05-25-2001, 07:57 AM
Ok you full time lawn care operators, give me some advice. I've been doing the lawn care thing for about 13 years now on a part-time basis. I have all the equipment, trailer, 2 commercial riders, etc. This year I will gross around 40k. I turn down work on almost a weekly basis because I don't want to spend more than 65 hours a week (full-time job plus lawn care) working. I have one part time guy that helps me out 4-5 hours per week. I spend around 25 hours a week. I also started plowing snow last winter. I also have a full-time job. I'm sure many of you started out this way. At what point do you say hey, if I can make X amount of dollars working 25 hours per week at it for only six months out of the year, why not go into it full-time? Of course I know that there are some expenses that will be greater, health care premiums for a family of five. My reputation seems to be able to get me all kinds of work without advertising, I just don't have time to do everything. When do you take the plunge and let go of the security of a full-time job with good benefits and go into business for yourself full-time?