could be taking care of a client. Generally it is worth it to me.

As far as a handyman or another LCO - that works. Several are just pricks and so insecure that you will harm their business they do not want to give you a hand, but some are nice folks and will help you along the way if you just ask.

LawnEnforcement25
01-28-2011, 01:19 AM
yeah im not looking to kill anybody's business. i just need to get a foot in the door around there. my wife is in the AF and we are headed to eglin. everytime i get a decent job, i have to give it up. I am thinking about applying at the local police departments around there. thats one of my main passions, and the other would be working for myself. She makes enough money that i dont have to work if i dont want to, like im doing now. I was laid off in oct. from doing contract law enforcement on keesler AFB there in biloxi. i just decided i would stay home and keep our 1 and 3 year old and try and do a little business this season to make some decent spending cash. like i said, our necessities are taken care of by her income but it doesnt leave a whole lot for extras like eating out and movies.

Ric
01-28-2011, 11:02 AM
anyone have any advice? i have tried starting my business up now 2 different times at 2 different locations, and have to up and move after a couple of years. Im hoping to hit the ground running when i get there and establish something quick. Im just a single operation but i have brand new professional equipment and brand new truck. I know there are alot of companies in FL all trying to obtain the same thing so any info would be appreciated. ill bottom feed for a bit if i have to just to get a few accounts.

They say the Third Time is a charm. :dizzy:

LawnEnforcement25
01-28-2011, 01:00 PM
lets hope that rings true