Fresh face to the forum and business

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Property Maintenance Plus, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Property Maintenance Plus

    Property Maintenance Plus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    :waving:Hey guys, so here is my story.
    I am 20 years old(late blommer to the this I know), I have been following this site for about 4 months trying to get as much information I can about this business. I plan on starting my own Property Maintenance company in 2010. I have always enjoyed caring for lawns and doing things to improve the appearance of properties.
    The reason I want to start a "Property Maintenance" and not a "Lawn Care" business is because I have experience in much more than just lawn care, mulching, etc. I know most will prob flame me for not sticking to one thing or the other, but I feel if I limit myself to one thing such as lawn care, there will not be that opportunity to grow my business to what I want it to be.
    I worked construction while in high school and I am currently working for a painting company. I have also helped my dad for 2 years on the side with his little business. I want to have everything ready to go by march 1st as are season starts late here, about april, and ends in oct, then snow starts to fly in november. I already have a 16' landscaping trailer, I will be getting a truck within the next month, hopefully a dodge ram 2500:weightlifter: I plan on getting a JD resi 52 z-track or a Toro mower very soon. I know they are not the "best" in this feild, but that is the only brands that is local to me and I want to have that dealer support close by for parts and service. I have like 3 trimmers laying around until I can buy a $$ one. I also plan on getting a stihl backpack blower as well. I have my business cards, flyers and such ready to go. I plan on walking all 2500 flyers around to all the different areas around and hopefully i will see at least a 1% return on those but I would love a 2%. I figure 1% gives me 25 accounts and I can go full time with it with that amount and 2% give me 50 accounts and that will be just amount my max unless I hire some help. This is just a GOAL that I set for the first year and I believe I can accomplish it with quality and personal service. I hate the blow and go type service that many of the companies around here have become. If i work hard I know I can be successful in this business. Any advice for me would be greatly apperiated. Thanks and hope everyone had a good year! Time to break out the Plows for the guys in the east coast :clapping:
     
  2. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    Well good luck for you in the future I hope things go well for you.

    I also called my company property maintenance but I will not do anything interior just exterior looks, since I'm also going to do asphalt sealing, thats the reason I didn't call it lawn care.
     
  3. GreenPro7

    GreenPro7 LawnSite Member
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    Im glad to see you have goals. I started in this business 25 years ago before you were born. Believe me, goals are important. I used to do all the mowing, landscaping yada...yada... and so on, but for me personally, I found the spraying business to be MUCH more profitable. I salute you for wanting to be a self employeed business owner, just remember you have to learn to accept the bad with the good and vise versa. I have owned 3 different lawn companys ( maintenance) through the years, built them up and sold them. My current company is 4 years old and do strickly lawn care ( no maintenance ). The mowing is good, however I found it's better to have commercial year round contracts over residential.You have to start somewhere, so hang in there and good luck!
     
  4. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Welcome to the site and good luck to you.
     
  5. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    If you say it is much more profitable to have a sealing asphalt business well tell me why you are still doing lawn care just for curiosity ? I'm saying this because i'm starting a core aeration and asphalt sealing company in 2010 and would like an opinion on that by someone with experience.
     
  6. Property Maintenance Plus

    Property Maintenance Plus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    Thank you for the response, makes me look forward to the upcomming year. :clapping:
     
  7. GreenPro7

    GreenPro7 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Sorry JFGauvrea, I know nothing about the asphalt business. Good luck to you.
     

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