Getting into the biz :(

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by casey humphrey, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. casey humphrey

    casey humphrey LawnSite Member
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    Well I have been laid off now for a 2 weeks and there is now snow to plow and I am going nuts all the mowers are ready to go maintenaced and lubed up I even bought a used 02 52 ztr so I have 3 peices of equipment now. This winter slow season kinda sucks!! What do other guys do to pass the time? I am going to wait till mid Jan. to start the roster of calls and hand out flier and to start my market plan. I was told not to start to early as this stuff just gets pushed aside. I have a note book of ideas and numbers to call this is what happens when you get the too do list done from the wife HAHA There is not even enough ice to go ice fishing gerr. What are other LCO's do to pass this short time?
     
  2. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well my mower and truck has about 4 coats of wax and I had so much time I jacked my mower remove the tires and started cleaning the frame and waxing it as well!! Where is this snow!!
     
  3. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bad time of the year for startups and bad economy! Hope you have a year worth of salary to fallback on.
     
  4. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    I started my business 3 years ago "this was when the economy dipped" and I am not even 100% stable. Business is growing but slowly. Too much competition in my area and the rich are cheap. Guy once said on this site that either you gotta charge real cheap to get a new customer or pull an ACE out of your sleeve. I am only getting customer's from high quality and one on one personal friendly service. I have very good hand selected customers but I need bulk though.
     
  5. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well I do it all. Unlike a previous LCO post, I am a jack of all trades. I do construction, LCO, tree trimming, property management, parking lot stripping and I have rent houses. My suggestion is to branch out and figure out what you can do that other can't and make money. This worked for me. Last year and probably this year I will take down x-mas lights were other LCO put them up and now are gone. Another friend of mine buys used equpment during this time of the year and sells in the spring. Good luck!
     
  6. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    My friend is a LCO and he buys street bikes in the winter and sells them for more in the Spring.
     
  7. casey humphrey

    casey humphrey LawnSite Member
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    I hear ya I was a Maint. supervisor for management companies for years I see all these venders and the bids they put and the jobs they get and said self why can't I do that? So There is a handy man side of my biz too I just dont advertise as musch as the lawn and snow. I just enjoy lawn/ snow more
     
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sounds good, that is what I was trying to get across Is to be diverse, and who knows you might run into something you like better and make more money. I am the opposite, LCO is my least favorite. I started in 82 so the summers get long and hot and I enjoy AC jobs if possible. I have told several guys starting out, there is enough work out there for all, just getting the money is the hard part.
     

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