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re-starting in a different town

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JLong, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. JLong

    JLong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    I have owned my own company for the past 6 years in the town I grew up in. After spending an entire year dealing with low ballers, one bad employee after another, P.I.T.A customers, and equipment break downs. I applied for and accepted a Job in a neighboring city (roughly 20-25 miles away). My plan is to move there within the next 6 months to a year. I want to stay in this industry in someway due to the fact that I really do enjoy it, However I want to stay away from mowing and focus mainly on topsoil work, hedge trimming, and small landscaping jobs. What are some strategies to building a customer base for these services?
    altough I will be a part timer I will be trying my best not to become one of the low ballers
  2. JLong

    JLong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Any other inputs on my decision would be appreciated. Economically it makes great sence, however I keep second guesing myself.
    I also feel it is a good oportuinity to live somewhere else since I have lived in the same place for the entire 25 years i've been on this earth.
  3. mudwisr2

    mudwisr2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    I live in the same town in which I went to high school. I am now 27. I will say that one of the great perks to living in the same area you grew up in is the amount of people you know. I have many people call me for a job (small and large) first b/c they know me or is a friend of a friend.
    This was my 4th year as a business owner and I still have a lot of growing and learning to do. I have thought, quite a few times actually, about the possibilities of a more thriving company in a different market area but I am going to try to ride out the low ballers and such here. They weed themselves out anyway and I see much potential for the future of landscaping in my community.

  4. don't know where your moving to, but there is the same thing in that town your moving to, just now nobody knows you.

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