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Old 07-26-2007, 08:54 PM
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Quote[/b] ]so do i go used or new?
I asked Troy to jump in here and offer you his advice on equipment. From past experiences, it seems we have seen a lot more success stories from lawn care operators who started out with used equipment and scaled up as they needed to. Those who went out and spent big money on new equipment found themselves in an immediate hole they were sometimes never able to pull themselves out of and their businesses folded because of it.
Sorry it took so long guys to respond, I have been swamped.


On a personal note from me, don't go in over your head too fast with buying equipment that you don't need. I did that and had to cut my loss after only 6 months with the equipment and losing around $3,000. I have even gone into horrible debt financing equipment that was not needed. Still to this day I am feeling the effects of equipment that I bought 5 years ago.

It is better to start out small with just your general equipment that is needed: trimmer, mower, and blower.
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Quote[/b] (Clean Lawn @ July 21 2007,9:05)]I like RI Landscaping for your name. It sounds much more professional then the others.
Yeah, RI Landscaping sounds more professional. What does the RI stand for?
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oohh, I think I need more reading comp.. RI is for Rhode Island, Duh!!
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:46 AM
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Quote[/b] (Guest @ July 19 2007,10:52)]Actuallly all my leads i buy are scrubbed for me for the state and federal dnc.

and auto dialers are illegal if you were to dial phone numbers in order.
555-1234
555-1235
555-1236 etc...

i always got awesome response in the mtg world.
and cant wait to put something together for the landscaping world!!!


As far i the skills i bring over from the mortgage world...

im not afraid of rejection.
i can knock doors (kirby vaccuums 2.5 yrs)
im a great people person
im not afraid to charge for my service
i have a lot of sales knowledge and training.
i love to market
im very familiar with direct mail(20,000) pieces per month
telemarketing
lead capture websites
auto responders
great follow up skills
good networker

i had 30 employees *3 offices and licensed in all 50 states
i can handle crazy stress and i am awesome with customer service. im just looking for something that will run itself after i build it up!

the mtg world has huge turnover and show much up and down in the market...

youll also depend on so many other people....
lenders
appraisers
real estate agents
customer
underwriters
attorneys

anyone of them can mess your deal up!!

very disappointing after working weeks on a loan.

well im rambling now, but i hope that answered your questions.


p.s. all successful businesses have the same basic essentials or business model.

i just hope to take ri by storm with my landscaping company and turn it into something viral!!!

I would actually like to use "got grass?"
and "your grass is my business" slogans

i want to be totally different than all the other companies around here...

thats what made my mtg company take off so fast.

im not afraid to be different and spend money to make money!
Looks like to me you have great potential. If your going to do hardscapes and other landscaping adventures then the name RI landscape is great.
However; if you do not plan to get into the landscaping part of the business then I would consider a different name.
Money can be made depending on how you approach your business. I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination but I am just crazy enough to try different ideas.
Make a niche for yourself. Get those around you talking. Nothing can be better. That is the approach I took and now my phone never stops until I turn it off.

You have some good ideas but you have to be different.
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