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Old 10-09-2006, 10:40 PM
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I never have lettered my trucks, mainly to avoid tons of worthless estimates from people out of my normal area. Here were I live and work, I could find enough clients within a 5 mile radius of my house to keep 10 crews busy... I don't need someone from the other side of town driving by and seeing my number, to call me and bother me with requests for stuff too far away for me to go do.

Who knows, maybe it wouldn't hurt to have signage, but I have done just fine without it.

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:42 PM
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Yes letter your truck if you want to!

I understand that a young man doing ok does not want to draw too much attention to himself, might look like an easy mark to a bully. You are smart to see this. It is wise to not want to flaunt your success.

You young guys out there have to prove yourselves to this world. Make a good business image for yourself. Be friendly to everyone, be honest, and yes keep your eye out for trouble.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:21 PM
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The are two reasons i dont have my truck lettered up (actually 3):
1. Just have one truck (personal and work)
2. Dont want kids at school to all know about my mowing business (got some not-so-good kids at my school)
3. If i happen to speed or do some other form of bad driving, i dont want the other people to know WHO it is, rather remain annomus.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkintheGarden
It is wise to not want to flaunt your success.
Just because you have your truck lettered does not mean you are "flaunting" anything. It's called advertising, and doing what you can to project a professional image.

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Old 10-10-2006, 10:05 PM
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I sort of know what you mean. I had similar experiences when I had my business up north. My advice move to Florida, no one here apologizes for success. I thought I really had it going on until I came here. Much larger playing field.
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:43 PM
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name on truck

If you're parking at home in residential neighborhood, you better check with your local government first, usually zoning dept. They may have rules about it. I know around here, some busy-bodies will call zoning on you if they think you're operating a business from a residence. If yours has rules against it, you may want to think before labeling trucks. You could go with magnetic signs which would let you remove while parked at home.
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Old 10-12-2006, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Rizzo
I think what jpocket is saying is that he is one of the "haves" in his neighborhood and the "have nots" tend to have a reputation of not liking a "have" showing off. The "have nots" are envious of him for doing something for himself and being a success and therefore may try to bring him back down to thier level by damaging or stealing what he has worked hard for. He is uneasy about lettering because that shows he has something and he is not afraid to work. I have been a cop for 10 years and have seen this happen. Unless you have seen it or live it, it is a difficult concept to understand. Good luck jpocket and it's good to hear your business is thriving!
Somewhat similar situation where I'm at, just not as bad though. My problem is that the "have not's" like to take from the "haves". My only concern is advertising that I "have". As soon as I can, I will move from the neighborhood that "has not" and I won't be so worried about it. It's just that right now I'm still paying off all of their houses that they are renting from me.
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:32 AM
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For the most part, I feel that there really isn't much need in lettering the truck and/or trailer, unless you are wanting it to look even more professional. When you are out working, people see your truck and your trailer, and most often you on a mower! They know what you do, and where you are working at that given time. If they want an estimate, and they live in the area, they can stop and talk to you ... or ask for you card.

This isn't rocket science .. it is lawncare (for most of us on here). I see trucks and trailers with mowers all day long ... everywhere. And we know what it is they do.

Now if you want to do it for the image ... that is totally fine too. To me ... it's a personal choice ... and not something you "need" to do.

(and the magnetic signs work great)

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Old 10-13-2006, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Jpocket
I'm afraid to be flashy and noticable with my trucks and equipment. I feel that ppl. from all angles are watching me, and will do something to hurt me and my business at the first opportunity they get. Not so much ppl I know it's the ppl that I don't know, or losely know that worry me.

I live in a town where the vast majority of the ppl are nobodys, and it seems like certian ppl. try to pry and ask a bunch of questions. I drive a nice truck during my personal time, and i get alot of looks from ppl. like "whats that young guy doing with a truck like that?" I feel like everything I do has to be low key, and low profile. While the "Italian boys" (No dissrespect) get to show off everything they have, like thier name plastered all over everything, and F-350 PSD's WITH 22" Chrome Wheels. I just feel like if I did that I would be asking for it.

Anybody else feel this way, like you gotta be careful how much publicity you and your business gets?
You need to work on your self confidence or you are doomed to failure...
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Old 10-14-2006, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Jpocket
Im 20, and yes i do pay taxes. But for some reason I still feel the need to watch what i say and do in ALL the TIME

You Need Some Serious HELP!!! ever try counseling. u need alot of it.
Just My Opinion... Good luck with your paranoia. By the way... I know where you live...
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