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more time on managing!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by baddboygeorge, Dec 27, 2002.

  1. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    i really love this profession an that has what has kept me in this for 19 years .i have been on my own for 8 years an have worked my tail off getting my company to where it is now . somewhere along this long trail of success i have now decided i need to put more of my time into managing things than out there laboring everyday. but that is what i love is to be out in the field with my men working hard . that is all i have ever known so this is gonna be a tough transfer but i know i am at a point that this is what is needed to continue to grow . if anyone has made this transfer let me know how it went i want to hear your input on the positive / negative side . thanks george
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I don't think you can just do it all at once...but rather over a period of time. That's what I am now doing after 9 years of this business (using my brain more and my back less).

    And my signicant other half agrees too.
  3. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    thanks buddy for the input thanks alot
  4. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    George or anyone else too,
    Just out of curiosity how many hours per week do you put in during the summer? And I'm not trying to start a battle, or a bragging contest.
  5. jsnrub

    jsnrub LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Sometimes you really need to just rely on your help to take responsibility, you would be surprised what people, especially hispanics, are capable of when you turn them loose.

    It has worked for me,
  6. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,488

  7. Deligate resoncablilities.
  8. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    You and I are basically at the same place in the business. After ten years I have amassed all the necessary equipment (12 21" mowers, 32, 36, two 48" Scaggs and a 44" Toro Z-turn) to start a second crew. Put my personal truck into the business and presto chango I have two 2 man crews. With over 120 12 month pay accounts I could easily split the work between two 2 man crews and build up from there. Why haven't I done it? A distant acquaintance has two crews working 100 yards each a week. My NET is 75-80% of his. My prices are a minimum 20% higher than his. My annual repair expense is half of his and excess labor (working Saturdays) is an exception rather than the rule. I experience an average customer attrition rate of 7% in bad years and roughly 3% in good years. My crew chief has been with me for 7 years and labor and average of three. For the last three years between the months of May and July I run a tiny backlog of new customers who want to be part of the client base but I am stretched to far. Out of 120 accounts I had one recorded legit complaint (forgot to shut the gate). But when you really get down to why I haven't expanded it is because I still have what I consider to be one weakness in the conduct of the business. A weakness that is present prior to an expansion doesn't go away, it just gets bigger. Something that we are not doing well today will just exponentially be done worse after the expansion. Once I get this last duck in line though &*$# the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
  9. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    My experiences in several different businesses have taught me that some people tend to micro manage rather than delegate. A micro manager clogs his thinking process up with details (they are important but should be delegated). To grow any business, you need really good, dependable people and the ability to let them manage the details after you have set policy and procedures.

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