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Winning The Lottery Revisited

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sean Adams, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,381

    10 acres with a house and a 4,000 sq. ft. shop
    New Ram 3500 quad cab 4x4, line-x, Hiniker plow
    16 ft. enclosed trailer
    Everride: (1) Warrior (2) 34" Scorpions (1) 52" Scorpion
    All new Stihl handhelds
    S70 and T190 Bobcats
    360 SPRINT CAR!
    Put some $$$ away for later

    Maybe a HOT secretary!

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    A bigger shop, bigger office, my own landscape supply yard.
    I would buy out the local exmark dealer, service center and make it part
    of my business.
    I would hire a full time marketing and sales person and start a major advertising campaign.
    I would hire someone who's sole purpose was to hire people,and find people, good people.

    Maybe open a gas station?
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    Put a building on some land (20-30 acres) big enough to lease to a number of landscape and snow companies with their own fenced off yards and units, and set up a landscape supply yard, salt depot, equipment dealer, truck and equipment repair and rental centre, employee temp agency, & gas station all on the same property. That of course is if I decide to stay in THIS type of business. But reality is I'd bail on this business if I was lucky enough to catch a lottery.
  4. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    I'd probably buy me one of those 40,000 Spyder slope mowers, and put a seat on it! Nah, really, I'd probably just put it in the bank, and farm it away, but I' d damsureashell have some fun with it!:usflag:
  5. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I'd buy other peoples established businesses, add them as crews to mine, update my trucks and equipment, and do one hell of an advertising scheme to get more customera, take on larger contracts, and while they are all out working for me I'll be on the golf course.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Yeah while the quantity of participants has gone up the quality has gone downhill over the years :laugh:

    I would get all the little loose ends tied up and bring the franchise model to market.
  7. Morganic

    Morganic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I would sink that million ..or more.. into getting the best teamS that I could. First of all by evaluating them and making sure I hired only industrious people who truly loved building things, using their hands, plants, gardening, ..the good earth.. and the great outdoors. I would educate them (vids..fieldtrips, etc. ..whatever it took..), pay them very, very decent wages, and offer fair insurance coverage. They would love working for me. ..LOL.. I'd have people create for me a kick-butt website to include links to providers and become sort of a Wally-World of the business. Customers could link to provider sites to get ideas in mind for what they want ..types of sod ..plants ..hardscapes; etc. They could get a clue as to costs so they could lose that shell-shocked look they get when I give them an estimate. ..LOL.. ..Then I would turn the whole shebang over to someone I trusted ..sit back..put my feet up ..sip on a Red Stripe ..and gaze at nothing but the perfect vista of my own lovely backyard for a long, long time.
  8. JoeKidd

    JoeKidd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    If I won millions I'd landscape for free. I'd do it for good people who are either too old, handicapped, or just can't afford it.

    SCAG POWER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Well i always thought that I would put money into my business. How ever after getting back into music, i would not waste one dime on this arena. The low balling , high prices of fuel and people , who just do not pay on time . I would slip a way.... Here is where you would find me . The Berklee school of music in Boston finishing up my music work. Man i would write some country songs about the cut throat operations that go on in this business. My new C/D would be titled " no more yards to cut"some songs like let the fireman cut it for less, your a pita what more can i say.

    Then go out on tour for about 8 months and play it up all over the country. Yep that's it just back to school and finish another degree, and just have fun.

  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    Ditto. Once in awhile some folks who really don't know me give me a lottery ticket, or other instrument of the lottery as a gift. Why? Because they haven't taken time to get to know me. Those tickets, stubs, or whatever they are called, are just put in the trash.

    If I did get a $1M from some source as a gift, I sure wouldn't put it into the lawn service business. There are far too many other places to invest the money with a higher profit, and better longevity than the dead-end lawn service industry.

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