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Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 04-07-2013, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,013
Posted By JimAdams
Pay for your Site

On GoDaddy.com, you can build a decent 5-page web site for about $5 a month. So sixty bucks a year. That's without a dedicated email address, but you can do a contact form right on there, and people...
Forum: General Talk 04-07-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,458
Posted By JimAdams
Why Not Respond with Marketing Attempt?

I'm not sure I understand why you'd want one customer or one account in a given part of town. (Is that efficient?) Building a cluster makes a lot of sense, though, so I think you might go back at the...
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-08-2007, 04:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,908
Posted By JimAdams
I saw this thread yesterday, but did not respond...

I saw this thread yesterday, but did not respond immediately because, somewhere in my mountain of junk, I've got two letters written by (different) people to whom we sold accounts. (We never bought...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 01-07-2007, 04:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,065
Posted By JimAdams
For a mowing business, if you have a usable...

For a mowing business, if you have a usable truck, $5,000 is plenty to start with. That'll buy a trailer, a 36" walk behind mower, a trimmer and a blower, with a fair amount left over for insurance...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 01-07-2007, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,839
Posted By JimAdams
You will also run into the occassional neighbor...

You will also run into the occassional neighbor who isn't neighborly, and will take strong exception to you so much as setting foot on his property.

Jim
Forum: General Business Discussions 01-04-2007, 05:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,349
Posted By JimAdams
I predict that social security will (does) have a...

I predict that social security will (does) have a modest cola, my little investments will continue to pay a little, I'll make a few bucks from my book, and I'll spend a whole lot of time fishing. My...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 01-04-2007, 05:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,753
Posted By JimAdams
For mowing, I prefer an open trailer by a wide...

For mowing, I prefer an open trailer by a wide margin. It's quicker and easier at gas stops, on the job (crew members can grab something and go), and when minor repairs to machines are necessary. The...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 12-23-2006, 03:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,183
Posted By JimAdams
Hi Robert It's fun and highly educational to...

Hi Robert

It's fun and highly educational to build a website. I built mine using Yahoo's Sitebuilder, which ** with a few differences ** is similar to a word processor such as WordPerfect. I learned...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 12-06-2006, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,687
Posted By JimAdams
Hi Everybody FINALLY I posted some excerpts from...

Hi Everybody

FINALLY I posted some excerpts from my book on my site. My ancient computer has got the "slows," and what should have been an hour's work has taken days. There's still stuff that needs...
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-02-2006, 02:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,378
Posted By JimAdams
You got off cheap. I lost a trimmer and a blower....

You got off cheap. I lost a trimmer and a blower. They were inside of a lockable box, but it wasn't locked.

Jim
Forum: General Business Discussions 12-01-2006, 12:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,378
Posted By JimAdams
Competition for these big jobs (up to 17 acres;...

Competition for these big jobs (up to 17 acres; $300 to $600 a week) is fierce. Half a dozen big lco's around here bid them every year. But we always win because we are extremely efficient, and...
Forum: General Business Discussions 11-30-2006, 02:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,378
Posted By JimAdams
Here are two thoughts to follow up on my earlier...

Here are two thoughts to follow up on my earlier post on this topic.

First, in rough neighborhoods, the later at night you stay up, the cooler you are. *But even the gangsters usually crash by 5:30...
Forum: General Business Discussions 11-30-2006, 05:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,378
Posted By JimAdams
When we first started, we mowed anything we could...

When we first started, we mowed anything we could get, and that meant working in rough neighborhoods. Later we abandoned most of those jobs because 60-inch ZTR tractors don't fit inner city lawns....
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 11-29-2006, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,086
Posted By JimAdams
My book contains three chapters that are largely...

My book contains three chapters that are largely about efficiency. The topic goes way beyond big mowers and hard-working crews ** it embraces every aspect of the business.

Lately, I've been...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 11-29-2006, 06:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,223
Posted By JimAdams
I found that it pays big dividends to run a very,...

I found that it pays big dividends to run a very, very tight ship. *Mazimize efficiency. *Then you can price compete ** you can charge less than others for the same jobs ** and still make very good...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 11-28-2006, 02:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,343
Posted By JimAdams
Interesting thread. During my last ten years in...

Interesting thread.

During my last ten years in business (I'm retired), I worked mostly alone, running a ztr tractor on (mostly) big lawns. *I spent a lot of time experimenting, trying to maximize...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 11-27-2006, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,785
Posted By JimAdams
Hi Everybody My name is Jim Adams. *I'm a...

Hi Everybody

My name is Jim Adams. *I'm a retired lawn contractor living in Toledo, Ohio. *

To give you a little background, my teenage son and I went into business in the early 1980s. *We had...
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