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What's the most important thing you have learned from Lawnsite?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnBrother, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    I found Lawnsite while I was still working cutting grass with a friend of mine, who has since passed away. I kept the business going by myself afterward. He taught me as much as he could (he had more experience than me) but let me tell you it was rough that first year. But once I started implementing some of the things I learned here, my productivity and profits increased dramatically. I know that without the people on this site it would be even more of a struggle than it has been.
    While I have learned a ton here, I think that the single most important thing I have learned was not to sell myself short. When I first was on my own I let people bully me on price because I thought that i needed every account that came my way. Not anymore. I decided what I needed to charge and that was my price, take it or leave it. It was hard at first because I would turn down work from time to time, but after 2 years slowly I am weeding out the cheapos and replacing them with higher quality accounts who pay my rates without question, and I can work less and make more, and that's what it's all about, right? So thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, directly or indirectly, I would not be here without you.
    So, what do you think is the single most important lesson you have learned here?
  2. Mic_bug

    Mic_bug LawnSite Member
    from N.B. MI
    Messages: 201

    Not to cut my own grass.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    the shindaiwa speed feed head
  4. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,962

    Actually is more than one.

    1. Charge the appropiate rate

    2. Year-round contracts

    3. No bi-weeklys

  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Much like yourself it helped to know I wasn't the only one with these problems, lawn site did help me stand up for myself and become more diplomatic in my ways, and not to repeat what you said, yeah, all what you said, same here, that too.

    Countless other things, mechanical solutions, raising the cut in the heat, some I learned were my own mistakes, again it is nice to have LS as a sounding board when all else fails, sure enough no matter how bad I thought the problem was, there's an easy as pie solution, usually. Strange as it may sound, it helps me see myself in the mirror, too.

    More than anything I find it really helps to have someone other than myself who believes in, and thinks the same way. Most non-business owners and even other business owners around here I simply can't speak to, even my own parents it's no use. Half don't see what I see at all, a fair part are convinced I'm crazy (it's only funny until they send you to the nut house, no lie), then some give bad advice knowing it will foul me up (and laughing as they help themselves get rid of competition)... It's not all perfect here and certainly neither am I, lord knows I am so guilty somedays but for the most part it's a lot better than what I run into on a daily basis, as far as support, nothing beats LS, not even close.

    I don't see how in the world I could've done without, I am GLAD I found this secret treasure, I wish I would've found it sooner but am content that I found it at all, I cannot imagine where I would be now were this not the case, life would not be the same for sure.
  6. Darrin A.

    Darrin A. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I would say basically the same as you Lawnbrother, pricing and sticking to my guns. It sure does help knowing there are at least 100 people on here that would back me up on doing just that. As Topsites said, being able to find answers to any related question, and some not related too. I truly feel like most of the people on here are my friends and would help me any way they can....even if it's just from the keyboard. The atmosphere here is of helping people succeed and rooting them on. That's not something I think we would find in more abundance localy.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH EVERYONE!!!!! for all your contributions.
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    #1 thing i have learned!!!

  8. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    To look at the writer of the post before reading the post. And to do the math when someone starts talking money.
  9. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Most important: How to charge enough for what I do. How to treat this as a business and not just a job. How to take control of my business. Really too much to list.
  10. David Hartzog

    David Hartzog Banned
    Messages: 531


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