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Old 11-12-2007, 03:55 AM
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Hello lawnsandmore.
8 years 'eh? You must be doing something right then!
I try to maintain my equipment pretty well but for painting... I could do better.
It all looks pretty good tho, I keep it clean and running smooth.
I have been in the lawn sprinkler busines for 3 years (almost 4 now) but just starting to do the lawn mowing a lot more.
I have 188 residential customers and 2 HOA's.
This next season I go full time into it so I am hoping to stay busy.
It scares the crap out of me to quit a steady paycheck but I have to choose between the 2, and I am choosing the lawn care busines over aircraft.
I am getting too old for both!

Keep your stuff clean and have fun!
Jim
I don't have anything else to do when there is snow on the ground & no snow
to move. you can't mow grass & you can't do cleanups. Shrubs & Tree work is done by the time snow comes & stays. Other than to fix & repaint Mowers &
help out a friend at a Bakery. & then if I get bored I go south to KY. & find work.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:49 PM
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And most importantly, how you communicate and your usage of proper grammar and spelling are a direct indication of your intelligence.
I's shore gona get som edumacation on this hear web thingie
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:08 AM
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What About Child Labor Laws
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Old 11-25-2007, 05:08 PM
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Hello everyone. First off let me say thanks for all the tips. This website has been a huge help. Once I figure out why I cant download that do's and Dont's tips and examples book after paying then everything will be great. Anyways, I am only doing this part time. I work Full time as a Paramedic for a local Fire Department. I have a bunch of time off working 24/48's and an extra day every 3rd week off. I have purchased a 2004 Gravely 44z and a 1998 Snapper Pro 48" walk behind. A Echo blower back pack and Trimmer. I have a trailer and a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer to pull my equipment. I only have however like 2 to possible 3 accounts so far, one being a sub-addition with 4 entrances and 1 club house. What is a good way to get other jobs commercial or residential without stepping on toes. Any other tips would be greatful.. Thanks again

Kevin
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:41 PM
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Hello klloydempt, and welcome!

Here in Wichita, most contracts/ agreements are made in the fall for the following season.
I lucked into mine by working on residential sprinkler systems and lawn care.
A couple of folks ask if I would bid on the homeowners assoc. that they lived in.
Word of mouth is the very best advertising.
As far as "stepping on toes"...
If a guy is doing his job and making his customers happy, he won't loose the contract.
So, if you get a new contract, they must not have been happy with who they have now.
And people do change for better price and 1 hundred other reasons.
Ya win some, ya loose some, that's just how business works.Start slow and DO NOT UNDER BID YOURSELF just to get a customer!!!
Soon you will be wondering how you will get what you have done.
Good luck and welcome to the jungle
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:05 PM
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Thanks

Thanks for the reply. That info was helpful. Very helpful..
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:16 AM
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Don't don't under bid yourself. I did it at first and hated myself for doing that. I have been really lucky by having all but two of my accounts are in my subdivision. put out flyers, right now is fall clean up time use that angle. Also like everybody else has said about stepping on toes, as long as the other guys are keeping their customer happy then no worries.Also think about small landscape jobs, fall in Florida is when I start my landscape work. If you need any other help or contract ideas send me a e-mail and I will send you everything I have hope this helps
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:13 AM
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Thanks again, Mr. Lawn.. Great info, especially about the under bidding because thats exactly what I was going to do. Not now..!
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:07 PM
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Dont strap yourself down with alot of debt and overhead. Run your biz lean and mean.
Dont be afraid to buy used equip...just do it carefully and pay cash.
Save up money during the good months so you wont be on welfare in the winter.
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:54 AM
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Hello lawnprosteveo!

That is very good advice.
When I started I bought all used equipment.
I still buy a lot of it used and still pay cash!
Borrowing is bad news to a new business.
Enjoy the slow times
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