If You Had It To Do Over Again...

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ZachBreeden, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. ZachBreeden

    ZachBreeden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    If you could go back and start all over, (hypothetically speaking), what would you be different? Spend more on advertising? Raise your prices? Wait on hiring that first employee? What would you do differently?
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  2. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    I would have started younger and went to school sooner for it
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  3. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,459

    I would do it all over for sure. But I wouldn't follow the crowd and do the typical set up and typical name like I did. I'm still kicking myself for doing that. Funny thing- I was talking to my accountant last night and I was telling him how pissed off I was at myself for how I started.
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  4. OP

    ZachBreeden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Could you explain a little more about what you mean by, "typical setup", and, "typical name"?

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldnt of listened to how i couldn't do it etc. Nobody knows a thing until you try, doesn't have to pertain to this, just a general statement.

    If i would of went the extra mile some time ago, my body would thank me, but im healthy and really value that.
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  6. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    1. Wouldn't have hired friends
    2. Would have been slower to hire & quicker to fire
    3. Quit caring about employees issues at home
    4. Would have gotten into pest control instead of lawn maintenance
    5. Lots of small business transactions that turned into disasters or regret such as selling equipment I should have kept or keeping something I should have sold.
    6. Not trying harder to become a people person when I was younger
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  7. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    I like this thread. My top 3

    1. Dump bed on truck from day 1
    2. Set up quickbooks and get bookkeeping help
    3. Hire employees sooner
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  8. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 18,602

    yes JFGLN pulling debris from a pickup truck sucks lol
  9. On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,690

    School would look a whole lot better !
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  10. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Different color trucks and things. I AM SO SICK OF EVERYTHING RED!!!!! LOL.

    Now on a serious note, I would have immediately went after the very high end market that I am in now FIRST. Screw all those years wasted doing crap work for crap people who didn't want to pay crap. I lost three years turning my wheels doing that stuff before I got smart.
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