What does your business do?
Mow lawns to homeowners desired
specifications. Provide regular maintenance
that includes edging, bagging grass, removal a
d fertilizer applied if wanted. We also
provide hedge trimming and landscaping for
years. We also have resources to offer
concrete work in regards to walkways,
fountains, firepits and more.
When and why did you start the biz?
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
I am based out of my own personal dwelling
quarters. Mostly the basement right now in a
cozy suburb south of Detroit.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The pain of becoming legal and opening
accounts such as DBA's and registering asole
proprietor or LLC. Besides the cost I need
help that i can't afford. I've been trying to
do one thing here and there without reaching
my goal. I get one thing to ruin into a wall
for the next step.
What's the most fun part?
I love working outside in the sun. When a
yard is finished it's very satisfying seeing
how beautiful you made it look. Especially if
the customer was in need of help or can't
maintain it themselves. Seeing them happy to
enjoy their yard is gratifying.
Anything you would have done differently?
I think the only thing I would have done
different is trying to find a partner to start
out with or a trusted person who's already
established to gain experience, advice and
build clients. At the very least an investing
person who gets a percentage of profits for
providing start up expenses.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I want to expand my customer base to some
surrounding cities that have bigger yards and
are in very nice neighborhoods. This will
involve all legal aspects being on point and
the equipment that can handle the work and be
efficient. I would like to eventually hire 2
to 3 employees to be more efficient and
provide higher customer satisfaction.
What advice do you have for others?
Don't half ass staring up a business. Go all
in our go home. It's so hard to do on your
own, but not impossible. Make sure you drop
your research and know that you completely
enjoy doing it because once you put so much
into it you don't want to end up miserable
with the work you're doing or feeling that
your stuck in a situation that you can't quite
get out of
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I'm using idea cafe top keep my hopes up that
I will get the help I desperately need to
really get a hold of needed and required funds
to make this work and be legitimate. With this
sites help I have a fighting chance of making
it and having something good to leave my kids.
I would like to create a security to pass on
School (where, still in school, degree)?
I graduated from Gladwin high school which id a tiny rural village in north central Michigan. I attended the community college up there in Harrison for 2 semesters but circumstances caused a stand still. I have tried to attend college again but always run out of ways to finance it or making a living and providing for kids proves to be so time consuming that I end up dropping my classes.
Prior jobs or business?
I worked as a veterinary technician in a few
different clinics and loved the work. I
learned from experienced techs in the field
and did attend some classes to attempt actual
certification. I left due to the greed
involved by the veterinarian. Two of three
would order unneeded tests or procedures just
to collect more profit. I couldn't work for a
doctor like that. Uncaring and just doing a
job for financial gain. They were also afraid
of the animals. There was one doctor I worked
for that was one of the best, compassionate,
skilled and kindest that I had worked for.
Unfortunately the veterinarian who owned the
practice was not like that nor was the staff.
The other techs were once at fault for a dog
dying when it shouldn't occurred. When
informing the owner they voiced directly to
them that since they had just got in the
animal 2 days before from the shelter it
shouldn't be that big of a deal because they
probably weren't that attached yet. That was
one of the most heartless things I've ever
heard a technician say.
Other than that for the past 18 years I have
worked in the service industry bartending and
waitressing. I've had management positions
but the stress from it is too much. I do love
doing it and I'm damn good at it.
Unfortunately there's a shelf life on
bartenders. Nobody wants to look at grandma
behind a bar with sagging boobs, missing teeth
and a flat rear end. Plus retirement is non
existant. No 401k or even vacation time or
benefits. It's hard to plan for retirement.
Steak.... actually just red meat in general.
What are your pets' names?
Panda, stubby, mami girl, blue and lightning. 5 bulldog /Staffordshire terrier mixes.
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Of course! They're cute and friendly. People
can't resist them so there's your conversation
starter. In addition people will remember the
lawn lady with the cute dog!
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
I was in management at a bar and saw how much
overhead profit was and realized that I was
underpaid and unappreciated. I was done
working for greedy people who treated me badly
despite the work I put in to keep things
going. I covered all called off shifts,
maintained product, did the shopping, hired,
disciplined and always did what was best for
the business to keep succeeding and running
smoothly. My breaking point was the owner got
back from a 3 week vacation where I had gone
to open the door and close the bar up every
single day handled the paperwork deposits and
everything. When he got back he went looking
for things to complain about and decided to
tell me that I was basically incompetent. I
was done. That's when I decided to try to be
my own boss. If I can expand and hire some
people I know I will be a good employer who
appreciates good workers.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Just my grandparents who taught me that if you
work hard you'll be rewarded.
861 White ave
Lincoln park, MI 48146