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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-15-2016, 01:23 PM
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You should be able to request a price sheet from everyone, when reaching out to them. Make sure that you do not simply sign on with the first company to send you paperwork! Compare prices, and do not accept anything that seems low to you! Remember, quality over quantity, or else you'll be chasing your own tail, and not making anything to show for it!
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Thank you NickT. I will get on the ball and see what companies are in my area and see if I can get some price sheets.
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With a construction background why not go out and get your own work from people who are more likely to pay. Go find some large investment or leasing companies to do turns for. Go build some decks or get some contracts for lawn care. The insurance for other work will be cheaper. You won't get some insane back charge. If you really want to work for yourself; this industry is not the place to do that anymore. 90% of all the companies treat you as an employee; tell you where to be, when to be there and how much your gonna lose -$. I'm not saying don't start your own business. I'm just saying take a step back and look at your options. If you really wanna do preservation work just make it a filler to all other work.
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first i would like to say that this is not the job you want. lets be real $30 to cut a yard and 15 to put on a lock you will go broke your first month and this is more like a job not a business. i have two brothers that do this and they can hardly pay the lights. Me i was going to do this but after i could not get in with no company i was blessed and found the right side of this it's not in the grass cuts or the board up its in rehab yes it will take more work out you to get in to this side of the work but you will have a business not a job you can make millions not thousands but you need a contractors license and about 5 grand to hold your job till you are finished but the money is great and life will be better for you this is my 3rd year and ive done over a million this year and retired my mom to sit home and send emails for me. you will never get that out of preservation work sorry guys dont want to hurt no one but its true. when is the last time you walked on a 80k preservation job? some where like never!!! just do this find a contractor that dont have no work and do a non-compete clause with him and team up. let him know you can make him and you both money but it will take hard work and long hours for both of you. but as you do good work and keep a good price you will grow and fast trust me last year i did only 100k and this year i did over a mill in work dont kill your business before it starts and if you need any guidence email me [email protected]
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I run a pigeon control business in Arizona (Phoenix) and I'm considering opening up a preservation company as an add-on to what we are doing. I thought maybe it would be something I could easily add on seeing as we've already got a solid fleet of vehicles and plenty of techs that always want more work. Wondering about the time commitment needed though and if it would be something I could realistically add-on to keep my guys busy with work when pigeon control is slow, and can I still run my business successfully. I realize you may need A LOT more info about what I've currently got going on, but please let me know what your initial thoughts are, and if any of you do this business as a "side" or "additional" business to what you already do.

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As far as current setup goes, I have a truck and trailer, I have zero turn mower, edger, backpack blower, and all basic tools needed. I have plenty of yard maintenance experience, I did construction for a few years so I'm pretty good with that.
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With a construction background why not go out and get your own work from people who are more likely to pay. Go find some large investment or leasing companies to do turns for. Go build some decks or get some contracts for lawn care. The insurance for other work will be cheaper. You won't get some insane back charge. If you really want to work for yourself; this industry is not the place to do that anymore. 90% of all the companies treat you as an employee; tell you where to be, when to be there and how much your gonna lose -$. I'm not saying don't start your own business. I'm just saying take a step back and look at your options. If you really wanna do preservation work just make it a filler to all other work.
solid advice, I think most here would agree, start a business, but vet your customers, if you were going to do a large landscape job for a homeowner and talked to their builder, painter, roofer, electrician, etc and they all said, beware these guys are always changing what they want, don't want to pay for upgrades they demand, hold your payment for months, try to short your payment when it comes, how excited would you be take on the job?

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I would start with doing grass cuts only. You'll get a feel of how the companies work and also how the updating (computer, pictures, forms) is. Then try a few easier jobs. This way you don't get in over your head and get taken advantage of. I have been running my company on the side for 6 years. It has been very rewarding but extremely difficult at times. If you can handle it then you will do well.
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