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Has anyone else noticed how many rookies are popping up on Lawnsite in the past 2 weeks? I'd say 1 to 3 a day! Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Furthermore, (no offense rookies) how many of these guys are going to stick around for the long haul, and how many are gonna pack up and ship out when the weather gets unbearable???;)
 

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Originally posted by lawnranger44
Has anyone else noticed how many rookies are popping up on Lawnsite in the past 2 weeks? I'd say 1 to 3 a day! Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Furthermore, (no offense rookies) how many of these guys are going to stick around for the long haul, and how many are gonna pack up and ship out when the weather gets unbearable???;)
Well might as well welcome me to the site. I am 25 and my father and I own a small lawn care business here in Maryland. It's just the two of us. It use to be 3 of us but we got a lazer z hp and his brother decided he didnt want to do this work any more. My father has had this business for 23 years now and we still have a couple of our original customers! I am a newb to this forum but I am by no means a newb to lawn care. I started working at the age of 15 everyday with him after I got out of school. So I have 10 years in of doing this everyday except in the winters. Depending on the year and how many customers we have that decide they can no longer afford, move or decide they are going to start doing it on there own, we average 65-75 lawn a week. Not to bad for just 2 guys and my dad is now 54. In the next 2-3 years he is going to turn it over to me 100%.
 

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By the way LawnRanger I noticed you live in Hershy pa and we have a "LawnRanger" here in MD. Would this be apart of your company?
 

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Must be that time of the year lawnranger, well in your neck of the woods anyways, I'm in Australia and were just heading into Winter and I'm starting up now!
I have no overheads though so I can spend all Winter lying on the lounge watching the footy and waiting for Spring if the phone don't ring.
 

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I though theis site was all about helping people getting started. More power to them. I have found through the past few years for every new guy getting started that there is a grizzled vet getting out of the business.
 

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Ther's nothing wrong with rookies--any industry can benefit from new blood. Better they show up here and hopefully learn something about the right ways of doing business, than wing it and screw things up for the established lco's where they are. When I started, I had a lot of dumb--REAL dumb--misconceptions, and I confess, I was a lousy lowballer and semi-scrub.

I didn't get much help from anyone in the area, I guess everybody hesitates to help a competitor. It would have been very beneficial to have found out about Lawnsite early on, instead of learning so many things the hard way.

And maybe I still haven't learned a lot of basic lessons, because I still do a lot of things different from a lot of you. So I'm hard-headed. What's a guy to do?
 

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Originally posted by lawnranger44
Has anyone else noticed how many rookies are popping up on Lawnsite in the past 2 weeks? I'd say 1 to 3 a day! Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Furthermore, (no offense rookies) how many of these guys are going to stick around for the long haul, and how many are gonna pack up and ship out when the weather gets unbearable???;)
There seems to be new members joining all year round. It can be taken as good or bad, depending on your individual point of view.

Probably about the same percentage as when you started.

Originally posted by ProStreetCamaro
By the way LawnRanger I noticed you live in Hershy pa and we have a "LawnRanger" here in MD. Would this be apart of your company?
I think there's Lawn Ranger company in every town. Sorta like A-1, or Acme. Or Cutting Edge. It's a good name, customers remember it.
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I am new to this site in last couple of months. But, the more people that are members here, the happier the sponsors of the site are, the more the sponsors will be willing to shell out $$$ to keep the site going. This all means that this VERY informative site will stay up and benefit everyone longer. The last thing this site needs is for everyone to start dropping off. That would not make the sponsors happy and then the site could go under and that wouldn't benefit anyone!!
 

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I suppose you could add me to your list of rookies... I've been plowing snow and "scaping land" (that is what a landscaper does, right?) since 2000. Decided to get into mowing to keep my two tractors busy.

So, is your issue with people who are new to the lawn industry, or people who are new to running a business?
 

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I think it's great to see new members joining this forum. This is the best one out there. It's also good to see that they are going to stay in the business for the long run.
 
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