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jcr_17
03-12-2004, 01:55 PM
I was wondering how involved your family members are with your business? Do you have your spouse, kids, cousins, brothers, etc. helping with the operation of your business? My wife is fairly supportive with me just as long as I don't dip into our personal funds.

jajwrigh
03-12-2004, 02:01 PM
My fiance is supportive, but doesn't have any involvement at all. She occasionally refers work my way, so I guess she is helpful!

Neil@PLS
03-12-2004, 02:10 PM
In a word, "ABSOLUTELY!"

My wife is not only supportive, she is a member of the crew.
As far as children go, our two oldest boys were homeschooled and they would get out and mow as a part of their P.E. class.

I have hired people to work for me, but my sons can work circles around some of them. Family will always be more stable than someone hired from the outside.

lawnlubber
03-12-2004, 03:59 PM
My family has helped on occasional jobs but no one enjoys this work the way I do. It is a struggle to get them out and I am less than pleased with the result. Now I prefer to hire someone. Someone who likes this work.

mtdman
03-12-2004, 05:36 PM
I tap my brother to help out every so often, but he's pretty lazy and lives far away. My wife wants to help me, but she can't handle the work.

tiedeman
03-12-2004, 06:34 PM
nope, wife doesn't want to help out. She is afraid that she will mess up something and then I will take it out on her.

My mother on the other hand wants to do the bookkeeping, but I can't see myself letting my mom see my finanical information

ManleyLawn
03-12-2004, 07:50 PM
My mom and my g/f both do some of the billing for me, messages, and make deposits for me. My g/f came out and helped with leaf removal last year but i think it was a little to much for her. She says she enjoys it but i dunno.

jcr_17
03-13-2004, 12:13 AM
I agree about others not appreciating the work as much as we do. Every time I walk through a green house or the lawn and garden section at local retailers it seems like I can't stop trying to smell the sweet smell of the fert., grass seed, flowers, pesticides, etc. I started my business out using the my last initial (but will change it soon to be more professional) and made it R & R. Customers always ask who the other R is and I tell them that it is my wife. She is the accountant...she spends all the money!

specialtylc
03-13-2004, 12:20 AM
When I firsted started out , My business partners wife and my wife run the push mowers for one day a week on our first apartment complex job. They only helped one year until we got more larger accounts and we hired full time employees to replace them.

Jeds_Lawn_Care
07-02-2006, 02:57 PM
My wife is fairly supportive with me just as long as I don't dip into our personal funds.

If you really want your wife to be more supportive of you, you might order this book for her. It has blessed many many families.
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Jeds_Lawn_Care
07-02-2006, 03:00 PM
In a word, "ABSOLUTELY!"

My wife is not only supportive, she is a member of the crew.
As far as children go, our two oldest boys were homeschooled and they would get out and mow as a part of their P.E. class.

I have hired people to work for me, but my sons can work circles around some of them. Family will always be more stable than someone hired from the outside.

Man it sounds like you really have a great family! If you're a homeschooling parent you might be interested in this web-site -

http://www.nogreaterjoy.org

ProLawns
07-02-2006, 03:59 PM
My oldest son is also homeschooled and he is my only employee. He does his schooling in the evenings and on days off. He started working with me part time when he was ten. Now he's with me full time and I pay him $9 per hour and he saves almost every penny of it. It's nice to keep the money in the family. I have two younger boys who will probably do the same when they get old enough. It's great to have your children with you to teach work ethic and other important things about life. Those that send their kids off to government schools every day really don't know what they are missing. My wife does most of the bookeeping and she is truly a helpmeet. She has the book that was mentioned on the no greater joy website.

SpikeGT
07-02-2006, 10:49 PM
My brother in law works full time for me and my dad helps out for 1/2 a day on thursdays.

cahermit
07-02-2006, 11:01 PM
My son pushes a plastic mower behind me screaming "mowie mowie!" when I mow at home. He's a soldier in the making!

nfarr
07-03-2006, 12:44 AM
My wife runs the office, answers the phone, does quotes, follow up, invoicing, makes all deposits, co-ordinates with CPA. My 13 yr old son sometimes comes along and is good with ztr and edger, however, struggles with the line trimmer and w/b mowers.

I have a hired assistant that helps with the mowing.

I have had bad experiances hiring other in-laws and family, so I wont do that again.

promower
07-03-2006, 01:06 AM
My wife runs the office about 4-5 hrs a day, does the bookeeping, phones, and anything else that I cant get to during the day. Nice tax write off to for a one income household.

HOOLIE
07-03-2006, 02:50 AM
I pretty much do everything...the work, the paperwork, etc. (I think that's everything?) Now my sister in law last year was helping sometimes with mulching in the spring, then I got her to try mowing...she really kicks butt...sometimes she helps when I'm behind, she runs behind the mower literally :weightlifter: When she ditches the shirt and goes with just the shorts and sports bra, that's good for business and has also caused a few near traffic accidents :laugh:

WhiteLightning
07-03-2006, 02:52 AM
I have a counsin that is a helper and he goes out to most of my jobs with me.

Rhinox29
07-03-2006, 03:17 AM
My wife helps with paperwork. My dad and my oldest son (over the summer)are part of my crew. My youngest son helps with flyers.