3 Things You Would Do Differently If You Could Go Back And Start Again

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sean Adams, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    Every month I offer a report called the "Lawn Business Report" - it is something I have been offering for over a year now and it is geared towards people in this industry who are striving to accomplish more and more.

    This past month, in the November report I wrote about the 3 things I would do differently if I could go back and start all over again in this industry (knowing what I know now).

    Without going into too much detail, I said the following:

    1.) I would know my numbers...

    2.) Advertise, Advertise, Advertise

    3.) Take on good debt

    I have already received about 30 emails with questions and comments from people about things they too would do differently - and it was very interesting to say the least.

    So I am curious, what would you do differently if you could go back and start all over again, knowing what you know now?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    1.) Advertise

    2.) Advertise More

    3.) Advertise Even More
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Choose a different industry. (No Joke )
    Get the business education ASAP (it applies to every business)
    Not be so emotionally attached to the business/company.(Lets you make better decisions)
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Advertise earlier.

    Uniforms for employees earlier.

    Employee manual that is read and signed for in my presence earlier.
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    I think this is a good thread. I am disappointed it is not getting more response. I look foreword to some more input especially from the old timers Rodfather, Jim, Tx you know who you are, the been there done that crowd. Lets hear it.
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,060

    I would have understood the 80/20 rule a lot sooner.
    2, take more time for myself as the work will still be there tommorow.
    3, tried to do more managing and less working ealier then I did.
  7. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    No partnerships... not all bad just be ready to carry load.
    Advertising does not pay off, word of mouth is the only way.
    Pick and choose customers, remember it is your company. I only have 19 paying customers and make a comfortable living and I have been doing this for 12 years.
  8. GLL-LLC

    GLL-LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Care to elaborate, I'm a noob and curious for much knowledge ...
  9. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    I believe what he is saying is know how much everthing costs and put it all down in black and white. Its fine to accept a job from a customer but how much does it really cost for you to get to the site and perform. The things you don't really think about, if applicable. You take some job for $150.00 and figure you will make $100 for an hours work....SWEET but do you really

    workmans comp
    oil changes
    broken trucks, mowers and spray rigs
    run to the supplier time

    They may seem like incidentals but they all add up every year to bite your profit margin in the butt. You have to know your numbers, do a reality check on what it REALLY costs to do business. I see complaints non stop about lowballers, these are really folks that have no idea what their real cost is.

    This gives you the most important tool in the industry, the ability to see if accepting a job will allow you a profit margin. If you aren't making a profit you have just become a charitable organization, not good long term
  10. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    1. Research, Research, Research (Who, what, when, where)
    2. Plan, Plan, Plan (Budget, business models, etc.)
    3. Do, Do, Do (Always do what you say, and as you plan, be very specific)

    By this I mean, know what you want to do, where you want to be/go, how you plan to get there.

    -What is your target customer
    -How are you getting them
    -What do you need to own to service them beyond belief once you have them
    -How are you getting capitol for your equipment
    -Where will your business be located
    -Do you have a business plan that will impress a banker when you visit him

    This list can go on an on. Once you really get involved in your business, your whole mentality changes and you no longer look at things like a technician, but as a business owner. You should make that change ASAP. Thats when things you always read about and hear about click, and you have the what I call an "Ah Ha" moment.

    I have set with many consultants, and they have told me many things. Just this past year, it all made sense. I mean it made sense before, but now for some reason, I had the ah ha moment and now it just clicks and I am looking at things they way they seen them last year and the year before.

    If you guys can afford a GOOD consultant, do it, do it before you even start your business.

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