In case you are wondering what a professional landscaper does this time of year, when not plowing that is, I’m here to tell you all about how Lundholm Landscaping spends the last few weeks of Winter!
I will be the first to admit that, in the past, I had a tendency to get a little lazy this time of year. It’s freezing cold, the trucks are sluggish to start and there’s not much we can do when the ground is frozen. Before I discovered that I have a ton of knowledge to share, I would be getting ready to GET READY!
This is the time of year when I take a few hours and go over all of my equipment. I’m not talking about a full tune up or any mechanical stuff, just a quick once over. I have my note pad and I writing down everything I will need to get my equipment in optimal running shape. I take my time and I note everything from oil filter numbers to spark plugs. I look at my trimmer string supply, lubricants, lawn mower blades, edger blades, grease cartridges, starter ropes, glove supply, throttle cables, tools and anything else that makes my business run.
I then make a detailed list of everything that needs to be fixed and order all the necessary parts. Once the outside, inspection type work is done and I am waiting for the parts, I begin to formulate my plan of action. I take a good look at material cost and formulate my pricing charts. I attend as many seminars and EXPO’s as possible so I stay cutting edge with technology(I love landscaping gadgetry). I compare prices of my vendors to assure I am getting the best deal possible and I begin to draft my initial letter to repeat customers. Oh, one more thing, I forgot to mention filing my 130 page tax return!!
The winter of 2011, thanks to my business coach Mr. Joe Molineaux of the Small Business Development Center in Atlantic City, is opening a bunch of new doors for me. I am writing and writing and then writing a little more. Writing is not my strongest asset but I’m working on it. My end goal is to publish a book on everything that I know about landscaping design, construction and maintenance. Blogging is a great place to start because I receive feedback from readers, customers, friends and an occasional “know it all” which keeps me in line. For now my information is free to those who choose to read it, but keep a close eye on Rob Lundholm and Lundholm Landscaping as you never know where this will take me!!!
Now that I am ready to GET READY, it’s back into SLOW DOWN mode and madly writing for a few more weeks until its actually time to GET READY!