mistake to learn from

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fa fa flo hite, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. fa fa flo hite

    fa fa flo hite LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 18

    what mistakes have you had in the past that,has help you now.
     
  2. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    wow, i wrote a novel but ill just give you a sample.

    underbiding jobs
    working for people who i knew were going to be problems
    buying too much too fast
    budget troubles
    mental mistakes

    the list goes on and on. the fact is, you cant plan for every mistake that your going to make in thie business. most of them are part of living and learning. no matter how prepared you think you are, your still going to encounter mistakes. good luck.
     
  3. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Millions, especially as a teenager in the business. To name a few(or at least the lessons I've learned):

    Don't give away your hourly rates.
    When in doubt, overestimate, NEVER underestimate!
    Buy a mower that is bigger than 21" and watch your business flourish.
    Make sure you charge extra for pain in the @$$ customers.
    In this business, for every customer you lose, you can pick up three more. Bend over backwards for your clients, but not too far.
     
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Here are some of mine:

    underbidding

    getting involved in projects that are difficult to finish due to lack of proper tools

    letting people pursued me to do more ....they use guilt
     
  5. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,774

    Not buying micro soft stock when It was first offered . Forgetting the wifes birthday , and not having enough beer on the fishing trip.

    Actually working too much and not taking the time to go out and enjoy life .
     
  6. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

  7. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    keep clients as clients not friends or els your bill falls to bottom of the stack
     

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