Avoiding mistakes?

Discussion in 'Lawn Care Business Management' started by LMS-nc, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. LMS-nc

    LMS-nc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Long time lurker, first time poster here...

    Little background: I’ve been in the fert/herb scene for about 5 years. Starting my own gig and it should be in the works by March. Going to have a 6 app program with herb/fert/insect—warm season turf. I’ve led sales in the company for the past 3 years (20-30 employees), this has given me the courage to start on my own.

    My question is for the guys that have taken that leap on their own: What’s something you wish you could have told yourself year one that you know now?
     
  2. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,570

    Commercial grade equipment.
     
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  3. wheatus

    wheatus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    No avoiding misktakes. Just hope you make them early and the $$$ attached to it is small.

    Virtually everything that you are worried about this year won’t even rise to the level of a recollection next year.
     
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Male
    Messages: 11,439

    No partners,
    Dont sell your business.
    your biggest budget should be advertisement.
     
  5. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,495

    Don’t offer discounts in the hopes of drumming up quick business. Price properly from the beginning.

    Be wary of working in your own neighborhood.
     
  6. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,543

    spend money on extra business cards to give several to every customer as word of mouth gets alot of customers and customers neighboors are exactly where you want to expand to
     
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  7. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Silver Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 2,065

    Be able to say no. Bid to make money not to fill your time.
     
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  8. Adeas Printing

    Adeas Printing Sponsor
    Messages: 613

    Know your worth, embrace your strengths and find someone else who can help with the weaknesses. It's nice when you have a person you can lean on that balances you out. Glenda & I make a great team here at Adeas. ~ Robin (robin@adeasprinting.com)
     
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  9. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,869

    Curious, why be wary of your own hood?
    For me the closer the better.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,696

    Keep your air cooled engine fins clean, Religously.

    Be humble, your just another lawn guy.
     
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