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Forum: Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 03-02-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By Chilehead
Tough break. I have known so many guys down here...

Tough break. I have known so many guys down here that share your story word-for-word. One guy had an excavation business grossing 8 figures annually. Today, he is working in retail.
Forum: Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 03-02-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By Chilehead
When it comes to a scenario like this, the sub...

When it comes to a scenario like this, the sub does not get paid unless the parent company gets paid. If the customers are slow to pay, the sub will be slow to get paid. Bottom line, have a contract...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 03-02-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 174
Posted By Chilehead
Your website looks sharp, kudos!

Your website looks sharp, kudos!
Forum: Truck & Trailer Sign Design, silk screened apparel & uniform discussion 03-01-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 355
Posted By Chilehead
That wrap looks very professional. I hope you do...

That wrap looks very professional. I hope you do well with it. I am stuck with having to use a magnet on my truck doors because of where I live-that and a neighbor who thinks he's God.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-01-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By Chilehead
I'm sure GoPro has some proven procedures that...

I'm sure GoPro has some proven procedures that work. For me, it's a four-part process. First, you have to be likable and not come off as an arrogant know-it-all who pushes upsells like a desperate...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 02-26-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By Chilehead
Several years ago, I had a site where I did just...

Several years ago, I had a site where I did just that. I got comments that the border made it look home made and that it interrupted the visual flow of the site, something I definitely don't want....
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 02-26-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By Chilehead
Another website update

The bad weather provided me some time to do an update to my site. It looked clean but plain before the update, so I decided to change/add a few things. First, I added some review widgets. Next, I...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 02-22-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 510
Posted By Chilehead
Good for you! Show us a pic when it's all decked...

Good for you! Show us a pic when it's all decked out.:cool:
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-21-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By Chilehead
One degree would take care of everything. Whether...

One degree would take care of everything. Whether a bachelor's or master's, make sure you major in Business Administration and minor in Horticulture. With this degree you're basically saying that...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 02-19-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By Chilehead
Not a bad mower, really. I think the ZT-2800...

Not a bad mower, really. I think the ZT-2800 transaxles will be the first thing to really just break. With proper care, and no sudden start/stops (read: don't drive you mower like a drag racer) you...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-19-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By Chilehead
The Charlotte, NC Metro is a good market. If I...

The Charlotte, NC Metro is a good market. If I were you, a reasonable goal as a solo operator would be to acquire a total of 40 accounts this year. Mowing weekly, that's 8 lawns a day Mon-Fri, with...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-19-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By Chilehead
Where are you located?

Where are you located?
Forum: Graphic Design Discussions 02-18-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By Chilehead
I like the current design. If you want to tone it...

I like the current design. If you want to tone it down, make the grass a darker green, re-color the mowers to be more tru-to-life, and use day-glo orange for the text. Also go to the Esigns web site...
Forum: General Talk 02-18-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By Chilehead
It will. If saving is the same as earning, a...

It will. If saving is the same as earning, a tight right will allow you to save right into a nice nest egg.
Forum: General Talk 02-17-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By Chilehead
If they are further away from the office but...

If they are further away from the office but close to existing clients, then I don't charge anything extra. If they are further away but in a new area that I don't service, I tend to charge them a...
Forum: General Talk 02-16-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By Chilehead
When I started in 2002, I knew I had to go where...

When I started in 2002, I knew I had to go where the money was. I covered a 30-mile radius from my office, and had a route planned to minimize the possibility of double-tracking. Thirteen years...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 02-15-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,619
Posted By Chilehead
Make sure you blow off an engines cooling fins...

Make sure you blow off an engines cooling fins with an air compressor daily! Cooling fins covered in dirt/grime/dust can cause an engine to overheat and fail.
Another very cheap practice is to make a...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 02-14-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 838
Posted By Chilehead
:confused:Huh?:confused: If I don't slow down...

:confused:Huh?:confused: If I don't slow down while performing a zero turn, the inertia of the machine will rip up the turf as it comes out of the turn. I find it best to slow down 10-15 feet before...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 02-13-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 838
Posted By Chilehead
If I were you, I would think you could add a...

If I were you, I would think you could add a mulch kit as long as you are mowing at least once a week. St. Augusine and centipede turf should be the easiest to mulch, followed by bermuda, and lastly...
Forum: General Talk 02-13-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
Posted By Chilehead
My relatives were/are the same way: a bunch of...

My relatives were/are the same way: a bunch of people with their Ph.Ds who have excommunicated me from their existence because I "shamed" my family by not becoming a doctor, attorney, engineer,...
Forum: General Talk 02-11-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
Posted By Chilehead
Rebellion has nothing to do with...

Rebellion has nothing to do with entrepreneurship. What drives entrepreneurship is innovation, challenge, and the reward of the risks involved. I worked for another landscape company a loooong time...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-11-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,101
Posted By Chilehead
I dealt with USPS directly. There was no property...

I dealt with USPS directly. There was no property management involved. Truth be told, I think it was an issue of government employee incompetence. The staff at the post office has 100 percent...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 02-10-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By Chilehead
The font you are using for the "Sprinkler Buddy"...

The font you are using for the "Sprinkler Buddy" logo is fine. Change the rest to Open Sans, or something a little more modern. Arial, Tahoma, and Verdana are fine for websites because they are...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-09-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,101
Posted By Chilehead
I don't think I have any recourse legally. I...

I don't think I have any recourse legally. I already wrote it off as a loss on my taxes a few years ago. I know, it's a bummer.:(
Forum: Introduce Yourself 02-06-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 583
Posted By Chilehead
Web hosting runs $60.00/year. I have online...

Web hosting runs $60.00/year. I have online accounts with all the business review sites which are free. I am on LinkedIn and have connected with as many property managers as i can, also free. I do...
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