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Why I Use ExMark Mowers

I have used ExMark mowers for years and I have been very impressed with not only the mowers but the company as a whole. They make awesome mowers that are super high quality, and they have a mower for everyone. They are easy to work on and easy to get parts for. Plus, you will definitely have the best mower in the neighborhood if you are riding on an ExMark. Let’s take a look at exactly what I love about ExMark mowers.

They Make Quality Mowers

Everything on an ExMark has been optimized for performance. Their parts are made to prevent failures, and if they do fail they are easy to replace. Their hydro drive system is “painless” because it is designed in a way that eliminates hoses and other typical failure points. Plus the tow valves can be operated without the use of tools.

Their ultra-cut deck is just amazing. Their top-tier engineering ensures that the cut always looks good, and more importantly, the mower keeps cutting. These mowers have been optimized to reduce...

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How to Keep Your Personal Expenses Low as a Small Business Owner

As a small business owner, every dollar counts. After you initially get your business off the ground, it can be tempting to start buying all sorts of toys that you have always wanted. However, items that you buy that are not going to make you money, are huge liabilities for owners of a young small business. While you may be able to afford it this month, who knows what will happen next month.

Typical Profit Margins

If you are running a basic small business, you already know that there are tons of expenses that you need to keep up with. You have to pay for materials, labor, taxes, gas, and countless other things. All of these things add up and eat away at your profits.

Typically the average small business makes about 20% net profits. So if they are doing a $5,000 job, they make $1,000 in profit after they pay everyone else. 20% profit margins are honestly pretty good. Many businesses make much less than that. Owners of larger businesses can make as little as 3-5% net profits after...

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How Virtual Assistants Can Grow Your Business

Starting a business is already an impressive feat, although growing that business is a whole new ballgame. Plenty of people have built their own businesses and have truly worked hard day after day and doubled their income over and over again. However, for many of them, there is a plateau where they can only make so much money because they only have so many hours in the day. If you have reached this point in your business, it may be time to get some outside help.

What Is a Virtual Assistant

That outside help would be a virtual assistant! A virtual assistant is someone online that you can hire to do any various tasks that take up your time. Just think about it, if you have a landscaping business, you likely have hired guys to help with(or take over) the manual labor that the job entails. Likewise, these virtual assistants can do all the mundane, time-consuming tasks that businesses require.

Then after you have all the virtual assistants that you need, you are free to do the important...

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How to Get Started With High Paying Landscaping Jobs

If you want to take your small-time grass-cutting business to the big leagues, you have to start getting higher-paying jobs. You also have to expand the services you offer. What happens when you are a trusted company in an area that can do every single task a customer needs, is a much higher paying total package type of job. These jobs can get to well over twenty thousand dollars, but I would not plan on starting at twenty thousand, you have to work your way up.

Start Small

If you are just starting out in the landscape game, you have to keep it small until you figure out what you are doing. Start by cutting grass, then expand into shrubs, gutters, edging, replanting, etc. Start figuring out how to do these jobs effectively, and when you eventually are able to hire workers, you will know how to do it the right way and you can teach them. The last thing you want is to be working a high-paying job and have one of your employees completely botch their part.  

Work Your Way Up...

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How to Start a Window Cleaning Business RIGHT NOW With Minimal Startup Money

American culture today makes it seem so difficult to start and run your own successful business, but I am here to tell you it is not nearly as hard as they make it out to be. With just a small amount of money, you can start making over $500 a day. While it may not be easy, and it is definitely not a way to get rich quickly, window cleaning is a solid business that can make you a lot of money. Like any real business venture, it requires hard work. If you are willing to get out there and knock door to door, you will be able to pay your bills by cleaning windows before you know it.

Get the Basics

To get started on your new business you will need a small amount of equipment. You should be able to get everything you need for around $50 at your local hardware store. Personally, I like Lowes because their store brand is higher quality than HomeDepot, but either will work.

The most important thing you are going to need is a squeegee and scrubber. You can get these for around $20, and you...

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5 Tips to Convert More Customers From Your Website for Local Businesses

 

Building a successful local business is hard enough on its own. Handling all of the online tasks can be exhausting, especially if you have never done it before and are just shooting in the dark. After spending years building my business and fumbling through the noise of the industry, I decided to put together a small list of things that I had to figure out the hard way. Hopefully, you can use these tips to get ahead in your area, and if you do them just like I did, your website will be converting more customers than anything else you have ever tried. 

Where I Built My Website

The first step to having a high converting website is… a website. There are dozens of platforms that you can use to build websites nowadays. Places like WordPress, Square Space, Wix, and GoDaddy are great but I personally use Kajabi to build my website. This is partly because they are wonderful at hosting my courses, but they also have a nice website builder and even handle email marketing....

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5 Steps Before You Start a Landscaping Business

Starting a landscaping business is super exciting and you may want to jump right into it as fast as you can, but there are a few things that you should sort out first. Above all, you have to believe you can do it, but belief does not make money. So you also need a solid game plan on how you are going to attack this landscaping business head-on. After you have a solid plan, you have to have the confidence in yourself to carry out that plan. Are you confident enough to knock on one hundred doors if you have to? You also can not get bogged down with the complicated tasks at the beginning of your journey. You just have to visualize what it would look like if it were easy, and then as your business grows, you start to expand. The more you expand, the closer you get to financial freedom.

 

 

 

1 | Believe in Yourself

Whether you are starting a business, playing a sport, or trying to get a college degree, you have to honestly believe that you can do it. Furthermore, you...

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How to Start a Landscaping Business with ZERO Startup Money | Find Financial Freedom Right Now

The best thing in the world is financial freedom. The best way to get it is to start your own business. Although it is easy to just say hey start your own business and you will have all the money you could want, but we all know that’s not quite how it works. Starting your own business is hard, but it is also rewarding if you put the work in. The one thing holding most people back is that they feel like they need to have a ton of money saved up to start their own business. This could not be further from the truth.

 

 

I have personally built my six-figure landscaping business from the ground up so that I did not have to keep living paycheck to paycheck at my miserable 9-5. I want you to get out of the hell loop of a 9-5 so with everything I have learned in my six years in the field, here is how you can start your own landscaping business right now with zero start-up money (step by step).

 

 

 Check Out My Video Series About Starting a Landscaping...

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The ExMark Zero-Turn Riding Lawn Mower Series

In my opinion, ExMark makes some of the best zero-turn lawnmowers on the market. Personally, I have used their products for well over a decade, and after seeing the quality of their most recent mowers, I do not see that changing anytime soon. I have been using the ExMark Radius X-Series for a while now and I wanted to lay out everything I like about this mower for those of you looking into buying a new zero-turn mower. 

ExMark has three mowers in this series, the E, S, and X. Between all three of these models and their customizations, there is one for everyone. Whether you are a homeowner with a medium to a large yard, or just starting out your lawn care business, or are a larger lawn care company, I highly suggest these ExMark mowers, plus they are super fun. They are even doing a giveaway in 2021 that you can learn more about here

What I Like About My ExMark Radius X-Series

There are a lot of great things about this mower and I could honestly go on for hours, but here...

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Your First Year in a Lawncare Business

 

Life can suck, but the best way to take control of your life is to have financial stability.

Starting your own business can be the ticket to this dream, although it is risky, if you put in the work it is very rewarding.

Your first year of creating your own landscaping business can be scary and incredibly hard. So I wrote a book about how to crush your first year in lawn care.

Here I am going to go over the high points of it and try my best to put your mind at ease. If you like what I have to say, consider checking out the full book here

No Money? No Problem

No matter how much (or how little) money you have, you can start your own landscaping business.

First and foremost what you need to do is buy a truck. It does not matter what kind of truck and it does not matter how expensive it is, or if it has 200,000 miles and is a bucket of rust.

That kind of truck will do just fine, so if you don't have a truck or if you have a car keep working until you can afford to...

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