Re: getting started - Posted by Eric C
Posted by Eric C on June 19, 2001 at 24:38:03:
I can’t speak to the specifics of the business, but…
Why is it so hard to find someone to trim trees and shrubbery (among other things) for my yards?
Finding people to mow them is easy. Taking care of them is another story. I’d be willing to pay for that.
You could even sign me up for the entire year (as opposed to just growing season). Make it a package deal or something. Bill me quarterly on my VISA card.
Just kidding. But believe it or not, some of the most successful folks in this business do “package” other services with the lawn mowing. Helps the cash flow. Keeps the customers happy. You know?
Also, if I had a son (or grandson) looking seriously at this business, I’d point them in the direction of pool care instead.
My pool guy drives a new SUV every year, collects a check from me for at least $100 per month (12 months a year), and dresses in golf clothes; expensive ones at that.
As long as I’ve known him (and that’s over 15 years), I’ve yet to see him break a sweat when “working” on my pool – unlike my lawn guy with the mowing deal.
While my lawn guy is comparing the “relability” factors of different (expensive) equipment and complaining about how his “help” breaks everything, my pool guy is still using the same broom he did the first day on the job.
How do I know? Because he charges me for all (well, almost all) of the equipment and supplies he uses for my pool. So maybe he is using a newer broom – he charged me for it anyway! Talk about net!
Expenses? What expenses? Sunglasses? Suncreen? A larger wallet to carry all his money in?
Seriously, I’d give the pool care business a thought if I were you.
I’d give you my pool guy’s name, but he’s currently vacationing at his condo in the Greek Isles.
PS - he “takes care” of about 100 pools in my area. Add it up.