This guy has his entire landscaping business riding aboard a bicycle trailer.
His customers are confined to a fairly small geographic area and he doesn't haul garden debris. Customers must compost.
I was surprised that he had no interest in my cordless electric equipment. He bikes to work and then he breathes gasoline fumes from the antiquated equipment seen on the trailer. 😞
He makes an average of $40 Canadian or $30 American per hour. Not bad at all.
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posted 4 years ago
I think the resistance to battery powered equipment stems from having tried very early lawnmowers that performed poorly. There's also the idea that people like to hear noise when they've hired someone. They figure things must be getting done, so long as a deafening sound is imposed on the neighborhood.
I can process small branches much faster with my cordless hedge cutter, than I could with a small branch chipper. At 70 decibels, the hedge machine doesn't sound really impressive.
The situation is similar with motorcycles. I've seen some really lousy and really loud bikes.
BMW makes some superior models which are much quieter. If you can afford a top-of-the-line BMW, you probably don't feel the need to impress people with earth shattering noise.
It was mentioned that the trailer came from Duncan and Tony designed it, so I'm sure that's the right link.
Now that the ‘Tread Lightly’ campaign project is over my honest reflection is that Crowdfunding is a bit of an enigma with tons of exciting potential.
An alluring mystery.
I have had a lot of advice on how a campaign aught to be run.
It was clear I was making some missteps even early on. And there was a learning curve like you wouldn’t believe. We set the start date and then reset that date when it was clear we needed more preparation time.
The night of the kick-off was fine but it seemed that I didn’t have enough details ironed out.
In hindsight I would have made sure all the donations that night where credited on the Indiegogo campaign page in real time. As it turned out 100% of the kick-off event income went to pay for the evening with the food, music and misc. expenses. If I was to do it over I would put on a free event without a cover fee, I would welcome and thank everyone for showing up, keep it simple and start the campaign with a $10,000 dollar goal.
Originally I think we got a little greedy and set our goal too high.
Our original $50,000 goal was meant to fund a complete top-to-bottom redo of the ‘Tread Lightly’ service.
I have always (well since 2014) believed in the ‘Tread Lightly’ service. I do think now that an existing business re-launch needs the business to chip in the seed money and announce it up front. At least with our project I would have liked to have started that way.
Then half way into the campaign we realized that the $50,000 goal was just not realistic and we reset it for $5,000.
Still with all the missteps we proved that the community does indeed support the ‘Tread Lightly’ project. People showed up to the kick-off party, donated their money and their time and most of all their support.
Our final campaign intake amount was $3,230.00.
We are deeply honored and grateful for every single donation from $1.00 to $424.00 from as far away as the west coast and as close as my family our wonderful local church and community.
THE TREAD LIGHTLY SERVICE IS AN AUTHENTIC, PROFOUNDLY ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE CARE.
THIS FUNDING WILL ALLOW US TO FIX OUR BIKES, REPAIR OUR LANDSCAPE TRAILERS AND ACQUIRE THE APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT THE WILL ALLOW THE ‘TREAD LIGHTLY’ TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD WHERE IT BELONGS.
Thank you all for your support, your attention and your time.
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