Expanding the business

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nice-n'-strait, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. nice-n'-strait

    nice-n'-strait LawnSite Member
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    Hi my name is Drew Williams and I am new to Lawnsite. I have been in the business now for about 3 years with new additions to my equipment over the span of those years.

    This is 2 years ago with my first mower
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    and this is what i have now along with the 31 x 10.5 tires and the 3.5" suspension lift

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    I recently grabbed a Stihl FC 95 edger and the jungle jims racks

    here is 1 more pics to show you what kind of work i do. im proud

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    Im 18 years old and a freshman in college. I started 3 years ago with my dad's rider :)

    ok so now you know my story. I want to know some way to expand my business. what equipment am i missing that would expand my horizon and make me more money by allowing me to do more stuff. etc. chainsaw, pole pruner, hedge pruners..w/e

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  2. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks, good! Just make sure you don't expand to fast, that can be the biggest downfall of a small business.
     
  3. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    When its all paid off, buy the extras and put them to work :D

    Looks good man, keep it up.
     
  4. nice-n'-strait

    nice-n'-strait LawnSite Member
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    So what kind of services can I offer other than cutting, edging, etc? I do lots of spring / fall clean-ups as that is very much needed by everyone.
     
  5. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    upsell to your customers that you have now, shrub trimming, mulching, flower/shrub planting. strips looks good!
     
  6. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Get your pesticed license. I do more revenue in fert/weed control now than I ever made mowing
     
  7. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    You can't imagine how much you'll appreciate those pictures later in life. My business has grown very well just as so many here on LS. But what I wouldn't give to have a good pic or two of the days when I started out with my '90 Ford Ranger, 12' single axle trailer, a Scott's 25/54 garden tractor, and some Ryobi handheld stuff.

    If I had only known back in '99 how things would be in '08. :)

    Keep up the good work.
     
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    You could offer dethatching. I put a JRCO dethatcher on the front of mt ztr. I am able to dethatch and pick up at the same time so it takes me the same amount of time to dethatch as it would to mow. And the plus side to that is that you get more money for it. Around here I am able to charge twice what I am for mowing.
     
  9. SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE

    SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE LawnSite Member
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    Agree that you should get you pesticide licenses. When they come and do lawn next to the one I am mowing they get done twice as fast and charge almost double what I can charge to mow. If you are going to college make that your priority.
     
  10. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,676

    Looking good, you old trailer had some small tires. Its nice to have a truck, you can do mulch and big cleanups etc, if you don't do those already
     

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