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Old 02-14-2013, 11:42 AM
Pro-Turf Lawn & Landscape Pro-Turf Lawn & Landscape is offline
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You do it need more than ever for residential..what if you break a window in the house or car? What if you seriously damage a car with a rock? A lot of us smaller companies couldn't take that kind of hit.
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Your right but it's not required to have for resi like it is commercial
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:49 AM
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In process of doing so.
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That's a good goal that you have. Do you do a lot of mulch and ground cover to gross so much? But 20k looks good for gross mowing
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:57 PM
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The mowing is definitely doable cause for my average yard i get about $1000 a season. I already have 10 for this season and a few more waiting to hear from. i havd not advertised yet for this season so i should end up with 15-20. The mulch will be my hard goal to accomplish i will have to do mulch for all my mowing customers and then some more. But as long as i end up with 15weekly yards for mowing i will be quite happy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:52 PM
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Looking to get 10K in profit at the end of this year, but I am a start up and figured out pricing that would allow this with not to many yards. Not lookin to pay myself alot right now, I would rather make the money and build a good reputation in my first year, while being able to upgrade equipment. 18 years old.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:30 AM
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You guys up north have an advantage over us because of the snow. I think that gives you an advantage over starting a business in an area where there's no snow. We do have steady work through the winter from 12 month contracts but we aren't near as busy as we are other times of year.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:27 PM
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This is my first year. I started 45 days ago in the middle of winter. I received my first phone call today for a service I don't even offer. Anyways, I hope to have 20 clients by the end of the mowing season. I just got lettering on my truck, I will be purchasing my equipment soon, I have my website up etc. I am excited about the future.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:50 AM
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What's your location?
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:16 AM
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Guys, I started my business when I was 14 pulling a mower behind my bike with the trimmer and blower bungied to the mower. That was 15 years ago. The business now does many 6 figures closing on 7 this year. Back when I was your age, I remember thinking like some of you guys; 'If I get this account, then I get to buy this mower'. Best advice I can give you is to be happy with what you have. Dont lust over the shiny new equipment. Save your money. Go to college and learn BUSINESS. Then, come back and treat your organization as a business. That means systems, procedures, etc. At that point, it becomes like printing money. No joke.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:54 PM
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That's exactly it. If anyone has read "E Myth Landscape Contractor: Why most landscape companies don't work and what you can do about it". I'm about half way through it. It explains very much into detail of proper training and systems to get yourself out of tbe field to work on your business not for it. I forgot to mention that in my goals but it most likely not happen this yr. It also describes that almost every issue related to employees can be related back to training.
Efficiency, what year did you get yourself out of the field?

Also, with regards to equipment, I don't really focus on it very much, because imo, if your sole focus is working on it or what equipment and why (ie. This particular mower or skid steer) you'll never get yourself out of the field. In order to have a successful business you always need to be focussed on numbers. And not "number of accounts" because that figure is worthless. In fact, the less accounts, more acreage, is better! Less drive time and less accounting work plus less postage.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:39 PM
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Just turned 21 been in the business for 4 years now. I have all brand new equipment, right now im sitting at about 50 weekly lawns my goal is to get up to 100 this season. Going really hard on advertising. Getting the enclosed lettered up, putting out tons of flyers and yard signs
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