Newbie Looking For a Little Help!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by hilltopgrounds, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. hilltopgrounds

    hilltopgrounds LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Hey guys. My girlfriends dad mows about 20 lawns and I have been helping him and now want to branch off and start doing my own thing on my days off for now. I am a firefighter so work a lot of shift work and have a lot of days off. I already have a F250 pickup and a trailer and a few push mowers and trimmer/edger/blower and all. I figure after i get a few jobs i can save the money to buy the nice big mower and all. I am looking for the best way to advertise cheaply for the Leaf Removel season that is now apon us. Thanks for everyones help. Also since I do have another job do you think it would be worth looking for a partner to go into it with me? Thanks
    -Ryan
     
  2. hilltopgrounds

    hilltopgrounds LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    One thing a buddy suggested is making up some flier and walking around and if i see someone outside walk up and introduce myself and give them a flier. What ya'll think?
    -Ryan
     
  3. Billz

    Billz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    Don't take a partner.
     
  4. hilltopgrounds

    hilltopgrounds LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Why do you say not to take a partner?
     
  5. Billz

    Billz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    You both will never have the same ideas on which direction to take your business. Then what? You would be much better off hiring a helper, and paying him well. That way all the profit is yours.

    What benefit is there in having a partner?

    He owns half your business...
    He owns half your equipment...
    He owns half of your accounts...

    You make half of the money...

    Say you pay a guy $20 per hour to help you, he will be as loyal as a partner, but at the end of the month, you still get 100% of the profits.
     
  6. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    Take Billz advise.... :D
     
  7. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hi hilltopgrounds,

    I think making some flyers and getting them out there is a great idea. Let people in your area know you are in business and hand out business cards to everyone you know. Keep up the great work.

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