Larry Ryan, Ryan Lawn & Tree
Mistake: I would not have gotten into Christmas lights. Too much risk and too little revenue when we are still producing revenue from other sources. Also, landscaping was an area we got into then out of. It is complicated and needs high detail people running it. We did not have that and gladly exited. We would like to someday get back in, but that is in the future.
Kevin McHale, Mchale Landscape Design
Mistake: I would like a do-over with regard to developing a maintenance division sooner than we did. It took us almost 20 years before we understood the importance of renewable income that comes with annual maintenance. Today our maintenance division brings in 25 percent of our total revenue. The benefit of its positive impact on monthly cash flow is huge.
David Dubois, Mission Landscape
Mistake: I wouldn't buy a small company because it didn't work out too well. Companies have values they work by that drive their culture and support their goals to success. When two companies are not enough alike, chances are it's not going to work and for us it ended up taking a very long road to bring it around.
Joe Gonzalez, ArtisTree