my story

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by PaulJ, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    This is my story from the "about me" page of my website.
    The short part is from my lawnsite bio.
    The long part is partly from one of my first posts on lawnsite, when i introduced myself.

    "Short story
    I have been in the business, more or less, for over 15 years. I have been a full-time solo operator since Sept. 2001
    My interests and hobbies are: mowing, photography, lawn care, guns, landscaping, reading, did I say mowing?, old tractors, and mowing. These things when i am not trying to spoil my little girl, Josie, and letting my wife, Jules, know how much I appreciate her.

    Long story
    I have been working in the landscaping, lawncare, and groundskeeping business for over 15 years "more or less". I worked on the "grounds" crew for The University of Nebraska In Lincoln. I worked on a landscape installation crew, and was foreman on another landscaping crew. I have been a mowing crew foreman for two different lawn maintenance companies. I even used a homeowner mower and a cheap trimmer out of the back of a Chevy Citation to mow a few yards while my wife was attending graduate school and I was working nights.
    I have also worked in factories, machine shops, car dealerships, retail stores, geotechnical testing labs, research farms, my family farm, construction, dance DJing, and music recording. But I kept coming back to the Landscape and Lawn field.
    After doing this type of work for other companies for so long I decided to do something for myself. I started as a full-time solo operator in Sept.2001. I know that wasn't the best time of year to be starting out, but I took over another company that had just started that spring but then decided to get into the music business instead. I bought their equipment and took over the mowing accounts.
    Now I am going into my third season as my own boss and am enjoying it. I am trying to continue to add more business. Although my main services are mowing and fertilizing, I try to provide as many services as I can for my customer's convenience. I do a mix of residental and small commercial properties and am always willing to look at a new account possibility. I want to remain a small enough company to provide one-on-one personal service. I pride myself in my quality detailed work. I have been told that I am a perfectionists about many things.

    That's basicly me The Groundskeeper."

    Things are starting slow this season. Probably my having to raise prices has something to do with it. I am still trying to get the accounts that I took over up to an acceptable price. I have learned so much from lawnsite that has helped me gain the confidence to ask for what my services are really worth.

    Thank you all.

    Heres to the 2003 season.

  2. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's this years truck.

    The topper came off March 31 ready for haulin'

    Probably won't be adding any new equipment this year unless something breaks down. I might get another trailer to use for fert. apps and other things so I don't have to unload the mowing trailer. Also the old GMC needs a head gasket (at least).
    my hopes of a new 48" hydro this year don't look to good, But I think the Lesco has a lot of life left in her.

  6. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I used to be a banquet waiter. Then about 4 years ago I decided that I wanted to mow grass on the side to make extra money. I’m 36 now. I knew how to cut my grass; so how hard can it be to mow someone else’s. Everyone around town here was going out and getting a mower for extra work. I went around and talked to guys who were making a living at it, and are doing it full time. One guy said he made $75,000 gross last year. He works solo.

    I had an old Crown Vic State Police car already. I bought a hitch for $120. Then went out and got a cheap trailer for around $500. Then I took out my savings and a small loan and bought a 48-inch Bobcat belt drive. After all this, I put my add in the Newport Daily News. Every day I would have something like 2 or 3 calls. It was crazy; I didn’t know there was such a need for mowing grass. I had 25 yards in a month’s time. I couldn’t take on any more do to the fact I had another job.

    As time went on I got better at mowing. I turned all my profits around to buy better equipment. I finally quit my job as a waiter, and went full time lawn mowing. I finally got a pickup, then a hydro walk behind. Backpack blower, chainsaw, and loads of other things I didn’t have.

    I took on a flower-watering job, so I had to buy a water tank and a pump. Ones people know you’re in this business and they like you, then the work comes to you.

    Last year I purchased:

    1. Ford F350 Dully
    2. 6+12 Trailer
    3. Bobcat Zero Turn 61 inch Deck, with a 25 horse Choler
    4. Vacuum system for the Bobcat.

    I love what I do better then anything else iv done. I’m hoping to build a big business someday. Break off into commercial stuff . Hotel exterior flowers and such.

    John Erik

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