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Old 03-11-2014, 11:00 PM
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Haha actually that was the same field I was/still am trying to get into too! lol
State Troopers don't do too bad but with a side of Landscaping they would live very good.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:55 PM
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sounds like we need a thread for lawn enforcement/ landscaping lol
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:46 AM
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someone on here has the name Lawn enforcement.

When I started they didn't have a degree in things like Landscape Design or Architecture… maybe they did in some obscure place that I couldn't find…but ti wasn't like they had search engines and stuff like they do now.

I think I would have liked to get a degree in design from the get go instead of going to school for arboriculture (trees) which was as close as I could find (frikken north east, full of trees right?)

I had an opportunity to go into golf course design… I think that would have been a good career for me too. As a Superintendent.

I don't think I knew golf would take off like it did.

hands dow I should have done more install/design earlier on, instead of focusing on maintenance. I think I'd have a better portfolio and more stuff to drive by and show pics of.

Now it's like, see this pic? I used to mow this place before I got under bid
Doesn't really have the "thunda"

I wish I had all dove tails and Isuzu's from day one. and I still haven't learned my lesson because i still buy pick ups… whats wrong with me?
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:04 AM
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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…...
I like those ones
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:36 PM
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Yeah I think being able to say "no" will help you more than hurt you.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:54 PM
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I wish I did more advertising.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:06 PM
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:11 PM
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When is a good time to hire your first employee? When you can't keep up or before?
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:58 AM
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Not so much did things wrong though we all make mistakes due to being green running a business.

Those mistakes have to be made. Though as long as care is taken to avoid as many as possible the ones that are made will not sink you.

I thought about doing this back in 1972. Uncle suggested I go to local SUNY for Horticulture/Landscaping program. I was mowing lawns. Did not see Landscapers driving all over the place back then so I did not see enough demand for work. So I went in other directions.

When the economy dumped in 2007. I scrambled around for work until the spring of 2011. Now in my fourth year I do wish that I had gotten back into this work in 2008.

I will say what I would not change about how I started was to stay out of debt. Not buy on credit. Make due with the equipment and tools that I had.

What would of made starting up and growing the business is money for advertising. I could not afford the local newspaper until my third year. Hoping to have a website to start out my fifth year.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:26 AM
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I wish I would have turned down more business in the beginning. I've been pretty good about turning down low bid customers, however I've still managed to wind up with a few that I'm going to have to drop as time goes on.

One thing I'm extremely glad for is that I had good credit and I used it to buy a new mower. With my full time job I can afford to pay for my mower using that income alone, and buy starting out with a medium sized commercial ZTR it has allowed me to pick up clients that I would have had to turn down had I been using a 21 push mower.
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