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  • #16
    Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 13 2008,4:07)]Do you think marketing with your image in the marketing material would work for you or against you?

    When you are a teen in this business do customers find that a benefit or no?

    What's your take?
    It would be a unique concept, but I don't think it would make a huge difference. Most of my work comes from "word of mouth" so people already know I am a young individual when they contact me.

    I've never had someone say "I won't hire you because your a teen." Like I said, people know what they're getting when they contact me.

    I do think that sometimes they expect the prices to be a little lower, but I display myself in a professional way, and explain to them exactly what they are getting, and that normally does it.


    -Mitch-

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    • #17
      Mitch you have got a big future coming your way
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      • #18
        Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 13 2008,5:08)]Mitch you have got a big future coming your way
        Thanks, Steve!

        I have a few comments on Gopher. *I just got the Basic version of the software for Xmas. *I love it! *I will only be using it for my scheduling (reason for going with basic version) and I have already figured out everything! *It rocks!

        I also printed out the "Stop Lowballing" guide and read it on my way to Wisconsin, and am just now going back through it and highlighting important details that I would like to review over time. *It is really a nice deal of information and I would love to participate in one if there is ever another made.



        As far as being a wealthy person, I don't plan on running a ton of trucks, and focusing on profit only. *There are too many companies like that around today. These guys start out great, and then once they start adding employees, and more trucks their customers become unsatisfied and turn to other companies. I would like to keep quality #1 and satisfy my customers, no matter who is at the jobsite. *I want to run two trucks; one for maintenance, and one for landscape maintenance/fertilizer/landscaping. *Both trucks will be plow trucks, and will run five days/week. *I plan on managing the business and working with each crew at least one day/week and also get into real estate investments (rental properties, house flipping, self-storage, etc.)


        Thanks!

        -Mitch-



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        • #19
          Quote[/b] ] It is really a nice deal of information and I would love to participate in one if there is ever another made.
          Can you tell me more of what you are thinking on this?

          Quote[/b] ]also get into real estate investments (rental properties, house flipping, self-storage, etc.)
          What about this is appealing to you? What turned you on to this direction? What kind of first step do you see yourself doing to get into this?
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          • #20
            Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 13 2008,7:13)]
            Quote[/b] ] It is really a nice deal of information and I would love to participate in one if there is ever another made.
            Can you tell me more of what you are thinking on this?

            Quote[/b] ]also get into real estate investments (rental properties, house flipping, self-storage, etc.)
            What about this is appealing to you? What turned you on to this direction? What kind of first step do you see yourself doing to get into this?
            Steve,

            If there ever is another guide such as that one I would love to put some input such as a brief explanation of how I got started, and my future plans. It could show people that there are actually people as young as myself motivated and driven to be successful. And possibly give out a few pointers on advertising, displaying yourself, and stuff like that.


            The real estate I want to get into is a similar concept to the green industry (or at least mowing). I want to be flipping homes which is a get in, make a difference, and get out. Then I would like to own mainly self-storage and rent out storage areas (5x10, 10x20, 15x30) to those in need. Theres very few of them around here, and high demand. Possibly even buy some condo's and rent them out. My parents got into that and were very successful, but the real esate market is in the hole right now, so not much is selling. Richard Davis from the show "Flip This House" on A & E and "The Real Estate Pros" from TLC has been a huge motivator for me, just the way he manages everything, and makes sure he makes money.


            -Mitch-

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            • #21
              Quote[/b] ]If there ever is another guide such as that one I would love to put some input such as a brief explanation of how I got started, and my future plans. It could show people that there are actually people as young as myself motivated and driven to be successful. And possibly give out a few pointers on advertising, displaying yourself, and stuff like that.
              Mitch we can start right here and right now!

              When you reflect on your friends and those you know, what do you feel pushed you to start a business and your other friends didn't? What characteristics do you feel you have inside you that your peers just don't have? Why did you stand up and take on this challenge?

              Quote[/b] ]The real estate I want to get into is a similar concept to the green industry (or at least mowing). I want to be flipping homes which is a get in, make a difference, and get out. Then I would like to own mainly self-storage and rent out storage areas (5x10, 10x20, 15x30) to those in need. Theres very few of them around here, and high demand. Possibly even buy some condo's and rent them out. My parents got into that and were very successful, but the real esate market is in the hole right now, so not much is selling. Richard Davis from the show "Flip This House" on A & E and "The Real Estate Pros" from TLC has been a huge motivator for me, just the way he manages everything, and makes sure he makes money.
              Very interesting stuff! Did your parents flip houses? What did they think of the experience? Would they like to get into self storage rental facilities with you?
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              • #22
                Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 13 2008,8:51)]
                Quote[/b] ]If there ever is another guide such as that one I would love to put some input such as a brief explanation of how I got started, and my future plans. *It could show people that there are actually people as young as myself motivated and driven to be successful. *And possibly give out a few pointers on advertising, displaying yourself, and stuff like that.
                Mitch we can start right here and right now!

                When you reflect on your friends and those you know, what do you feel pushed you to start a business and your other friends didn't? What characteristics do you feel you have inside you that your peers just don't have? Why did you stand up and take on this challenge?

                Quote[/b] ]The real estate I want to get into is a similar concept to the green industry (or at least mowing). *I want to be flipping homes which is a get in, make a difference, and get out. *Then I would like to own mainly self-storage and rent out storage areas (5x10, 10x20, 15x30) to those in need. *Theres very few of them around here, and high demand. *Possibly even buy some condo's and rent them out. *My parents got into that and were very successful, but the real esate market is in the hole right now, so not much is selling. *Richard Davis from the show "Flip This House" on A & E and "The Real Estate Pros" from TLC has been a huge motivator for me, just the way he manages everything, and makes sure he makes money.
                Very interesting stuff! Did your parents flip houses? What did they think of the experience? Would they like to get into self storage rental facilities with you?
                When i was young, i started a small sign shop at my father's Pharmacy. I sold signs made on PowerPoint for $.50/each. I had a cash register, and a cardboard table set up in front of his store (inside) and i made about $30 in one summer! lol. But my dad sold the shop and we moved to the rual part of town, with five acres of wide open land (yeah, not all that fun to cut every week, lol)

                But living in a rural area, i didn't really get to see my friends all of the time (out of school) so I needed to find other ways to occupy my time. So this did the trick!


                Compared to others my age, I am very unique. I am motivated, driven, and a very hard worker. If I find something I like, i do it to the very best of my ability. I matured at an early age, which still allows me to get along with those my age, but also allows me to hold a consistant conversation with other businessmen, or older peers. For example, I don't go to the High School Football games to pick up chicks. I go there to hang out with my friends, and also a few big business men in town have kids who play on the team, so I always go up introduce myself, give them a card, and try to get them to remember me when considereing their landscape needs.

                Regarding the real estate. My parents have flipped three houses in the last two years, doing it part time. They enjoyed it a lot, and had a ton of fun! I will never get into business again with another individual(s). I was in a partnership with a buddy of mine in the landscape business and it was a nightmare. Mainly because I did all of the work, and he though he was the boss, and could do what he pleased, and it was his way or no way. (Never get into a partnership&#33

                -Mitch-

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                • #23
                  This is fascinating! It seems a lot of people who find success in the business world had a support system around them of people who could help them grow. Have a family member who understands how to run a business is a great asset.

                  In a post not too long ago we were talking about John Morris who started Bass Pro Shops.

                  John L. Morris, began his career in sporting goods with a fishing section in the back of a Brown Derby liquor store owned by his dad, located in Springfield, MO on the road to Table Rock Lake and Branson, Missouri. That small fishing department sold homemade bait and worms, proving popular enough that Bass Pro Shops incorporated in 1972. Read more here...

                  He started his business by selling things out of his dad's store too! So you see this is a move that many successful entrepreneurs have done before you. So congratulations on thinking of this!

                  Do you have a favorite entrepreneur? Or a favorite business? Who stands out in your mind and why?
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                  • #24
                    Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 13 2008,10:19)]This is fascinating! It seems a lot of people who find success in the business world had a support system around them of people who could help them grow. Have a family member who understands how to run a business is a great asset.

                    In a post not too long ago we were talking about John Morris who started Bass Pro Shops.

                    John L. Morris, began his career in sporting goods with a fishing section in the back of a Brown Derby liquor store owned by his dad, located in Springfield, MO on the road to Table Rock Lake and Branson, Missouri. That small fishing department sold homemade bait and worms, proving popular enough that Bass Pro Shops incorporated in 1972. Read more here...

                    He started his business by selling things out of his dad's store too! So you see this is a move that many successful entrepreneurs have done before you. So congratulations on thinking of this!

                    Do you have a favorite entrepreneur? Or a favorite business? Who stands out in your mind and why?
                    Wow. Thats a great story about John Morris!

                    Favorite? I would say Richard Davis from Trademark Properties in Charleston, SC. He is a real estate investor and has some really great shows on TV. I mentioned them in an earlier post.

                    I do have a lot of guys on ********/PlowSite/LawnCafe who i look up to (in no particular order): etwman, JamesGatesLandscaping, RedWingsDet, mcwlandscaping, stuff deer, GLS, Pro Cut, SnoFarmer, JohnGeer, RedMaxMan, razorman, W.L.S 27, etc.

                    Like I said, no particular order, but those are the people who i see as leaders on those forums.


                    Steve, we should arrange something where you could call me one night and we could exchange ideas, and such.



                    -Mitch-

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                    • #25
                      Quote[/b] ]I would say Richard Davis from Trademark Properties in Charleston, SC. He is a real estate investor and has some really great shows on TV.
                      What do you like about him? What qualities does he have that makes him stand out to you?
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                      • #26
                        Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 14 2008,8:56)]
                        Quote[/b] ]I would say Richard Davis from Trademark Properties in Charleston, SC. *He is a real estate investor and has some really great shows on TV.
                        What do you like about him? What qualities does he have that makes him stand out to you?
                        I like how he has his employees working as a team. It can really help with the success.

                        Also, he is a good businessman, and knows what he is talking about. He also is a good person all around, and does stuff even where there is no profit involved.

                        -Mitch-

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                        • #27
                          Has he inspired you on how to work with your own team? What skills or traits do you feel are the most important to inspire your staff?
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                          • #28
                            Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 14 2008,11:29)]Has he inspired you on how to work with your own team? What skills or traits do you feel are the most important to inspire your staff?
                            No staff with me yet, just me working solo with a driver (grandma/parent).

                            Possibly adding a part time guy to help me out a little this year, we'll see.


                            -Mitch-

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                            • #29
                              Mitch,

                              Does your school have a Future Business Leaders of America group?

                              Also have you thought about getting involved with your local chamber of commerce or any other business group? I bet they would love to have you join.
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                              • #30
                                Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 15 2008,8:54)]Mitch,

                                Does your school have a Future Business Leaders of America group?

                                Also have you thought about getting involved with your local chamber of commerce or any other business group? I bet they would love to have you join.
                                I apologize for not responding right away, believe it or not, I've been swamped with computer work. I landed a few bids just yesterday! And its JANUARY! lol. This season is shaping up (already) to be a good one, now I just have to try to not get overbooked!

                                Nothing too great with the school, besides a very good Horticulture department and a great teacher as well! (I went in and introduced myself during the second week of school, we share ideas and help eachother out, its a neat bond).

                                I like the Chamber of Commerce idea! I'll have to do some research on that.

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