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. thesodfather

    thesodfather LawnSite Member
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    Go somewhere grass grows
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  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    Like Michigan!!!!!! Woooohoooooooo
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  3. thesodfather

    thesodfather LawnSite Member
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    Ya go take business from him.. ann arbors a *****
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  4. thesodfather

    thesodfather LawnSite Member
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    Ya take business from that guy.. Ann arbors a *****
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  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can tell you guys one thing I learned in the years, you don't have to listen to me,
    most folks don't, maybe they think they know it better or maybe they really do know
    everything and maybe not, but whichever the reason it's your business so not only is
    it your call but you can do whatever you want.

    But the one thing I have learned that really counts down the road is to set yourself up a system,
    a method with steps that like 1-2-3 this is how you do things, first time, every time.

    With everything, starting with how you load and unload the mower, do it a certain way always,
    I realize these things won't come automatically all at once from the first day,
    but I highly recommend working on it one thing at a time, here and there, as you get the chance,
    remember to work on developing a systematic method on how to do something.

    How you start the engine, how you exit the truck, do the keys come out of the ignition first or does the seat belt come off now,
    why, should the keys come out, is it important, why?

    Some of the answers to these questions might come to you one day, hopefully in a flash of insight rather than a moment of hindsight,
    I'll spoil this one by telling you that the reason why the keys need to come out of the ignition is both so that it forces you to put
    the transmission lever in park thus preventing a roll-off (don't laugh, all it takes is one time in 20 years) and to keep some thief
    from jumping in your truck and driving away with your whole load so they can take it someplace where they can unload what they
    were after to begin with and without being disturbed.
    So there does exist reason behind the madness, it should, but as important are the benefits from doing things a certain way.

    The benefits come in many ways, efficiency is one of them, less room for error
    is another, last but not least you just might come off as someone who looks like
    they know what they are doing, but most important is that a systematic method
    lends itself to a smooth running business.

    Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  6. Triple H

    Triple H LawnSite Member
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    Plenty of people here with $! Grass and irrigation work all over the city! 6th biggest in the nation btw! Illegals too afraid to come outside let alone work. Cash cow baby! All 4 seasons well represented here and plenty of turf work as well and I cant forget the power washing $ from the dust storms!
     
  7. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    from Raleigh
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    Wish NC had your immigration law!
     
  8. PurePerfectionLM

    PurePerfectionLM LawnSite Member
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  9. 8rickyj

    8rickyj LawnSite Member
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    I have been caught. I had to play it off like i was inspecting the trees
     
  10. tlcny

    tlcny LawnSite Member
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    i love to see guys like you pull up with a 24 foot trailer loaded with every thing but the kitchen sink. owing the bank out the A. then not use half of what you carry all day and charge 20 bucks to mow. good advice keep spreading you stupidity.at 3.50 per gal for gas you want last see you in the classified i will be the one call to buy your eq at half price.
     

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