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Today, Jed Clampett went to the big city.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by osc, Nov 11, 2000.

  1. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Today I went to buy a lawn care co. in a large market in central Ohio. You might say this area is lawn and landscape Mecca. The price was right at 12% of the yearly account revenues and the owner wanted paid as I cut with no money down. So I figure, how could I lose? He promised the every one of the 15 accounts was obscenely priced and the yearly was around 100K. And I don't pay untill I work, where do I sign?
    He ends up showing me a handful of residentials at $35.00 each and one apartment complex at $525.00 that would take 3 men all day to cut. I look at him and say, "How do you squeeze 100k out of this?". Maybe there was 30k there and some landscaping but it's 1 hour plus from home plate and the travel time just wasn't worth the headache so we parted ways as I wished him luck.

    The thing is that maybe $100 in the sticks is worth more than $150.00 in the big city, especially if you live in the sticks. It took us 30 minutes to wade through traffic and get from stop to stop. The pain in the butt factor was very high. I know that my market will not bare the pricing of a large market but the tide is turning as I bump every chance I get and my expenses are probably lower than average.

    At any rate, this hillbilly will stay in the sticks for now.
  2. Bobby

    Bobby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    The sticks sound good to me. Sometimes less is better.
  3. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    "It took us 30 minutes to wade through traffic and get from stop to stop'

    Ive said it before and Ill say it again, the less stops you have to make the more money you will make, whether its East Overshoe or Noo Yawk Citee.
  4. T.C.O.B.

    T.C.O.B. LawnSite Member
    from Zone 9
    Messages: 47

    I was once young and nieve and purchased a business!

    It's amazing how straight you stand up after bending over!

    Buyer Beware! and Knowledgable!

    I wasn't!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    An hour away from home base! I'd have to say no, just based on that!
  6. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    Another plus for country life.
    In 25yrs of just leaving equipment
    out side on trailer and truck i
    have only had one tire stolen and
    that was an ex brother in law.
    Knock on would.Here in this part
    of NC,If you come down a long country
    drive with a van or truck YOU BETTER
    In the small towns around i just cover
    equip .Again nothing stolen.
    Thirty miles away in charlotte,lock
    it all down or its gone in some areas.
    ONE of the reasons im a hayseed.
    There are plenty more.
  7. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Well, you know what ol' Hank said, "a country boy can survive".
  8. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Go Country Life !
  9. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    We live in the sticks, also. We love it and we're only about 20 minutes away from a town of 8,000. NOTHING STOLEN SO FAR. Goin' up Cripple Creek goin' in a run, goin' up Cripple Creek to have some fun... Ever heard that song? We live where it was made, Cripple Creek, VA.
  10. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Thinks of Deliverance and dueling banjos...

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