starting out..

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by adcare lawns and gardens, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. adcare lawns and gardens

    adcare lawns and gardens LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    to all experienced lawn care providers...
    what are the thee most important things you did or wished u did when starting your business???
  2. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    where there are several things I did before I started that I would suggest to all. 1st - work for another landscaping company for a couple years to gain experience. 2nd - Only buy what you can afford to buy when it comes to equipment in other words pay cash. You never know how the season is going to go and you don't want to have hefty loan payments during a drought or worse. 3rd - gradually increase your advertising over time when your ready for the extra work, growing to fast is a good way to go out of business. Never take on more obligations than you can handle or have the experience to do.
  3. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    1. did not start out with major debt like most others do.
    2. was legal and insured from day one.
    3. hired employees.
  4. dutchhook

    dutchhook LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    1"CASH IS KING" most businesses fail because they run out of cash.
    2. start and stick to a budget that works
    3. Provide great, memorable service, and TRY to keep your pricing at a level that brings in a good net profit margin

    Steve Hoogenakker
  5. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 357

    1. Be reliable:rolleyes:
    2. Pay cash for equipment
    3. Be reliable:rolleyes::rolleyes:
    4. Get insurance
    5. Be reliable:rolleyes::rolleyes:
    6. Be reliable:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
    7. Be reliable:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  6. dutchhook

    dutchhook LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    lol Ditto with Swim,but I noticed NO smiley faces after insurance?!?
  7. M&SLawnCare

    M&SLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    Wished i did:
    1) Stayed in the field rather than leaving it and wasting 2 years in college
    2) Advertised more and grew quicker. I'm a bad procrastinator at that apect of the bussiness

    Glad I did:
    1) Paid cash for everything. Zero debt from day one.
    2) Bought equipment as i needed it, rather than as i wanted it.
    3) Been reliable and always left a quality result which has helped with my lazyness on advertising :laugh:
  8. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Wish I would of:
    1)Bought comm. grade eqmnt from the start(even it is used so you can afford it.)
    2)Found this site from the beg.
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    1 be reliable ~ numero uno
    2 work with pride & integrity
    3 make sure facetime with your customers is enjoyable for them :laugh:

    Be patient...
    Experience comes with time...with time comes wisdom.
    Treat folks the way you'd want to be treated...sounds golden to me! :waving:

    In the beginning, IFF you're not behind your mower AND moving ain't making money.

    Above ALL...enjoy your craft! It's your time to shine: and no one else can enjoy it for you. :jester:

    Some folks are not naturally happy...if that's you, fake it til you make it.

    (except in the Winter when you can loaf a little) :cool2:
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Wow...this is a great thread for having such a generic name. I would state mine, but they have already been mentioned. This would be good sticky material.

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