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Old 12-12-2011, 08:29 AM
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Another residential install
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:40 AM
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WOW! beautiful work!
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:49 AM
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Couple of our residential installs after they have matured for a few years...we still maintain these today.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:14 PM
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Roughly 30-35%...our average weeks payroll is around $27k but will climb to about $40k if we have a large project with a deadline.
Thanks!!! Does this 30-35% include unemployment, workmans comp, 401k's, taxes, ect?
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:26 PM
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Strictly payroll. Everything else is extra. We have 65-90 staff all year long
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:49 PM
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Your work looks great, love that paver driveway. Thanks for posting the pictures. With a company your size i am surprised you even have time to come on Lawn Site. On page 2 you said you mow 200 residential accounts, we only have a few residential accounts (we do mostly commercial) because so many want to be difficult. A few problems we have had are- Locked back yard gates, locked pool gates, dog left out ( the kind that wont let the guys in the back yard) Customers that don't want their grass cut before 12, and the ones that want their lawn cut to the dirt and then complain about it. With that many residential customers do you run into a lot of problems with people being difficult.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:59 PM
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About 90% of our residential clients have been with us since their install. Some for 15+ years, they know our schedule, love their foremans and know the service that is provided to the T. What can I say, lawn site is kind of fun. Little bit of highschool drama, but everyone can learn something from it which is pretty neat. Personally my new kind of passion would be to teach others about the business kind of like Grunder does. That seems like a new challenge that I might like. This site kind of gives me a look at what that might be like.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:01 PM
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Great work! I love how helpful you are to everyone on here. You have proven yourself in this industry but you are still humble, shows some great character. Appreciate the model you are.

I am currently in college pursuing my Undergrad in Business Management and running a full time business with one employee. What kind of education do you have personally?
High school? Undergrad? Masters? Horticulture? What were your concentrations in any of these?

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Old 12-13-2011, 06:28 AM
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Great work! I love how helpful you are to everyone on here. You have proven yourself in this industry but you are still humble, shows some great character. Appreciate the model you are.

I am currently in college pursuing my Undergrad in Business Management and running a full time business with one employee. What kind of education do you have personally?
High school? Undergrad? Masters? Horticulture? What were your concentrations in any of these?

Thanks,
Jonathan
In all honesty, everyone here in upper management did not complete college. All attended high school and had "some college" but no degrees. Our VP has an associates degree in architectural technology. Most if not all of our experience and education has been from trial and error and hard work in the field. We are always willing to try new things, and through working together and not against each other we have been pretty dang successful. I do, however believe that a business management degree or some kind of degree in the green field (Turf Management, Horticultural, or Landscape Ornamental) would definitely benefit anyone looking to start and grow a successful landscape company. Don't let anyone short change you though, experience in the trade is very important...nobody that ever finished a 4 year degree jumped right into a successful company. It takes hard work and dedication.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:42 AM
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Idealscape,

I saw in another post that you don't advertise much. I'm assuming your active in your community. What kind of networking do you do? Any tips on getting face time with property managers/business owners? I'm already part of several professional groups and the chamber of commerce where I get to meet a lot of other business owners. Thanks
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