Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Justin Winburn, CEO of Winburn Lawns and Landscaping, located in Sumrall, MS, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Winburn Lawns and Landscaping is a licensed and fully insured landscape and maintenance business. We specialize in high-end residential and commercial maintenance and landscaping jobs, from working with contractors to small backyard projects.
Tell us about yourself
Our business started in 2009, when the economy crashed, as a necessity for income. We’ve strived to grow into a company that produces top-quality products, whether they are at the front door or on the back of the property, where you’ll never look at them. We want to make sure we produce a product that the customer, employees, and I will be proud of.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
From the perspective of the one producing the work, I feel like the biggest accomplishment is that we’re able to keep people motivated and see the vision for what we’re building, and our work environment stays fun. as well as producing the best customer experience possible.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
In my role as of late, I’ve struggled to keep the official time, the time out seeing jobs, and the customer interaction balanced. Keeping my work life and my home life balanced is also very important to me.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Know your numbers. Your cost of operating is different from company to company. We try hard never to work off of unit pricing or use the same size job as the last one, etc.
- Use the technology that’s out there. We use a computer software system that has changed our business.
- As a business owner, you have the stress and the rewards of owning the business. The way I look at it is, our income, although it’s in a bucket, it’s my job to make sure to plug the holes in the bucket and make sure that the money that’s there is managed correctly. The only way this works is to surround me and retain the best employees.
Where can people find you and your business?
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