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Old 05-25-2009, 09:15 PM
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I thought of a neat idea for all of us. Everyone will state what services we offer, & to explain how you go about doing them if you want. This will give everyone a clear idea on what services they might add to their business. I'll start;



Services Offered;

Gutter Cleaning:

Weeding:

Spring/Fall Cleanups:

Topsoil/Fertilizer/Grass Seed:

Hedge Trimming:

Branch Cutting:
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THE SERVICES I WANT TO START:


Grub Eliminating

Aeration, $50.00 is the cost around here.

Driveway Crack Sealing
(i'd add dye to the sealant to create the aged color)




THE SERVICES I DON'T WANT TO START:
Gardening, planting...
Tree Removal
Anything that keeps me in the same spot for the entire day.
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THE SERVICES I DON'T WANT TO START:
Gardening, planting...
Tree Removal
Anything that keeps me in the same spot for the entire day.
I have to ask why not?

Personally I love jobs that keep the staff there for the day or hours at a time, your percentage of profit for the job will be far larger than moving around. Factor in down time (travel with no pay) gas, maintenance, insurance etc. I personally found the big jobs pay a siginificent profit margin.

It also gives time for people passing by to see the work, it's free advertising and in our experience it pays big time.
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I have to ask why not?

Personally I love jobs that keep the staff there for the day or hours at a time, your percentage of profit for the job will be far larger than moving around. Factor in down time (travel with no pay) gas, maintenance, insurance etc. I personally found the big jobs pay a siginificent profit margin.

It also gives time for people passing by to see the work, it's free advertising and in our experience it pays big time.
I have to agree, generally speaking the longer I am at a job site landscape jobs( not mowing or fertilization) the more profit we make. No wasted travel time, loading and unloading equipment etc.
Of course that is assuming the job was estimated properly.
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I am trying to expand my business and the big jobs take me there. When I am on a job for the day, the neighbors take notice. I have business card holders that I put (I have velcro on my back windows and on the back of my business card holder). People stop to observe, take a card, and most often stop to ask questions. Potential customers coming to you is far more productive than you going after them.

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I can't really explain why I don't like to stay in one spot doing a big job, which could bring me really nice income.

I like lawn mowing because it's quick & keeps me moving, I tackle a lot more & it feels great.

I do weeding, but personally I hate being there more than 5 minutes. My hired help made me this way, when she impressed me & filled up 5 heavy duty contractor garbage bags in 3 hours. aka, she's better than me so I'll just get her to do it, lol.

As for landscaping in general, even if I'm good at something, I just don't enjoy it. Maybe in time when I have more workers, I wouldn't fear of biting off more than I could chew. Right now I would be balancing lawn service with odd jobs & I'd mess myself up.

I am excited for fall, I think I will profit hardcore. I want to try to get 5 customers a day for jobs about $75.00/$100.00 a shot. I'm dying to get a Walker!!!

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Update, the company I used to work for was supposed to have 3 crews this season. They had 2 last year, but now they have 1 crew!!!

They are now showing a bit of anger towards me for leaving them. They are going to fall apart so fast. The 60% owner is going to leave in 2 years, & the 40% owner is going to take control of it, & surely fail. Game on baby!
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