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mistake to learn from


LawnSite Silver Member
wow, i wrote a novel but ill just give you a sample.

underbiding jobs
working for people who i knew were going to be problems
buying too much too fast
budget troubles
mental mistakes

the list goes on and on. the fact is, you cant plan for every mistake that your going to make in thie business. most of them are part of living and learning. no matter how prepared you think you are, your still going to encounter mistakes. good luck.


LawnSite Senior Member
Hershey, Pa
Millions, especially as a teenager in the business. To name a few(or at least the lessons I've learned):

Don't give away your hourly rates.
When in doubt, overestimate, NEVER underestimate!
Buy a mower that is bigger than 21" and watch your business flourish.
Make sure you charge extra for pain in the @$$ customers.
In this business, for every customer you lose, you can pick up three more. Bend over backwards for your clients, but not too far.


LawnSite Bronze Member
Martinsville, IN
Here are some of mine:


getting involved in projects that are difficult to finish due to lack of proper tools

letting people pursued me to do more ....they use guilt


LawnSite Platinum Member
Not buying micro soft stock when It was first offered . Forgetting the wifes birthday , and not having enough beer on the fishing trip.

Actually working too much and not taking the time to go out and enjoy life .