How's business now?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by starry night, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,232

    In reading through the archives of this forum, I got back to 2008 when I discovered the lighting business was apparently having some difficulties because of the economy. Some of the regular posters were talking about getting jobs in allied fields (e.g. landscape maintenance). Lighting was slow for others.

    So how is it going now? Anyone care to comment or share a story?
  2. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 886

    It is steady for me, great first quarter. Too much rain in April and slow spring, but I am happy to be working.
  3. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,232

    Good to hear, Tommy. First quarter? Here that means winter. Income doesn't even begin until quarter 2.
  4. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 886

    For the most part, we work year round. Slower during rainy season, but ok.
  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    The only thing we are suffering from here is the slowest to arrive spring in recent memory! We were spoiled in 2010 and by this time last year had completed a few installations already. We just started doing seasonal maintenance today and have a few solid weeks of this work ahead of us. Once the warm weather arrives and stays for good we have a bunch of new installations to do as well as a surprising number of additions and renovations to complete.

    The major difference in our market since 2008/2009 is a significant reduction in the number of new home starts. We have had to adapt to this change in the market by re-engaging our client base, targeting new markets, introducing new products (controls, LED and spec. grade systems) and re-energizing our "Remarkability Campaign"

    Still confident we will see some year over year growth, but it may be more modest than in the past.
  6. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,232

    Some of my best years of profit go against the grain of the economy. The last two years have been excellent. Bear in mind, I have not entered the lighting field, yet. (Primarily, landscape maintenance.) I see some very good signs of a turnaround here in my region.... fair amount of new homes being built and several new businesses and existing business expansions.
  7. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    The only way my year would get better if I had a few goddess living with me.. Hahaha. This is the best I have had in about 10 years. That is just life all around!!
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  8. emby

    emby LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 380

    I am having a lot of fun developing my portfolio and learning a ton as always. Business looks promising for 2011.

  9. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    although we have had our best sales to date yet for landscape lighting in the first 4 months, with 2 guys helping me now, I currently have very little backlog. I don't know if I have exausted my spring rush, but I would love more work. If I only had one employee on lighting this quarter I would probably be one month out right now.
  10. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    January was dead but we are enjoying the busiest spring in a few years. I'm praying that the economy keeps on chugging along.

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