Are there more people quitting this year 2011...?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Exact Rototilling, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. weeble67

    weeble67 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree it's a fine line to keep prices the same and retain your current customers or to raise the rates to cover the inflation and risk being lowballed or having your rates to high and losing the customer.
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    That's because there are so few clients like you describe. The top 10% hold a huge majority of the wealth. Only in Switzerland is there a larger wealth imbalance.
     
  3. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I started a few years ago and really got heavy into it two years ago. I have been growing ever since..and its not b/c i lowball..i have actually price higher than most guys..but my work sells itself. Im not trying to brag..but if you do a good job..know how to price..i really think that now is not the hardest time to start a company..there are so many people out there doing an awful job that people are willing to pay for quality and consistency. Im actually buying a new mower this week. Im excited about 2011. I pray daily and tithe...and I believe that is one of the reasons I am able to succeed. just my .02
     
  4. mostaza

    mostaza LawnSite Member
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    Should I be worried about Ethanol mandated in every service station? I keep having carbureator problems with my Echo trimmers when I put ethanol gas in them.
     
  5. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    Mostaza, we have ethanol in NY and yes, they do a number on the smaller engines. I have echo trimmers too. Easier to put the ethanol stabilizer in your gas all the time... It is what the motorcycle shops recommend and it winterizes...

    A buddy of mine is quitting because the winter we had totally disabled his truck from plowing. He was a sub for me and completely gave up midway into the season after I already paid. His Balance Sheet was all off. too much debt not enough cash flow and not enough savings.

    In this Business you need to keep your money in the bank and take out only what you should get for pay checks. If you are running the show administering the business and are working FT through the winter also, then you should make at least $20-$30k, not $100k (unless your business can bear that cost). If people take the checks and just go right to the bar with em and they are going to lose out.

    As for all these guys in NC, I'll be in topsail this summer... Anyone know where I can get a nice 3/4 ton used southern truck 4x4.
     
  6. mtlandscape

    mtlandscape LawnSite Member
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    One good thing is when the home owner starts to find out that the low ballers and scabs don't realy know what they are doing and try to find someone new to service them , they find out they made a big mistake.sooner or later these guys will be busting there buts in the slums and not realy making anything to show for . they can have it!!
     
  7. mtlandscape

    mtlandscape LawnSite Member
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    I will let my mowers sit befor I eat the gas prices. You have to pass the cost of running your bis. off to the costomer. If they are the type of person that don't understand , do you realy want them , I wouldn't!
     
  8. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I don't think I will ever completely quite but the past 2 seasons we've seriously looked into other venture's. Now this year with fuel on the rise already, our insurance just went up AGAIN for no reason, its just becoming not worth all the trouble. The minute you mention 30 bucks to mow......"oh my last guy was only 20 bucks", you know all the usual stuff.
     
  9. ochosdaddy

    ochosdaddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    It won't matter how bad things get. People become unemployed and desperately seek employment. Grab a mower and go. Anything to pay the bills.............right?
     
  10. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    I hope so!
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