Starving... What would you be doing RIGHT now?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by sancho_man_orlando, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. sancho_man_orlando

    sancho_man_orlando LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys... I'm not saying I am... but IF I were...

    What would you be doing right now?
     
  2. Eric D

    Eric D LawnSite Senior Member
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    Finding something to eat!
     
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Drawing money slowly out of a reserve and hope it don't run out, buy my food at the grocery salvage store, turn the A/C thermostat up to 81 and wear shorts and t-shirt and run fans, and I haven't even scratched the surface, the hot water heater thermostat sits at 130.

    My shower has a water saver spigot, the toilets a water saving device as well, the whole house is lit with fluorescents, I hang my clothes outside to dry and wash with cold water only, the dollar store supplies a lot of cleaning supplies, drink water and watered down cheap coffee (no soda here), once a 1/3 of a gallon of milk is used up I fill it back up with water and then use it up, bread and eggs are cheap as is pasta, don't drive the car unless I HAVE to (maybe once / week and I said maybe), what else you want to know?
     
  4. sancho_man_orlando

    sancho_man_orlando LawnSite Member
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    Topsites, you're the man!

    I read that and I was like yup doing that... yup that too. I own my vehicles outright which means no payment and less insurance, i don't even run the a/c... or the hot water... when i get hot I take a quick cold shower with my high pressure low water usage hotel type shower head, you hit most of them by the way.

    That's funny.

    I'm referring to as far as finding new business. Would you be out knocking doors at over grown residentials? Stopping in at every commercial spot you passed? Calling real estate agents pushing a "curb appeal" special for their slow selling houses? Calling other lcos to see if they had work they wanted to sub out?

    What would you be doing to seek out $$$ paying customers?

    I have the "outflow" side of my cashflow whittled down by living econimically, I want to figure out how to increase the other side. The income side.

    Thanks Eric D never thought of that one...
     
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sancho,

    place ads IN HOA Newsletters (usually pretty cheap) and you can target specific hoods with out having to run door to door hanging crap....

    I found orlando to a very easy to find work so long as you did good quality work.

    Commercial properties are mostly contracted and depending on the company the contract may fron from Jan-Dec. so any thing you do there may not do you any good for a few months.

    If you are really down and you don't have a full schedule, go to place like HD or lowes and see if they need part-time help in the nursery or garden centers....

    Id work as a greeter at walmart if it made the difference between going hungry or not....

    Were in O-town are you. My business was in the Whisper Lakes, South Lakes area down near 417 and OBT

    move outside your area. IE maybe head down to Kissimmee or up to sanford or out to clermont set up mowing for one day for those areas....if you don't have enough in you normal area you gotta expand you're coverage...
     
  6. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I suppose I'd have to try eating at home:cry:

    I'm sure the manager at Carraba's would be calling to see what's wrong.
     
  7. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    Isn't internet a REALLY big splurge for you then?? :confused:
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't normally take cold water showers until July, mostly because the water's still a bit chilly, but yeah.

    I forgot to mention, Big Lots is a good place to shop, too.

    I just added a $20 box fan in the attic, to draw air through there 24-7, that thing will run until at least end of August, usually saves me considerably on A/C in the evenings (when, without a fan, the insulation would be saturated with HEAT from the day). It's a good 20 degrees cooler upstairs with that fan, for the most part of the day, maybe except early morning, but I run it on high from here on out. Something about that air moving, it still gets around to 120+'ish, but not 140-150!

    Worst part is, I was just starting to get my lawn in shape, looks like that's taking a back seat now.

    It's an all in one package deal, with limited cable tv it comes to $65 a month.
    The server's a bitty, I'll be moving sites to a smaller unit in July vs. waiting until winter, save me $30 / month there.

    The Z is far worse, as is fuel, just got that bill, it finally caught up: $550.
     
  9. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
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    Starving or not, Give me Kraft Dinner.
     
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kraft Mac-n-yack. sorry I spend the estra 25 cents and do velveta shells and cheez...:)
     

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