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Old 04-16-2010, 11:29 PM
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how is quickbooks pro? I only have 25 resi and 7 commercials and was wondering if its worth it... so you've grown from 25 clients to 60+ in one year? Dang I hope I blow up like that... I'm actually sitting waiting at the dealer right now for my grandstand... they're putting a stripe kit on it. Just got them in yesterday. Can't wait to use it and see how it does... hope it worth the extra $$
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AMAZING, it is so much easier and there is no other documentation you need, it has billing, invoicing, bills payable, recipt info, expenditures, cost speadsheets for materials, and a perfect setup on the mac. I wish i had a PC though, like a nice sony or a dell, im not liking that i cant right click anything on my macbook.

How is the grandstand, i was going to get the exmark vantage 48" but i couldnt justify a 8000 dollars 48" mower and the upgrade from a 48 - 52 - 60 was huge. How much was your striping kit, i would of ordered it myself off ebay(like i did) the install is a piece of cake, two bolts and your ready to go. My striping kit is the reason i grew so much, i marketed the "get your lawn looking like a golf coarse" i filll in spots, hire out a fert company to make it greener and less weeds, and then lay down some stright proffessional checkers and diamonds.

This year was a huge growth, mainly because of referals but i also handed out close to 10,000 fliers(which sucked and we had shitty weather to do it in to, in late feburary) i beat all the other companys by like 4 weeks so everyone who called said they held onto the first company's (mine) and called when they needed services. Also, i had my brothers baseball and hockey coaches all want my services and my brothers team mates parents all hired me too, i got about 15 lawns with just that and they are the big lawns.

hope the striping kit works as good as it does for me, for you . good luck this season
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:31 PM
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Looks great glad to see that you got a good 36
me too, trust me, also if you ever want to get rid of that 48 exmark metro, give me a hollar, i would take that off your hands so quick for the right price. I love the metro floating deck. Are the problems still occuring with it though?
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:49 PM
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Hey delong, grandtstand is great!. Strping kit was $400 about w/ my discount... I can't wait to add customers this year.. hopefully more... I've added 5 commercial and about 4 resis that's it... I am going to pass out more flyers as I have discovered a new neighborhood I never knew was right in front of one of my commercials... lots are 1/3 acre and 1 acre... looks like people showing money in their cares etc. So I figure they'd like a ba lawn to go w/ it
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:52 PM
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Hey delong, grandtstand is great!. Strping kit was $400 about w/ my discount... I can't wait to add customers this year.. hopefully more... I've added 5 commercial and about 4 resis that's it... I am going to pass out more flyers as I have discovered a new neighborhood I never knew was right in front of one of my commercials... lots are 1/3 acre and 1 acre... looks like people showing money in their cares etc. So I figure they'd like a ba lawn to go w/ it
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DANG, thats a lot of money, mine was 130 dollars of off ebay and it came next day. Maybe your's is better quality. I guess mine gets the job done, idk how long it will last.

I wish i had more commercials i just dont know how to get them. I have a neighborhood like that too, all BMW's and BenZ and they all want weekly bed edging too which is huge bucks compaired to mowing.I can edge a 100 foot bed in 5 minutes and its 30 dollars more a week.

How do you get commercials?
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:18 AM
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Honestly... I cold called and asked who was in charge of the landscaping part, ended up getting a place w/ 5 day care centers, so that's a big chunk then two other day care centers heard and I mow for them too... I beat out trgear, brickman and natoprs and my bid was $1500 higher than trgear and like $700 higher than brickman!

They wanted small company w/ high quality taste and a good customer service. sold myself as best I could and landed the contract. $18k a year... not to bad I don't think. $18k is for only 5 centers I believe its right at $22k for all 7
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:20 AM
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Honestly... I cold called and asked who was in charge of the landscaping part, ended up getting a place w/ 5 day care centers, so that's a big chunk then two other day care centers heard and I mow for them too... I beat out trgear, brickman and natoprs and my bid was $1500 higher than trgear and like $700 higher than brickman!

They wanted small company w/ high quality taste and a good customer service. sold myself as best I could and landed the contract. $18k a year... not to bad I don't think. $18k is for only 5 centers I believe its right at $22k for all 7
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WOW, thats crazy i didnt realize commercials have so much money in them. What would you charge a commercial property with one acre per week? or month?
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:26 AM
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My day cares range from $55-$105... they take anywhere from 35 min to 1.5 hours... that's w/ just my mower... when my buddys. Help I can have the 1.5 hour one done in like an hour...

Prob 1 acre, not many obsticales about $55-60... obsticles or fence $75
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:28 AM
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i need to up my prices. Everyone around here though is so cheap, people are mowing acres around my for 35 dollars. and 2 acres for 50.

I need to get some good commericals
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:44 AM
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Ya... a guy who I was going to start a biz w/ and had a falling out is mowing 12 acres per week cause his daddy set him up new truck, trailer, mower, trimmers everything brand new... he's mowing 12 acres for 250$ a cut... he's a freaking idiot!!
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:53 AM
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So quickbooks pro worth the $200 I believe/it is? Can I use it on say my computer now then when I buy my new one for college put it on there?
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