the pickup man?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by competitiveimageland, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
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    Is it just me or am i starting to notice an increasing amount of "landscapers" out there if you want to call them that , it seems to me that anyone out there with a lawn mower and a pickup calls themselves a "landscaper" i think i saw at least a dozen new local contenders last year alone , not that im worried about loosing business but they seem to be selling themselves short by underbidding waaaaayyyy to much , reading one of the other articles were the person said they charge $10per man hour HAHA
    ill sub some work out to that guy hehe. ive got a certificate in horticulure and have been in the business for 6 years and i wont even call myself a landscaper.
    sorry that is just something i had to get off my chest, we all had to start somewhere but i had to earn the title that i have why should they be different
     
  2. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
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    not many responces to this one i guess
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    This has been going on for over 20 years. Every year, a few more come in, and a few more go out. I broke off on my own in '84, and believe me, I've seen alot of 'em come and go.
     
  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Yes, a lot will come and go ...
     
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Everybody sees them every year they come out of the woodwork it seems like.When we started the guys that have been in business for years probably said the same thing about us.
     
  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Every season I see new people who just want to make a buck and after a few months they start to dissapear. They aren't consistent, their work sucks, and the equipment doesn't last! So to me its just part of the usual spring scene.
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm actually seeing less and less of these kinds of guys in my area...fine by me.
     
  8. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    It's the scrub cycle. I try not to worry about them. Sounds like you know your stuff, have the experience to back it up. Don't worry about the cheapo customers that price shop, sell yourself on quality and expertise. Don't worry about the scrubs.
     
  9. chimmygew

    chimmygew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576

    This is the worst year in my area in the 9 years I've been in biz. So far I have counted 16 newbies in a town of only 6000. Ohh well, you get used to it after a while.
     
  10. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
    Posts: 192

    they are more annoying then anything underbidding then disapearing a month later when they get tired of doin the work
     

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