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First Year In Business

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by osmann_lawn, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    I know i am not going to be advertising until spring. I just have this thing were everything goes wrong and time fly's by to fast. So i am getting them made now. There are a lot of local lawn & landscapers around so there is some competition. I was thinking 1,500 postcard and the rest door hangers (postage is not cheap!).
     
  2. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    Thanks Gesner. Well i started just doing my neighbors lawn than halfway through the summer i picked up 2 accounts thanks to my mom and her big mouth lol! I will this year get an LLC.
     
  3. ny scaper

    ny scaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    It is good to think ahead, but not too far ahead. I'll get banged for this again, but its not all about the slick F250 all decked out with the brand new mowers, trailer and all the rest. Its about your professional attitude and quality of work first and foremost. The rest will come. However, if you plan on working in high-end areas, then having nicer stuff definitely helps. But if you are working in mid level income areas like i do, that is of less importance (although it would still be nice) IMO. My stuff doesnt look the best, I wish it looked better, but I can assure you I will go up against any LCO as far as quality of work.
    BPS and DG have given you strong advise.
     
  4. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    yeah that is true 90% work and 10% looks of equipment. Thanks a lot guys for the encouragement!! Just wondering how long did it take you guys to get to the point where you were making good money? *i would eventually like to leave my parents basement lol*
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    "Good money" is a relative term. This is my 10th season and I'm still not bringing in what I did in my former career. But now I'm in control of my life and my kids know who I am. I'm not just that stranger they see every Sunday anymore.

    But it can take 3 or 4 years to have a full schudule of decent accounts and getting to the point where you can "cherry pick" the good and just pass on the bad. I have always concentrated on filling my schedule with good, profitable work rather than growth for the sake of growth. I think that's the mistake a lot of guys make, and I see it when their business goes up for sale. Having 100 underpriced accounts for people who don't pay on time is a recipe for failure, not success. I'd rather have 30 good ones!

    I'm gonna go take a shower, load up and roll out and get a crack of noon start and then knock out 8 lawns to the tune of $400 or so....as soon as I finish sipping my coffe, rofl.
     
  6. ny scaper

    ny scaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    DG hit it on the head...

    Anyway, I think your business cards look good. But as others have said on this thread, don't over qualify yourself.
    1 - Will you be mowing at houses like that? Can you handle the maintenance (pruning, weeding etc) at a house like that? Could you quote it even? Not coming at you just legitimate questions. Start small, build slow - words to live by
    2 - If you cant stripe like that, then no need to include those pics. It aint all about the almighty "stripe".
    What I mean is if I was a prospective customer, I would expect that you could make my lawn look like that. This is just not true so I wouldn't advertise that I could. Granted it looks nice, but is not currently an accurate representation of you current business.
     
  7. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    What was your former carreer? Nope i can not stripe like that. Already talked to the guy he said he is going to get different pictures. But yes i can do weeding mulching & shrub small tree pruning. I also do pretty good for weeding and mulching i am good at pricing that now! lol. Those stripes look pretty brightened up lol I really hate the slow part.
     
  8. ny scaper

    ny scaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    Worked for a landscaper while at college and after. You can learn alot from this site. I have in a very short time. You can always get better with pricing IMO. I think I can price stuff to the T ...um nope - a few every year get me. Thats learning though as long as it goes into the memory bank.
    I wasnt saying you cant prune and weed and mulch. I was more asking if you could quote a property of that caliber? I myself could not have done so until about two years ago and only through trial and error.
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I was a rocket surgeon in my former career!

    Actually I worked in the enviormental consulting field mostly assessing and cleaning up contaminated commercial and industrial properties, often in connection with pending real estate deals (someone buying, someone selling, someone wanting a loan). I worked my way up the ladder to the point that I was stuck in the office 95% of the time and hated it. I had about a dozen different titles but basically I was an environmental scientist and project manager.
     
  10. osmann_lawn

    osmann_lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    I can price it under what you price it because i do not have the llc yet. but when i do i will have to figure it all out. i ball park it. weeding and mulching i did 40 an hour i think. Wow that sounds pretty cool expect for the office part
     

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