How to fail in the lawn business by someone who did it.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PROCUT1, Feb 18, 2009.

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  1. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Yes, a person can call, add late fees, interest charges, even file court documents.

    When you're living check to check, trying to get straightened back out, none of those fees pay your bills.

    5-6 years ago, jobs were being thrown at you so fast it didn't matter, you'd drop the customer and move on.

    In our area that's becoming more and more difficult.
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  2. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 435

    Very informative.. Thanks! I'll finish tomorrow morning. Sound like you learned allot from the lawn biz. Your other venture should go well?? no
    I'm going to copy a paste your posts. I'll keep it for future references.
    Very good insight. Thanks again
  3. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 4,284

    bump bump bump
  4. TheC-Master

    TheC-Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    Yes you deserve to be paid. You have to be assertive in this (but not too aggressive or passive) or you won't be paid. If you don't make money, you aren't in business very long.
  5. alternative

    alternative LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    So many guys in this game should be working for someone else....
    Anyone can do lawn/landscaping, but not everyone can run a business.
  6. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 4,284

    bump bump bump
  7. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 901

    *****, complain, whine, moan. The reason Procut failed was his ATTITUDE. Writing a one page diatribe about how to fail. Is that how he talked with customers?? Who'd want to do business with somebody like that?
  8. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Here's my 2 cents:

    Work within your means. Never take loans out for equipment, buy used and take care of them... a cheap mower will make you money in the long run. I get a kick out of the guys I see who start out with tons of debt thinking that the brand new mowers and enclosed trailer will make more money.

    The lower your costs the more money you make, simple economics. I like to take a little bit of my profit every year, and upgrade something in my fleet. I dont understand why companies see it to be neccessary to have the nicest equipment on the market.

    Lets be honest, its all just for bragging rights in my opinion.

    Satisfied customers will make you more money than a pretty trailer full of shiny mowers in the long run.
  9. alternative

    alternative LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    How about...Lower your costs and charge as much as you can.
    thats the best way to make money.
  10. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    you solo guys think you have it all figured out, get 6 crews running under you and stuff will change...
    shiny mowers and trucks are also more reliable, which ones you get larger you need. you cant have a crew full of 5 sitting down for 4 hours one day broken down..
    why dont the big national companies use old equip/trucks, because its not worth the headaches to them
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