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Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
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Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
That I've managed to get myself a ZTR which can lead to more work in the spring right off the start.

I'd love to pay the whole machine off, hopefully, if not it won't take long.
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How important do you feel it was to get the ztr? I bet a lot of readers are on the fence about using a lawn tractor or going for the ztr.
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How important do you feel it was to get the ztr? I bet a lot of readers are on the fence about using a lawn tractor or going for the ztr.
I understand a ZTR cannot go some places a tractor can go but it all depends on the situation and for me, it helped alot since i had a lot of flat surface to cover. It helped alot to get my 5 different schools done.

I also will be getting better customer service. I will be changing cell phone companies May 1st
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Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
This was a learning year. I found that Door Hangers, Flyers, Posters, and Door to Door had less than desirable results.
As far as marketing results, newspaper ads and having a Blog that I got listed on the local City web site was by far the most productive.

I found competing with the competition didn't work. Offering the same services and products they had was just spinning my wheels.

Differentiating me from them was the key. I find organic lawn care is much more profitable than mowing. I won't turn down mowing contracts but I don't seek them out anymore.
Organic lawn treatments, sod, tilling and re-seeding are what I will concentrate after organic lawn treatments.

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Have you gotten a chance to sit down and think about this past year. What you were able to do and what you didn't get done?

What are you looking forwards to most this new year to do differently than last year?

How will next year be better than this year?
2009 was a really year for me learning and revamping the plan.I wish I knew then and had the equipment I do now when I started.

I was performing various cost brake downs, every job we do landscaping at takes four trips, two delivery and two pick up, I average 10 mpg tops pulling gear so it really added up so I bought a 14,000 pound trailer that is 19 feet long, I can now transport everything in one shot.

I learned there is a limited market for me in mowing which is fine, I have private divisions and a few residential, basically enough to keep one crew going, no plans to expand in 2010 unless it falls on my lap.

Big money in Pressure washing, Organic Spraying, wood cutting and chipping, Post Hole digging and excavation, landscaping. Also determined that using a tractor with a chipper was a very poor choice so I traded them all in for pull units to free the tractors up where they make a lot more money, simply use one of the ATV's to pull the chipper around the clients site.

In 2010 we will build septic fields, I am told it's a license to print money and I start my course next week.

Hiring educated operators of machines from college has for me been a joke, it's simply faster for me to train someone that knows zip.

City core is not my target market and it shouldn't be, I found the area where I fit right in and we do extremely well.

Probably more but that is what comes to mind.
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reflections of the past year. Who on this forum was the one that motivated me to take my little company to the next level with his cornicopia of biz experience?
Thank you picfarmer!
just went and bought a new Bobcat Toolcat 5600 today from a John Deere dealer, for snow removal this winter and commericial work this summer.
With potential to utilize over 50 attachments! Without a doubt this machine will work out just perfect and will be the talk at the all important coffee shops in town.
The Golpher hangout, it's iconic leader and the regulars have been all very helpful!
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I have never seen one of those before and didn't even realize anyone made one, I have seen the Gators which Deere makes but they do not have the loader that this one does, the dump cart on the back is amazing!

What attachments did you get for it?

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Also determined that using a tractor with a chipper was a very poor choice so I traded them all in for pull units to free the tractors up where they make a lot more money, simply use one of the ATV's to pull the chipper around the clients site.
This is fascinating. It's one of those things you just wouldn't realize at first glance until you crunched the numbers and saw the reality of the situation.

So having a chipper attached to a tractor costed more to operate and brought in less money because you now needed to run two units to perform the service and you couldn't charge as much as you would need to chip wood as you could charge for using the tractor in other ways?

That is really interesting!

What about factoring in the cost of buying a stand alone chipper? Even after such a purchase, it still made more sense to have a stand alone unit? That is amazing!

I guess some tractor attachments are worthwhile, while others may not be as profitable.
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Wow!!! What a machine! Only does about 20 mph but what a money maker this baby is going to be. It is everything and more than I researched out.
Went cold calling for work yesterday and picked up plenty. Check it out Andy.. Pics and more to follow.

snoblower, blade, bucket for now and I WILL rent anyone one of the over 50 attatchments when needed.
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