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. tlc1994

    tlc1994 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    No, no, no... and no- unless you like your equipment getting abused for a bum paycheck. Start with residential, wear a smile and know your stuff.
  2. tcdodge4000

    tcdodge4000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    I would buy a commercial truck earlier, and not get into bad debt like payday loans, and watch out for jealous people when working a job and hustling on the side. and get sign contracts instead of customer sob stories about not wanting to do them.
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I would definitly recommend year round monthly service agreements, it'll save your tail come winter time. I didn't in the beginning but do now with all new customers.
  4. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Seeing as I am leaving this industry this is an interesting thing to ponder. I posted in this thread before but now my view is a little different. Background: part time, solo, 5 years working for someone, 5 years on my own.

    Things to do differently (whether it could be done or not)

    1.) Hire others to do the work, even when running a part time business. Teach 2 or 3 guys the what and how of doing things right. (yes there are problems with this) Then pay them well and take the smaller percentage of income until things grow. After a while decide whether to make the full time jump. I'd rather have people doing the work while running the business not beating myself up everyday. This doesn't mean I wouldn't work.

    2.) Better equipment purchase decisions. Not that I made bad ones but just review things better.

    3.) Better advertising/networking when starting out. This was hard to do part time as I didn't have the time to run around.

    I don't think I'll ever go back, unless there is a necessary reason to. Part time the income was great but couldnt ever see the jump to full time as a good income maker vs. the work needed to make it.

    But that is only me and there have been MANY successful landscapers. I just don't find the need to work that much, family is more important. Good luck to all who make the run up the hill!!
  5. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    Know what services are profitable for you, and focus on those. Don't try and provide every service to your customers. Do what you do best.
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  6. cutsmartboys94

    cutsmartboys94 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 4

    Hi my brother and i have been cutting grass and been doing land landscaping jobs for about 2 years we have about 12 clients we want to grow and get more clients. Can i get some pointers on how to do that?
  7. cutsmartboys94

    cutsmartboys94 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 4

    Hi i was wondering if you could give me some pointers on how to get more clients?
  8. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    1. Go solo. 2. Advertise earlier. 3. Pick and choose my customers
  9. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    Am I the only one who saw the irony in this post?
  10. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    1.) Never partner with anyone.
    2.) Don't lowball. They are the worst customers, and they NEVER get add-ons/extra projects. So essentially you're working for free.
    3.) Don't buy equipment you want. Buy equipment you need, only AFTER you have a need for it. If you buy equipment expecting a job to come, you've already bankrupted yourself...

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