Yeah us all working together would be nice, but completely not possible. We all work differently for example my brother charges more, his g/f is working with him and doesn't get along with my dad very well, well anyone really. They are pretty rude to customers, and my dad likes to work in the morning since it's cooler out and my brother always gets a late start. There are many many factors of why it wouldn't work, lol!! But I agree it would be nice.
I meet up with my dad at his house, we take his vehicle and equiptment. We're going to keep it that way unless the rare chance his vehicle breaks down then we'll use mine temporarily. So this all works out for me pretty nicely to get me started. And I will always need someone with me, so if I do branch out I'll need a helper. So for at least the next year I'm just going to be riding with my dad.
And no I've been so busy latley I haven't picked out a name yet.
I've always been the marketing person for my dad when it comes to finding new customers in bulk, typically I use the flyer method, because he refuses to hire employees due to insurance, taxes, etc. That way he doesn't get more customers than he can handle like with an ad or the yellow pages, but picks up the amount he needs/wants.
In about a year I do want to hire people and build it up. My dad has been doing this for about 12 years I think, so if he had listened to me years ago he could just be sitting at home right now, lol!! Have his crews do all the work, but I think he likes to work anyway.
The biggest way he picks up customers on his own (w/o me) is word of mouth or someone seeing him cut a neighbor's lawn. He also makes a deal with some customers, cheaper cuts if the person can get him more customers in the same area.
I figure that would work great because if your neighbor is saying how great their lawn care service is, you're likely to want the same.