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adam5557
04-02-2005, 10:56 PM
Hey guys i am in high school and have a nice lawn care business started with almost 20 customers and just bought my first commercial mower the other day. I really like doing this kind of work but my parents also want me to go to college as i am pretty decent in school. What would you guys reccomend going into if i wanted to learn more about landscaping/hardscaping and also building and remodeling.Have any of you been in this kind of position?thanks any help would be great..

lawnandplow42
04-02-2005, 11:13 PM
yes i've been in the position
no i wouldn't go to school

procut
04-02-2005, 11:31 PM
I see you are from MI, your lucky because Michigan State Univercity has an excellant Landscape program.

JB1
04-02-2005, 11:39 PM
Go to school, you'll realize your dumb parents now, are the smartest people in the world later.

lawnguyland
04-03-2005, 12:09 AM
Be cool, go to school.
check out programs in horticulture, agriculture, or architcecture, or landscape design or landscape architecture. I have a BS in Ag. in plant and soil sciences. There's lots to choose from. University of Delaware, UMass, Cornell, tons of schools. On Long Island, SUNY Farmingdale.

Shuter
04-03-2005, 12:13 AM
I wish I went, I never did, but I do make 6 figures. Uconn has a good program to look at.

out4now
04-03-2005, 12:18 AM
There are several good programs out there. Michigan is well enough respected out here that it is one of the few schools that the city of Scottsdale will accept for their employees at the ballpark and parks department. Texas A&M seems to be well liked as well. The most important courses you will probably need to take are Finance and Accounting. No matter what the business, its about the money.Good luck and aim for the big payup .

millerlc
04-03-2005, 10:31 AM
I was in your same boat. I'm a senior in high school and was unsure whether to attend college or not.
I decided it would be better for my career ahead.
Now I will be attended Cornell next fall majoring in Horticulture.
A degree will set you apart from the other landscapers and opens various different areas that you my be interested in.

Good Luck.

Classic Lawn
04-03-2005, 10:40 AM
Hey guys i am in high school and have a nice lawn care business started with almost 20 customers and just bought my first commercial mower the other day. I really like doing this kind of work but my parents also want me to go to college as i am pretty decent in school. What would you guys reccomend going into if i wanted to learn more about landscaping/hardscaping and also building and remodeling.Have any of you been in this kind of position?thanks any help would be great..

I was in ur same situation just last year i liked what i was doing i had to go to school. I found a good program at OCC. I would defiantly look into it i have leard a great deal and this is my first semester in the program. I have found out when a client asks you a question and you can fire back with the right answer with out looking it up they have a lot more confedace in u. I have landed a few more jobs just knowing the little bit that i have learned iam glad i did not regretting anything. If you would like some more info PM me and i would be gladly to help. Good luck.

Mo Green
04-03-2005, 11:30 AM
Go to college and get a degree. You'll be glad you did. payup

MacPhersonlawn
04-03-2005, 11:49 AM
Go to school. Finance, accounting, marketing. You can mow and make money and lose it all because you don't know how to run a business. In the end, it's a business.

MImowerkid
04-03-2005, 05:48 PM
I am planning on going to MI State for the sports and commercial turf program. I will also look into other buisness-type degrees

lawncare4u
04-03-2005, 06:06 PM
Listen to your parents,and go to school,get a degree and the sky is the limit that you can make...............GOOD LUCK> sounds like you've got a pretty good business going!!!!!! :cool:

prizeprop
04-03-2005, 06:43 PM
Go to school! Don't let 20 accounts dictate your future.You'll then be 22 with a degree and all sorts of doors will begin to open for you. Many of us including myself are stuck with our current lifestyle because where else could we go without an education and make the kind money we do. Does'nt mean we enjoy it any more, we must do it to maintain our current life styles. Just my opinion.

Residential Recreation
04-06-2005, 01:36 AM
go take some business classes and economics too also some drafting wouldnt hurt even though you like what you do you could fall off your mower and loose your legs then what will you do to make money you need to feed the brain plus college is a lot more fun than high school the chicks drink more and are allways horny. god do i wish i was still there