my story as it stands

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by BGL, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. BGL

    BGL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    in december of 2003 i was pulled out of school to be sent to iraq. about 6 months into the deployment i started thinking about what i could do to continue the same income i was making upon my return from the sandbox. i have been mowing lawns since i was about 9, and i always seemed to enjoy it, so what better way then to turn it into a profit. i then decided that i would start my own landscaping and lawn care business. i then had my mom send me several books about it all. after reading them all i gained a whole lot of knowledge, but not nearly as much as i did when i stumbled acoss this website. i spent countless hours at the computer reading all the things that all of you had to say. well anyway, upon my return i ended up deciding to put off this whole idea, and i got a job as a cook. a couple of months into this job i realized that i could not afford to live off of $450 very two weeks. i then went and bought a used self propelled snapper mower and a weed eater, and borrowed my dad's blower and edger. now i know that some of you believe that flyers may be a waste of time, but i took about 15 minutes and put one together and then ran down to the kinkos and printed off 100 black and white copies. i began handing them out and before i knew it my phone was ringing off the hook. exatly four months later today i now have roughly 30 accounts and counting. i have upgraded to a toro walk behind proline, and need to start thinking about upgrading again. i also just had three ads come out in the yellow pages in exchange for services; 1/8 of a page in the landscape section, 1/2 a page in the lawncare section (not only is it the first ad, but the biggest), and 1/8 of a page in the sod section. despite all of the landscaping trucks i see everyday, it's crazy how much work there still is to do. sorry this was so long but thankyou for taking the time to read it.
  2. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337

    thats one reason why i started my lawn care business, i am a firm believer that almost anyone can make more money working for themself then making someone else rich. goodluck in your new venture

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