small landscapers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by James Cormier, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    Hey was just reading some stories from insurance mags about the % of small landscape companies that have Insurance, workers comp or even claim there income.

    Anyone care to guess?
  2. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 616

    mmmmm....... about 33%??
  3. Cutters Lawn Care

    Cutters Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    just a guess 25%
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    I would say more like 10% or less.
  5. Mowmoney00

    Mowmoney00 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    I'll meet you guys in the middle and say 17%
  6. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    I wouldnt be surprised if it was on up around 40% or higher.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    Not many. I'm one of the few who do.
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    I;d guess about a 2/3 dont have ins
  9. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    I'm not going to take an insurance guy's word on anything! Whatever the article says, I'm sure it supports the guy's reason that someone should be buying something from him.
  10. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    well its a industry mag, just like this site is for our industry, the point behind this is why do some guy' s wonder why landscape companies are not view in the public eye as a legit business?

    Right now nation wide the estimate is 36% of all landscape companies dont have insurance, workers comp or even claim the money they make.

    If this is true its pretty sad,

    I was at lesco this spring and a kid at the counter asked me what I charge for fertin, I said do you have a licence & Insurance? He said no he's only doing this part time right now. So I gave him my normal speach how he's hurting the lawn care business. He just said too bad,and turned to the lesco guy and bought a pallet of fert & dimension, After the lesco guy loaded him and came to help me, I said I cant believe you just did that, He told you he doesnt have a licence or insurance and you still sold him the product!

    I was pissed, the lesco guy say's it not my job to make sure everyone has a licence.

    What He didnt relieze was he's just as much to blame for the way the public views our business,

    Ive been pulled over several times by the pesticide board to check my licence, and I always ask why not sit across the street from lesco and pull over people coming out? I sure lesco wouldnt like that

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