We had the good fortune of connecting with DeAndre West and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeAndre, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Since I was a teenager I knew I wanted to begin my own business and work for myself but I didn’t know how I would do it or where to start. I have been passionate about, and active in, lawn care since I was 15 and worked with my uncle as a landscape technician. I got even more engulfed once I became a homeowner of a beautiful house with an ugly yard and worked for the whole year to bring it to life. Neighbors began to ask me to help them and I started servicing properties after work and on weekends. My clientele grew and in July 2019, with my wife’s support I finally began working full-time with West Lawn Care LLC.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
West Lawn Care LLC started as a DBA with us working with a push mower, a small hedge trimmer and blower, and a weed eater. We’ve learned so far that documentation and communication with clients is very important so we’ve developed email and text practices to keep our clients in-the-know. We also learned to quote better! Over time, we’ve ironed out how much certain services have to begin at in order to reinvest in the company and keep our family comfortable.
Then, we learned that every client/contractor relationship will not work and that’s okay! Commercial businesses especially have ways of running their business, accepting services and paying invoices that may not work for us. After clear discussions and negotiation, both parties have to be pleased with the terms to have a great working relationship.
Finally, we learned the importance of annual agreements for commercial properties. The road to making W.L.C. a profitable business has been winding and uphill but we started to see significant improvement after our 1st full-time year. Each year improves and we’ll stay transparent about the business journey to encourage others in theirs!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love to bowl so $2.99 bowling at AMF is one place we’d definitely go. My wife, the co-owner of W.L.C., loves movies so Movie Tavern off of LaVista Rd would be another spot. We also both enjoy sushi and ramen and like to go TonTon Ramen in Ponce City Market! Finally, for the nostalgia of life before 3 kids we’d take a friend to Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and 6 Feet Under across from The Oakland Cemetery.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out the family and friends who have given encouraging words, referrals and business education during our journey!
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