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Martywdx
11-07-2010, 05:37 PM
My name is Marty, Been mowing lawns,leaf pick-up and snow removel for about 22 years. The last 4 have been full time. I got around 40 lawns and 20 snow jobs. Thats enough for me. It keeps food on the table and me warm in the winter. I have simple needs. Any way Hello all!!

Steve
11-08-2010, 05:15 PM
Hi Marty,

Welcome to our forum!

How difficult did you find making the transition from part time to full time to be? Do you have any advice for others trying to do that?

Martywdx
11-08-2010, 06:50 PM
Hi Marty,

Welcome to our forum!

How difficult did you find making the transition from part time to full time to be? Do you have any advice for others trying to do that?

The transition evolved into full time. I started with my mom and a couple of her neighbors. When they seen the quality and personal touch of my work. I was put on the old lady network. That is I was talked about at card clubs, church groups and over morning coffee. The phone was and still is ringing for new jobs.
For 20 years I limited my customers to around 15 lawns, 8-10 snow jobs,so at not to inter fear with my night job. As I was a restaurant cook.
Four years ago I was so at the point in my life where I was totally unhappy in the restaurant biz. So I quit and started not turning down new clients. 40 seems to make me a comfortable living. So thats where I stay. As for equipment I use residential type. I know I know.... I feel my customer base would be turned off by a large commercial rig and I would lose that personal feeling with them. Maybe I'm wrong.
So far Ive been able to keep every thing running as I do my own repair/maintenance.

Do you have any advice for others trying to do that?
I may not be the typical lawn-care business man here. As I'm happy with 40 lawns and most likely wont grow any bigger. That being said. I never bought any piece of equipment without cash. I also have one years income squired away. But then I'm very conservative business wise.

So thats my story.

Steve
11-08-2010, 07:16 PM
The transition evolved into full time. I started with my mom and a couple of her neighbors. When they seen the quality and personal touch of my work. I was put on the old lady network. That is I was talked about at card clubs, church groups and over morning coffee. The phone was and still is ringing for new jobs.

This sounds like a lawn care business owner's dream word of mouth network.

It's amazing how it really comes down to just a couple of initial customers. Service them well and they will talk about you.

A lot of times we see discussions on here about referral programs where you should give a % to the customer referring you, but it sounds to me, you did just fine without doing that.

Do you feel it is necessary at all to have a referral program? Or what is your view on the best way to get your customers to talk about you and tell others about your service? Do you leave them plenty of business cards? Do you ask them to refer you?