Wanting to form a peer group

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by chrisvinky, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 351

    Okay...so I just got back yesterday from GIE Expo and want to start immediately to implement one of the ideas I took away from the show...peer groups.

    I want to form a mastermind group of 4-6 guys around the country who are all in the same position as far as where we are in size of companies to network 3 to 4 times per year, hold each other accountable and help each other grow.

    I am a one truck operation right now with 2 to 3 part time guys. We mow two to three days per week and spend the rest of the week on landscaping. Hopefully we can go to two to three different divisions by next year. Lawn mowing, landscaping, and possibly lawn care. I would like enough lawns for two guys all week so that I can focus on landscaping and lawn care divisions. We are in Western Ky and I would like to keep the members of the group far enough away from each other so there is no competition between us. That would help with being open about our business.

    If this sounds like something any of you guys want to do, let me know and we can start forming a peer group!
     
  2. MowDayton

    MowDayton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    I'm interested. I'm in Dayton, OH. We should be far enough away where competition shouldn't be a problem.
     
  3. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    What is a peer group? How does it work? Isn't lawnsite one big peer group?
     
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    I think the purpose of a peer group is to be mostly proactive and constructive criticism. I dont' know if everything I see on this forum would constitute as "constructive". He might also have something in mind relating to interaction outside of this site, such as emails, possible phone calls...
     
  5. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 351

    You're exactly right GC. This is a new idea for me too but I think starting off, the goal would be to get together physically at least once per year and quarterly via Google hangout, skype or phone.

    I want this to be a group where we lay it all out and be very transparent in our businesses to help push each other forward and bounce ideas around.
     
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    getting together during a season for most would be really, really rough. I know personally, this past summer was the first in 5 years that I was able to take a "true" vacation. There's a few guys on here from different regions that I talk with somewhat regularly. They are up north and it's interesting seeing the difference between my local and theirs.
     
  7. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    I would be interested. We sound very similar in our Business goals and current position based upon your little spill there
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  8. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 481

    Me too.:waving:
     
  9. cman14141414

    cman14141414 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    Count me in if you will as well, I'm a one truck operation with some part-time help every now and then. While I haven't been doing this as long as some others and am relatively smaller, I'm looking to grow and share information across state lines. :waving:

    -Charlie

    Lawns by Charlie, Marietta, GA
    Since May 2012, 25 Residential Acts. (4 Year-Round)
    Licensed & Legit

    I offer and provide a lot of different services other than mowing, looking to add more. Have a part-time gig 4 days a month too that I'm looking to drop in the Spring.

    2000 Toyota Tacoma (no trailer, 4 cyl.)
    28" Worldlawn
    21" Honda S/P
    Echo Trimmer, Edger, & Blower
    Stihl Hedger & Chainsaw
     
  10. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 351

    Sounds great guys! I figure trying to get together the week of GIE Expo. Message me your names, numbers and facebook page if you have one and we will start getting something together. :cool2:
     

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