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Old 01-22-2010, 05:53 PM
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Hi, I also have a one man crew (currently) lawn service. I'm 16 and started about 4 years ago. I agree with you when you say you need to learn everything possible about lawn care stuff. That's exactly what I've been doing. Everything from grass, flowers, trees, mulch, fertilizer, diseases, ect. It really pays off when your having a one on one conversation with a customer that may have a question. I feel it really makes you sound professional.

As far as the old company you used to work for, I think the management is making a HUGE mistake. When I get my first employee, (which i hope to this spring), my main goal is going to be to keep him motivated, but yet treat him as a friend. You have to remember that "Your employee's are your Company". If you are bad mouthing your employees, disrespecting them, and so on, why would they want to give there best effort on the job? They won't. You treat them bad, you make your company look bad. Not a good way to business at all if you ask me. Can't think of a worse mistake! (well probably could but you know what i mean)

As far as which mower you keep, if it were me, I would probably focus more on the small residential lawns. When you get down to numbers, your making more money mowing smaller lawns, (although they're a pain in the @$$). Just think about how much sq. ft. a residential property is compared to a commercial property. Then look at how much you charge for a residential, and how much you charge for a commercial. So when it comes down to it, your making more on a residential per sq.foot than a commercial. (99% of the time) So if it were me, keep them both if you can afford it, but sell the 48" if you could use the $$$. (and who couldn't use the $)
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