Originally Posted by Steve
As we read all the different happenings that go on with small businesses on the forum, it seems to me at any one of these moments, a business owner could throw their hands up in the air and say I GIVE UP!
Did you eve have such a moment when you were getting started and how did you get passed that moment?
I think personally I set my expectations too high going into a new venture and when I do not see immediate results, honestly the thought of giving up has passed my mind.
In the lawn care side, my focus in April was lawn mowing, spent a lot of money on marketing material (80% is still here in the office) and started, no results. Did some research again, competition for mowing was fierce, saw there was no money in it....now what???
Things happen and sometimes for the good, had a call from a friend of a friend, herd I had started this, needed an area levelled for a play centre, I had the equipment, did the job. That honestly was the real start of the company, he asked about his lawn and hired us to spray it as it was in bad shape, massive lawn, then hired us to do tree clearing.
I was having a burger with him one afternoon when the mail arrived, there was a local paper called the Masthead News, took down the contact information, it is a free paper to every home in the area 20,000 +/-, I put an ad in the last week of April, OMG the results were insane.
Now I had a new problem, University was not out and I needed staff, used a temp agency, it worked ok not great.
Next problem was equipment, had the work, University was out, do I spend ten's of thousands of dollars in these economic times, thought....if things are so bad why are we getting so many jobs, forget the economy, stop listening to the media, get the equipment and do what you love to do and we did, results???? well according to our business plan, in the seven weeks of operation our revenue as of today is what I expected at the end of year two.
Has it slown down?? Not at all, the jobs are pouring in and what I am finding is the jobs are bigger, I quoted three yesterday and got all three, these are massive jobs for us, one is levelling 36 loads of fill, 14 loads of top soil, sod and spraying, that will take three staff well over a week, first few days will have to be two machines, excavator and loader, next job is clearing four acres of down trees and chipping, two week job easy, last job I looked at yesterday was tree clearing again, two acres on the ocean 300+ trees down from wind, then as we were talking the lady asked for two culverts, 200 feet of drain and a new driveway with a parking area for visitors.....two week job, four staff.
Please do not ever take any of this as bragging, it isn't, my only point is it can be done and I am a believer the work is out there, sometimes we have to look around and go after it.