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Old 05-08-2013, 09:41 PM
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Landscaping in the 80's and 1990's

A lot of the bigger companies around me started in the late 80's early 90's. In these years were people hiring landscapers more, thats why they were able to grow to what they are today. Or is it just them being in business for years, thats how they grew to a big company.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:47 PM
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mostly them being in business for 15-20 years. I've heard numerous stories from many owners of companies that started in the 80's or early 90's of how they started and got to where they are today. they all involve time which is what it takes to grow bigger.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:08 PM
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i agree, a lot of companies around here are from the late 80's or early 90's, i've always wondered about that...
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:40 PM
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Personally I think some are FOS

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:39 PM
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same way here. the big companies have been around since the late 80's.

they started solo mowing lawns when they were young.

they really aren't competition to me though. the only mowing they do is like the hospitals, schools, and big places like that. i'm solo so i have no interest or time to do those types of accounts. they also do alot of patios, hardscaping, landscaping, etc. which i don't do either since i'm solo.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:12 AM
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I started in the 80's.
One truck, one trailer.
2013- one truck, one trailer and still service many of the exact same properties.
Cut an account yesterday that I've had since 84.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:36 PM
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I started in the 80's.
One truck, one trailer.
2013- one truck, one trailer and still service many of the exact same properties.
Cut an account yesterday that I've had since 84.
that's awesome. that is what i hope to do. having the same customer for 30 years is quite an accomplishment.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:23 AM
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that's awesome. that is what i hope to do. having the same customer for 30 years is quite an accomplishment.
It's kinda strange in a way.

I've watched properties change hands, people move on, and kids go from swingsets to driving cars.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:31 AM
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that's awesome. that is what i hope to do. having the same customer for 30 years is quite an accomplishment.
That is awesome, I dont thing I will even live another 30 years.

I think there might be more business now because theres more elderly people.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:43 AM
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I started in the 80's.
One truck, one trailer.
2013- one truck, one trailer and still service many of the exact same properties.
Cut an account yesterday that I've had since 84.
Congrats.

My company--started by my great-grandfather--has had customers for over 40 years.

Size may or may not have anything to do with length of time being in business. I'm small taters compared to some of the companies in GR. By design. I don't want to be huge. Or even medium. Small is fine. One or the biggest in GR started in the mid 90's and just grew like crazy.
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