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Old 02-13-2013, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by LawnBoy0311 View Post
It sounds like you have a good game plan going. Write your goals down and follow them. PLEASE make sure they are realistic! If not, you'll get frustrated and stop....I'm sure you already know that though. Since you already know your 99.99999999999% unlikely to make 80K your first year, your already way ahead of the game.

If your starting out, don't get too picky with customers. My advice is take what you can get, then your 2nd year lose the ones you didn't like and pick/chose from there. You'll find quite a few people actually don't give a crap about their long as it gets cut. Or at least for me thats the case. Just remember, your the rookie and your competing against guys like DPLD who've been around many years. Get your feet wet first. I think you mentioned something about mulching and bagging? Maybe I misunderstood it, but mulch as much as you can. Around me we have to pay to dump yard can get costly.

Side jobs are the key to cash. Always allot yourself time to do other jobs...mulching, sod, even small landscape design. Aeration is a great fall service to bring in a lot of extra.

Good luck and stick with your plan!

wow, you make it sound as if i am out there squashing the competition like a ruthless dictator.
i am the friendliest competitor out there and have helped several other business get started that used to be former employees.

guys like me are the least of a new businesses worries because the type of work i do a new guy starting out can not do as well as the type of job a small guy does i can not do because my costs are higher.

with that said there is plenty of work for everyone and every business and market is entirely different.
any new businesses biggest worry is pricing jobs properly so they make money and lowballers are the biggest threat to any business big or small.

other than that i completely agree with you that you have to take every job that comes your way and not focus on one aspect of the industry.

the only guy that says there is money in just cutting grass is someone who will bust their tail for the rest of their lives for minimal gain or someone who will not be around in a few years because cutting the grass is just a means to get on someones property to open the door for other work.
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