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Old 06-19-2011, 04:09 PM
ACC_INC. ACC_INC. is offline
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Originally Posted by Patriot Services View Post
Saw one for the first time in long time Friday. 3 imports spreading red mulch at a few Regions bank branches. 10 year old F150 towing a rusted out mesh trailer full of mulch. No mowers or even trimmer racks. Still seems like an odd way to run a business.
Saw my first US lawn truck. It was an older 99-2003 F250 reg cab, 2wd gas truck. White, with their green arrow/ stripe thing down the side. Looked like the other 4 lawn care trucks at the Racetrac getting gas. Didn't get to speak with the driver, we were in a hurry.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:51 PM
openrangemowing openrangemowing is offline
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Start your own business mine was easy truck mower weeder blower shovel all at pawn shops not the truck. a little advertising $2,000 truck $2,000 tools $300 i have 15 regulars at $120 a month each,2 odd jobs a week$100-$300 work 30 hrs a week sometimes 40 make $1,500-$2,000 a month AND its only my 1st summer LOL!
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:28 PM
jiggz jiggz is offline
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this is a ******* joke!!.. you cant franchise landscaping or stupid as this sounds Its an individual art..not a uniform structure.. which you guys dont even have.. "EHH yea, Jimmy use whatever you want as long as its commercial" LMAO whaaaat???

if you really gave a **** about what you were doing.. You guys would have the market research to enforce proper mower brand-type, decks/engines/handhelds as per the location/environment..

this is silly
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:08 AM
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this telemarketer called me the other day, insisting commercial is the way to go because they are more loyal than residential.

FYI quickbooks supports their own products for free.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:38 PM
lawn care St. Cloud, MN lawn care St. Cloud, MN is offline
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No way

There is no way that we would ever become a franchise. Corporate structures are just out of control. The amount of paperwork in which you probably have to file with these companies wouldn't make it worth it...You would probably spend 3 hours of paperwork to every hour of mowing you do. I've done it with the big property maintenance companies already....I don't do this anymore.

MY ADVICE..Build your own business where you make the decisions.

LawnXperts lawn care St. Cloud, MN
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:07 PM
wz2p7j wz2p7j is offline
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It would be absolutely stupid to invest $175,000 with US Lawns as a start up.
You'd be much better off using that as a down payment to buy an established lawn care company. With some seller financing you could probably purchase a lawn care company in the amount of $400-550k, which would probably be generating income in the $150k / year range.

You buy an existing business it comes with equipment, employees, customers and established business practices that served the former owner well for his/her duration of ownership.

Do some research and learn about business failure rates for start ups vs purchases of existing businesses.

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:22 PM
JContracting JContracting is offline
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What happened to the the other posts?!
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:51 PM
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I think I got a email.
Didn't even bother to answer it.
I give to the needed not to some punks taking money for not doing jack.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:59 PM
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You have to be a moron to franchise a landscape company. The failure rate is 80% after one year and only 5% make it more than 10. If I wanted to blow 50k on a fee, I'd get divorced.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:05 AM
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I wouldn't do one with just mowing. But a specialty one such as fert/weed control catches my eye. I'm looking into buying one near me that is established with 400+ clients and I can (and will) still own my existing design, install, & maint company and can market anything to the clients except fert/weed control.
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