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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Trevors Lawn Care, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    If you all had to start your business over what would you do differently.

    I would check more into dealer support and advertise A LOT more

  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    I'd start my prices higher, rather then gradually raising them to where they are supposed to be! I thought the prices were right....
  3. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I'd realize that in MN you had to collect sales tax BEFORE I ran my business for 6 years. THAT kinda sucked 10 years ago. Glad I as doing some small small yards back then and not the commercial properties I'm doing now. :eek:
  4. lennonpaul

    lennonpaul LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I would of never gotten into the business do to the lack of employees that really want to do this work long term. It seemed like a money maker at first but then more and more money was absorbed by the growth of sloppy employees and lowering of prices to be competitve with small fly by night one man companies. Its good for part time work when your a kid in school but when you grow up the stress to money ratio is not worth it.
    Sorry if I seem negative about the indsustry but I dont think its a good business to be in long term especially if you think others will do your work for you well.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Don't try to everything to everyone all the time...find your niche (what you're good at) in the industry and stick to just that. And, charge accordingly too btw...
  6. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    How do you make your first million? Start with two million.

    I'd not do anything different than I did.
  7. TEG

    TEG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

  8. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    Wow, geevee, you and Norm are the most perfect lawn specimens I've come across in 14 years. Maybe the 2 of you could collaborate on a book i could study.......:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  9. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    I would have bought into a little company called "AOL"

    I remember when they had an add in the Wash Post looking for workers n they were paying with "stock options" .... I had friends going there to work while I was cutting grass thinking what a bunch of idiots they were .... working for min wage n "stock options"
  10. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I started my business this spring and I would have spent a little more on my equipment and went with a 16' box truck all pimped out. Now I will wait 2-3 years and get that box truck. Gonna be the first one in town with it and hopefully drown out some of these $10 lawn bastards retiree dicks who are taking my business for $10 a cut just to have something to do with there miserable old ass lives. Go play golf jerkwads, that is what retirement is for. Better yet, move to Florida.

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