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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. Doin_It

    Doin_It LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    I re-read my post, I forgot my 3 things to do differently.........

    1.) Make sure if I was to advertise again, to be sure it was effect, not just spend money on what everyone else say's or does, cause it wasn't effective for me, not saying it won't be for you though.

    2.) Don't try to keep up with the Jones, just work to keep up with myself.

    3.) Looked at my own operation an made it mine, not hoping to have what others had. Bigger isn't for everyone. I thought it was, but I love the fact we don't do resi cuts or sprays anymore. We work a 40 hour, 4 day week, and if rained out a day or got extra work, we do it on Friday.
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Doin it, You make some great points, There are two books I think are must reads Millionare next door and Think and grow rich, I've read them both countless times. I also have adopted the policy of older trucks mine is an 05 F-150, but new equipment, not for the status symbol but because of the no to low maintaince and less downtime issue's. As a startup or small company the one thing you can't afford is downtime. I also have almost all the same brand of stuff, Toro mowers and Stihl handhelds, although I did buy a snapper push mower last season, should have stuck with a Toro. I keep all my stuff clean and well maintained, I've had customers ask if I even use my stuff LOL! I have my truck detailed once a year and it looks almost new.I always get that "That sure is a nice truck for a landscaping truck" I always reply "And it's paid for is the best part" my organizational skills suck imop Seems I'm always struggling with that, but I've gotten better with time, my ADD makes it hard. I love all my status climbing customers though, they pay for my no status lifestyle that lets me do what I want when I want.
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    1. No partnerships

    2. Developed a plan for equipment/truck lifespan and replacement sooner

    3. Found which jobs were profitable and which to turn down, also learning when subbing out projects makes you more money than trying to do it yourself.

    Great thread, the best part is had we all not made mistakes we most likely wouldn't be where we are today.

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