worst case scenario

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stumpjumper, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    when i decided to do a parttime startup this year i took a long look at what could happen if things went badly. decided to do it in a way that couldnt ruin me financialy. fiqured it would be the only way to truly know my costs and plan for a full time business. GOOD DAMN THING. worst drought in 100 years and 7 ads in the local paper for new lco's. gonna move most of advertising to the 2 next closest towns and tuff it out,see how many survive.
     
  2. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    There are 23 ads in the weekly paper from my city for LCO.
     
  3. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    i live in a town of around 10,000. only had 1 fulltime and 1 parttime lawncare working this area. fulltime guy appeared to be busy 7 days a week. apparently i wasn't the only one scoping it out. if i had borrowed a bunch for commercial equipment instead of starting with what i own it would have been pucker factor time!
     
  4. Greenatthis

    Greenatthis LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 24

    We have 21 lcos that advertise in our paper. I know of 4 others that don't even advertise in the paper. Yet I still jumped in this year. and right now I have 6 yards and doing some sub work for another lco and it's almost more than I can handle. The only advertising I do is signs on my truck, word of mouth, and cards to customers. I am thinking about taking the signs off the truck next week.
     

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