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. the point man

    the point man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    This may be the best thread I've read on a lawn care sight. I think
    that it bears repeating....USE SUNBLOCK. I have a feeling that some of us will someday be saying "Holy sh##t, I guess they were right." Hope it's not too late then.

    ESLawns answer was particularly good.
  2. the point man

    the point man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Sorry, just wanted to get my fiftieth post in. You never know when
    you might get hit by a bus. Oh look, here comes one now. You know, I
  3. chargincharlie5

    chargincharlie5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

  4. fshrdan

    fshrdan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Don't... set your cell phone on the trailer rail thinking you'll remember it later.
    Do... keep a backup of all your phone # in case you set your cell phone on the trailer rail.
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  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    glad somebody brought this one back. he was smart man.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Kind of neat, almost a year to the date. I would just like to say, that one of the best things to do as a newbie, is keep reading LS. God bless You, Eric...
  7. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Know this sounds silly, but I am just starting out.. I just loaded up good old Excel and read this entire thread, item by item. I'm gonna post it on the garage wall, it's all the stuff to "Load Every Time Out" list. Some stuff, like Wasp Spray, ear plugs and spare trailer tire are 3 things that I don't currently have, but will as of tommorow, that's for sure. Nothing like a quick checklist and a tool caddy to get it all organized to really help out.

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  8. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    Wear good, solid, comfortable footwear!

    Keep those precious feet and toes protected. As a solo-operator I know that I would be in BIG trouble if something bad happened to one of my 'prime movers'. :eek:
    Sparc likes this.
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    always carry extra tools around with you. All kinds. You never know when you will need them.

    check your trimming line after the day to see whether or not you need to replace it before the next day. It will save you a lot of time when trimming. Instead of constantly running out on a job site, you will actually be fine because you checked the night before. (or morning)
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  10. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    SLS -

    Way to go bumping this thread back up for spring 2003 :) Everyone has done a great job covering the bases. How about adding:

    (1) Carry your pesticide and business license in your vehicle in case you are questioned;

    (2) Carry your insurance information in the vehicle in case there's an accident;

    (3) Release pressure on your pesticide sprayer tank after you finish the application just in case somebody bumps it by accident; that way they don't get hosed down and blinded;

    (4) Always walk a site before beginning work and take note of hazards and/or already damaged property to reduce problems.

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