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how I wish I would've listen to people who knew what they were talking about when I was younger. I guess it's all about growing up.
What lessons do you remember others trying to teach you that you just didn't want to hear? How do you feel that by listening earlier to them, it would have effected you today?
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You all are a bunch of whiners.

Tomorrow morning I'm signing a loan for 100K. I'm quitting my job, investing in cardboard bicycle snow plows with lawncareman and will then brag about how big we get next week.



Wish me luck.

Oh, P.S.- weekendwarrior is our Op's manager!
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You all are a bunch of whiners.

Tomorrow morning I'm signing a loan for 100K. I'm quitting my job, investing in cardboard bicycle snow plows with lawncareman and will then brag about how big we get next week.



Wish me luck.

Oh, P.S.- weekendwarrior is our Op's manager!
Dont forget to hire him to do all of your hauling, you know since hes getting a 3500 dully and "trading up" for a 24 ' enclosed trailer.


I bet you guys will do awesome! hahaha
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I'll be the first to admit, and most of you know, I'm only a part timer. I work for a large company during the day, and then work for myself mid afternoon. I don't do snow removal...we hardly get any...and I can take the winters off. Last year was the first year by myself. I did well, but expect to double this year. I work very long hours, but keep telling myself "it all stops in mid November!!". I like what I do, for now, but will be changing soon. Would I want to be a bigger company? Of course....but it takes time, experience, and research.

Without this forum I wouldn't know a lot about what I do. While I have the experience, I'll never know it all. I like to read the posts, learn what others do, and plan for the future.

5 years ago, I left the Marine Corps in my white ford explorer packed with clothes and 2 guitars (which I later sold to pay my car bill...). I had gotten back from Iraq the month prior, and was out on my own with no job. I lived in my inlaws house and then rented an apartment. I'm 28 now, married, 2 pieces of property, and gearing up for my future goals. Most importantly, I'm happy what I do.

Like anything else, RESEARCH before you try!! There is a lot of advice on here that comes from dreamers. By that I mean the guy who "ran his lawn care company for a month, but is telling you to take a loan out and buy all brand new top of the line equipment". Let's face it, not everything on the internet is true, but theres a lot of dman good advice. Just weed out the BS.

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Dont forget to hire him to do all of your hauling, you know since hes getting a 3500 dully and "trading up" for a 24 ' enclosed trailer.


I bet you guys will do awesome! hahaha
I forgot about him!!!

I'll send him a PM and see if he wants in on this busniess venture. Thanks Cashin!
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What lessons do you remember others trying to teach you that you just didn't want to hear? How do you feel that by listening earlier to them, it would have effected you today?
Be organized, be revenue driven not numbers driven you cant spend "accounts "but you do spend revenue. the most expensive tooll you will ever own is a cheap one. Home owner brand will fail you. Know your cost, lowballing is a sin, profit is not a dirty word, quality is king, Above all keep your integrity and trust in Christ.
By listening to them I would have bought into technology sooner and not have been behind the learning curve I am now. I could have tracked my cost and droped low profit or no profit business. It makes no sense to make 25$ /hr when it keeps you from earning 75/hr. Marketing is so much more than flyers and a cheesy business card . I did not see this when i was younger . It is possible to be very good and very fast. To do this you have to be willing tospend money on the best equipment within reason. And I looked at employee s as a liability and not as a asset oh what a mistake this was. That truly kept me from growing.

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Dont forget to hire him to do all of your hauling, you know since hes getting a 3500 dully and "trading up" for a 24 ' enclosed trailer.


I bet you guys will do awesome! hahaha
Be easy on him, he is a young man trying to get started he may be a little unorthodox but i think his heart is in the right place. We were all young once ourselves.
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Marketing is so much more than flyers and a cheesy business card . I did not see this when i was younger ......... And I looked at employee s as a liability and not as a asset oh what a mistake this was. That truly kept me from growing.
This is very interesting!

When you say marketing is so much more than flyers and business cards, what is your view now on it? What more does it consist of?

Also as far as employees go, what do you attribute your initial view of employees as liabilities and then what changed your mind on them?
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When it all comes together it's kinda easy to get caught with your pants down.

We currently run 2 trucks and 4 men, complete with a daycare LOL!

I am happy to know you have seen it from both sides...I feel you understand what I was trying to say.

You make no excuses... I bet guys can learn something from your post...I can
I will just say.. we are cut from the same cloth along with many others who post on here.

Hey do you know any good babysitters? I am running out of time for that too..
I'm in luck this year. My mom moved back from florida so I have two grandmas now. Babysitters at 4 am with no notice is at a premium these days. It was the babysitting that started making me hire more guys. I rather pay someone to work then to babysit. Plus I wont let anyone but family watch my princess. To me I rather make a few dollars less and spend all the time in the world with my daughter.
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Sorry if I got under your grass buddy....But everything I stated is true.
If it were not for my attitude, I would have never made it this far. In this business you gotta have thick skin and make no excuses for who you are or what you do.

I wish you well and I am sorry.....Truth hurts.

no hurt feelings here pal, just felt compelled to let you know what a @zz you sounded like.
nice logo, where did you get that from ? it looks like some of the generic logos found on here.
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