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@Johnny boy is the example of 'get shit done' ....... take lesson all that are 'thinking' about starting a business ..... .get started.
 

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@Johnny boy Amazing journey so far. I'm curious how often do you run into trouble with your tools breaking down on you both physically or mechanically? And say if there was a Pick-n-Pull for lawn mowers would you pay a visit v.s. ordering a new part online.
 
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@Johnny boy Amazing journey so far. I'm curious how often do you run into trouble with your tools breaking down on you both physically or mechanically? And say if there was a Pick-n-Pull for lawn mowers would you pay a visit v.s. ordering a new part online.
Yeah stuff breaks down. I just buy a new mower or whatever broke. I don’t have time to care about fixing it.
 

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Yeah stuff breaks down. I just buy a new mower or whatever broke. I don’t have time to care about fixing it.
Thanks for your input.
 
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Applied for an EIDL (economic injury disaster loan) from the SBA the same day it went live. Now, I got approved for 24k over 30 years at 3%.

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The loan was approved and I should be getting funds soon. I already have my second truck and trailer, and I’ll be putting a grand into the equipment for it. Then, I’ll be putting 2 grand into ads which are getting me a huge ROI. I should be able to fill up two crews worth of work and profit around 80,000 net 12 months from when they are at capacity. I’ll be able to take that and easily invest into a 3rd and 4th crew for 2021. At 4 crews I would net 200k+.
 

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Update: our second crew started working today. Everything went smooth. We are at 9500/mo in revenue. The goal for two crews is to be at 16,000.
Awesome! What is your hiring process and your process for training the new hires to make sure they do quality work?
 
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Awesome! What is your hiring process and your process for training the new hires to make sure they do quality work?
1. Hire based on gut feeling and specific needs of that moment in time. Sometimes a guy who’s experienced is needed more than a guy who is reliable. Sometimes the other way around. You just interview people and try them out and replace when it doesn’t work. No science to it. My biggest tip is to create a job for them that doesn’t rely on them being great. Have great systems that can allow for employees to be retards and still have things work out.
2. I work alongside the least competent people and the best guy runs the other crew. I show everyone how we do things and I give the other crew the easiest work (for now). Slowly we raise everyone’s level of competency, then give them autonomy while stressing quality over speed, then as I add more customers to the schedule I impose time goals based on how much customers are paying. 8k a month per crew is the goal capacity. If we are working full time and can’t get there I say “stay under 60 minutes at Bobs house” in our notes and it goes like that. Quality control is done by occasional drive by’s and customer complaints. No complaints = no problems 99% of the time. This is not a game of perfection. It’s a game of “good enough”.
 

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franchising next summer @Johnny boy ?
might be some people on here that could start those franchises for you in their cities?
 
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franchising next summer @Johnny boy ?
might be some people on here that could start those franchises for you in their cities?
Not next year. Maybe 3-4 years from now. Maybe more. No real brand equity and the name is location specific. Needs to rebrand, build a name across the state, then use the franchise model to expand to multiple states. All in due time. Right now is the time to grow as a single location and build up revenue, then use profits to do other things like buy a commercial location and build on it, standardize and brand all the equipment, trucks and trailers, and create/test detailed systems for every little part of the business operations. That’s something better saved for 2022
 

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@Johnny boy what if an aspiring forum member hit you up and wanted to be your initial test case in another market? could you use their desire to build a business to make this plan happen sooner?
why wait? let's go!!
 

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@Johnny boy what if an aspiring forum member hit you up and wanted to be your initial test case in another market? could you use their desire to build a business to make this plan happen sooner?
why wait? let's go!!
I would be happy to coach someone and give them every detail about how I run my business and give them as much help as they needed but under a different name and I wouldn’t ask for any money from them. I’m not afraid of any competition. Hell, they could do it in the same city as me. There’s plenty to go around.
 

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thanks @Johnny boy . you are doing to do awesome! your reply is why i look forward to riding on your corporate jet one day!
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all we can do is lay the gold bar out in the middle of the street .....
it is up to the person to walk out there and get it.
 

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I would be happy to coach someone and give them every detail about how I run my business and give them as much help as they needed but under a different name and I wouldn’t ask for any money from them. I’m not afraid of any competition. Hell, they could do it in the same city as me. There’s plenty to go around.
I'm gonna hit you up after summer, we've looked into expanding in a multi-service business.
 

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