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Old 03-11-2014, 01:47 PM
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Veterans: What do you wish you would've done differently when starting out?

What do you wish you would've done differently?

Equipment?

Advertising?

Bidding?

Trailer?
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:33 PM
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Borrowed money, spent more on ads and equipment, hired experienced help to make it work.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:40 PM
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Borrowed money? Wow...didn't expect that answer.

I probably would have spent more on advertising and less on equipment. It works itself out in the end, though. Despite what anyone tells you there's more than enough work out there for everybody. I see hundreds of LCO's in a 10 mile radius here...it's silly. Phone never stops. I could have 8 billion accounts if I wanted. Just have no desire for it.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:40 PM
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I would have stayed a small solo op and focused on my Law Enforcement career. Would have gone DEA or Customs.

Best advice I can give is keep equipment to minimum to operate.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:26 PM
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I agree with hackitdown, more efficient equipment sooner. Never realized how much we were losing limping along older equipment beyond it's useful life.

Also would have dropped undesirable customers sooner.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:59 PM
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I agree with hackitdown, more efficient equipment sooner. Never realized how much we were losing limping along older equipment beyond it's useful life.

Also would have dropped undesirable customers sooner.
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Dropping PITA's is a good one. When you first start out you think you can change the world, though.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:09 PM
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Dropping PITA's is a good one. When you first start out you think you can change the world, though.

I'm pretty sure we all think the same, if I lose this customer I'm out x amount of revenue, when in reality you can make a lot more by dumping them for better customers.

Also forgot to mention setting up systems within your business.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:27 PM
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Im not really sure what I could have done different. I started part time and worked a full time job for the first 18 months. I grew at a nice pace but I will say the next 18 months were tough. Last 2 years have been almost automatic and have been good years.

Equiptment wise I bought more stuff than Ive used. I have a 4k sod cutter that I have made a penny with, never used the power rake I bought eighter, and a list of other stuff.

The one thing Ive alaways struggled with is Winter Income, still haven't figured that one out yet.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:43 PM
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My biggest mistakes: Not learning the word "no", being afraid to charge correctly for my services, not dropping PITAS quick enough, dealing with any customer over 65, you get what you pay for, assuming everyone is gonna pay you , not being extremely detailed on what services are provided for x amount of dollars, continuing service when customer hasn't paid in two months.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:39 PM
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I would have stayed a small solo op and focused on my Law Enforcement career. Would have gone DEA or Customs.

Best advice I can give is keep equipment to minimum to operate.
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That's funny, that's the field I am trying to go into. I figured the lawn biz would be a nice side complement.
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