I am very close to three companies that really stand out to me which help me to decide my model of business and who i want to be. Company#1 I worked for this company over spring break last year. The man who owns it has been in this business since he was 16 years old and still drives the same truck. He is now somewhere in his upper 40's. His fleet consists of an old chevy 2 ton and a brand new f 350. Each of which pulls a trailer one open and one enclosed which carries all the equipment. This man believe he is successful because he has more equipment than everyone and covers the entire county during a weekly basis. While working for him i noticed he didnt use 3/4 of the equipment on his trailer and left a ton of it sitting in his backyard. His fleet takes up half the block. He owns over a dozen mowers but only runs two at a time...His routes are never organized he drives all over town and keeps himself busy but is in no wise efficient. He mulches when asked otherwise he bags. I found that i was exhausted everyday and the pay was horrible (6.50 an hour) I saw him struggle throughout the rest of the season trying to keep employees but found that he was always running the equipment. He has to work a night job in order to support himself. And does snow removal in the winter. Company #2 The company name is Fast Action Yard Care and they stand by it. His fleet consists of an older Chevy 1 ton, 5 low paid workers sitting in the bed of the truck, an open trailer with 3 mowers, 2 trimmers, 2 edgers, 2 blowers, and a water container. He drives the truck they pull up to a street all 5 of the workers jump out of the bed and unload the equipment 3 mow, 1trims/blows, 1 edges/blows. They mulch everything. He walks to the door and socializes with the owners during the 5-7 minutes it takes them to mow a yard and i assume collects the money. I have seen them do 4 yards at one stop in 20 minutes they are very efficient at what they do. I have no idea what they charge or how many lawns they do other than the ones i have observed. Company #3 I bought one of the mowers they used during the last year (they replace them every year) and have learned a lot of his business model through talking with him and observation. He started his company when he was 16 part time then at 21 went full time by 26 he was out of the truck. He maintains 180 lawns per week and turns many away each year. He hired workers to run his maintanence so he could focus on the landscaping side. His crews only work 4 days a week and i think if i remember right he doesnt run more than 5 trucks. Each truck has one driver, a small open trailer behind it consisting of 2 mowers, 2 trimmers, 2 edgers, 2 blowers, a water container and various hand tools. He bags everything and charges a competitive rate people like him because of his reputation. I have learned I in no wise want to be like company 1 riding behind mowers over 45 and working my tail off just to get by. I like company 2's model of efficiency however i want to do it on a smaller scale with 1 or 2 men working for me not 5 and i want them to run like company 3's. I also want to be as successful as company #3 The guy is loaded and is just maintaining his maintenance business while he does what he loves in landscaping. These 3 companies have taught me lot about business and how i want to run my outfit.