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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rcreech, Jan 21, 2012.


    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    Rodney Nice to see you found the right person to do the job that would be the hardiest part. It's hard to believe you never had a secretary to help you.

    Good luck
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    I was burnt out and tired of working!

    Funny enough that was the point in my career that I figured it was either time to get out...or grow!

    I decided to grow and have never looked back.


    Just as Whoop said...it isn't about money but the time you gain for yourself, your family and just enjoying life.
    I used to work 14-16 hours a day and have no life. I probably make the same money now that I did 4 years ago...but I start at 7:30 most days and am in the house by 5 or 6. You can't put a price on family and enjoying life.

    You know I was thinking about this thread throughout the day and it just keeps coming to me.

    I have heard so many people say about others "Boy he sure works hard...he is a great business man"

    I think it is more about working smart then hard when running a business.

    I think a lot of people have it all wrong.

    It isn't how hard you work (although that is very important) as it is how smart you work.

    I must give all that credit to my Grandpa for teaching me that.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2012
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    The biggest mistake of most Sole Proprietor is the Ego of not asking for business help.

    http://www.score.org/ and the http://www.sba.gov/ are free sources of great business advice. Business is business and the principles inter change. A true Businessman can go into any business and survive.

  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    I agree with you Ric.

    But I do think and believe that if a person has a better understanding of the products and services they have a clear advantage in running a business.

    If I was to have started a vehicle repair shop or a heating and air business I would have been at a huge disadvantage in starting a business.

    But with an agronomy degree and my turf classes I had a clear cut advantage over most coming right out of the gate.

    Agree with you...but just feel that one must have some knowledge and background in their area of business to have a true competitive advantage.
  5. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Have you read "The E-Myth" ? I'm going through it right now. And, interestingly enough, he says the exact opposite. He explains that the MORE you know about the technical process of whatever your company does, the less likely you are to succeed. Someone who doesn't know how to do the technical work must focus on making the COMPANY work. Whereas shmucks like me who insist on doing the work to get it exactly right, etc, neglect the BUSINESS operations because we're enslaved to the technical crap.

    You might be an exception to the rule, but the guy who wrote that book is DEAD ON. I think EVERYONE who owns a business (or has a business that owns THEM) should read it. I just keep turning the pages and saying to myself, "that's me... THAT'S me... that's TOTALLY me..."
  6. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    Makes sense!

    I see both sides.

    Running a business is really simple math..but I believe it does also take some technical skills. If I were to talk about electric or vehicle mechanics it wouldn't take a customer long to figure out I don't have a clue.

    I would just say "I don't know I will have to get back to you on that" to every question they would ask.


    I am gonna have to buy this thing now unless someone wants to cut me a deal on a used copy! :)
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2012
  7. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    I bought it on half.com for just a few bucks. Here's a link. Looks like you can grab a used copy for $1.99 + S/H.
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's why you hire a knowledgeable person to talk to customers :)

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  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Salesmen should be Both knowledgeable and Interested in selling a service plan that is deliverable. My main point is NOT OVER SELLING A JOB WITH PROMISES THAT CAN"T BE DELIVERED. I believe one of the biggest mistakes made by young salesmen trying to get the commission.

    Back to the "The E-Myth". Working ON your business and not IN your business doesn't require technical knowledge. It does require People handling skills and Good Business sense. I have a degree in Horticulture with a few Business courses. If I had it to do over I would of been a business major, not a Horticulture Major. A good businessman can always hire technical people.

  10. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    See your points!

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