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Old 08-21-2014, 08:46 PM
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:10 PM
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Forget lawn work and open up a Gym!
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:17 PM
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Ok,

So my friend and I are starting a lawn/landscaping business. We are 24/25 so young enough to work hard and start something great. I am going to school 3/4 time for business and even though I take a punch or two have a good head on my shoulders. I know boxing won't last forever so I'm looking to start this with my best friend of a longtime.

We will be putting up 8-10k and our looking to start with lawns and graduate to full landscaping. It will be us to start but obviously looking to expand after a year of getting our feet wet. We have both had jobs in the industry for fairly short times but know fairly little. I have no doubt we will do this, but we want to be smart and limit our mistakes to as little as possible through all of this community and our friends neighbors anyones combined experience.

We would appreciate all advice you can give and that you will extend to us. Im fairly good at marketing and branding but again will take any advice to tweak my knowledge I think I have We have no knowledge of equipment trucks and trailers or whats needed. I do know that appearance means a lot and if you look like a joke act like a joke and seem like a joke well you probably are. I don't want to start out with top of the line equipment but we do want equipment that looks like its up to the task, not like a neighbor next door making ice cream money deal.

Again Thank you all for taking the time to read this and for the help.

ps we are around tampa fl


Like Larry said.... Open a gym. Realistically, not many get rich in this business from what I've seen. There's a lot of competition, more fail then succeed. On a side note, you sound very similar to me. You sound like a determined person, educated, and coming from an educated and possibly even business oriented family if I had to take a guess. If that's the case and you are also determined, I'm behind you and think you will make it. I was in the same position as you, I actually come from a complete business family. Dad, Mom, Aunt's, Uncles, everyone in my family owns some kind of business from gyms, convenient chains (fuel stations), farms, to nearly everything you can think of. I grew up with working on the farm. Then went to school and am very smart when it comes to computers, but it's just not where my heart was at. This is where my hearts at. With that said, if this is where your hearts at, you'll know it within a year.

As for making mistakes when you start up? If you dig up all my post from when I've started, I've pointed out before, your first year, you will make mistakes. The whole first year will be a learning experience for you guys. You'll change things, you'll play with ideas, you'll switch equipment, it's just going to happen. Nothing wrong with that, just learn from your mistakes and pay attention to what you are doing wrong if this is where your hearts at, it will benefit both of you in the long haul.

With that said, I don't have a bunch of play time tonight, I just rushed finishing 3 acres before dark and it's time for a shower and a cold one. One mistake I made and I see many others make, DON'T PUSH THINGS TO FAST. When I started I started taking on all the work I could, pushing things way too fast. Take things slow, be picky about the customers you work for, and most importantly, sell yourself for what your worth. Just because Johnny and Juan is cutting for $25.00 don't mean you have too. Sell yourself for what you are worth, take your time, find good customers, and build solid relationships with them. And last, remember pay attention to yourself over the first year, learn as you go, and learn from your mistakes.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:19 PM
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$10k to start-up?

Go pick you up some push-mowers. Push mow EVERYTHING your first year. Build a solid customer base, show them you can work hard, and then go spend some of that 10k on a 48" stander and a 36" Stander.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:48 PM
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Just have at it. There is no magic bullet. Sounds like you want to look professional and you are looking to build a client base. Do professional work and you will get clients. Keep in mind, you dont want everyone as a client. Half of the battle is choosing the right client at the right price. Then once you get them , hope the client's kid doesnt start a landscape biz and fire you.
Haha, kinda like what I did lol.

I know when I was talking to people I could kind of get a feel for them and some were very sketchy
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:49 PM
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I did and they have not responded!
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:05 AM
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$10k to start-up?

Go pick you up some push-mowers. Push mow EVERYTHING your first year. Build a solid customer base, show them you can work hard, and then go spend some of that 10k on a 48" stander and a 36" Stander.
wait…YOU didn't follow your own advice?
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:06 AM
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wait…YOU didn't follow your own advice?

My point exactly. That's why I pointed out my faults and mistakes earlier. I did the opposite and grew way to fast for my britches to where I couldn't keep up.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:12 AM
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$10k to start-up?

Go pick you up some push-mowers. Push mow EVERYTHING your first year. Build a solid customer base, show them you can work hard, and then go spend some of that 10k on a 48" stander and a 36" Stander.
Thanks I did get one a decent honda push mower. It cuts pretty well. I was thinking the same
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:50 PM
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First of all, good luck and congratulations on making this decision. There is a wealth of good information and advice here. It won't all show up in your thread so do some searching. Search on key words such as pricing, marketing, mower types - and check out the Florida forum as well as Network With People From Your Area.

Couple ideas:
- formalize your agreement with your partner in writing
- do everything you can to avoid debt
- find out what a lowballer is and avoid becoming one
- you're in the service business, do something to make your customers' lives easier - at times this can be something they are not paying you to do, could be anything from changing a porch light bulb they can't reach to jump starting their car
- make yourselves indispensable (see above)
- have pride in your work and perform it cheerfully and professionally
- don't be drawn into or start gossip or rumor type conversations and use politically correct language with customers
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