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Outdoor power equipment discussions. Questions on commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders, trucks and trailers?
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:09 AM
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I see it the other way when I was solo. I didnt have time for nothing. Now with 3 trucks and 2 crews I can take a step back and enjoy myself. In a few years Ill be sitting in a office the majority of time and just doing QC checks.

I feel ya man!
When it all comes together it's kinda easy to get caught with your pants down.

We currently run 2 trucks and 4 men, complete with a daycare LOL!

I am happy to know you have seen it from both sides...I feel you understand what I was trying to say.

You make no excuses... I bet guys can learn something from your post...I can
I will just say.. we are cut from the same cloth along with many others who post on here.

Hey do you know any good babysitters? I am running out of time for that too.
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could not help you with the babysitter, never needed one.
when you make real money your wife can stay home and deal with that herself.
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Steve i will get back to your question . I what to comment on a post by lawnboy i never suggested to go deeply in debt but after 3 years and a guy is still using a push mower its time to re think your business plan. Common sense dont you think.
People tend to be rude because its easier then thinking it through you know its kinda easy to be an *** to somebody when they're on a form they're not in front of you. forms like this are for people who want to help 1 another. business is a lot of common sense. when you don't use common sense expect people to point that out.
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This is very interesting!

When you say marketing is so much more than flyers and business cards, what is your view now on it? What more does it consist of?

Also as far as employees go, what do you attribute your initial view of employees as liabilities and then what changed your mind on them?
Marketing Marketing used to be business cards flyers and the supermarket billboard. now for the first time in my life I'm having a web page designed. Once that is done I'm purchasing client list with very specific demographics. no 1 owns the Yellow Pages anymore. mailings is another 1 the thought never crossed my mind years ago but if you want to grow in today's age that's another 1 you gotta approach.
with regards to an employee I always took the approach that why should I hire anybody? with wages workmans comp I kept thinking I can do it cheaper I can do it cheaper. until 1 day I realized my business was not growing, my cost we're low but so was my revenue. I could.n't spend any time with my children, and put it bluntly my customers were dying off. so I hired somebody part tme. my revenue jump about 110 percent there was very little down time to speak of now i was getting done in quicker than half the time. Now i have time to fill. Now i realized i needed to be runnig the business not souch working in the field. Supervision is very important no one will give your business the attention you do and dont expect them to either. I would say emoyees are the very most important investment you can make.
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I find it odd that the busy companys who post on Gopher daily...Would even have the time to do so....Just sayin....Most are dreamers others are full of it.

If you want to know... learn don't ask.

I have my way you have yours....Others just make it up as they go along.

This will be my last post... When this thread is done so am I......We are growing at a rapid rate and I just don't have time....
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Having the time to do other things, like talk shop on here, could be a sign of good management processes within your company. Anyone can immerse themselves into their business and never come up for air, but if you are looking to do this or anything for the long haul, you have to pace yourself or you will burn yourself out.
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Steve i will get back to your question . I what to comment on a post by lawnboy i never suggested to go deeply in debt but after 3 years and a guy is still using a push mower its time to re think your business plan. Common sense dont you think.
People tend to be rude because its easier then thinking it through you know its kinda easy to be an *** to somebody when they're on a form they're not in front of you. forms like this are for people who want to help 1 another. business is a lot of common sense. when you don't use common sense expect people to point that out.
Um.....what the he!! Are you talking about. I never made any refence to you saying go into debt.

In reference to my previous post since you clearly missed the mark, do some research and you'll see what I was talking about.
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Dang guys be nice, both side have a little merit. If you go out and spend $100,000 on equipment you will never last. However if you buy box store junk and expect to make a good living your nuts. Use what you can afford to when you start out but plan ahead, don't be a fool and buy a ryobi or weedeater trimmer that has almost enough power to cut a single blade of grass when you can buy a good quality trimmer that will last for just a little bit more. Buy a mower like the Hustler raptor or a good walk behind rather then cheap stuff at home depot, they are the same price and have better engines on them.
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nice logo, where did you get that from ? it looks like some of the generic logos found on here.
The logo was made by a friend of mine he works for sir speedy printing...If you dont like the logo then dont go to sir speedy.

If you were offended by my post then you should be.

Attacking me will not land you any work.

If you dont believe me just ASK someone.

Haters Gonna Hate.....Got that off a cartoon LOL!

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yeah your out like the last time you said so.

please dude stop already, you came here pretty much calling everyone here a poser or a dreamer and you have no clue what so ever.

you got 4 guys and two trucks, big deal.
i got 7 trucks and 12 employees and in the end who cares.

that has nothing to do with the topic of this thread and the only one beating their chest and throwing stones is you.

it obviously is striking a nerve with you to be coming back against your claim that " i am out " so please go back to what ever rock you crawled out from under and you just keep on convincing yourself that 2 trucks and 4 workers is even remotely close to being a big business and you got all the answers.
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By the time I read this entire thread I completely forgot what it was about. HMMMMMM I have one truck and 3 tractors, I have a baby sitter on staff but only part time because that's all I need. ohh ohh ohh I do have a lawn, one in front and a whole different one in back............... hmmmm Maybe I should read the beginning again.

I agree a lot can be learned from the experience on here but I have been in that same boat and I guess I still am a bit. While I am not sure I will continue working this year it is NOT because of my equipment. I have had VERY few issues with it over the years. I do have mostly low grade stuff but I take very very very good care of it and I am very pleased with it thus far, don't get me wrong I would LOVE some bigger, better stuff but a lot of us just can't finance something like a $10K mower. I think the "equipment" argument is just invalid, no doubt there is other advice that ABSOLUTELY should be taken but if what you use works for what you do then I don't see a reason to spend more money for more than you need. No doubt some of us will be happy and remain small time and some of us will go big time but so long as we are having a good time providing a quality service while taking care of us and ours isn't that what really matters? Yes if you are doing 400 commercial properties a week with a Walmart mower you are in for a hard time but just because you don't have a thousand dollar or more mower does not mean you can't make money and upgrade as needed as your grow.
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