I hate to say this, only because of the guys that may have been down this year, but shoot 2005 was our best year ever! I am still amazed when I look at the books and see what we did this year. We truly were blessed.
This being our first year in business we have no basis for comparison, we experienced severe drought, one of the worst in the last 100 years according to records.
Despite these things I can honestly say I was very pleased with our first year, loved the work, the freedom, most customers, and the ability to chart our own course. Last year at this time I believe I was into revision 2 or 3 on my business plan, not that it changed that dramatically (the core plan was the same) but fine tuning it. This year I'm sitting at home checking lawnsite out, preparing for next season, enjoying family, and will take a much needed vacation yet this winter.
Our forecasted/estimated financial goals relating to sales and income were better than doubled. In light of this I have re-thought the portion of my business plan where I lay out specific goals for three and five years, to the point, I've more than doubled our originally long range financial forecast.
All in all a great learning year, great financial year, involving a great deal of hard work. I do not regret a doggone thing about doing this, had a great deal of faith and trust in the lord, my wife, and myself. Having the time of my life and looking forward to next season.
I had a really great year. I cut my first big commercial account and bidded fairly well. The residents loved my work and I was able to get a 2-year deal worth about $28,500. I was able to lease a truck. I'm very blessed for all that I have got. Hopefully within a year or two I can look at buying a house.