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Old 04-20-2014, 10:31 PM
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1. sunscreen Use it!
2. learn from your mistakes.
3. if you underbid or mess up causing you to lose money on a job make it right and finish it for the prices quted. Remember Education costs money.
4. Keep as much money in the business as possible.
5. Network with people in the green industry.
6. Network and build relationships with anyone you can. This will pay off down the road.
7. Look and act professional.
8. Understand what it actually costs you to go to work. Just because you work out of your garage and have a truck already does not mean these things are free.
9. Be thankful.
10. As someone said always stop at lemonade stands. We tell everyone to stop whether they want it or not.
I agree with all these.

Number 1 is huge! I can't tell you how many of my buddies or guys working for me give me crap about using so much (put it on once every couple hrs). You're in the sun all day long, it's just stupid not to wear it!
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:37 PM
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Being thankful as ryde state is also huge. I often overlook that, a lot. I'm so focused on the future and growth that I sometimes need to think back to 3 years ago when I started out with absolutely nothing but a dream & motivation.


Under promise & over deliver is another great one.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:55 AM
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1) Know your numbers backwards and forwards. From time to do this and that, to expenses. Revise often as prices go up.
2)Always appear professional (clean and organize your stuff and yourself)
3) Embrace technology text, email , web
4) Don't take every job
5) Don't be the cheapest guy in town. You will think its great, so much work. Your cheap clients will refer you to their cheap friends, they will refer you to their cheap family until you are sore, tired, dirty, and fed up with not having enough money (learned this one the hard way)
6) Don't try to BS your way through situations
7) Be punctual
8) Know what you're talking about. Study plants, grass, soil etc.
9)Don't think the guy in the big house with the expensive car has $1 more than you do.
10) Talk to neighbors, pest control people, everybody!
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:06 PM
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1. Take care of and maintain your equipment (without it you cant make money)
2. Stay organized
3. Act prof look prof
4. Try your hardest to make contact with client
5. Show up when you say you will be there
6. Keep it clean. Your customers don't want grass everywhere.
7. PICK UP TRASH DON'T MOW OVER IT
8. Don't overload yourself
9. Own up to mistakes and fix them
10. MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT!!!!!!! ALL OF IT!!!!!
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:05 AM
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Maybe for some people... Others are pretty mechanically inclined.

1) Don't low ball, good accounts will come with time. It's better for you and for the industry.
2) Buy good equipment, not only is it a must to stay in business but perception is reality. If you can't afford good equipment you can't afford to be in business.
3) Keep your stuff clean, again perception is reality.
4) Come up with a uniform and a logo, develop your brand and then protect it.
5) Be friendly, talk to your clients when you get a chance, show them how much you appreciate their business.
6) Dont use ethanol in the handhelds
7) Speak like a educated human being and dress like one too, it commands respect.
8) Focus on quality over quantity.
9) Know how to say no. If a potential clients property doesn't suit your business model, politely decline.
10) Keep good books
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Best advice I've read on LS.

Also...

Do good work, always! Neighbors will ask "who does your lawn" and you will get calls and cluster properties in the same neighborhood just based on your quality of work.

Do little extras for regular customers. They will call you back the next season asking for service.

The appearance of your vehicles, equipment will bring you business if it is professional looking and well kept. Doesn't have to be a brand new F350 either.
Same goes for personal/professional appearance.

Always remember a potential customers name and use it when you meet/greet them. Always hand them a biz card.

If you don't sell the customer on your services or your quality of service, someone else will. Meet face to face with them and sell yourself, your knowledge, and and your business.

Educate potential customers. They WILL listen to you and go with your recommendations if you know what you are talking about.

Make everything convenient for the customer.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:52 AM
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^^ Another great one. Fantastic advice. #9 is great and so are the "little extras." Goes a long way.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:38 PM
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Hey guys. What are your top ten pieces of advice to tell the new guy?

Mine are...

1) When edging, make sure you are throwing all the dirt and rocks away from windows.
2) Don't make all your turns with the Z turn on hard surfaces. You will destroy tires.
3) Don't discharge clippings onto neighbors property.
4) No... You can not eat your burger wile mowing!
5) This is not the time or place to be practicing your wheelie skills with the mowers.
6) Pick up the paper before you mow over it.
7) There are always people watching.
8) Turn the blades off before loading onto the trailer.
9) Don't try to fix the mower yourself. More than likely you will end up doing more damage to it.
10) It is obvious when you are starring at that girl walking by and are not paying attention to where you are going.


Lets here yours!!!

I thought #10 was pretty funny. Them dang girls running by in the jogging shorts and expect me to mow or edge a straight line. They know what their doing. There should be a rule about keeping relationships and business separated. I'm 23 and have a 40+ year old customer who's a cop, divorced, and keeps telling me how she's divorced and hasn't been with a man in four years. Now I'm facing the decision to keep it professional and on a business level and servicing the lawn or to go all out and trim her bushes.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:54 PM
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Alright so I'm the "new guy" but I though I'd post my 10 "cents"
1. Be a polite person not somebody you hate talking to
2. Take care of your equipment! Blow it off after arch use and wipe it down once in a while
3. Keep blades sharp
4. Do your maintenance! Just because equipment runs ok now does not mean it will last as long as it should.
5. Have a professional look
6. Give great service and do the little things to keep customers happy
7. Don't blow 40k on fancy truck and equipment and then you only have one customer!
8. Wear sunscreen, and bring plenty of water!
9. Be thankful
10. Have a great time!, after all you're getting paid to do what you love!!
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:44 PM
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I thought #10 was pretty funny. Them dang girls running by in the jogging shorts and expect me to mow or edge a straight line. They know what their doing. There should be a rule about keeping relationships and business separated. I'm 23 and have a 40+ year old customer who's a cop, divorced, and keeps telling me how she's divorced and hasn't been with a man in four years. Now I'm facing the decision to keep it professional and on a business level and servicing the lawn or to go all out and trim her bushes.
Lmfao. Thats why you stop the girls running and give them your card. Ask them if the need you to "mow their lawn" if you know what i mean.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:58 AM
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Lmfao. Thats why you stop the girls running and give them your card. Ask them if the need you to "mow their lawn" if you know what i mean.

You need to quit giving me ideas.
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