Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

I saw the light the other day

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • I saw the light the other day

    Ok this is just funny. You all know by now the crap we have been going through as of late. Well I have a few jobs running and am about ti hire new help, mainly for weedeating. I dont let my employees use my good equipment because I hire unskilled labor to just do crap labor and I worry if they blow up my TB I am out $300 not including another $400 in attachments that are worthless without the trimmer so I went out to walmart and got a $70 WeedEater 20cc trimmer for employee use. I figured if it lasts 2 hours it payed for itself and if not no big loss. Now here is the kicker. While looking at the selection there and buying one and getting home the next day and putting it together, breaking in and all that I actually got excited, like I use to. Like buying a new peace of equipment was my business v-i-a-g-r-a <********that will probably be censored. Has anyone ells had this same thing happen? Is this some sort of OCD where I have to always get nice new toys to stay excited about business?
    White Company

  • #2
    Ok this is just funny. You all know by now the crap we have been going through as of late. Well I have a few jobs running and am about ti hire new help, mainly for weedeating. I dont let my employees use my good equipment because I hire unskilled labor to just do crap labor and I worry if they blow up my TB I am out $300 not including another $400 in attachments that are worthless without the trimmer so I went out to walmart and got a $70 WeedEater 20cc trimmer for employee use. I figured if it lasts 2 hours it payed for itself and if not no big loss. Now here is the kicker. While looking at the selection there and buying one and getting home the next day and putting it together, breaking in and all that I actually got excited, like I use to. Like buying a new peace of equipment was my business v-i-a-g-r-a <********that will probably be censored. Has anyone ells had this same thing happen? Is this some sort of OCD where I have to always get nice new toys to stay excited about business?
    lol your not alone... I love new equipment that makes life easier on me.
    Colton
    Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.

    Comment


    • #3
      Makes me want to go out and buy a new truck and tractor. Maybe then I will be interested in continuing for another year lol
      White Company

      Comment


      • #4
        Sometimes depending on the equipment I just bought, when this was delivered to a jobsite back in, I believe May, I didn't want to go home after using it for the day and I didn't sleep well for a couple of nights, waking at 3 a.m. and wondering if I would dare drive to the site to work

        I do however have equipment, mainly tractors that I can hardly wait to get to a job site in the morning to use them.
        Attached Files
        Andy
        Halifax, Nova Scotia

        Comment


        • #5
          Sometimes depending on the equipment I just bought, when this was delivered to a jobsite back in, I believe May, I didn't want to go home after using it for the day and I didn't sleep well for a couple of nights, waking at 3 a.m. and wondering if I would dare drive to the site to work

          I do however have equipment, mainly tractors that I can hardly wait to get to a job site in the morning to use them.
          When I got my tractor I picked it up on my way to my dayjob. It sat on the trailer all day but I took everyone out to show it to them, When I got home I didn't want to start it up and wake the city up so I left it on the trailer but marveled at it most of the nite. I think I put 50 hours on it on my property in the first week before ever sending it to a job lol
          White Company

          Comment


          • #6
            One of the benefits of being an entrepreneur is that you get something out of what you do. You should love what you do, after all this is a business you created! You could have created anything you wanted and you created this.

            It can't just be about money. Doing anything just for money leaves you with a hollow feeling. If at the end of the day, you have a couple of extra bucks in your pocket but the day was a miserable experience for you, you need to rethink what you are doing.

            You only have a limited amount of time and even less productive time, so you had better focus on finding something you love, something you have an interest in, something that you can't wait to wake up in the morning and get to work on, otherwise at the end of the day, you will not feel good.

            For some, the excitement will be in purchasing new equipment or toys. That is great as long as you can afford it.

            I think you hit on a big key point though, you have to ask yourself what excites you? What interests you?

            What was the last thing you did that was exciting? What are you looking forwards to in the future that is exciting? These things can be small or large.
            - Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
            Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.

            Comment


            • #7
              Interesting points Steve, when you put it that way....

              My greatest excitement is the look on the clients face

              Designing a landscape project from scratch

              Being told there is no way we can move a rock, doing it with no problems

              Seeing the end result of Silviculture, that is a big one for me

              Falling a massive tree within inches of where I wanted it to go, that always puts a smile on my face

              Giving kids rides on the machines, seeing them light up and then giving them a John Deere shirt, you have no idea the impact this makes on them, their parents, friends etc.

              The constant comments and emails, telephone calls, that to me is what makes this work worth my while. If I didn't wake excited to "Get Er Done" I would sell the company in a heartbeat and I have been made offers that would represent a 40% return in just two years, but for me it's not about money anymore, been there, done that, I have to have fun and I do almost every hour of every day.

              The only part I didn't like was the lawn mowing, just too many headaches for what we made and scheduling around weather. We kept a few but sold over 90 accounts, man that was for me, a big load off, it wasn't about money, it was taking all the fun out of the work we do.

              Staff pressure washed a massive house on the ocean yesterday, 1.5 million ++, man it was a mess, when the clients came home last night and I was there around 5, they were shocked, not only paid the bill, gave each of the two employees $100 cash and insisted we stay for supper which we did, things like this is what makes my day.
              Andy
              Halifax, Nova Scotia

              Comment


              • #8
                That is a fantastic insight and it might help others reading this to develop their bigger business plans.

                See early on in a businesses life, you sit there and try to think of services you can offer to the greatest amount of people. You do this because you want to give yourself the best chance at allowing your business to survive and make a profit.

                As you go though, it is possible, you start to want more out of it. Once you start surviving off your business, you then look to enjoy yourself more. Get more out of life and your business.

                Some may find that they really are challenged to create the perfect lawn cut. Some may find their brains dull to work they deem monotonous. That is when you start to look for more of a creative outlet.


                Designing a landscape project from scratch

                Being told there is no way we can move a rock, doing it with no problems

                Seeing the end result of Silviculture, that is a big one for me

                Falling a massive tree within inches of where I wanted it to go, that always puts a smile on my face

                Giving kids rides on the machines, seeing them light up and then giving them a John Deere shirt, you have no idea the impact this makes on them, their parents, friends etc.
                All these things are creative outlets! They are a new excitement. You get a sense that you are doing something positive. Helping someone feel better. Solving a problem of theirs. Each day presents a new problem that you need to utilize your brain to solve.

                When this goes on in your day, it's tough to think of your day as dull or monotonous.

                Purchasing new toys can help break the monotony as well.

                But there is a difference. One side of it is solving a problem and making money from it which will keep your business in good health. The other, which is purchasing things, will cost money and if you don't have the money to pay for it, can lead to the demise of your business.

                So as with everything, the key to success may be to pace yourself. Mix and match these activities to remain healthy and keep your mind thinking.
                - Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
                Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.

                Comment


                • #9
                  It's been a desperate long day however, take this for what it's worth.

                  I have had two cents to my name, I have been worth well over a million, my sense of happiness if you will never changed.

                  We sometimes strive for more money to make us happy, it will not happen.

                  We all have to make money, if tools is what turns your crank in this business, I think you will fail as you need to see the bigger picture, what can you do, with what you have to put a smile on a clients face, business, equipment etc. will come after this.
                  Andy
                  Halifax, Nova Scotia

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    When you put it all into a nutshell, do you think if you get out of your business something that doesn't cost you a dime and if you are able to give to others, through your business, something that doesn't cost a dime, is that where true happiness lies?

                    Is it in the transfer of emotion? And ultimately are we all looking for that? Feeling good because we helped someone else feel good?
                    - Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
                    Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      When you put it all into a nutshell, do you think if you get out of your business something that doesn't cost you a dime and if you are able to give to others, through your business, something that doesn't cost a dime, is that where true happiness lies?

                      Is it in the transfer of emotion? And ultimately are we all looking for that? Feeling good because we helped someone else feel good?
                      Well, we all have to make money there is no question. If we are only doing something for the money, it will be short lived. Money does motivate but it can be dangerous at the same time, the more I have the more I want road.

                      Giving is what it is all about, I am a believer you will get back more than you give, the majority of the time.

                      Transfer of emotion, don't know, what I do know is helping others has always motivated me, customer, staff, family etc.
                      Andy
                      Halifax, Nova Scotia

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Well, we all have to make money there is no question. If we are only doing something for the money, it will be short lived. Money does motivate but it can be dangerous at the same time, the more I have the more I want road.

                        Giving is what it is all about, I am a believer you will get back more than you give, the majority of the time.

                        Transfer of emotion, don't know, what I do know is helping others has always motivated me, customer, staff, family etc.
                        Most of all I would love the countless phone calls, letters and emails. I just halted my advertising yesterday. Looks like the end is closing in. I have once again gone the past month with not 1 call. I enjoy it I guess but I cant keep doing it and not making money. I wish there were another way around it to keep it going but I just dont know.
                        White Company

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Well I ran into a wall. I had no other choice but to cancel my advertising. Its just not turning around the way I was counting on. I am still able to operate but unfortunately not work and advertise the way I was at the same time. I thought about settling for the cheepo advertising I use to do but figured its the end of the season so I will just stop it. Hopefully if the business is able to carry its self through winter It will give me a few months to figure out how to get out of the ditch I got in. Lucky for me I have my expenses cut to the bone so that helps a ton. I have everything paid up so for the most part it costs me NOTHING not to work, this is good because if the truck stays parked all winter I wont be losing money, wont be making it but at least I wont be losing it. I am about to stop a $100 per month job for this year which sucks but a $200 per month job I do during the winters is about to start so that rocks. I still have the $500 per month contract with the county the only problem with that one is after invoicing I have to wait up to 6 weeks for a check and that really blows but at least the county pays good. All that being said I am looking at a before tax income of $700 per month during the winter. That really hurts but its better than some of us I guess. Hopefully word of mouth will take over for the lack of my advertising and work will pick up but I am not counting on it. The good news is my contract with the county in never ending. The only stipulation to get out of it is if I want to get out of it for any reason. This really works out awesome for me because if I want to work and they decide they dont want me anymore it puts them in breach of contract. I love those people so I would never stick it to them but maybe its just enough for them to never think of firing me and taking the risk of a lawsuit I dont know.

                          So I guess the moral of the story is as follows.

                          BAD NEWS: no more advertising means no growth or higher income potential until spring.

                          GOOD NEWS: If I choose to I am still able to stay in business during winter because of the steps we took to cut our expenses and get good beneficial contracts the past few months.

                          BAD NEWS: After going through this my ambition in through the flore and I am not sure I want to continue doing this.

                          GOOD NEW: The tractor is finally paid for as is all other equipment so the company has absolutely 0 debt.
                          White Company

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            but a $200 per month job I do during the winters is about to start so that rocks.
                            What kind of job is this and can more of them be found?

                            Also, have you thought about any social networking you could be doing over the winter months? Could you join up with any local business organizations?
                            - Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
                            Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              What kind of job is this and can more of them be found?

                              Also, have you thought about any social networking you could be doing over the winter months? Could you join up with any local business organizations?
                              Steve
                              The job is about an acre of fairly flat land, Its a vacation house and the owner like it do be very short all the time. Takes me about 4 hours with the tractor and then weed eating around the perimeter. I have tried every kind of networking in the book and nothing has worked. Actually most of my work I have now came from family who recommended me. To add even worse news my day job may be coming to an end, I will find out for sure today, kinda nervous. I figured I can save money and print out a crap load of fliers right in my office and pass them out tomorrow but I doubt that will help. All my services are geared towards spring and summer. I am coming up very short thinking of Winter services I can offer in my area so that is really hurting me right now.
                              White Company

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X