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Forum: General Talk 10-26-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By Chilehead
It's a dog-eat-dog industry. The sad part is that...

It's a dog-eat-dog industry. The sad part is that many LCOs feel absolutely no conviction whatsoever about stealing from a competitor. Like the old saying goes, "All is fair in love and war", and for...
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By Chilehead
I would have to say it was a collective of...

I would have to say it was a collective of reading about other's experiences, and making educated decisions based on what they went through.
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By Chilehead
Who knows? I didn't want to find out....drained...

Who knows? I didn't want to find out....drained my gas tank right there and then.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 10-23-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Chilehead
Welcome , Robert. Where in AR do you live?

Welcome , Robert. Where in AR do you live?
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By Chilehead
12 Years in Business!

This October marks our 12TH year in business! I'd like to thank all here on this forum for the tips you have posted over the years.:cool:
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By Chilehead
Even worse is when a competitor pours stuff into...

Even worse is when a competitor pours stuff into your own mowers. Several years back, I was in the stage of string trimming a property that had a 6' privacy fence around the perimeter of the...
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 646
Posted By Chilehead
There is money to be made in raking leaves, but...

There is money to be made in raking leaves, but you'll have to be smart about how you go about it if you want to be profitable. If I were you, I would target small (under 1/4 acre) lots, and offer...
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 794
Posted By Chilehead
An easy solution is to be candid (not rude), and...

An easy solution is to be candid (not rude), and state that performing services for the prices requested will result in operating at a loss. I have said this to customers in the past. More times than...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-07-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,258
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: 2,258
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: 2,828
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: 1,668
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: 1,596
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: 1,596
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: 994
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: 1,922
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: 1,596
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: 1,922
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: 1,922
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: 1,596
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: 1,922
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: 1,596
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: 1,922
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: 1,037
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: 1,596
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...
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