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Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:28 PM
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Quote[/b] (tiedeman @ July 06 2007,1:27)]welcome to the site Justin. How did you get into business? What type of services do you offer? What have you learned compared to your first year of business?

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So here's my story, I have been cutting grass since I am about 10 yrs old.. started out with a new push mower that my dad purchased in 2000 for me to use. I got approched to start cutting the neighbors through a property management business to cut the grass next door that was for sale (that we now bought). And then I got asked to do 2 properties for that same company and then it started to kick in. I could do this for a living.. so then I was in high school then and yeah my dream started to come true until last year (2006) when I started my business after working for the town and a few companies in the big city (1 hr from here) and go ripped off and didn't get payed (long story) Anyways... i started to talk about it to my friends starting in grade 11/12 and when i was in class.. i would do little projects and i would do them on my future business that I would have so it would help me see the business side. That's where my dream got started then I never looked back.. and started my own and never regret doing it. I would of loved to started this long time ago. So I say.. the younger you are.. the better it is.

Applied for a grant of 3000$ for my business to help me out.. helped payed off the loan of 5000$ with my local bank with my business plan.

Dad helping me out by lending me his truck for now until i can afford my own. Then i bought a little 5'X8' trailer to carry my tractor and my push mower along (i live in a little town of about 3000 population in the 3 districts I have).

I have mailed out like 1500 surveys to start to see if there was a demand and the ones that came back were all positive so I started that summer (2006). And the calls kept coming. I post flyers with phone tear offs and put them in the local sotres.. it seems to work pretty good (Microsoft Publisher rocks !!!)

I am a computer wizz so I created myself a website for the business. I studied web design at school. Graduated and returned to study business.
Just in Time Yard Services

If you want more info, just let me know.. I posted all my equipment / services below.

I hope I inspired someone to start their own business. Oh by the way.. i'm only 21.. started when I was 20.


I offer the following services :

Grass cutting & trimming
Brush cutting
Spring and Fall cleanup
Fertilizing
Hedge trimming


These following services will become available in the future

Weed control (getting my licence for next year - hopefully)
Pressure washer service
Commercial lawn care (with acutal commercial mowers)

here's my current equipment...

Here's my equipment

2006 YTH20B42 Husqvarna Tractor - 20 HP 42 "
Stihl FS45 trimmer
5'x8' landscape trailer
Stihl MS170 Chainsaw
KM 90R STIHL KombiMotor - Professional User
John Deere - JS40 Self Propelled 7hp mower

I hope I inspired everybody

Thanks

Justin Pitre

Just in Time Yard Services

...... Always Just in Time

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Hi Justin!

Great Story!

Could you tell us more about how you got your grant? Many lawn care business owners know nothing about this.

Also what did you ask in your survey? Do you still have it? Could you post it?

What would you have done differently if you could start all over?

What was the biggest surprise you ran into and how did you deal with it?

Thanks! and thank you for the picture too!
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Hi. I started my own business last month after working for other people for the last 10 years. I decided that it was now or never and things are looking great. I would love one of the animated banners for my website, www.flintshirelandscapes.com.
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Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ July 09 2007,10:57)]Hi Justin!

Great Story!

Could you tell us more about how you got your grant? Many lawn care business owners know nothing about this.

Also what did you ask in your survey? Do you still have it? Could you post it?

What would you have done differently if you could start all over?

What was the biggest surprise you ran into and how did you deal with it?

Thanks! and thank you for the picture too!
Well the grant I got it through the local business centre. It's a grant specified for students that want to start a Summer business between the age of 15 and 29 yrs old. They give you the $1500 to start then they give you the other $1500 at the end when you successfully finish the training/program.

I still got my survey somewhere... the less question the better. But the questions have to be pretty specific. I had a few questions people didn't answer because they weren't sure if the question was per cut or per month (i was asking how much money were they wiilling to spend on grass cutting)...

If i would start all over.... I would have bought a better trailer. I tought of buying a cheaper trailer that would save me money !!! WWWWWWWrong !!! I have re-wired that trailer 3x already and needs to be rewired again. I had to get it reinforced because it wasn't solid enough.

I got the chance to try out a demo commercial mower that helped me out when my tractor needed to be fixed...

Other than that I love my job and I wouldn't regret doing anything else... Gotta love being your own boss at 21

I'll be posting new pics.. I just have to get the camera going...
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Hi Balchder,


Here you go.
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Quote[/b] ]Well the grant I got it through the local business centre. It's a grant specified for students that want to start a Summer business between the age of 15 and 29 yrs old. They give you the $1500 to start then they give you the other $1500 at the end when you successfully finish the training/program.
What kind of training program was this? What kinds of things did they teach you or discuss?
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Quote[/b] ]Well the grant I got it through the local business centre. It's a grant specified for students that want to start a Summer business between the age of 15 and 29 yrs old. They give you the $1500 to start then they give you the other $1500 at the end when you successfully finish the training/program.
What kind of training program was this? What kinds of things did they teach you or discuss?
It's not really called training.. it's just a program to help you out if you have any questions.. we would have our meeting with the regional business centre every 2 weeks and they would ask us to fill out information (online journal) and other stuff like that

To me.. it was pretty easy since I am learning commerce at school
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Oh, I was wondering if this is something they do in Canada more so than in the U.S. because I am not familiar with it. I think its a great program though.

Do they have a website?
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Greetings I am CleanLawn and we are lawn care, landscaping and all the litte misc. things go along with this wonderful business. My name is Rhonda Solomon, I have been married for 7 years on August 5th and I have two wonderful sons. One is 19 years old and one just turned 2 years old June 29th.
I love working outside and we blessed with two very green thumbs. I love gardening and growing fruits, vegetables and my favorite plant is the Christmas cactus. There is nothing more beautiful as a christmas cactus in full bloom in the winter.
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Hi Rhonda,

Welcome to our forum! What got you started in the lawn care industry? Do you have any advise for new start ups? Would you have done anything differently with your business up to this point?
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