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If you could go back and change...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sean Adams, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    I was just curious.... If you had to make a list of 5 things you would change about your business, how you started, mistakes you made, or whatever....what would they be?
     
  2. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,597

    There isn't anything you guys would change? C'mon....

    I think this is an interesting question. Maybe I'm wrong.
     
  3. mowngrow

    mowngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    if i could change anything it would be..... i wouldnt have taken those cut it when they call customer back when i first started the business. the second would be.....i would have bought a company that was offered to me last year.
     
  4. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    What can you possibly say to this thread Sean? I imagine anyone of us that started out took on anything an everything, including the PITA's. Till the time we could start weeding them out.
    I also imagine anyone of us that first started fumbled with bids, and got stung a few times. Somedays we hit a home run, other days we just get on base. A few days during the year we strike out. Just starting out what could you really change?
    Its a constant learning experience...The old saying that you learn something everyday, pretty much sizes it up. my .02

    ;)
     
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Would have got an eXmark instead of a Scag :mad: :eek: :p :rolleyes:
     
  6. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    1 start out solo not with two partners

    2 should of got a ZTR my first year not 3 W/B

    3 to many loans my first year

    4 bill per hour not by the job

    5 should of got a new bobcat not a used one with 2300 hours with bad tires and a broken bucket latch from A to Z rental...LOL

    6 stay away from churches LOL
     
  7. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    No sense sweating the small stuff because they all can be chalked up to learning experiences.

    One thing I would change.

    Not buying a house where we are located and starting this business here. Shouldn't have been so naive and so quick to stay here. Should have picked a different area in PA to launch the business. Is the "grass greener" in other areas? Yes, I believe it is.
     
  8. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    I would have never purchased the Scag Dealership. I hate being inside all the time. Sold it a year later and started from scratch again.
     
  9. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    I wouldn't want to change anything in my business because everything is good right now. The only thing I wish I had changed that affects my business is the fact that I won't be able to drive until September. I wish I were born in December of 86 so I woulda been able to drive this Spring.
     
  10. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    I wouldn't want to change anything in my business because everything is good right now. The only thing I wish I had changed that affects my business is the fact that I won't be able to drive until September. I wish I were born in December of 86 so I woulda been able to drive this Spring. Oh and one more thing, I shoulda bought this mower about two months ago that was a brand new Scag hydro with 17hp Kaw. and cathcher and dual wheel sulky for $2000. Oh well, hopefully another one like that will come along.
     

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