Considering moving and need veteran advice
Hi everyone! I have been lurking the past few days and really enjoy learning and reading about every one's experiences in this industry. Thanks for sharing!
I currently run a "green" business in Ventura County, CA. I have been in business for almost two years and am making very little money (Less than 20 clients). Immigrants and massive landscaping crews keep prices very low (Some people demand $40/month for weekly service!) and it is making it very hard to compete. I have made some improvements and upgrades to improve service times but whenever I ask for even $35/visit people try to talk me down to $20.
Here's where I need advice. My girlfriend and I are looking to move out of state. This requires me to lose everything I have built and try to start back up in a new location in hopes that the lower cost of living will make it easier to make money. Worth it? Anyone ever relocate and start over? Anyone have experience working with battery power in the south? I am also a very good musician (Have to support myself somehow) and considered giving up entirely on gardening and trying to become a pro in Nashville.
We are considering Nashville, TN. Bend, OR. Vancouver, WA. and Boise, ID. Please, any suggestions for great spots are welcome.
Any input anyone can provide would be really cool. We've hit kind of a wall because I am terrified of losing all of this and finding out my business isn't profitable in the market we move to.
If this makes no sense, I am happy to clarify and provide more info.
Again, thanks for all the info, I and many others appreciate it.
Last edited by TheGreenerGardener; 09-29-2013 at 01:50 AM.