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Old 12-05-2008, 02:49 PM
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I would not of waited so long to hire that first guy. It doubled the output immedietly.

Pay more attention to what the bottomline was (really was )


If u work it out and it is clear that its gonna work dont hesitate to grow your company. I waited so long for so many things, its a shame that i did. I feel like i could be alot stronger now then i am if i had just not hesitated on following through with a couple of things, hiring help. buying a zero turn, second crew, raising prices, shop, new equipment, just walking into a commercial site and asking a few discovery questions as to there grounds Mait. needs and if they were taking bids.....and so on.
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:32 PM
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I would have picked a different industry. I have done consulting work for friends who have started various businesses, one of them a landscape business. I laid everything out for him, costs, employee issues, weather issues, equipment problems, etc. I explained to him the capital required to run a business of this nature and to keep this business going. This is an expensive industry for an owner to survive in. Utilizing 10k lawn mowers to cut $35 yards. My advice to him at the time was find another industry to invest in. I talked to him last week and everything I explained to him is becoming an issue. Employee problems, slow pays, equipment issues. He now is looking to get out of the business and seek a full-time position.

Knowing what I now understand about the industry, I am re-working my business plan this winter. Possibly looking at larger commercial jobs and then contracting them out. Something similar to what companies such as Level 1 are doing.

My advice for an individual who has their mind mad up that this is the industry for them: start the business as a business. Begin with employees, do not start as a solo op. Have the capital to do this or look for another industry or job.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:53 PM
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study harder in school and get a ceo job.............
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:47 PM
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study harder in school and get a ceo job.............
can u imagine the stress?

What if you spent your life in the General Motors Corporate ladder, and the Govt. says nope?

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Old 12-08-2008, 06:29 PM
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dude

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can u imagine the stress?

What if you spent your life in the General Motors Corporate ladder, and the Govt. says nope?
you have any idea how fat their bank accounts are ......they are not hurting the company is but they are not ...........
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:02 PM
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this is true....

I suppose Im just biased against big business, seems stressful.
For me being a small business owner is the "big dream"
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:00 PM
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can u imagine the stress?

What if you spent your life in the General Motors Corporate ladder, and the Govt. says nope?
You're not getting any sympathy for any overpaid, entitled CEO from me.
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Old 12-09-2008, 02:58 PM
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I had a nice business in the early 90's. Im looking to start back this coming year.

The three things Im going to do different are-

1. My personal finaces are in order, no worries if I have a slow month.

2. I have a lot more equiptment now.

3. Keep my work week under 50 hours so I can enjoy life.

I also have some big personal projects Im working on so if its slow I will still be busy. No income but non the less still money.
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:55 AM
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can u imagine the stress?

What if you spent your life in the General Motors Corporate ladder, and the Govt. says nope?
Good Lord man, it is aparent you have not read the GM,2007 UAW contract.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:00 AM
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Good Lord man, it is aparent you have not read the GM,2007 UAW contract.
Stillwater I have not read that contract, but it must be good news for GM employees.

What i meant by using the GM example was that, being an employee (most of us here are self-employeed i think its safe to say) means you are always replaceable, and you work hard for something you do not own. The fall of your employer business could come from some other person or group's bad decisions (ENRON) and it could affect your family, where a self employeed person or a business owner can use his or her own strategys. (Hopefully they are good & honest strats)

I love being a business owner, it means security for me, though I am very afraid of drought.

What is said in the UAW contract?
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