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Ryall Landscaping

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Ryall Landscaping, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Hey. I'm Tim. I'm 17 years old, and am co-running a business with a close friend of mine, Kip.

    We're doing this mostly as a summer thing, but we're both open to see where it goes. If we can establish some customers, we would more than likely be interested in expanding.

    We're both brand new to the landscaping business. My father owns a construction company, so I am not exactly new to the self-employment thing, but other than how to mow a lawn and weedwack, I'm not too knowledgeable about this field of work.

    I'm really excited to see where this takes us. :)

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Welcome to the site. My best advice to you is to read as much as possible on here. There is so much great info. And don't be afraid to ask questions.
  3. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Thanks. Yeah there is an overabundance of information. Ive been reading a lot. I think the hardest thing for me right now is knowing how to come up with estimates, especially on things Ive never done before. I need to find something to help with that lol.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    I hear ya. There is a little bit of a learning curve with estimates. A lot of trial and error. Another way that I did things was to network with other local companies and talking to everyone. A lot of times if you make friends with other small lawn companies you an help each other out. I used to ask my local Lesco guy tons of questions about pricing also.
  5. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Well. I called a well-known landscaper around here pretending to be a customer in order to come up with a decent estimate on some work. Ended up that he does not do some of it, but it was a good starting point.

    However, I feel bad doing that because I am wasting his time. =\
  6. TurfTrimmer 92

    TurfTrimmer 92 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    Welcome to the site and i hope everything works out. and as DLAWNS said trial and error and try to get some other company friends to help you out when you need and you help them when they need. But good luck this summer.:usflag:

  7. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Yeah. It'd be nice to have someone to help out and be helped from..But I'm going to simply see what happens. If something comes my way, or I find myself meeting someone, then perhaps that could happen. But I don't know how else to go about that, so I'll leave it be lol.
  8. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    ok from what i found out when i started from alot of people on here is never start a company with a friend they will screw you up cause you wont have the same ideas and you will run it to the ground to sum it up for you

    and the best thing to do to get an average price is call 2-4 big companys around you depending on the size of your town and stuff they will give you a good idea on how much they charge and if there big like the ones around here the owner hardly does any of the work he just goes out and gets more accounts so dont feel bad about wasting there time but dont call them out to different places just to see what every place would be

    and get good ins i had 1 million coverage with mine

    but make sure its a thing you wanna do and follow through with cause most ins companys make you pay for the full year even if you go out in a month

    from what i learned that make sure you always have a back up mower most people dont care if your mower breaks down they want there grass cut and if you dont have your mower fixed in time they will leave you and go to some one else

    and some people are just a pain to deal with if you mow and do a good job (really do a good job) and they pick out like the little things like there is a blade of grass in there drive way on your like first mow its a good idea to do what they want then say your sorry but you cant mow for them any more cause over the weeks it will get worse i had a lady like that i mean her house was old and run down and she was worried about her grass drive way getting blades of grass in the little gravel she had just a pain and after 3 cuts i told her i couldnt mow for her any more and i was sorry just not worth the crap to go through trying to get her ran down house and lawn perfect

    but for the most part alot of the people i had were older people that were happy with my work and told alot of there friends about me and i got more accounts

    but after 2 years people with a truck and a mower were doing yards for $5-10 when i was charging $25 min and that was hardly making me any money so i got out of mowing and im gonna start plowing this next winter full time again i did it for one year and didnt get many people but started it again last year just for a few people and i was getting alot of calls about plowing so im gonna try to get more people and see how it goes

    the good thing is i got alot of cheap pumps and plows last summer and got them rebuilt and have 4 e-60 meyers and 2 e47 meyers and a couple westerns as back up

    cause its always good to have back up stuff i carry a tool box with me and 2 extra pumps at all time cause never know when one will give out and then your stuck cause if you cant pick up the plow you need to call a tow truck or take the blade off and put it in the back of the truck which that gets old
  9. Bigguy500

    Bigguy500 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 5

    Welcome to the site!! Good luck with your business!!
  10. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    If it's a horrible idea to have a partner w/ me..How do I go about seperating us some? I feel like I do more work anyways..I take all the calls, run out do all the estimates, invoices, etc etc. and do the work..and he just kind of tags along to do work. However, he did help me w/ a good bit of advertising, so I don't want to just seperate lol.

    Insurance seems awfully expensive for the whole 2 1/2 months (if that) that I'll be working. :\

    Thanks man :)!

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