Tree Service Company Background

Before running this website full time I used to own a tree service company with my friend from last post.

What do you think about when you think about trees? Well I think about fire wood. I used to work for this guy that had a tree service. We would have jobs that would consume of cutting trees that have fallen through house and trees that’s people just didn’t want in there yard. Well, we would cut in up in pieces and load it up on the trailer. After, that we would grind the stump out until there was nothing there.
This is the funny part of this story. After we cleared all the small limbs, we would head back to has house. This where it gets funny at. This guy had a big wood cutter. We would cut these logs into perfect pieces of firewood. Then have us deliver it to places that had already had orders in, and some were people at there houses. Here’s the punch line. I was only on the clock for cutting the tree down and cutting in up then putting it on the trailer. So, I never got paid for the firewood. He said that wasn’t in the treeservice company time. Man, I couldn’t do nothing but laugh, because I didn’t want to go to jail.
So the next day we went and did another job and he tried to do the same thing , by having us cut it up in firewood. I told him I was off the clock. Lol. That was when I became part owner of the tree service and selling firewood. I own 45% of the tree service and 50% of selling the firewood.
From there we were getting jobs all over Warner, GA. It so big that I had to hire more people and open more locations. We had locations all the way to Huntsville Alabama. I owned 95% each location I opened by my self.
As time goes on I get so big I bought him out and I owned 100% of the company.
One thing you have to remember about starting a tree service business is the seasonality of the work. Early spring and late fall are the times for pruning and thinning trees. Work concerned with trees damaged by strong winds is likely to be in the winter time. While there may be quite a bit of work clearing away trees knocked down by winter storms, the weather itself will make it difficult for you to operate your business. Also bear in mind that you may have to travel in the course of your work. The greater the geographical area you can cover, the greater your chance of getting work.
Tree cutting businesses provide a variety of services, including tree branch trimming and tree cutting and stump removal. Knowledge of common types of trees in your area and common tree problems helps increase your business and remain competitive with other local tree cutting services. Attract commercial and residential customers by providing quality customer service. Referrals from satisfied customers encourages others to choose your services. Depending on where you live, tree cutting services may be needed any time during the year.
I started out with just a pickup truck and a couple of saws and little knowledge of climbing and the proper way to prune trees. I almost killed myself a couple of times because of it. I strongly discourage anyone from following the path I did, even though I consider my business very successful today (20 years later). The ISA and TCIA have many videos and books on how to prune and you could easily spend your $5000 on those alone. A good tree saddle, gaffs (for removals only), ropes, rigging gear, pole saws and pruners, handsaws, pulleys, loop runners, carabiners etc. will easily eat up all of your start up money. You also need to carry insurance. Just one piece of my rigging gear, the GRCS, cost $2500. This is not a business that you can properly equip for $5000. I would strongly suggest you work for a good tree company for at least 3 months to get an idea of what this is all about. You will be able to make a better decision on whether you really want to get in the tree business and if so, what equipment or gear to buy.
The firewood business is better than ever. The high cost of fuel oil and heating gas has created high demand for firewood. Every state will have firewood customers. People in southern states like to have a warm toasty fire to watch and heat their homes as much as those in northern climates.

Free iPhone 6 Project

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This blog will be about creating various campaigns of giving away free electronics to its readers, but the catch-22 is its going to be an educational type blog and the free stuff will only be earned to those that participate in our discussions and sometimes submits their progress in life after they incorporated the various life lessons that will be shared here.

The intention of this blog is to educate the youth on what it takes to become successful or how do we achieve our goals in real & practical ways.

So the first topic of discussion is What is Willpower and how do we develop it? Conversely what weakens our willpower? & How does this pertain to success in life?

Any thoughts?

Will power is defined as the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.

I believe if young people could understand this one aspect it will propel the into becoming very successful, willpower allows us to take action sounds simple enough but in a world of digital media and plenty of discussion many of us are getting lost in the noise of everything out there and not developing the will power required to see through our actions and daily grind to the end.

Will power is not about something we are born with and naturally have at all times. It comes and goes, and some people have stronger will than others. It is like a muscle that must be consciously practiced and developed. Will power becomes weaker when one lives a life where they do not have to take big time life decisions.

For example, if a 25 year old lives with their parents and never moves out, their will power will slowly erode away and they will be stuck in a life path where they aren’t going anywhere in life. This is such a dangerous thing because it is not like a blatant illness where people can obviously tell that person is getting sicker. Will power is something most of us do no witness declining like all things if it is not consciously worked on it degrades. The danger of weak will power is that you become a human being that lives at the effect of his or her circumstances, and you fall down from living as an empowered human that lives as the creator of his or her circumstances.

The implications are enormous. Jordan Belfort the Wolf of Wallstreet, said there are two people in life. Those that get what they want, and those that live as creature of circumstances.

I no longer want to play the game that other people get rich, I want to play the game of making deals and becoming wealthy for my pure hard work and dedication to becoming the best I can be. To become the person that achieves goals despite the challenges, never takes no for an answer. Understanding and willing to change direction but heads down each plan with full force and full commitment.

Post comments below about what you think is willpower to get a chance to win a free iPhone 6!