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, 10:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,816
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, 11:33 PM
kc2006 kc2006 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 424
Rep Power: 11
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, 03:18 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,816
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
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
Yesterday 03:16 PM
Yesterday 11:51 PM
by SC93
4 51
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Yesterday 09:38 PM
by Chilehead
7 86
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
Yesterday 05:32 PM
Yesterday 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 28
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
Yesterday 07:15 PM
by Steve
16 1,232
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 91
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Yesterday 01:06 AM
by Steve
13 324
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 208
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 91
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 160
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 212
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 234
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 125
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,491
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 247
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 104
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 125
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 193
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 260
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 140
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 225
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 127
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 148
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,141
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 361
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 309
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 313
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 249
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 207
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 182
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,685
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 638
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 387
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,085
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 462
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,928
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 296
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,107
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,419
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 213
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 272
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 253
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 931
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 415
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 273
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 581
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:57 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:57 AM.

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