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Old 08-16-2004, 06:02 PM
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Am I too late???

I realize that it's late in the season but I am about to go through a layoff so I don't have a lot of choices.

Am I too late to start cutting this year? I owned my lawn service business about 15 years ago and then went to "Corporate America" (I still can't figure out why!!). Now I'm forced to make a change and I want to start lawn care again. I just need your opinion on the time to start. Should I wait until spring? How should I go about getting fall cleanups? Will people sign 12 month contracts in September for the following year?

Sorry for all the questions, but any input will be greatly appreciated.

BTW, I already have 42" lawn tractor, push mower, string trimmer, back pack blower and 6x10 trailer.

Thanks

Coop
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Old 08-16-2004, 09:14 PM
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The best time to start is Now.
You can make a few mistakes this summer and fall, learn from them, and be ready to kick some grass by next spring.
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:22 PM
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The best time to start is Now.
You can make a few mistakes this summer and fall, learn from them, and be ready to kick some grass by next spring.
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I agree. My motto is that "it's never too late"
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:41 PM
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I say start now and see what you can do.
Just try to find people that are unhappy with their current LCO and can get out of the contract/ don't have a contract.

Good Luck, God Bless, and Welcome to the club!!
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:46 PM
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Its never too late to start....just realize that it is going to be alot of work to get customers at this time of year. Your advertising dollar will go farther in the spring.
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Old 08-17-2004, 04:16 AM
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I just started myself - similar situation as you. I'm putting out flyers and have had good response with people unhappy with their current service or they had school kids cutting for them and are being abandoned since school is starting back. Have some business cards and flyers made and wear out some shoe leather - You will be pleasantly surprises.
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Old 08-18-2004, 10:55 AM
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Agree with all above. I just started out in July. I have made many mistakes, and still counting. But, I'm ready for next year. My few customers I have let there LCO go because they were unhappy with service. Also, some possible customers for next year because they have contracts with current LCO. But, again unhappy so they may consider me next year. Get up and GO for it man!.
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Old 08-18-2004, 03:53 PM
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Hey Coop,
I can relate. I landscaped for the 10-years it took me to get through college, during the summers (slow learner). I was good at it, could outwork just about everybody, and each year it got easier to walk into a shop and walk out with a summer job.
Now at 38, I've been in the corporate world for 11 years and why oh why did i end up here? I still have my job, and that is a comfort, but I am really not the type for the 8-5, work for someone else job. I just found this site doing searches because I am going nuts at my job and can't stop thinking that maybe I should chuck it all, load up my tools and do my own thing. I should take my own advice when I say to you "Go for it!"

-Good Luck!

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Old 08-18-2004, 04:28 PM
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Hi JCOOP,

Start as soon as you can.

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How should I go about getting fall cleanups?
Create some flyers and hand them out!
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Old 08-18-2004, 11:55 PM
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If you had your own business 15 years ago you should know the answer to your question.
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