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TIPS, Do's and Don'ts tips for the new guy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Eric ELM, Apr 16, 2001.

  1. Kglenn04

    Kglenn04 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    lol thats happen to me once before
  2. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    I did it again tonight. Used this wrench to adjust something on my Gravely and after I posted before I checked my pockets and there it was.

  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    Jumper cables are a really good thing to have as well. Good thread guys!
  4. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    I'll add a few:

    Always carry spare spark plugs, throttle cables, etc. on you. These things don't break a lot but when they do having one saves you a trip to the dealer.

    Have the dealer on speed dial, talking to them often saves you a trip.

    Use racks for trimmers and blowers, rather than keeping them in the truck bed. This is better for them and deters theft. I say deter, not prevents for a reason.

    Always buy your new equipment in the winter to save a little $$$ and even if you don't, it's better for tax purposes.

    Always have multiple business cards on you. You never know when you'll run into a potential customer.

    Keep a 21" on the trailer if you run into something the big mowers can't handle.

    Never give an "expected price" by phone or e-mail. Example, if someone calls you for an estimate, don't say "It will probably be XXX per cut." The customers will stick to that price, which is often too low.

    Try to stick to one brand of equipment. This is easier for parts.

    Lastly, always enjoy what you're doing. If you're miserable, it's time to switch careers or hire help.
  5. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    Another thing I just remembered: Avoid listening to music while working. A company I worked for a few years back had a big problem at a commercial account when a worker on mowing near a sidewalk on a ZTR, with headphones on, didn't see a passerby and pelted her with wet grass clippings. The company almost lost the account, and the employee was fired mid-job.
  6. OSCLandscaping

    OSCLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    Didn't anyone ever tell him the headphones go on your ears, not your eyes.
  7. Grace9508

    Grace9508 LawnSite Member
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    Do not just say oh that will only take a little bit of time! don't be a dope leaves are misleading.
  8. BADevilDog

    BADevilDog LawnSite Member
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    So the lesson learned would be to actually pay attention to what your doing and not be stuck in your own little world.

    My additional advice would be to use a mulch kit when you can, this avoids side shooting grass onto streets (and people) and such which I absolutely despise!! I can't stand seeing a company side shoot grass onto streets and then not clean it up. That is so messy and tacky and doesn't look good for the business. If I'm side shooting then my first few passes always get shot to the inside and not onto a street. On my weekly lawns though we use mulch kits which reduces that problem. I say reduce becuase you still have outflow from the deck even with a mulch kit or bagger.

    Sorry, just my pet peave in the lawn care business.
  9. Midstate Lawncare

    Midstate Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 267

    I whole heartedly second that motion! It is lazy, unprofessional and usuaully against city ordinance. When I hire someone, that will be the first thing I tell them, "it is ok to throw the grass out there, but if you don't blow it off, you're fired."
  10. critrmac

    critrmac LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Yes Eric newbie here( Alantis ) will read and read and then some hope to talk to you someday.

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