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re-starting in a different town

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JLong, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. JLong

    JLong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I have owned my own company for the past 6 years in the town I grew up in. After spending an entire year dealing with low ballers, one bad employee after another, P.I.T.A customers, and equipment break downs. I applied for and accepted a Job in a neighboring city (roughly 20-25 miles away). My plan is to move there within the next 6 months to a year. I want to stay in this industry in someway due to the fact that I really do enjoy it, However I want to stay away from mowing and focus mainly on topsoil work, hedge trimming, and small landscaping jobs. What are some strategies to building a customer base for these services?
    altough I will be a part timer I will be trying my best not to become one of the low ballers
  2. JLong

    JLong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Any other inputs on my decision would be appreciated. Economically it makes great sence, however I keep second guesing myself.
    I also feel it is a good oportuinity to live somewhere else since I have lived in the same place for the entire 25 years i've been on this earth.
  3. mudwisr2

    mudwisr2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    I live in the same town in which I went to high school. I am now 27. I will say that one of the great perks to living in the same area you grew up in is the amount of people you know. I have many people call me for a job (small and large) first b/c they know me or is a friend of a friend.
    This was my 4th year as a business owner and I still have a lot of growing and learning to do. I have thought, quite a few times actually, about the possibilities of a more thriving company in a different market area but I am going to try to ride out the low ballers and such here. They weed themselves out anyway and I see much potential for the future of landscaping in my community.
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    don't know where your moving to, but there is the same thing in that town your moving to, just now nobody knows you.

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