Facts and info.
The tree service industry has one of the highest overturn for workers than any other small business. The skillset required to properly climb trees is par to none. The MAJORITY OF TREE SERVICES, INCLUDING big name tree companies like Monster, rely on climbers that free lance for anyone and on workers that make their rounds through local trees services.
Tree Service Companies, a view from the inside
A tree service truck driving slow - faded out chipper in tow. Coming down the road they make the turn - and young minds begin to burn...
A neighbor wandering around his yard - last nights storm sure hit hard...
Broken branches are spotted in the trees....Don’t worry partner, soon we will be busy as bees...
But the truck creeps on by...not stopping the driver mumbles, " better wait on this one, that tree is way too high"....
Two guys bargaining against luck - and the thoughts continue... " Man, I bet that yard is full of bucks"...
Tree trucks with chippers in tow are everywhere it seems...though it may go along with the theme of the american way., operating a small business - what many are doing is learning as they go, only thinking of the money that can be made cutting on trees.
After all, how hard can it be, I got a good Stihl chainsaw and been cutting firewood since I was knee high to a grasshopper - so the line of reasoning goes.
The end result of a firewood cutter sawing on residential trees is most often times a butchered tree and or damage to persons or property. We have seen it all to often, and most likely so have you as you pass by trees that have been closely cropped, left to die and at the later expense of their owners...
The plain jest of it all is that it takes much more than a chainsaw, and even a chipper and bucket truck all combined to perform tree care the proper way. In addition, a certificate of tree workers insurance is not a license to perform tree work.
Trees are intricate living organisms that require experienced and knowledgeable tree arborists in order to prevent danger and damage to both them, the people working on them and to your property.
So how did all those tree companies come to be ?
Wind and weather wreaking destruction upon trees was an open avenue for people looking for work. There are at least a dozen newer tree companies in driving distance of the Lynchburg area alone operating as a result of the two derechos and tornado that hit in recent years.
These storms came at a time when unemployment was high, attracting people looking for work who figured doing residential tree work couldn’t be much different than cutting firewood as they had been doing in their own yards - moving from their yards to the many neighborhoods that dot the Lynchburg, Smith Mtn.Lake area.
The tree service industry has attracted people of all types and diversities looking to make big money quick. So many that it has fueled a franchise buying frenzy across America.
The problem is evident through the way certified tree climbers are now free lancing, bidding their services out to the highest bidder. This means you could potentially pay too much for tree work should you call one of those companys that hire out climbers..
For those looking to start a business, the tree service industry is not one to be taken lightly ...or jumped into without having the proper background. Its just too dangerous and trees should not be cut on any way a person seems fit.
Another trend, this one fueled by the internet, is for people to use their computer prowess abilities to upstart tree services.
Some people are doing what Home Advisor and Angies list are by creating tree service websites then turning around and CHARGE CONTRACTORS PREMIUMS FOR THEIR JOB LEADS, - entrepreneurs lure in unsuspecting people looking to have tree work performed through legitimate looking and sounding websites they create. They oftentimes post fake pictures from the web, fake press releases to gain traction in ranking their sites and good sounding things...
These same people use tricks to gain your attention... some claim to give discounts if contracts are signed on site before their competition has a chance of speaking with the customer in question. They sell your contact info to any tree service they can find willing or take a cut of the job, depending on the deal they can strike with the tree service they find.
Tree work is extremely dangerous and unpredictable..It is a trade that has taken the lives of many a seasoned tree care worker, not to mention the countless amateurs that has attempted it.
Statistics prove this. In fact, it shows that the recent surgency of new tree services has sent the mortality rate of tree workers through the roof, and limbs through the tops of houses and garages as well - many times the entire tree itself.
It takes years many years of practice, study, and real life happenings through trial and error to learn the tree care profession. As a professional tree care provider for a decade and a half, I can only estimate that 7 yrs. of on the job training would be sufficient for a person to try and do it on their own. And it is ALWAYS the customer who pays for the inexperience when the bar is not met
There’s simply too many things that are unforeseeable which makes a seasoned tree man reconsider how to attempt things on future jobs - things that the inexperienced learn the hard way and at the expense of the customer. Please do not let that person be you.