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.

Jack of all trades master of none?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-13-2006, 09:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,009
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What I found interesting in this article is that I don't often see jack of all trade companies like Dave's being started. Maybe because it takes many skills in many fields. What I like about it is that it should help him generate cash flow to keep him going. It's like a wide funnel. Customers can call him and ask if he can do this or that and most likely he will be able to do the jobs.
The down side is possibly he won't specialize in any specific field and therefore not generate the skills one would need to become really good at it and therefore be able to charge a premium for those services.

What's your view on this? Is it better when you start a business to offer many services or focus on a few and why so?

Career profile: Mr. Fixit is a Jack of all trades - Dave Engels has worked in the maintenance service industry most of his life. That is what made it easy for him to decide to start his own business in the field. "I handle all phases of building and grounds maintenance." Engels said. "I work with both commercial and residential customers."

The job: Engels' work covers all aspects of buildings and grounds care including painting, window and door repair or replacement, flooring care, roof and siding repair or replacement, electrical, plumbing, furniture repair and patio deck construction and repair. "I also offer moving services," Engels said.
__________________
- 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


  #2  
Old 06-13-2006, 10:33 PM
kc2006 kc2006 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 424
Rep Power: 12
kc2006
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
The main problem I see is, there's really no room for growth. In a business like that it would be crazy to try and find reliable employee's that can handle all those different types of work. Or if you were to have one guy do one field, another do another and so on you'd have to pay them good money since they would basicly be specialized and like you said TG he wouldn't be getting top dollar to begin with because he's just a all purpose guy.

That was the first thing that hit me "whats this guy going to do when he gets too old for this stuff and is still a solo operator?".
__________________
\"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run\"
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-14-2006, 02:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,009
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I was also thinking what if he became the go to guy in the area for such services and sub-contracted out the work to other companies.

Would it work then?

This would kind of be like something Troy had talked about in the past to do.

I just don't know if a person might use your services once and then get comfortable with your sub-contractor and call them back in the future for other services. This would then cut you out of the picture.
__________________
- 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
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
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
Yesterday 03:22 PM
Today 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 39
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
Today 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 640
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
Today 10:30 AM
by Lawnline
16 18,384
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
Yesterday 01:47 PM
Yesterday 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 33
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
Yesterday 09:13 AM
Yesterday 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 34
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Yesterday 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 556
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
Yesterday 06:18 PM
by Steve
23 5,957
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
Yesterday 06:11 PM
by Steve
10 212
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
Yesterday 03:06 PM
by greenwavemedia
5 10,495
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,474
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 105
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 127
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 72
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 101
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 127
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 229
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 765
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
by Lawnline
0 399
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 275
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 291
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 220
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,772
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,305
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,552
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 262
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,271
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 376
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 879
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,708
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,946
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-28-2016 08:04 PM
by mowandblow1980
11 697
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
06-28-2016 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 271
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-28-2016 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 440,334
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:19 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:19 PM.

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