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. ConnerM

    ConnerM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I have read tons on this site already and its only been maybe a week ive had the account although i read before i started my own account and this site is awesome because everytime i post a question i know its already been asked and most of the time i look for it but either within 4 hours i have 10 replys and i think giving someyone the link to the old thread is the best so they can read throught it
  2. ConnerM

    ConnerM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I would agree many peoplle on the site are not very well informed on those things me included and i like procut because these are now making what i want to do more realistic. I like the job alot even when it is physically demanding but this thread makes it seem as though noyone can make it in this buisness i havent read one person who said they grew to fast and then slimmed down and then grew slow and smart and made it. Most people are saying they grew to fast and then they failed and never looked backed and i would like to hear more about what people did to correct themselves or what they should have dont differently. I want to grow big eventually and i want to be realistic but i now after this thread it seems it cant be done
  3. Derek's Lawn Care

    Derek's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 208

    Great info, thanks
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    It can be done, and I think the biggest point being missed in his explanation was that he had a Medium sized business.

    I call it business limbo. Basically you grow to a medium size, but you aren't necessarily making or profiting anymore than you did as a smaller company. It's just a matter of getting over that hurdle.

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  5. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    lots of people run a business from home. Been doin it for years. Sounds like you're trying to discourage everyone.
  6. MarkintheGarden

    MarkintheGarden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do not like to see these kind of reactions to this thread. The truth is there is a high failure rate in small businesses, but those that do make it provide a rewarding career for the owner and his employees.

    There are many resources available to the small business owner, including this one. I have often read threads that talk about how to calculate operation costs, and then the same person posts his failure story and it is clear that he did not take his own advice.

    Learn all you can. Leave nothing to chance. Calculate and prepare for the worst possible scenario. Do not take yesterday's success for granted. Work hard and foster good customer relationships. Do these simple things and you can succeed beyond your hopes.

    Oh, and one other thing, read and post on the success story threads. This story was predictable eight ways to Sunday, the final chapter was no surprise to anyone but the author.
  7. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    So to summarize the thread, give up, and stop coming to this site, because apparently you have no chance in this business. Homeowner mower sales will sky rocket now!
  8. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I mow part time and would not recommend it to anyone. There is alaways a guy mowing for cheaper and maybe 10 waiting for your lawn. what is the point?
  9. MarkintheGarden

    MarkintheGarden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,140

    My mechanic is far from the cheapest, but I would not let anyone else work on my truck, even for free. People say the same thing about their babysitters, cleaning services, doctors, barbers, etc. Some people would say this about me and my lawn and garden services. And that is the point.
  10. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    Yep. Prepare for the worst is a very true statement, most people don't. This thread is tired, it needs to be retired.
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