I just wanted to take a moment to talk to the new people who are loosing interest or simply having problems getting started. I read a post from yard girl and she brought back some memories that I wanted to share with you guys and girls. 4 years ago I lost my job; I was a local quad axel dump truck driver. I just bought a new truck, had a house payment, and of course a family to take care of. I was stressing big time. I was sitting around the house one night trying to figure out what to do and it hit me, after high school I went to work for a chemical lawn care/mowing service and quickly became a service manager. That was many years ago but I thought what the heck; I don’t have any thing to loose so I started going door to door. All I had was a $100 junky push mower from lows, a weed eater brand trimmer, and a broom…yes a broom. To top it off we were in one of the worse droughts the state of Indiana has seen in years. This is no joke, when I would stripe the lawns the stripes would be gold and dark gold. My first 2 or 3 weeks I didn’t pick up a single customer. Finally I got my first one; I told him I would mow it for free as long as I could use his lawn to show other possible customers. Now remember, I was going door to door every evening, passing out flyers during the day and now the only lawn I had was a freebie. After about 2 weeks I got a phone call from someone saying the guys lawn I was mowing recommending me. That was the first paying job I received. That same week I ended up getting 2 or 3 more, things were starting to look up. I continued to get at least 1 lawn a week for a few weeks. Out of no where I couldn’t get any more customers, things came to a complete stop as far as new lawns go. I think that year I gained something like 15 lawns. The following spring I was shocked that every one of my customers wanted me back. I started passing out flyers about 1 week before I planned on mowing. The phone started ringing. With in a month I was able to afford my first commercial mower. It was a very used 36 inch scag hydro. By the end of that year I was around 45 customers and bought a troy built zturn mower from Lowes to go along with my scag. 2 years later (present day) I have several commercial mowers, employees, and turn down work because I am so busy. Here is the point to the above story: I never once looked at what other companies did. I knew how I worked and I was determined to make lawn care work for me. Why did this work? Simple, I know how important a person’s reputation is. In 4 years I haven’t lost a single customer due to dissatisfaction! I know and my customers know I will do my best every time with no excuses. It is that reputation that landed my first paying lawn and every lawn since then. I know getting started can be frustrating and can even cause a person to get discouraged. Don’t give up and do every job in a manor that your kids would be proud to say there dad/mom did that job. If you stick to that standard it will not be long until you will never have to pay for advertising again. The customers will seek you out because they know and see the job you do for there neighbor, friends, and family. God luck and keep pushing forward.