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Just found out we were awarded the property maintenance contract for a upscale subdivision. 7 acres of mowing, fertilization and 18 acres of outlot brush and walking trail mowing. There are 99 2-3 acre home sites in this subdivision so there is a lot of potential for other business.
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Oh that is fantastic! Congratulations!

What will you have to do to scale up to be able to perform this service?
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Oh that is fantastic! Congratulations!

What will you have to do to scale up to be able to perform this service?
I'm planning on hiring 1 guy and purchasing another ZTR. We also have 2 other 2 acre home sites locked up for next season.
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Do you see this as your business is turning a corner now and growing? Do such steps help propel you and your business to a new level?
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Do you see this as your business is turning a corner now and growing? Do such steps help propel you and your business to a new level?
Yes and yes. Things are setting up really nice for next season. I'm waiting to here on a proposal I did for a 8 acre apartment complex. If we land that account we'll be swamped.
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That is fantastic!

When you read some of the post on this forum and see some members have such a difficult time getting their footing in this business, do you feel they are missing something? What do you feel has gotten you to the next level when so many fail at even getting a footing? What are others simply not doing?
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That is fantastic!

When you read some of the post on this forum and see some members have such a difficult time getting their footing in this business, do you feel they are missing something? What do you feel has gotten you to the next level when so many fail at even getting a footing? What are others simply not doing?
I think you have to have a solid business plan and set goals for your business.
I decided to build my business around personal service. I build relationships with my clients. This has led to many long time accounts as well as lots of "word of mouth" clients. There are a lot of the larger landscape company's that don't cater to personal service. I here it all the time. I will do little things for my customers that don't take a lot of time like carry in patio furniture, or garden hoses, I even hung some pictures for one of my clients. You also have to be able to sell yourself and your services. Knowledge is definitely key.
My advice to new startups in this business is to have a plan to set yourself apart from the competition. Don 't try to be like every other lawn boy running around out there just trying to cut grass and rake leaves.
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I decided to build my business around personal service.
This seems to be really important! The tough thing about it is that it doesn't happen over night. You can print a flyer, drop it off and then immediately be known for personal service.

How long do you think it took you to start getting to the point where your personal service really took center stage?

Also, how did you come up with the idea that this would be your niche? It's genius and simple and 99% of the time, overlooked. I just wonder how it stood out for you?
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This seems to be really important! The tough thing about it is that it doesn't happen over night. You can print a flyer, drop it off and then immediately be known for personal service.

How long do you think it took you to start getting to the point where your personal service really took center stage?

Also, how did you come up with the idea that this would be your niche? It's genius and simple and 99% of the time, overlooked. I just wonder how it stood out for you?
It took a couple years and a number of customers for me to realize that there is a niche for personal service. First off I want clients that I enjoy servicing.
That makes going to work much more fun. I have weeded out the PITA clients.
When you go above and beyond in your service most people take notice and appreciate that. That has brought us more business thru refferals than any flyer or newspaper ad ever did.
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