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Hello, how is everyone? Just wanted to share quick rant. Ive been doing yards for almost 5 years and it took me till last year to even build it up yp 24 (welcome to waycross, Ga.) Im now down to 8 yards total. What happened was I had 12 customers to move, 2 passed away and and 2 decided to get soeone cheaper. like 10 to 15 dollars a yard. All of my yards are residentual and no contracts. From Dec till Feb. I have about starved to death. Have not averaged a 100 bucks a week! I talked to several other lco and they said they tell all there customers that when they do a yard its year round. I do not have OBE customer that will go for that in the 4 month winter period. Iknow I need better customers but have not been able to get them. I do yards in the sommer every 2 weeks and it should be every 10 days and my customers dont want it done that often. All the good customers are taken and Ive got the trash no one else wants. I really like what I do and really feel like a big failure. I have a excellent reputation so where did I go wrong? I read one post here about a person that was thinking about giving up a 60,000 dollar a year job to do this. Geez if someone offers me a job tommorow for 20,000 I would be exstatic!! Ive got to ask my dad tommorow for some help I cant even make my ZTR payment due tuesday and another loan due tommorow. In my 45 years Ive never asked for money help but Im about to get in trouble. Im very humiliated. I guess tommorow I will be going to wal-mart or flash foods and applying for a 5.15 an hour job. Gee now I really feel good about myself. Good luck to all you folks who have done well at it but I failed miserably. Thanks for the rant but I still dont feel no better.

Danny
PS anybody in south Ga need some good lawn equipment, maybe youll have better luck at it than I did.
 

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Sorry for all the misspelled words, typed it in anger after wife told me to sell all my equipment and get a real job. Am sending my cyclone rake back tommorow for full refund, just under the 30 day guarantee.
 

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Nothing like looking death in the face and seeing just how bad it can be. I know that you weren't looking for advice but let me try to give you some any way. Use your anger to drive yourself to work as hard as you can to get even more customers this season. Don't work twice as hard, work 10 times as hard. Go pass out fliers every day talk to people, ask the remaining customers if they know someone who needs a service.

Don't give up now you have made it through the winter and spring is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Danny;
DONT SELL YOUR EQUIPTMENT! DONT GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS.
You are just in a slump. All successful men failed at first. Hang in there. Keep on trying. You can always find some other yards to mow. Go to a dirrerent part of the area. Just dont give up!!If you want to get rid of something, get rid of your wife! It sounds like she does not stand behind her man in low times.
SER.
 

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Wow u sound real bad .. I have to say that maybe your not marketing your business right.. 10-15.00 per cut is not very much.. have u looked at your local munciaplites like your park district or for the city.. we have just signed or third contract with our local park dist, for 5 years. Its worth 56,000 for 26 cuts. do u contact realators. condo assoc. and get in high end residential.
good luck ..
 

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Hello.thanks for the replys. Yes Im glad spring is here but with 8 yards left dont feel real excited. Our are is so over saturated with lawn care people that getting a decent yard is very very hard. I have not picked up one new yard in over a year but d%$$mn if I cant loose 16 real fast. I lost all these is a 2 month period. wiped out about 1200 a month and thats a lot of doe when your a one man show. I did try for some other govt contracts, (see my other thread :need help fast on bidding on huge appartment complex" and the person that was doing it was so cheap could not even come close. SER you are right about my wife nothing I do has ever been good enough but thats another story for another forum. Along with my miserabe job have to come home to a miserable marriage. I guess the final straw came yesterday when I went to church and prayed for some new customers then the pastor whom Ive been mowing their yard for 5 years called me aside and told me he had got a push mower got 30 bucks was going to star doing it himself and he knows what a hard time Im having. BTW new pastor not the older one we had before. I walked out and mumbled to myself "thanks alot God" Im sorry should not have said that but really felt rained on LOL
 

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I know how you feel. This is my 22 year doing lawn care. If i were getting in this type of work today i would say NO. I have seen this for the past 3 years, prices are going down and the cost going up every year.
 

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Thanks Scannom and [email protected] I know a lady here who was one of the first lco in our area 26 years ago and she said recently the past 3 years has been the worst for her too. But like you said when youve done it for over 2 decades hard to start over again. I really blame it on the repressed area I live in. Heres a good example, last week went to a upscale neighborhood to look at a srub job. This old grouchy looking lady answered the door and I felt mt blood run cold ( u know the kind) I told her I would charge 18 an hour for the trimming and she liked to croaked! She then asked me if I charged 18 a hour for yard mowing and I told her no it was 35 a hour. She then hollered she was not paying that and slammed the door in my face GRRRR and was having a inground pool put in while I was there that was at least a 1.5 yearly salary to me and a new 40 grand auto under the carport. I despise these kind of old tightwads and I hate to say it the worst ive dealt with has been widowed ladies over 50 whoes husband was a Dr lawyer of smeone wealthy and these are the poormouthings jerks to deal with. When I get a call to the golf club (rich) area I will not even go look at the yard have had so many bad experieces with them. or thats the way it is here.

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The guy that told me this went broke three times before he made it. He owns a gravel pit now and I saw one of his cement mixers today....#89 and I know for a fact that he numbered them in order as he got them.
" The one good thing about being broke is you don't have any thing to lose by trying again."
1. Don't ever tell people what your hourly rate is.
2. If lawn care isn't doing it alone try adding other services like deck cleaning or construction clean-up.
Man after being self employed I would do anything but go to work for some one else. If you absolutely have to get a job say so you don't lose your house try getting a night job so you can still keep your lawn business till you get it going again.
Just my slant on things. I hope it helps.
 

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I feel your pain dude wife helped with truck payments this month fundes are low people dont pay bills on time i know was out today helping ex boss on construction project today for cash to put gas in trucks to plow tonight because i hate useing credit crds hang in thier and continue to chase work i know the feeling loballers out here to but in july and aug i had 50-70 hr weeks so its out thier you have to find it. ggod luck
 

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To KD, actually I havent paid my internet bill, its laying in the stack with the other bills I cant pay yet LOL I pay my light bill and food first, everything else can just wait. And I to hate usig CC but had to charge 40 bucks of gas today, had no choice. To leadarrrows, you were reading my thoughts about the part time night job and I to HATE the thought of going to work for someone else after being self-employed, the freedom is priceless!

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Sorry to hear about your bad luck streak, but this is the time where real men are made. Don't start spewing pity for yourself, and complain about being down and out, and finished. Do the exact opposite! Do hours of research, go talk to people all day long about services. If you are not employed elsewhere now, you have all the time in the world to do this! Make sure to keep yourself and company image respectable. If you have to, drive 15 minutes and start targeting that area. Keep trying, and then if that doesn't work, try again! I agree to not quote jobs n a $18 per hour basis, but give a quote for the job. SO say $20 to mow, not $18 per hour. Customers will run if you use the hour estimates to their faces.
You have to remember that you are only a failure if you stop trying to succeed!
Good luck with your ventures. Hope I didn't come across too harsh, but sometimes that is what it takes.
Go be creative, be different, and set yourself aside from the rest of the LCO's. And in the mean time, be realistic, and get a part time job to help the family survive. There's nothing wrong with doing the LCO part time until it is established enough to be a full time gig. Hang in there, remember God only gives you what he thinks you can handle, so stick with it!
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Sorry to read about your tough times but hang in there don't give up.There is some good advise in this thread.Do what you have to do to save your business and to survive.Get them flyers out and talk to as many people as you can.You might be able to give you customers a small referral if they bring in a new customer for you.
Good luck
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Danny,

I'm in the same boat as you are. The only difference is that I so mad at myself for not planning. Lets see, This month I have not paid the rent yet, The electric bill is a month behind, Haven't paid the cell phone, Ohh, and the car payment hasn't been made. Even though I really feel the pain, I love what I do. I know there is a demand for what we do, we just have to plan, and make sure it,s on paper. No war is fought without a plan of attack. I sure wish that I didn't have to wonder where I'm going to get all the money to catch up, but now I'm hungry. I am ready to network. Met my potential markets and look diversity in the face. Great Company's weren't built overnight.

Point being, take a stance, understand what you need to to and pick a direction. Spring is right around the corner. When the bills start getting paid your going to look back at this experience and remember the pain that hurt and you'll find a way to never feel that again. I feel hollow know but I have confidence in myself. I myself can relate and I will take this experience to only betters myself and my business. Take the good from the bad and use it as a tool to further things.

I wish the best of luck to ya and to everyone who has everything on the line. All we can do is do what we think is right. Some will fall and that is expected, people give up, but I'm not going to be that one.
 
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