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How to fail in the lawn business by someone who did it.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PROCUT1, Feb 18, 2009.

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  1. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    Unfortunately Im too ugly for that.

    Still trying to figure out why my wife married me.
    Aint the looks and sure as hell aint the money.
     
  2. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,509

    So where ya going?

    Dave...
     
  3. cms289

    cms289 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    Yes, it is call diminishing returns. To a point you make more money per unit, but then you peak and you make less for every addition unit. The successful business finds the peak and that is the goal, not more or less. But that is the trick. That is where good management comes in. Learning your profit curve and sticking to it. I am very sorry that happened to you, but you did learn from it and face it, education is not cheap or easy!
     
  4. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 759

    Very good information PROCUT1, my dad always told me to stay small...never really believed him. But the past couple days of thinking and then reading this has really got me thinking. SOLO for me and im going to keep my full time job with 100% benefits and 3 weeks holidays! Thanks for the heads-up, and sorry to hear.
     
  5. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    Warm temps, no income tax..... either Texas or Florida.

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  6. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    Haha Florida is too hot and texas, well.....

    Tennesee
     
  7. Surf'n'Turf

    Surf'n'Turf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    good for you, i'd love to get out of nj myself. i always enjoy reading your posts, i wish you much success!
     
  8. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    It was 8 degrees here in Nashville this morning. We have had more snow this season than we have had in many years. If you have not had to deal with it yet you will,That is our friends from the south working for peanuts allowing companies to bid things so low others can't compete.
     
  9. ConnerM

    ConnerM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    IDK im not trying to say i would have done anything different because im just trying to start a lawncare company and idk what it takes and i cant imagine what will happen but i think that saving up money to buy a shop is smart ecspecailly if you are making good money in the mean time. I would like more details on your story? I think it is important that people not rag on your story but why not try to find out what went wrong and what could have been done differently. thats why i come on the forum to learn from others mistakes so i dont have to go through them myself
     
  10. ConnerM

    ConnerM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    I like that all this is the truth and that you are able to come on lawnsite and tell us you failed procut. As for the post above at my old company that was huge and were i would like to be one day they made all the crew leads fill in the paperwork filling in how long it took us to do the job and how many crew members there were
     
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