TIPS, Do's and Don'ts tips for the new guy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Eric ELM, Apr 16, 2001.

  1. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    Care to indulge:confused:
  2. albhb3

    albhb3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Theres no replacement for displacement :drinkup:
  3. jwalker17

    jwalker17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    without getting into lavish details....

    I am on "probation" for a mortgage. since our industry is seasonal; I'm a contract worker. I need 5 months work history to get a mortgage for a house.

    My boss was supposed to be taxing me since feb. 1st since he said he would put me on the books. but apparently he didn't and now I wont qualify for a goddamn mortgage and have lost almost every chance of owning a home since my downpayment willl needed to be spent of rent. and all the "taxes" i paid are lost in the system.

    Some things where taxed... somethings were not... he claimed me as a stupid sub-contractor not an employee.

  4. Economy Landscaping

    Economy Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    thanks for such a good thread. Very good information... plus i was LMAO half the time too. Thanks once again..

  5. badazzelanore

    badazzelanore LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Sue him! he is lazy and a shitty boss!
  6. WestGaLawnCare

    WestGaLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    My first post. I've just read all 39 pages and learned a lot. Thanks to all that contribute.

    I live in the south where it gets very hot and humid (I don't mind the heat. It's the humility that gets to me :)) I've just started to learn about lawn care but I already know how to handle the heat.

    - Drink water (12 - 16oz)
    before you even begin to perspire so that you can 'stay ahead' of dehydration
    - Although it looks gay as hell, take a bandana or some other 100% cotton rag, soak it completely in cold water then tie it around your neck. The cold rag will cool the blood running through both Jugular veins. Also, as the water in the rag evaporates it will be cooler than outside temperatures (when liquids evaporate they give off cool air, i.e. rubbing alcohol when applied to the skin cools the skin because the alcohol evaporates quickly, freon evaporates immediately after leaving the can)
    - Everybody that has seen the Gatorade commercials knows that during perspiration our bodies lose nutrients such as sodium and potassium. When I used to play soccer in the Georgia heat of August, part of my pregame meal was bananas because of their potassium content. It made a big difference in my stamina during a 90 minute game. I learned that from reading about Kyle Rote Jr. who used to be a professional soccer player in the MSL 30 years ago.
    - before NASCAR drivers insert their earplugs, they put them in their mouths to lubricate them with saliva. It's a gross sensation to me that reminds me of old Richard Pryor jokes
  7. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,796

    Live on Sunset Strip ! :laugh::laugh::laugh: Welcome aboard :drinkup:
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  8. airsoftamazon

    airsoftamazon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    LOl, just reading old stuff, and by chance just had to fix my ramp after meeting with the bay door!
  9. bugguy8

    bugguy8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I just read all 39 pages in 1 setting.... 2 Hrs to do it....

    Great Information.

    I havent started my Lawn Care Business yet. Going to have some ankle surgery. Got hurt at work and been off for the last 7 months because of it...

    Once I am released to go back to work in a few months I am sure I will get fired. Considered a Liability know I assume...

    So, had to sit down and think about what I can do after this is all over....

    I have 1 acre and I love to be on the rider cutting the grass and straightning things up.

    SO what better to get into then what I enjoy doing. No more boss to push me around and no one to answer too but my wife...:laugh:

    Shes actually the one who suggested it. Gotta love her....

    I already have a small trailer, rider mower (from Home Depot ) trimmer, gas blower, rakes and such. I will start small.... Purchase bigger and better when I can.

    Heres my train of thought:

    A) Buy quality equipment with cash if all possible.

    B) Never spend more then you make.

    C) Work hard, smart and build up a 1 of a kind lawn care business.

    D) Go above and beyond even if it means spending 10 more minutes on the same job.

    E) Never go below your minumum charge. NEVER.

    F) Treat every customer like they are your only one.

    G) Be honest, dependable and friendly.

    H) Just when you think your quality is #1, take a few minutes and stop by a competitors lawn. You will find things that someone else is doing better.

    I) This is the most important one of all........ Always find time in your business to be with your family. Don't let your business run your life. Even if one of your scheduled stops is taking your wife to lunch. Or picking up a toy for your child to surprise them with.

    Love your family and when the hard times hit, they will back you up through anything.

    I will start my own business, I will be successful. I will be the best I can be.

    Sorry for such a long post.
  10. Horticulture Goddess

    Horticulture Goddess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Wonderful and detailed info. I absolutely love your quote!

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