01-01-2006, 09:18 PM
I was operating a lawn care and landscaping and tree service business here in Florida until hurricane Ivan hit us hard. I went to cutting up trees full time. Eventually that slowed down and my clients started asking me if i would haul away debris. I now own and operate a full time hauling business here in Florida. I make about ten times what I made from the landscaping business. I haul away anything, construction debris,furniture, limbs, etc, tear down small buildings. I expect to gross about 300,000 + income, if projections continue. One employee (me), one 04 F-150 king cab, two trailers. I recycle the aluminiun and scrape metal and copper for added income. Thought the Florida hurricanes have been bad on everyone here, myself included, I have found a new career that I enjoy. I still do some landscaping and ornmental ponds when I get the "itch" to do so and may one day go back to it full time but for now I love to haul! I could easily start a big debris hauling service with more employees and equipment but I like working by myself, got burned out on supervising employees with the tree service. I came up with a great business name for my hauling service that everyone loves and it actually brings in new custmers daily (cant tell you guys the name!). I load everything by hand. use a sawzall and sledge hammer..., no heavy equipment like a bobcat. I am seriously considering buying a cutoff torch and start demolishing mobile homes, as people often call me about doing this. I think this type of work i'm currently doing is great and I'm helping to keep Florida beautiful...and clean!