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313 Grass Wackers

Name: Kristen Richard

Location: Lincoln park, MI 

Type of Business:
Lawn maintenance, care and landscaping work


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?
May 2012

How Many People are in your Company?
1

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 to them.

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.

Favorite Food?
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.

Contact Info:
Kristen Richard
861 White ave
Lincoln park, MI 48146
6063099037
pixie_869@hotmail.com


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