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Business as usual or ???

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JFGLN, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,581

    What's your plan? Specifically thinking about things like major equipment purchases and advertising.

    I was planning on buying a truck and adding a crew but now thinking about pausing for a week or so and see how things are going.
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  2. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,003

    We're continuing business as usual. We're spending on advertising, buying a new aerator, and possibly buying a new dump trailer. We just signed a lease on new shop space.

    I'm doing 12 estimates tomorrow. That's from calls the last few days.

    I think people still need our service. People are still working. They're not getting "less lazy".

    I really believe that we're going to be ok.
  3. OP

    JFGLN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,581

    I agree. I will probably just continue working on the plan I created during the winter. Things have been right on track up to this point. Might wait a bit on the new truck. We don't quite need it yet.

    Which aerator are you buying?
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  4. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,003

    I think we're going to do the Stinger 2475. It's the smaller unit with a sulky.
  5. OP

    JFGLN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,581

    I will be interested in hearing your review on it. I have the Stinger seeder. I haven't used it much yet but it seems well built.
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  6. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,003

    I just can't see changing our business plans because of this. Things could get really bad but even then, it will have to pass at some moment.

    I figure it like this....if things get so bad that we lose most of our clients and can't afford our shop and equipment, things are REALLY bad everywhere else and frankly I'll be worried about bigger things than missing a payment on a piece of equipment.

    We are pretty conservative in our spending though. My business partner is very frugal. My wife works in healthcare and her job pays well and she'll be paid no matter what. It helps insulate my position as a small business guy. Not everyone will be in my same position but plenty of us can cut back in certain areas if we needed to.
    Tara Ann, Cam15 and JFGLN like this.
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,454

    I think this will blow over soon. Right now it sounds cool to not have school or work from home but when it starts costing people real money things will go back to normal.
    sjessen, Tara Ann, Cam15 and 4 others like this.
  8. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Raleigh
    Messages: 1,220

    Business as usual here. We planned on staying at last year's customer and employee levels this season, to concentrate on streamlining workflow and scheduling and routing.

    So everything is pretty casual for a change this spring.

    Sure it's possible that everbody cancels and my 401k goes to zero, but I'm optimistic that we will weather this storm, like we have survived the numerous hurricanes that have impacted us here over the last 30+ years.
    oqueoque, sjessen, Tara Ann and 3 others like this.
  9. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 1,742

    We have a wage, equipment and marketing spend freeze in place right now. With things changing by the hour, I want to see how it plays out the next two weeks.
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,603

    For the most part, business as usual. We're just starting with estimates in all reality, it's early.

    We will be buying another Windstorm because we have to replace the POS Hurricane we sold. And some handheld stuff.

    Gardening company is picking up some new work as well. But they don't need much equipment.

    Other than that, I refuse to buy into the panic. I might be one of few, but I am standing by sanity, not following the insanity.

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