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whiteclifflawn
05-03-2005, 09:36 AM
I worked at a golf course and got tired of doing all the supers work and making him look great, and quit, bought a 61" rider and a good push mower, blower and trimmer, and held my breath. I have since retired from push mowing, and got a few mow riders and walk behinds. I do not regret the leap. Best thing i ever did, winters can get long sometimes though.

packerbacker
05-03-2005, 09:39 AM
I got fired from my porn shop job so I started working for another LCO when I was 20. Got tired of seeing him bring in over $500,000 a year while paying me 6.50 an hour so I went into business for myself.

cleancutccl
05-03-2005, 01:06 PM
I did it really small time in high school, only 2 yards. Then I was planning on going to med school, needed to pay bills and have a flexible schedule so I started mowing. Didn't like the lives of the doctors that I was working with and saw the life of owning my own business as very rewarding, so here I am now and not regretting a thing.

MMLawn
05-03-2005, 03:50 PM
I watched my butler cutting my vast Estate one day (the gardener was sick) with my gold plated 76 HP KawaKohlBriggs motor with a 198" SuperDeeDuper ExtraFlexLid Mower and I said to myself, "Self, that looks like very hard work with very long hours and a Seasonal business that I bet that would have countless numbers of newbie lowballers and 14 year old kids with Wal-Mart 21" mowers that say they are a "business" but don't have any license or insurance or pay any taxes and don't really know squat about running a real business and one that is also daily work to build and maintain because of that.....hum, self, sounds like fun" so I gave away my Millions and here I am.

David Grass
05-03-2005, 09:24 PM
Was working for a landscaper that hated cutting grass, he mentioned that the "couple" that was supposed to meet with him about subbing out all the mowing, failed to show. I asked "what $$$ are we talking? " Wow, that is a **** load more per hour than I am making now. He liked me, let me do it. Now of course, I do all my own, cuz that was years ago.

SpeaderJockey
05-03-2005, 09:24 PM
low ballin is part of the game my boy

ECS
05-03-2005, 10:12 PM
I spent 6 years working for a property management company doing anything and everything for them, mainly lawns in the summer and snow in the winter. Well, I just completed 6 years of hard service, was called into the office and was fired. Lost my job and lost my housing all in a matter of 5 minutes. I think my boss thought I was going to be out of the area, instead, I decided to do the same thing I was doing, except for renting properties. I went to all of her clients that I took care of for the property management company and took 38% of their plowing and 15% of their lawns. Along with that I took another couple $k ayear of work from them last fall and at least $1k from them this year already. I know how they operate and when they plan on doing things and simply approach the people first and have the job done before they even think about getting to it. I am now going to go against them on one of their biggest complexes. It is 1 mile from me and takes roughly 13 hours to mow and trim. If I get that property, it will set me where I need to be and hurt them greatly. I am aloso going to put in a bid for the plowing which is a two hour plow job. Not only am i doing this to help me grow and make money, but also to screw them as much as I can. When they fired me, I have been nothing but a thorn in their side and have become their worst nightmare. I also found out just how expensive buying a plow, good Z and trailer are while collecting unemployement for 4 months. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eddie B
05-03-2005, 10:23 PM
I worked for Best Buy and drove a crappy minivan. Then I bought a trailer and put that poor minivan to work. I worked at Best Buy part-time as a PC tech and still made over twice as much mowing grass on the side. My manager threatened my job at Best Buy for driving a minivan to work with my company name on it. I walked out and never came back.

Todd's lawncare
05-03-2005, 11:19 PM
I spent 6 years working for a property management company doing anything and everything for them, mainly lawns in the summer and snow in the winter. Well, I just completed 6 years of hard service, was called into the office and was fired. Lost my job and lost my housing all in a matter of 5 minutes. I think my boss thought I was going to be out of the area, instead, I decided to do the same thing I was doing, except for renting properties. I went to all of her clients that I took care of for the property management company and took 38% of their plowing and 15% of their lawns. Along with that I took another couple $k ayear of work from them last fall and at least $1k from them this year already. I know how they operate and when they plan on doing things and simply approach the people first and have the job done before they even think about getting to it. I am now going to go against them on one of their biggest complexes. It is 1 mile from me and takes roughly 13 hours to mow and trim. If I get that property, it will set me where I need to be and hurt them greatly. I am aloso going to put in a bid for the plowing which is a two hour plow job. Not only am i doing this to help me grow and make money, but also to screw them as much as I can. When they fired me, I have been nothing but a thorn in their side and have become their worst nightmare. I also found out just how expensive buying a plow, good Z and trailer are while collecting unemployement for 4 months. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not to be an a** but do you have any one working for you ? Just wonder what you would do if you let them go and they did this to you ? Because i know i would k*** there a** for every dollar they took from me !!!!! :realmad: :D

nobagger
05-03-2005, 11:29 PM
I knew I wanted to do this since high school, just never had the $$$ to do it then. But after I cut off half of my left pinky finger I got about 10k, bought a plow truck saved the rest of the $$ saved plowing money and bought a used w/b from the guy I plowed with, bought all equipment I needed, started subbing from this same guy He liked my work so he gave me almost too much and the rest is history. this year all on my own, no subbing anymore for me. Upgraded with new equipment and busy busy busy this year.

ECS
05-04-2005, 10:54 AM
Not to be an a** but do you have any one working for you ? Just wonder what you would do if you let them go and they did this to you ? Because i know i would k*** there a** for every dollar they took from me !!!!! :realmad: :D
I am solo for now and I do have someone lined up once I grow and he will be paid very well. When I was in management, I treated everyone very good and treated them just as I would expect to be treated. My ex boss stuck it up my arse the last three years. She (my ex boss) got pissed off at me when I had asked for a raise and took it personally. The jobs I took from her, she had because of me. I was the one doing the work and the one dealing with them, not her. These customes felt loyal to me for 6 years of good service to them. When I was fired, she would not talk about it, just said that I was making derrogatory comments about the company and I do not know what it was I said, to whom it was said or when it was said. She told me that if I had a problem with my last check to call her attorney, so I called mine, Uncle sam and blew the whistle on her. I rcovered two years of back overtime and everyone that worked for her also got there back overtime. I am now waiting for my retirement from the past three years that she cheated me out of. I actually hope it goes to court, because then it will hit the newspaper in our community and basicly shut her down. I do not ever remember saying anything derrogatroy about her or her business and even after I was fired, did not openly bad mouth her or her company. There is an old saying that if you play with fire, you are going to get burnt, well let me say this, I am the flame she chose to play with and I have burnt her with the Feds, I have taken work from her and now I will take her to court for what is rightfully mine, by Federal Law.

Me taking business from her is no different from you taking business from someone, plain and simple. I did not sign any no work contract. This is America, and I, just like you, can start a business anywhere I wish and target any customers that I choose. With that being said, I am still going to bid against her on her second biggest complex for the lawn and the plowing. I doubt that I will get them, as she is the property manager for the complex, but I have nothing to loose and all to gain. It is going to piss her off beyond belief and show her that I am not and will not just get up and go from the town that I call home. She has had to raise her prices to pay for new equipment and the loss of business. I on the other hand am charging the same price as she was, If I don't get it, she will more than likely have to drop her price to make the HOA happy.

You can say that I am a scrub, because I am undercharging her for the job, but I am not undercharging her, she chose to raise her prices and I didn't. I have no overhead so to speak of beside the purchasing of equipment, maintenance, fuel and phone. She has a big office and several employees with a huge overhead.

So you can kick my arse for every $$ I took from you or you can choose to better your business and quit cheating your employees, customers and breaking the Federal Labor Laws and Federal Retirement Laws. You can kick my arse, and even then, I am still the winner with a growing business and not a business where you are loosing customers. If you think it is alright for an employer to screw their people and get away with it without fear of reprocusions, you had better wake up and smell the coffee. ;) This is a dog eat dog world, and you have to whach out for #1, because certainly, no one else will.

The best thing that she ever did for me was to fire me and force me to go out and do this. The worst thing she ever did to herself, was to fire me and force me to go out and do this.