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HS 015 – How To Go From Mowing Lawns to $32 Million In Revenue With Christy Webber

In this episode of the Handyman Startup Podcast, I’ve got something special for all you landscaping contractors out there.

I bring on Christy Webber of Christy Webber Landscapes in Chicago, IL and uncover her story and how she went from a small town lady mowing lawns, to running one of the largest Landscaping companies in Chicago.

I know this isn’t the typical type of guest I bring on the show and Christy isn’t a handyman, but the lessons she shares are applicable to all trades.

Christy’s story is incredible, especially considering that she didn’t graduate with a business degree.  In fact, her education was in physical education.  She knew nothing about operating a business and just got started mowing lawns.  And that’s the key to her success, she just got started.

Her determined attitude and love for her job helped her build a business that currently employs roughly 400 people!  Listen in to find out how.

Here’s what we cover in this episode:

  • Why some companies fail in bad economic times and others succeed.
  • How to scale a service business even if business isn’t your strong suit.
  • How integrating your story into your business can get your customers working to help you.
  • Struggles with employees and how to deal with them.
  • How to overcome fear and finally get started with your business.
  • How brutal honesty with your customers can take your business to the next level.
  • The importance of letting go and allowing others to help you.

Links and Resources

As always, thanks for listening!  And a special thanks to Christy Webber for joining me on the podcast and sharing her story to help others succeed.

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Comments or Questions

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  • Jim April 1, 2014

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    Kudos on your interview with Christy Webber. What a inspirational story! Goes to show us the importance of just getting started. We don’t have to have all the answers. When you believe I can do it, the how to do it develops.

    • Dan Perry April 1, 2014

      Thanks, Jim! You are so right. It’s amazing how powerful just believing in yourself is.

  • The Honey Do - Handyman April 1, 2014

    Great interview. I liked her realness. Motivating. And great info. Great to hear trucks bring in her new clients. I have been thinking of a branded truck.

  • Ron April 4, 2014

    Excellent podcast, Christy is truly inspirational. Listening to this podcast has given me the swift kick I needed.

    • Dan Perry April 5, 2014

      Awesome! I was hoping somebody would say that.

  • James Mason April 4, 2014

    Wow Christy calls it as she see’s it, I think that’s great as it makes her more down to earth and more relatable to the average person.

    • Dan Perry April 5, 2014

      There are a ton of great lessons to learn from Christy. I’m really thankful she took the time to join me on the show.

  • Joe May 1, 2014

    Great interview. There is a lot to take away from this interview.