Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Sprinklers Etc.


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-13-2004, 04:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,192
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default



Our heros have always been entrepreneurs or as we like to call them Gopher-preneurs. It takes a special kind of person to start a business, one who accepts their call to adventure. Running a business is never easy, but it does have advantages. In this article we get an inside look at a Sprinklers Etc. Their story is inspiring and just might get you to start your business.
Sprinklers Etc. was created by Dana Adoretti. This is his ninth year in business. We asked Dana what got him started in business. He explained to us “My employer at the time actually approached me about this. I was a foreman for him for 2 years when he asked me to be his repair technician. I started by business and he basically sub-contracted to me. In November 1996 I got out of the irrigation business for a few different reasons, but started back up in March of 1998. I started networking with all my contacts to get work and referrals. I was doing repairs and service, and a few new installations.”

Business
******************************
Q. Years in business?
A. Since 1995

Q. Business motto?
A. No real motto

Q. Biggest advantage/disadvantage of being your own boss?
A. Advantage: I am the one in control of whether I succeed or fail.
Disadvantage: Long hours. But I get a lot of time off in the winter.

Q. 1yr, 5yr and 10yr goal?
A. 1yr goal: To reduce my debt. A few bad decisions and drought conditions have cost me the last 2 years
5yr goal: To become more hands off in the field and just run the company. I may be 33 but my body feels much older
10yr goal: Probably to still own and run my own business, but something completely different. Not sure what though.

Q. How many years until you made your first profit?
A. First year. No equipment to purchase makes things easy.

Q. Best decision you have ever made / worst?
A. Best: To stop installing new sprinkler systems, and focus on repair and maintenance only.
Worst:

Q. Greatest achievement so far / biggest regret?
A. Greatest achievement: Keeping my business going and being fairly successful even with all the statistics of how many businesses fail if the first few years of operation.
Biggest regret: Not getting a contract from two landscape companies before doing work. Only lost out on about $1600 which could have been worse. But the good thing is both of those companies are out of business now.

Q. Toughest obstacle so far?
A. Drought conditions and water restrictions. We are now seeing all the faults caused by poor designing of systems. And we are supposed to magically fix them.

Q. What makes your company stand out?
A. A few things.
We are now a repair and service company only. No irrigation installations. Due to our serious drought conditions, I made a choice in the spring of 2003 to make existing systems as efficient as possible to preserve our water sources.
Due to our repair niche, troubleshooting knowledge, and our quality of service, the majority of our work comes from referrals from other companies and clients. Many companies don't want to do repairs and maintenance. At last count there are 3 major wholesale suppliers, 15 competing sprinkler and landscape companies (including my former employer), 12 realtors and hundreds of existing customers that refer us.

Q. What is your favorite business book?
A. E-Myth and Who Moved My Cheese.

Q. Why do you feel most new businesses fail?
A. They don't understand how to price their product or service to make a profit or a good salary. Many don't understand the business end of running a business. A lot of people in the green industry start their own business because they get tired of making money for someone else, and think the work is easy. But the business and administration end of things is just as hard as doing the actual service you are providing.

Q. What is the most important business lesson(s) you have learned?
A. Do not cut your prices to get a job. If you have a good reputation, people will pay your price.

Q. What are your (1-10) business rules that you follow?
A. A few off the top of my head, in no particular order:
Learn about your trade extensively.
Be responsible for your actions.
Deliver what you promise.
Take care of your employees and they will take care of you.
You don't have to take every single job that comes tour way.
Make good relationships with others in your industry. It will pay off.

Q. If you could talk to someone just starting out, what advice would you give?
A. Get organized, learn the business end of running your trade.

Q. Finish this sentence: My dream is to.....?
A. Live comfortable without working myself to death. I'm not into making every dollar possible. I enjoy life and have many activities, family and friends (and two dogs) that I would rather spend time with.

Life
******************************
Q. Favorite musical artist?
A. Van Halen

Q. Do you vote, which party?
A. Yes. I'm registered Democratic, but vote more on the person and their ideas, not the party

Q. Who has influenced you the most?
A. Windy - my longtime girlfriend. Extremely intelligent and down to earth.

Q. If you could do anything right now, what would you be doing?
A. Snowboarding or fly fishing. Or playing with my dogs at the park.

Q. Do you do anything to "give back to your community?" If so, what?
A. I used to be an assistant coach for little league baseball. I love baseball and it gave me a lot growing up as a kid. I've worked on a few volunteer projects installing systems for non-profit organizations


Fun
******************************
Q. Current pet project?
A. Fixing up my home and yard. No manicured yard, all wooded natural area. but I still want it to look decent.

Q. Dream vacation spot?
A. The Flathead Valley in northwest Montana, particularly Bigfork. Beautiful mountains, trees, rivers, fly fishing, rafting, snowboarding, and very peaceful. This has been my favorite spot that I have been to.

Q. Dream car?
A. No dream car. But I've been checking out the new 2004 Ford F-150 lately. One major thing I like is how quiet they say it is inside. I am trying to eliminate distractions from my life, and outside noise is a major one.

Our thanks and best wishes go to Dana Adoretti and his company, Sprinklers Etc. We hope this is your best year yet.


Could we write about your story? Please visit this post and respond via email or PM.


Reprint permission granted in part or whole when the following credit appears: "Reprinted with permission from www.gophersoftware.com (©2004 Ditech 888-606-5150)."
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
Yesterday 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 326
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
Yesterday 09:46 PM
Yesterday 09:54 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 24
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
Yesterday 09:29 PM
by Just for Cuts
14 285
Building credit
Matther777
Yesterday 05:20 PM
Yesterday 05:20 PM
by Matther777
0 34
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 01:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
80 4,593
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
Yesterday 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 161
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 313
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
07-26-2014 04:29 PM
by BLC7
1 72
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
by SouthernRootsLawnCare
0 34
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
07-26-2014 08:10 AM
by Livingston Lawn Care
2 105
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 471
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
07-25-2014 05:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 81
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-25-2014 05:43 PM
by WesleySnips
13 596
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 89
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 198
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,250
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 374
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 210
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 910
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 212
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 270
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 296
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 208
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,398
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 246
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 151
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 286
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 666
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 508
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 297
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 605
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 189
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 184
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 739
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,058
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 785
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 708
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 320,368
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,726
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 461
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 378
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 832
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 573
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 584
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,899
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 570
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 230
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 670
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 326
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 806
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement article marketing auger bid butterfly gardens charge christmas lighting christmas light service courtesy call customers decorating estimate exmark ferris first truck fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday holiday decorating holiday lighting how much to charge introduction john deere quik trac lawn lawn care lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf lighting marketing monthly mow mulch mulch price new buisness new mower organize outdoor environments payment podcast property management company pto reo scag schedule scripts seo snow starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker winter winter services zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:09 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:09 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy