11 months in business

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by joel29m, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    im new to this website. well im from baton rouge, la where they have some grass that still grows in the winter. i started my business in jan. this year, started with a 21 inch briggs n stratton, a curved shaft weedeater trimmer and 4 accounts and now i have a 42 inch ztr and 38 inch beer drinking riding mower, 4 echo straight shaft trimmers, 1 echo bush wacker ( trimmer with blade saw ), 1 echo back pack and hand held blower, a john deere stick edger and old school mclane edger, 3 push mowers, and right at 30 accounts. i was pulling it with my titan but want to save the miles and the ware n tare on it and bought a 91 gmc pickup to do the dirty work, but the titan still gets its share. the lawn service was part time by having a full time job but now both jobs are full time. i know for sure next year will be my year, and im not trying to be greedy on the yards i want, at least 100 and a few commercial yards, about 60 to 90k a year.
     
  2. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Welcome to Lawnsite....good luck to you.
     
  3. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn LawnSite Member
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    your gonna do 100 accounts a week by yourself...good luck with that. 100 accounts you should be well over 100k a year if your season is longer than 7 months
     
  4. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    Now you know it is impossible to do 100 yards a week by myself, of course I will have workers with me to do all of that, I can't lie on that and say it can happen I'll end up with a d@$m heat stroke!
     
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  5. helidriver

    helidriver LawnSite Member
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    I have a buddy in business for over ten years. He does like 50 accounts a year by himself. He is full time at another job and basically full time at this job. He clears 50k and is happy as a clam. Doesnt want any bigger and doesnt want any smaller. I think he could have been so much more....but, to each his own.
     
  6. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's how it is now with me. I work a fulltime night job and full time lawn service, but I'm sick of two jobs! My dad had a lawn service when I was younger making good $$$$$, but got messed up on drugs and lost every thing. So now I want to do it fulltime and get serious in it and pick up where he left off and hopefully be as sucsessful as he was in the late 80's and early 90's but hopefully I can be where I want to be by 2011.
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  7. helidriver

    helidriver LawnSite Member
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    absolutely....You have to think like this. If you got ten more lawns could you do this full time and make it? understand that at this point you are your own boss and you can invest more time and take on more business. I think you could make the switch easily. I would suffer a little cash loss now to make my business better and work for yourself. I think the only thing you need is a little more of a push to go that way with it full time all the time.
    Drugs have plagued many a small business man. I have a fix for that. DONT DO DRUGS. I think I have seen two business's ruined over this. One guy even went into debt 200k after loosing a business doing atleast 350 accounts big and small. He had winter contracts you would not believe. I think his house alone was a million and he wound up on the streets, literally.
    Now thats a story. Good luck man......JUST DO IT!
     
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    I started out around the same time last year - I am up to 36 year round accounts. I am happy with that but still need want to grow to about 60 accounts at least. This will allow me to work roughly a 8 to 4 or 8 to 5 everyday and have weekends off with some room in there still for extras projects. Sounds like you are doing good. If you are thinking about going full time I suggest taking off several months before spring and passing flyers and door hangers out yourself. This is how I started, it is cheap and has had good results for me. Hell I know they are not the best but they are cheap and get you better results than the yellow books etc that cost a fortune. You can use your off weeks during the winter to continue to do this like I am an pick up new clients here and there, if not clients you will just pick up a little extra work with someone wanting something planted, mulch etc.
    When you do go full time, I suggest looking into Christmas light installs. I have had good luck with this this season. I am doing a few installs this week and next week for my clients. I charge $30 a hour and do not give them a solid time frame because you never know what you will run into while doing installs. Sent a letter out with last months bill and have 7 booked so far. Not bad considering it will all just be extra on top of their normal monthly bill.

    Good luck, keep up the good work and welcome to lawn site.

    MJG
     
  9. BearWise Landscapers

    BearWise Landscapers LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good luck in your business, Joel.

    I wish you the best on your way towards those 100 accounts. Keep everyone updated on your success and the marketing you use to pick up more accounts.
     
  10. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks. Well i recieved about ten accounts from Craigslist, and the rest from seeing me out cutting yards and flyers. I want to make more than what I make now with a second job and lawn service.
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