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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. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,089

    This is some very good advice! Courtesy and politeness are two things that will take you a long way....not only in this business, but in "life" in general. It always amazes me how many people don't know this...or don't care.

  2. Federal Lawn Company

    Federal Lawn Company LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Buy some speed-feed heads from expressmowerparts and it only takes 30 seconds to load 3 full armlengths of string...you don't even have to shut down the trimmer. Carry an extra coil of string in your cargo pants pocket so you don't have to walk back to the truck if you run out mid stream. Best investment you'll ever make...speed feed heads. Trust me on that one.
  3. Federal Lawn Company

    Federal Lawn Company LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Well said. I won't take a job that the customer wants done in a half-a**ed manner. Top notch EVERY time.
  4. zspeed130

    zspeed130 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    A friend that got me started gave me the same advise along with charging the right but fair amount so I WANT the job. Things have went well and I have never looked back.

    Few more things,

    Hand saw, foldout type like a gerber (it has saved me trouble AND made me money). I cut a 6" 12ft pine down for a contractor buddy last year and made $100 in 10min because he wanted it down RIGHT THEN!


    Pack your lunch, snacks and water. This is a hard one for me because I love fast food/junk snacks. You will feel better and be $50-$60 richer each week!

    Great site guys!

  5. pineymountain

    pineymountain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    I'll put in even though I'm new. My neighbor had a service and without fail they always parked in front of my yard and 50% of the time blocked part of my drive. Never in a million years would I ever call them for a quote.
  6. Totally Clips

    Totally Clips LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    A can of mosquito spray THIS season!!! This mild winter we've had.....the skeeters are gonna be baaaad! Keep a can of chew, snuff, or dip... (whatever anybody calls it) for them bee stings. Takes the sting away REAL quick.
  7. CozyHollow

    CozyHollow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    This will be the beginning for me as I open up my own landscaping maintenance/firewood Biz. and as I was reading thru I noticed the above mentioned explanation for the cut, blow and go. PERFECT! ...and I'm running with that one!

    I'd also like to confess when reading about "SPARE TIRES AND FIX A FLAT! PLUG KIT!!AIR TANK!!!" I was like "C'mon already!" But as I read on thru...you guys GOT ME! Out with "the old" and in with "the new". Change takes time and what the H--- do I know anyway right? Worked in the Biz for years but never ran my own. GOOD WORDS fellas! MUCH Appreciated! :)
  8. FlCutBuddy

    FlCutBuddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    thanks for all tips, im NEW NEW and gonna need all the advice i can get...it's almost a week worth of reading, i just retired in Nov., and looking forward to my new career...a lots of dang good life lines thrown out for us neebies
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012
  9. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,920

    Hope this ends up in the right place. I just finished reading all 46 pages and making a list of things I'll need on my truck. This will be my first season in the bus. I've already got my license, insurance, and equipment. I put a ad in the paper and passed out bus cards. Still waiting for my first mowing account. I'm not too worried about it I know God will provide for me. By the way I love all the men of faith on here. I went a little over board on the equipment for just starting out but I have a full time job now that I would like to be able to walk away from some day. So I figure I would buy it now so I don't have to worry about spending alot of money once I'm on my own. I went with all scag equipment (34kh 61 cheetah, 48 vride 24fx, and a sfw 16bv 36in). I also have all stihl hand tools that I have bought over the years. I know alot of people on here will think I'm crazy for spending that kind of money starting out but at sometime you will need that much stuff. Having it now will save me time that I won't have that much of since I have a full time job also. All under warranty for a few years means no costly repairs (hopefully). Two of the mowers I got at a very good price and I paid cash for the other is 0% for two years and I can afford it with any accounts so why not? I would like to thank the guy who started this thead for the good info and lives saved. Casey
  10. CozyHollow

    CozyHollow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    GOOD FOR YOU Casey! You'll do just fine bro! God HAS your back, NO doubt!

    ...and about "what others may think"? I was on a different thread here a week ago back and it got pretty heated. I got pretty BRAZEN with some "mouthy" and "cocky" veterans in the Biz who think they are God. The comments got deleted. Young punks and old heads, it didn't matter who they were but what DID matter to me is how they "thought" they could throw out their 2 cents of pride and god complex to make themselves "feel good".

    I came here as a new biz owner. This Spring is my first year, did all the door to door business post card planting and actually have a mulch bid this afternoon at 1pm. Purchased my mower used and other equip. new. Spent just over 3k for everything, trailer and misc. stuff included along with the LLC.

    The ONLY One you need to remember whose "thoughts" really count or what "they" may think IS The Lords...cause every other thought contrary is nothing but a test/trial of faith. GOOD FOR YOU that God blessed you to be able to get ALL THAT STUFF! Hit 'Em Hard bro. cause you'll do just fine! Oh, and I have the same goal...to literally walk away from my day job (solo operator and planning on keeping it that way) God Bless bro!

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