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Quit a cush sales gig to start my own landscape company...parents hate me now.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by WBrothersLandscape, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. WBrothersLandscape

    WBrothersLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Hey Guys,

    I have been in the landscape industry since right out of high school. Went to school for a computer degree while working under a landscape architect. After school I got the computer "dream job" and wanted to blow my brains out after a year. Back to landscape I go!

    I have worked for two of the three large national commercial landscape companies in my area and one local development/maintenance firm over the passed 8 years, primarily in sales with some design. There was some internal restructuring at my current job that I just can't get behind so I decided to make my childhood dream of being a business owner come true.

    I am planning on starting with me, myself and I until revenue justifies hiring another employee and growing from there. The really awesome thing is that while I was picking up my Exmark 30 the thought occurred to me that I don't even know how to start a mower. With the vendors help, I now do.

    Anyway I love this industry and am looking forward to my new adventure. I have a huge amount of respect for what it takes to operate any business let alone one that is so dependent on labor and equipment. I have been lurking here for the passed 6 months or so and look forward to being apart of this community.

    If I can somehow help anyone in any capacity I would be glad to do so.

  2. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,109

    If you don't already have one, get a contractor's license, insurance, PCO license and some real knowledge about landscape. You won't even be able to do any commercial work without a license and insurance. Try to differentiate yourself from the 10,000 "gardeners" who are running around So Cal in their little Toyota pickups mowing lawns for $60 a month! Southern California is a tough market. Probably one of the toughest in the nation. Every jackass with a mower and a truck can call themselves a landscaper!
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014
  3. WBrothersLandscape

    WBrothersLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the suggestions. I did leave out some info in my original post. I am C-27 licensed, bonded and have 2,000,000 liability. The PCO license I googled and am still confused on that one. All the stuff came up as Public Carriage Office in the UK.

    You are right about the real knowledge of landscape. You completely turned me around! I am going to sell the equipment I just purchased, give the truck to my brother and turn the trailer into a man cave for the wife gets mad.

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Oh ya and the part I left out that I know is going to make my a success; I plan on undercutting EVERYONE!!! My price is only $59 a month!!!
  4. tomsyardcare

    tomsyardcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I think he meant pesticide license in order to apply fertilizers w/ weed control etc.
  5. WBrothersLandscape

    WBrothersLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Gotcha! That makes sense. I was planning on contracting out anything requiring a QAL (same thing?).
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  6. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    Welcome from Fort Worth, Texas.
  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,109

    I wasn't trying to be a d!ck. My comments were based upon the handful of companies that I see start up every couple of years here and then promptly fail because the owners had no knowledge or plan as to what it was that they were doing. I meant no disrespect and I apologize if you took my post wrong. I've been doing this my entire life and it's been a tough climb to get where I am so sometimes I can be a little jaded. I could tell you stories that would make you sell your equipment and turn that trailer into a man cave :)
  8. WBrothersLandscape

    WBrothersLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the reply! I did take it the wrong way which is probably my fault. I am extremely nervous and frankly scared about this endeavor.

    I assure you, although I don't have a ton of field experience my blood sweat and tears have been poured into this industry and I am hoping I can offset my many deficiencies with the many resources available and friends I have made over the years.
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  9. JohnFr

    JohnFr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    So how is your adventure going so far?
  10. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,828

    He hasn't logged into lawnsite since a couple of months after he created this post.

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