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Old 11-18-2012, 06:45 PM
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:01 PM
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We used to get several neighborhood friends to help during fall...
If your serious about growing,you'll maybe want to reconsider...I missed out on high school sports to work...helped prepare me by instilling a 'can do' work ethic...had my dad and brother along..those times are priceless to me...I regret not playing sports a little....went to college to get away from lawn mowing...later came back to see what I could make of it...
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:22 PM
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Based upon what you have said about your family and finances, at the minimum you need to get some liability insurance. Just to make sure you don't loose the college funds and the family business. Getting free advertizing from the family business, would make them look like a business partner to any attorney so first and foremost, have a sit down with dad and his attorney. You could offer to barter advertizing with an independent agent and cover the costs. That was the dad in me talking. Good luck and success to you.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:33 PM
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I believe I will mow the radio station in exchange for ads. I am not serious about expanding as this is a 3 or 4 year gig.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:25 PM
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And yes, I will be purchasing insurance.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:22 PM
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I'm a high school student and am starting my lawn care business next summer. I will be a senior next year and will be going off to college after that. When I go to college in the fall or if grass starts growing early here in MN my brother will have to take care of the work, but the problem is that he is in football in the fall, so he will have to work on the weekends and will most likely not want to do fall cleanups due to the extra labor required. Will I lose customers by telling them I cannot do fall cleanups? I have an LCO that I purchased my mower from who is a good guy and will not steal customers that I would be willing to recommend to my customers. I won't have too many as I'm doing this for extra money and am unsure on how many will want additional services such as fall cleanups anyway, so if you know roughly what percent of your customers want cleanups that number would be helpful. Also, if there are only a few that want cleanups then I'm sure my brother can handle a small amount, but I need to know the best methods. Tarping seems like a lot of labor, so it's between buying a bagger or renting a leaf vac. What would you recommend?

All your help is appreciated.

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:24 PM
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Park Rapids, an hour south of Bemidji, or 45 minutes east of Detroit Lakes, or an hour and a half east of Fargo.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:50 PM
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Ah ic. I know where that is. I just couldn't see the location when I was posting on my phone.
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it might cost you some, 95% of my customers want me to do a fall clean up. and the ones that don't and do it themselves eventually come around. I almost force them into it due to the way I break down the cost of the clean up into each mowing starting in october. some are cheap and will just pay me to bag the leaves on the lawn and call that good, but only 1 or 2. eventually those customers will get dropped if they don't comply. same with bi-weekly customers either they get on the fertilizer bandwagon and have a nice lawn or get off my mowing route. I hate cutting dust bowls with almost no lawn.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:40 AM
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I agree with you RSK on the fert & basically full service plan otherwise screw em. Its almost not worth my time.
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