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Old 01-05-2004, 04:02 PM
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Tiedeman: are you up near Houghton? I think that's you. I also think you're in for a lot of snow this week........have fun!
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Old 01-06-2004, 12:02 AM
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Expert, are you talking about Houghton in the UP or are you talking about Houghton Lake? If you are talking about Houghton Lake I am about 30 miles south of that. We ended up getting about 3 to 4 inches of snow.

How about yourself?
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Old 01-06-2004, 03:01 PM
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I'm in the Clarkston area and they made the last snow storm sound like we were getting a lot. In fact, all we got was an inch and a half or so
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Old 01-06-2004, 05:35 PM
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Tiedman - yea, i was talking about HOughton Lake. are you from Claire? I think I remember you saying that.

Moguy - I'm just north of you in Flint, but my dad lives in White Lake. You're right, they made it sound like we were in for quite the blizzard. I think we saw 3 inches here
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Old 01-06-2004, 05:36 PM
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I love Clarkston, my brother lives in Troy and so my wife and I always stopped there.

Supposed to be another front coming in on Sunday
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Old 01-06-2004, 05:37 PM
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Expert, yup live in Clare
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Old 01-10-2004, 01:39 AM
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so what is everyones 2004 goals in Michigan? What new services are you going to offer and not offfer? Why?

Just give me your thoughts on the upcoming season.
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Old 01-10-2004, 08:28 AM
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Personally, I bought a lot of new equipment last year, so I hope to not do that this year and just make some $$. As always, I hope to make more money and do less work. And although rain is always welcome to keep things growing, I hope it is more manageable this year so I'm not so damned far behind all the time. No droughts, though.

I am still undecided whether or not to stay the same size or hire a part timer and grow a little bit.

Rates will be raising for most of my customers as well this season. And I'm going to try to go to a season price, and charge over 7 months for most my customers.

Anyone have leaf work they never finished? I have a couple I didn't get to because of the snow. I guess it'll have to get done this spring.
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Old 01-11-2004, 07:24 PM
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I plan to focus on selling more services this year. I did the mow blow and go's for the last 3. Time to move on. I'm almost full time and a solo opp. I would love to expand (slowly), so this year I am either going to let customers choose what services they want, then work out a 9 month billing plan with them, or offer 3 different programs: regular mowing, enhanced program, and full service. This will include everything except fert. I don't fert. Any thoughts or suggestion on which way I should go?

Tiedman - Clarkston is great, we go bar hoppin' there all the time. Mr. B's is our stomping grounds.
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Old 01-11-2004, 10:16 PM
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I offer my customers 3 different types of packages; basic, gold, and platinum. They sign up early and then I promise them that they won't be hassled throughout the season by me trying to sell them additional services. They love it. The flat monthly billing I only use for winter time. I am scared to use it during the mowing season because I don't want to screw myself. The reason that I use it during the winter months is for I have a guaranteed income coming in every month.

This year I am going to try to sell huge amounts of aeration and tree fertilization. This is going to be a scary year for economy and the business because of the presidential elections. I am finding it had to find workers that want to stick around and actually work. Too many of them just want to earn a quick buck and not have to put forth any hard labor.
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