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Old 04-14-2014, 07:34 PM
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Top 10 pieces of advice for the new guy

Hey guys. What are your top ten pieces of advice to tell the new guy?

Mine are...

1) When edging, make sure you are throwing all the dirt and rocks away from windows.
2) Don't make all your turns with the Z turn on hard surfaces. You will destroy tires.
3) Don't discharge clippings onto neighbors property.
4) No... You can not eat your burger wile mowing!
5) This is not the time or place to be practicing your wheelie skills with the mowers.
6) Pick up the paper before you mow over it.
7) There are always people watching.
8) Turn the blades off before loading onto the trailer.
9) Don't try to fix the mower yourself. More than likely you will end up doing more damage to it.
10) It is obvious when you are starring at that girl walking by and are not paying attention to where you are going.


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Old 04-14-2014, 11:33 PM
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9) Don't try to fix the mower yourself. More than likely you will end up doing more damage to it
Maybe for some people... Others are pretty mechanically inclined.

1) Don't low ball, good accounts will come with time. It's better for you and for the industry.
2) Buy good equipment, not only is it a must to stay in business but perception is reality. If you can't afford good equipment you can't afford to be in business.
3) Keep your stuff clean, again perception is reality.
4) Come up with a uniform and a logo, develop your brand and then protect it.
5) Be friendly, talk to your clients when you get a chance, show them how much you appreciate their business.
6) Dont use ethanol in the handhelds
7) Speak like a educated human being and dress like one too, it commands respect.
8) Focus on quality over quantity.
9) Know how to say no. If a potential clients property doesn't suit your business model, politely decline.
10) Keep good books
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:47 PM
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Yes I agree, I have a few trucks a Corvette and a few zero turns and .... more equipment. I have always worked on everything myself. I have never taken any vehicle or any piece of equipment in for servicing, rain days and snow days have always been my repair days and preventative maintenance days.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:56 PM
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9) Know how to say no. If a potential clients property doesn't suit your business model, politely decline.
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I like this the best. I may get too many "No" answers but I can't do work on the cheap. I just can't.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:02 AM
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I like this the best. I may get too many "No" answers but I can't do work on the cheap. I just can't.
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yes I agree I've had to point out to customers that this is not a hobby, this is what gives me my bread and butter.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:05 AM
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Maybe for some people... Others are pretty mechanically inclined.

1) Don't low ball, good accounts will come with time. It's better for you and for the industry.
2) Buy good equipment, not only is it a must to stay in business but perception is reality. If you can't afford good equipment you can't afford to be in business.
3) Keep your stuff clean, again perception is reality.
4) Come up with a uniform and a logo, develop your brand and then protect it.
5) Be friendly, talk to your clients when you get a chance, show them how much you appreciate their business.
6) Dont use ethanol in the handhelds
7) Speak like a educated human being and dress like one too, it commands respect.
8) Focus on quality over quantity.
9) Know how to say no. If a potential clients property doesn't suit your business model, politely decline.
10) Keep good books
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Best advice I've read on LS.

Also...

Do good work, always! Neighbors will ask "who does your lawn" and you will get calls and cluster properties in the same neighborhood just based on your quality of work.

Do little extras for regular customers. They will call you back the next season asking for service.

The appearance of your vehicles, equipment will bring you business if it is professional looking and well kept. Doesn't have to be a brand new F350 either.
Same goes for personal/professional appearance.

Always remember a potential customers name and use it when you meet/greet them. Always hand them a biz card.

If you don't sell the customer on your services or your quality of service, someone else will. Meet face to face with them and sell yourself, your knowledge, and and your business.

Educate potential customers. They WILL listen to you and go with your recommendations if you know what you are talking about.

Make everything convenient for the customer.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:03 AM
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Do what you say you will. When you say you will do it and if you can not do it don't offer to " learn" how from that job, sub it out this time, learn how to do it on your time and only then offer it to your clients.

We get so many clients off the guys who " think "they can do it and can't.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:25 AM
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Great thread, keep them coming!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:33 AM
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good accountant, LLC to protect yourself & good business insurance to protect yourself as well.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:50 AM
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good accountant, LLC to protect yourself & good business insurance to protect yourself as well.
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LLC is a must. Without it you can end up in a world of hurtin
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