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..He's currentlly working as management in contract sanitation..- it's 3rd shift so it really takes it's toll - especially when he works all night then cuts grass all day..I'm interested more in the landscping side of lawncare - even going into pond installation , ect. - I have done this before yet he thinks the more reliable money lies in the weeklly accounts..
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Quote[/b] ]he thinks the more reliable money lies in the weeklly accounts..
From our experience this is the bread and butter of the industry. All other services are upsells.

I like your ideas of pond installation. I know you can do it. The thing I think about is it is tougher to find new customers to sell such services to than it is to sell to pre-existing customers.

So the more maintenance customers you have, the more you could upsell them.

Is it possible you could build more customers and potentially hire a staff that you manage?

Have you considered getting your pesticide applicators license to help break away from competitors?

Also have you thought about creating a business plan that would help you project outwards the number of customers you would need to allow your husband the ability to quit his job?

That shouldn't be too difficult to do. You have a bunch of customers now and you know your income and expenses based on them. We have a bunch of business plans here that you could model yours on.

What's your thoughts on this?
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Weekly accounts are the norm for me.Yes,there's money in it and I have 8 month and year long accounts as well.BUT,you have to specialize in something to really make a decent profit.My accounts include weed and pesticide control,so that differentiates me from most in my area.
You also need to look into landscaping and irrigation.I make more money in one day of landscaping than a week of lawn care.Irrigation is something else I'm considering.I'm installing an acre of irrigation at the moment and I have other customers who would love to have irrigation installed.I'm going to use them,giving them a discount in irrigation price,to see if I really want to go that route.They trust me and know my work,so that's not a problem.The profit on irrigation is huge.It's something that most homeowners don't want to tackle and there is a demand for it.
My true love is landscaping though.It's like painting a canvas.I can step back and see what I've accomplished.
You mentioned pond installation and frankly,I'd stay away from that as well as putting green installation.Those are fads that come and go,but require a substantial investment to get into.You'll notice that not as many are being installed these days.At least not in my area.
However,landscaping,lawn care,and irrigation have stood the test of time.
You'll also need to find good workers.You can't do it all,and you'll need helping hands to make money off of.Use friends or family if you have to when starting.Pay them well,and they'll make money for you.Most want to help you succeed.
Also,network with other contractors.If you don't want to do grading work,find someone who will.Chances are you can help each other out by referrals and by subbing out some work.
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