Not sure what to do next

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jeeperscrow, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can't make the next move until you raise your prices. When you add employees and equipment your overhead is going to sky rocket.
     
  2. mhelpdesk

    mhelpdesk LawnSite Member
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    If you really want to get granular with the business analysis, look at the Kauffman foundation too. They have virtually every kind of business analysis tool online. You've gotten a lot of great advice here. Build on it and you'll be far ahead of the competition.
     
  3. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Believe me I'm seeing that now! Employees are very costly, and I added a new expensive mower at the start of the season that I have quite a few payments left on. Some days makes me want to go back to doing everything myself to make better income, but once you get used to someone else running a trimmer...it's hard to go back to running a trimmer lol.
     
  4. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    I will check into that, and I agree, GREAT advice on here. Thanks everyone!
     
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Who's better at the trimming and edging?
     
  6. jeeperscrow

    jeeperscrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    The unfortunate fact is I am...by far. That's another problem with employees...I can't find one who will do the job like me, and I've been through a few. Having trouble with that.
     
  7. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Typical business owner/Landscaper. He puts the least skilled lowest paid employee on the hardest job.

    A great mower will leave a great cut no matter who's butt is on the seat.
    And the lawn will look great.

    However the edge is where everyone's eyes first see and a poorly looking edge is what they will see and remember about your work. Gee' that company does poor work, I need a landscaper but I am not going to call them.
     
  8. Aussie-Gardener

    Aussie-Gardener LawnSite Member
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    Great thread. Similar stage as myself.
    I have one great guy who I trust and can take my second vehicle out.
    The trouble I am having is finding the second and third person when you can only offer a couple of days a week and more in the peak season.
    Most experienced guys are looking for a full week.

    It's hard seeing a team drive off with your gear to service your clients to start with. But when you have a right person I can see how it can grow.
    Plus it's nice not having to be on the tools as often.

    I just seem to go through 10 staff to fine one with a good work ethic and a reasonable skill level.
     
  9. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NJ
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    That is correct.
     

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