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Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-07-2014, 09:08 AM
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Posted By Chilehead
Any guessing is of the educated variety, Example:...

Any guessing is of the educated variety, Example: From 2002 - 2013, The amount spent on Hand Tools has gone from $100 - $115 per year. This is roughly a 1% increase year after year. For 2014, the...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-03-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,123
Posted By Chilehead
What I do every year in the beginning of January,...

What I do every year in the beginning of January, is a fiscal analysis of where every dollar was spent. Over time, I have been able to track/project how much I need to save for the following year....
Forum: General Talk 10-03-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,714
Posted By Chilehead
To lose that many accounts over the course of one...

To lose that many accounts over the course of one season, all due to being "too expensive" seems a bit "out there". I have always had 95% or better customer retention, year after year.
Forum: General Business Discussions 08-05-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,628
Posted By Chilehead
Lightbulb Here's an idea.... Videotape this guy spraying...

Here's an idea....
Videotape this guy spraying with your cellphone/digital camera. Give the video, along with any EPA/law enforcement complaints to your local televised investigative news team...
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-18-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
If the cost of manufacturing went down...

If the cost of manufacturing went down domestically, more products would be produced domestically. We really need to get on the wagon of being energy independent, and being a country that exports...
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-17-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
Yes, and you'll notice that it was the US sending...

Yes, and you'll notice that it was the US sending money out of this country and paying for imports that helped eliminate the gold standard. Hypothetically, if the money stayed here, and all those...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 06-16-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 982
Posted By Chilehead
If you know where he originally lived (with his...

If you know where he originally lived (with his wife), go to that house and talk to his wife. Tell her you want to "nail him". She'll tell you where he's at and anything else you want to know.
Forum: General Talk 06-16-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,909
Posted By Chilehead
Awesome, man.....you sure do have it down!

Awesome, man.....you sure do have it down!
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-14-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
here is a good place to start:...

here is a good place to start: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/05/030705.asp
Forum: General Talk 06-14-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,909
Posted By Chilehead
It's a rule of thumb. Big company....big...

It's a rule of thumb. Big company....big overhead. Especially if you're doing everything by the book. If you're doing 47.5%, then congratulations.
Forum: General Talk 06-14-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,909
Posted By Chilehead
I would love to have more customers like these,...

I would love to have more customers like these, and yes...we do advertise for it.
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-13-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
First, let me preface my reply with the fact that...

First, let me preface my reply with the fact that I appreciate Gopher Forum and that I respect you , your efforts, and your knowledge......but I completely disagree with you on this one (READ: "OH,...
Forum: General Talk 06-13-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,909
Posted By Chilehead
For me, everything has to be perfect when I leave...

For me, everything has to be perfect when I leave a property. I am comfortable managing multiple people, but have stayed solo due to my mantra of "quality without compromise". I had one guy who...
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-11-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
A solvent commodity standard (in the tradition of...

A solvent commodity standard (in the tradition of the former gold standard) would solve the problem. The current monetary system has nothing backing it up. If more money is needed in society, or if...
Forum: General Talk 06-10-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,909
Posted By Chilehead
Cool Company A grossed $1,000,000.00 with a net profit...

Company A grossed $1,000,000.00 with a net profit margin of 3 percent.
Company B grossed $300,000.00 with a net profit margin of 10 percent.
Company C grossed $150,000.00 with a net profit margin of...
Forum: General Talk 06-10-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,028
Posted By Chilehead
Yes, purchase a commercial-quality gas hedge...

Yes, purchase a commercial-quality gas hedge trimmer (from a dealer, not a big-box store), and start advertising that you trim shrubs. Any time I ever advertised a new service, I get calls about it.
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-10-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
I think we're headed into some tough times....

I think we're headed into some tough times. America has more debt than we can repay, and the debtor is always a slave to the lender. This equates to a position of weakness for our country, not...
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By Chilehead
Speaking from experience, you don't want clients...

Speaking from experience, you don't want clients who want you "on call", a.k.a. "at their beckon call". No, sir. As a grounds care provider that follows a route, I can guarantee clockwork...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 06-08-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By Chilehead
I just got a 2011 Ford F150 with the 3.7L V6. Let...

I just got a 2011 Ford F150 with the 3.7L V6. Let me tell you....this thing has plenty of power**and brands aside**power is what you may want to consider. A good starting point for the load you haul...
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,505
Posted By Chilehead
I will take any account as long as my net profit...

I will take any account as long as my net profit margin is at least 40%. That being said, I find that high margin clients tend to be in upscale residential neighborhoods.
Forum: General Business Discussions 06-08-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chilehead
It's "the same" for me, but in the Greater...

It's "the same" for me, but in the Greater Atlanta market that means an ultra-saturation of lawn care guys. The competition skyrocketed when the real estate bubble burst in 2007. It plateaued in...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 06-08-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,226
Posted By Chilehead
I was looking at getting an Exmark Commercial 30,...

I was looking at getting an Exmark Commercial 30, but am also considering a YBravo 25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQzs-zRLmBY
It retails for $1499.00 which is a bit cheaper than the Exmark. It...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 06-04-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,958
Posted By Chilehead
Smart move. Same here. I usually wait at least an...

Smart move. Same here. I usually wait at least an hour after it rains to resume mowing.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-12-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,754
Posted By Chilehead
Yes, for the most part. There was one who is a...

Yes, for the most part. There was one who is a real estate investor....still have him as a client (doing grounds care for his properties).
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-11-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,754
Posted By Chilehead
Yes, several times. Every instance resulted in...

Yes, several times. Every instance resulted in closing the sale. Most of our clients work white collar jobs. Taking a white collar prospect to lunch to discuss business (i.e. grounds care, outdoor...
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