My guests on today’s programme is Bryan Clayton, and he is the uber of grass cutting. Bryan has a fascinating story. At 13 years old and playing his Nintendo, his dad suggested they go and cut the neighbour’s lawn.
The neighbour paid him $20, and he got to wonder how many lawns could he cut.
By the time he was in high school, he had 200 customers, fast forward a few years and while at college he was employing five people.
He had to Choose College or Business
On graduation, there was a choice. Take a pay cut and get a job or build the business. Bryon went on to create one of the largest landscaping businesses in Tenessee.
His employees were his family; the business gave interest-free loans to change the lives of their families. We are talking about sending kids to college and building a supermarket in Guatemala. He made the company from the ground up.
By 2013 he had taken the business to 150 employees and $10 million in revenue, and it was time to move on. He sold the company to Lusa holdings.
He tried retirement for a while but needed more of a challenge. Then he remembered how difficult it was for the homeowner to get regular lawn care.
Bryan Clayton Uber for Lawn Care
Seeing the growth of uber and other services, he thought it would be a simple process to create an app to do the job.
What followed was an 8-year journey and lots of personal development; however, it was all worth it as Green Pal will break through $20 million in 2020.
Green Pal is more than a simple booking system, the homeowner gets quotes within 60 seconds, and the grass cutter gets a business system in a box. The app does everything for them from sending the quote to booking the appointment and taking the payment. He has become known as Bryan Clayton Uber for Lawn Care.
Just like the previous business Bryan has created something that is making a real difference for all involved.
What started as a simple chore to cut the neighbour’s lawn has grown into something that changes many lives.
Bryan is a role model; his life is a story of living with the edge, personal development and leadership.
It is an inspiring story and well worth a listen, I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
What next Post COVID 19
Outside of the critical industries and health professions, lockdown life for many has been a surreal journey. Life has been on hold; however, the end is in sight, and it is time to be thinking about what next.
We are in for a journey that is for sure, as the threat passes the world will return to a new normal.
What Did You Discover?
Many people in China valued the lockdown; it is rare for families to spend extended times together. For them, it was a precious time.
It was an opportunity to discover more about ourselves. In the west, some found they needed less stuff and spent less money. UK banks reported the repayment of £6 billion in credit card debt during April 2020.
Some people discovered they could work from home and lots of travels was not necessary.
Other now dread the prospect of returning to work and others are not sure what it will be like when they return.
Maybe it is a time to change, have you been making plans or waiting?
Did You Take the Time to Get Stuff Done?
It is interesting given space and opportunity to do something, many people just sit in neutral. For some, they binge on Netflix or find other distraction.
If that was not you. Well done, but please read on.
NEW VIRTUAL EVENT
The new virtual event planned for July, It will be 5 days and we are going to nail this subject. It will be those that can implement over the coming months that will thrive in a post COVID world.
I want to hear from people on both sides of the coin, those who are good at being productive and from those who find it a challenge.
We all get the same hours in a day and some of us achieve so much more than others.
What is the story for you?