Fix Your Business on the Toilet

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by dllawson, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. dllawson

    dllawson LawnSite Member
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    From 2005 to 2011, I was a partner in a full service landscape company. In that time we grew our business from $250,000 to over $1 million in annual sales. We did many things right and reinvented a whole bunch of wheels. My no compete agreement is ending soon and I am in the initial stages of starting a new business. After selling my share of the company, I used my experience to create a 21-day program for improving landscape management businesses.

    I am considering advertising the program in Lawn & Landscape Magazine. Before I do, I would like to get the opinions of 4 to 6 owners from around the country. The program is called Fix Your Business on the Toilet and primarily consists of reading a 5 minute lesson each day. After each lesson, there are detailed action steps that take another 30 minutes or so to implement. The action steps include all needed forms such as; a property inspection form, a truck and equipment checklist, and job descriptions.

    The lessons each week cover time management, customer service, quality, efficiency, marketing, personal growth, and rest. The first week focuses on daily actions to improve specific areas of a business. The second includes weekly actions that will help better manage a business as a whole. The final week introduces steps to begin developing a plan for the future.

    I would like to have a group of 4 to 6 owners, representing different areas of the country, who will commit to going through the program and giving me their honest feedback. I am looking for owners of 1 or 2 crew companies who need to spend less time on a mower and more time working on their businesses, and owners of 2 or 3 crew companies who need to start turning over some responsibility to a key employee.

    Please let me know if you are interested. I would like to select a group by next Friday, so I can email PDF copies of the program and we can get started on the 23rd.
  2. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,852

    Are you set on that name? (I have thoughts, but if you don't want that kind of feedback/opinion, no problem.)
  3. dllawson

    dllawson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    I am set on the name.

    I am having a cartoon drawn of a landscaper sitting in an outhouse reading the book. The name and image were primarily chosen to get views in a print ad and to reinforce the idea that the program only takes a few minutes of reading each day.

    Thanks though
  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    I pmd you
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  5. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    I'll never have a book with me but always have my phone, better be an app or the title goes right down the drain. If you set it up like a Google calendar reminder where I could snooze today's lesson until Nature calls & then I'll answer it. Much like Manta does.
  6. dllawson

    dllawson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    Thanks for signing up, djagusch. I look forward to your feedback.
  7. Holleywood

    Holleywood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I'm interested I tried to pm you but since I had to make a new account because I forgot my old one, I don't think it will let me.
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  8. nashlawn01

    nashlawn01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    I would be interested. Always up to trying new stuff
  9. klogan011

    klogan011 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

  10. keithslawnc

    keithslawnc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    Pm sent, would be interested

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