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As for the media, I really don't need them either.
That's so fantastic that you are this busy and you don't need to go out there and promote.

I hope others are taking note of what you are doing.

What inspired you to get started with this?
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The two houses on either side of mine used a service that was using gas powered leaf blowers. Well I don't have to tell you how much noise some of those things make. Besides that they've been illegal to use in Los Angeles for over seven years now. I needed to buy some yard care equipment so I looked into what was available. I really wanted to go with the Bosch lithium lineup, but, they only market it in Europe, and it's kind of pricey. I liked the Worx lineup, but until about six months ago they were still using nickel cadmium batteries(bad choice). When they came out with their lithium equipment I jumped on it. Their battery lawnmower is nice, but I had to find a supplier who would make a lithium replacement for the lead acid battery they supply. I got lucky with that. I've been mowing their lawns and quite a few more ever since. I just hope I don't get to the point where I have to turn down business. The idea of expanding scares me. You know, banks, employees, and everything else that goes with it.
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The two houses on either side of mine used a service that was using gas powered leaf blowers. Well I don't have to tell you how much noise some of those things make.
Did you get them to switch over to using your service?
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They're my neighbors. They were the first ones I went after. I've got five customers on my block. The only people who are still using gas on this block are the one who are still doing it themselves. And, even they are considering changing over to battery.
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That is fantastic! You are starting a green revolution one block at a time.

I think it's also important to point out how you got the word out. You started small with your local immediate social network, your neighbors. Slowly word starts to spread and others want you to perform lawn care on their properties as well.

I bet they talk about you to other people they know as well. This should generate a lot of word of mouth.
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Sounds like you're full of gas. 110 accounts sounds like a pretty big operation. How many employees, trucks, lawnmowers is he using now?

I am full of gas, I have been eating fast food a lot recently so I'm constipated. Is it worth it? Yes it is! Nothing beats a good greecy sub!

110 accounts depending on size is doable for one person working full shifts. Or if this person has the right equipment that can actually cut work time in half, which is usually large gas using equipment, which requires a truck to haul, not a bike.

Other than that, hiring a part time employee for 2 days a week wouldn't hurt.

The way I see it, it's a new employee vs efficient equipment. In the long run, equipment is less expensive & much more profitable.

The only time I use batteries is for my earphones, even then they aren't reliable.

I'd rather be able to pick up gas any time I need it, then to rely on batteries dying & needing to be charged. I don't even take breaks when I work, so I must have to spend a fortune on batteries. I like the luxury of being able to buy gas.

If my lawn service was to go "more green", our days would be longer & more stressful. Not all batteries work the same with all the available equipment, the garage would be a disaster with different batteries floating around & being charged or uncharged. Just another thing to distract me from what I need to do.

Instead of worrying about organizing my battery operated business, I'll stick with gas, which is available at every corner. Sure gas is expensive, but honestly it hasn't affected me.

If I drop a bit of gas, it happens. I have dropped nickels & dimes before, I'm not going to cry about it. Stress can be avoided, next time you order out, don't tip! There, you got your wasted money back. Lol.

Kidding, always tip, it's the right thing to do.

Even if it's bad for the environment, until we have some sort of martial law, nothing is going to save the planet.

That's the only time I will participate hard core. Sure I don't litter like crazy, but some things are inevitable & don't matter to me at the moment, something bad has to happen for me to change my ways.

It's like smoking, some people wont stop until they get a scare.
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Yea but you gotta admit, it's a creative niche and there are a group of customers out there who want that.

I don't think anyone is saying electric equipment is going to replace gas equipment now but who knows what the future holds! Technology is always progressing and I am sure we will be impressed with what is created.
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I know what you mean. That bean and cheese burrito I just had is kicking back. But, with me it's just the opposite fast food to me is just that, FAST! I know that a lot of people feel the same way you do. Unless global warming causes you to get your shoes wet and have to role up your pants, It's not your problem. It's exactly that attitude that's caused the situation. Unless we ALL start to take some personal responsibility for our actions, there will be no solution. I'm sure if you had any kids you'd feel differently. But, if all you intend to leave behind is worm castings to feed the grass they plant over you, I totally understand.
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Bob,

Have you seen any other guys doing something similar with the bikes and the trailer in your area or is this unique there?
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I'm the first, and as far as I know, I'm the only one doing this anywhere. I wish I could patent it and franchise it, but, it's just an idea. Anyone could do the same thing.
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