12 lawn care business owner questions.

Sometimes when things are slow, you can take a moment and reflect where you are, where you have been, and where you are going. It can be a great time to sit there and think about how the decisions you’ve made, have changed your life. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how one lawn care business owner thought about the path he had taken thus far and where he felt he was going into the future. When you have a moment, take some time and answer these questions yourself and see what you come up with.

He wrote ”

1. What got you into starting your own lawn service business?
I suck at learning something from a desk at school. I worked for a couple of companies who offer lawn service and decided that it would be worth it to start my own. Though previously I was hesitant to cut grass, thinking it wasn’t a career, that it was a silly job that will get me nowhere. Over time I looked more into it, not having much knowledge on how to do anything else, I realized that it’s a job in high demand, and it’s something I’m very good at.

2. Do you have another job, what do you do?
I have no other job

3. Are you still in high school or college, etc?
No, I can’t stand school.

4. What is your dream job?
I’d like to own a small yacht, and take people out to go fishing or just transport them to different islands…

5. What are your top 5 life priorities?

1. Maintaining the business
2. Finding new clients
3. Investing
4. Relationships outside of work
5. Health

6. What is your biggest fear being a business owner?
My biggest fear has to be a shortage of people who need lawn service. Without customers, I’m destroyed. Previously, I started a business in interior painting. It’s a job full of hassles and you can only serve one customer out of the 5 who called you. When the job is done your one customer you find the others have gone with another company. You get constantly get stuck searching hard for people who need their rooms painted. It sucked.

7. If you had/won $80,000.00, what would you spend it on?
A new truck, an enclosed trailer, and a bigger mower.

8. What would you do if one of your legs were broken?
This year… I’d probably call all my customers and tell them I won’t be able to do lawn service for the rest of the year. I wouldn’t pay someone to replace me just yet. I’d advertise, weeding or something I could do with a broken leg.

9. From the time of starting your business up until now, how has your attitude changed?
I don’t take what my customers say seriously anymore. Most of them are full of crap. I tell them how it is, instead of wasting my time while trying to make ends meet. They either agree on something I offer right away, or I’m done with them. Basically they don’t deserve as much patience as I had given them earlier.

10. What do you see your business like in 7 years?
I will probably have 7 times the amount of problems. 2 crews who can do the work while I take care of the paperwork and phone calls. It’s a tough call, next year I might be able to predict where I will be. I have visions of my company driving military vehicles, and all the crew dressed like my own personal army. LOL

11. Was there ever a time you wanted to give up on your business?
When something becomes routine, it gets boring. When you had to wake up every day to go to school, I’m sure you hit the alarm a few times and even took a couple of days off. When I started the company, I was on time every day to do the best work possible for everything. Though now I’m not afraid to sleep until 10am, instead of waking up at 6:30am. I now say, ‘This is my business, this is how I’m going to do it!’ I still get my work done before the evening, so I don’t see a problem.

12. Did you start off thinking you’d have to fight customers off because there would be too many wanting your service?
I did expect to have many customers, I thought every one flyer in 10 I would get a phone call, now it’s every one in one thousand if I’m lucky!”

How would you answer these questions, tell us here.

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