Are there more people quitting this year 2011...?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Exact Rototilling, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    ...or it's just me and I'm just noticing more of them myself?

    equipment for sale - I'm done...etc.
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    i think you are right. and no personal thing agaisnt anyone, but it can happen all day long to the millions of newbies that are truely not meant to be in this business. they ruin the market and lowball, mostly why they dont last

    if you were not already established, i think you are going to be having a really hard time in the near future!
  3. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    yeah but for every two that quit when the finally realise they bit off more than they could chew there are 3 more new guys ready to grab there craftsman 21", homelite trimmer, scotts 4-step fert and a bttle of ortho weed-b-gone. Until the aconmy turns around and these guys are back in their old full time gig off of un-employment they are going to be trying to lowball any account they can
  4. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    it might get really bad...gas is supposed to be $5 a gallon this summer and the economy is in the gutter...lawncare is the last thing on people's list to spend money on....just,rent,car payments, etc. all more important than someone paying a guy to cut their grass..hopefully it won't be too bad this year
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    all depends on where yuo are and the type of clients you have. I only market to houses over $1mill with combined income over $150,000. I have a few towns I market that the minimum demographics are $3mill homes with income over $250,000. You have to find the people who hae the money and concentrate on your efforts on them, these people for the most part want the nicest greenest lawn in the neighborhood and aslong as you don't screw up you will have them.

    Many guys do just the oposite, lots of cheap lawns. That works for them to because if one quites it's not a huge hit to your bottom line. You just gotta find a niche that works for you so that losing customers due to the economy isn't a worry
  6. Field King

    Field King LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    probably the same average amount getting out and new ones starting this year as most years! I like the classifieds of Craigslist and even some on here that have a used commercial mower needing retail price cause they have a loan to payoff on it!
  7. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    1 million dollar houses? 3 million? lol...noone around here has a house more than $500,000 and the owners barely make it paycheck to paycheck as they are up to their eyeballs in debt....also those nice neighborhoods which there are like 2-3 here are taken by the huge lawn companies already so not a chance on getting their's hard to compete even though you do as good of a job or better than they do...since they've been in business so long everyone assumes they are the best...even though they aren't to be honest...i could do a better job for cheaper but that doesn't mean i'm gonna get their business lol...i don't have to charge as much since i'm a one man operation...the big guys all have 3 man crews going around...most houses i cut are in the $60,000-$200,000 price range
  8. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    Anyone starting off this year is foolish, gas hitting record highs, people un-employed new equipment over priced etc..
    Remember having someone cut your lawn isn't a necessity to most it's a want..
  9. copicut

    copicut LawnSite Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 7

    I totally agree with you man, I'm debating whether or not I should go up on my lawn cuts as it is.....after hearing all this crap about fuel going to five bucks per gallon, makes you almost not want to increase prices and just bite the bullet cause let's face it we are definatly a luxury for people not priority
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  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,201

    True, but you don't work hard for no gain do you? Why do this to skimp out a living?

    TO the OP - yes definitely does seem like a lot of 'Im dones' on the Equipment thread.

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