Not every company has a success story to tell. In fact, statistics show, 20% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 45% during the first five years, and 65% during the first 10 years. Therefore, taking such a huge risk as to start your own company with these kinds of numbers, might cause more anxiety and stress than its worth. BUT if you have drive and ambition and you don’t give up…you might just end up being the exception.
America’s Best Lawncare got started as a side gig. It was an “after working our real jobs”, nights and weekends kind of thing. It was extra cash flow into our household. It was using our beat up, 4 door Nissan Altima, driving around town to knock on doors, making cheap flyers and business cards and leaving them at every home and place of business we could think of. It was cold calling and introducing ourselves. It was giving away free services to show the quality of our work so that people would trust us enough to give us their money. It was a humbling experience to say the least. We kept at it though. Slowly, but surely, enough money was coming in to pay our bills. So, we decided to quit our full-time jobs and focus on the business we wanted to build. Because of our unwillingness to let go of our dream, a family member of ours, decided to take a chance and invest. With this investment, our first truck was purchased, wrapped in our logo and services, and had a full chemical tank set up. That 2016 Ford F-250 sure was a beauty. The vision was coming to fruition. That one truck, working 6-7 days a week for several years, has now brought us to 3 commercial vehicles, 3 technicians, 1 office manager, a well-established website, a widely known software company as our communication & scheduling engine, a variety of platforms that carry our incredible reviews, and a multitude of clients that we are so thankful to have. AND we are still growing. Week after week, month after month, year after year.
Raising 4 children, 2 of them being autistic toddlers, plus taking the time out to care of ourselves, while running a household and a business, has given our entire family a new meaning of hard work and perseverance. Our journey is far from over. In all honesty, it is just beginning. The one quote my husband and I hold dear to our hearts was in a speech we heard by Jim Carey in 2014. He said, “You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
We truly love our company. We truly love what we do. And we don’t see that changing anytime soon.