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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. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    i wish i started working for a landscaping company before i started my business 6 years ago, now i feel like im way behind from where i should be.:wall
  2. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 385

    Normally i would not mind a drought, we are set up for watering on a large scale basis we use hydrants to fill our water tanks and some we just use the hydrants to get the water preusre we need. I even went so far as to rig a truck with 2 lines spraying off the drivers side so i can just roll around parking lots shooting water 200' out onto the turf. Im not sure how much we will do this year with the economy....

    as far as changes i would make I would have ditched the business partner sooner, added watering as a regular service sooner. hired a cpa sooner
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009
  3. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    1. Grow without debt.
    2. Start solo, stay solo.
    3. Know my numbers.
  4. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Yea it is nice being the boss. I have that at both my jobs so it's nice, but it's better when it's all for me.
  5. Mrs. H

    Mrs. H LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    1. NEVER let myself get sucked into working for my husband. :hammerhead:

    but...since that happened anyway, I wish

    2. I had slipped an accounting or business course into my college studies as an elective.

    3. Started paying attention sooner; i.e. reading helpful posts on lawnsite business forum :), listening to David when he was talking about grass and weeds and junk like that. (Cause lets face it, I don't listen to him anymore than he listens to me...)
  6. lhk2

    lhk2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I wish my parents kicked my #ss when I told them I was going to to landscaping instead of going to college. My brother and brother in-law make over 250 thousand a year and on there way to retire early, they are only 45 years old and not doing landscaping.

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    250thousand doing what ???????
  8. lhk2

    lhk2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    They both work for a world wide food distribution company. i am not going to say the name, but their huge. Both of them worked their way up to a VP job.
  9. D&F lawnmaster

    D&F lawnmaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    1. Stay with only small accounts.
    2. Don't bid on large accounts (have too many large accounts) pays good just to big
    3. Have alot of patience on government jobs.
    4. I wish this website was here 18 years ago.
    5. Don't walk long hr.
  10. LDH

    LDH LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,262

    1. Up until this year I built my business around larger accounts. The money was better and came quicker, but it hurts too bad when you lose one or two of them. I guess it's like the old saying "don't keep all your eggs in one basket". 40 to 50 residential accounts is a safer strategy than 8 or 10 big commercials. If you lose a residential, you lose a couple hundred out of your monthly gross until you can replace them. If you lose a big commercial, you can lose as much as $1700 out of your monthly gross. That hurts bad. Sometimes it's not , your fault. Sometimes it just the economy and they're laying W2 employees off, the account buys their own mower and has one of the guys in the shop do it when he's not busy, etc.

    2. Not got into foolish debt trying to keep up with the Jonses

    3. Advertised more

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