I recently had the opportunity to talk with Neal Bitner of Lifescapes Landscaping about his experience starting his business, running it and finding a loan through Lendio to improve his business. Here's his experience with Lendio, along with advice for small business owners, in his own words. Tell me a little bit about your business. LifeScapes is a full-service landscape contractor serving Southern Beaufort County, SC. We focus on lawn maintenance and construction. Why and when did you start it? I started this business in February 2011 with the sole purpose of bringing back customer service to the landscape industry. Over the years of working for other companies, I found that the idea of building a relationship with the client had gone by the wayside. How did you get the initial capital to start your business? I used personal credit to build my business in the beginning. There is absolutely nothing out there in regards to financing for small startup businesses to draw from. What keeps you going? What's your passion that drives your business? My passion is derived from the satisfaction I get from making my clients happy and seeing the satisfaction in their eyes when the work is completed. What did you need funding for? The funding was used for capital growth, I wanted to have funds available to purchase new equipment but also help reduce debt a bit to improve overall cash flow. How was your experience with Lendio? My experience was great. It was very smooth and I actually felt like Lendio wanted to help me. I had dealt with so many other lenders that used the exact same sales pitch when they called me. Other lenders absolutely ignored my requirements for moving forward and gave me false hopes saying they could help and they were different from other lenders. How was your experience with your Lendio Loan Specialist? My rep was Tracy, she was great. She didn’t give me any false hopes in regards to financing. Would you experience Lendio to a friend? I would recommend Lendio to a friend. What general business advice do you have for other small business owners? Be true to yourself and your clients. If your clients can see your passion for success they will be an integral part of your growth and future success. You can find out more about Lifescapes LLC by going to their Facebook page. To get started with Lendio, fill out the form below or visit lendio.com.