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Tinkerer
12-13-2004, 01:52 PM
Anyone out there mow part-time and work another job? I deliver pizza in the evening. All the potential profit from the lawn service just goes back in to get bigger, newer equipment. I own my service and have 2 employees, me + myself.. Total: me myself and I. Heard that one on Giligans Island.

LawnScapers of Dayton
12-13-2004, 02:34 PM
fulltime firefighter.......part-time LCO....

rodfather
12-13-2004, 03:24 PM
You'll find that the majority of the members here work a full time job and mow part time.

lawnwizards
12-13-2004, 05:40 PM
screw the working part time jobs from now on. i wanna be like rodfather and take long vacations during the winter, not work for 6 bucks an hour... this is my last year of working anything but lawn care.. i'm taking the plunge next spring. everyone wish me luck.... :)

rodfather
12-13-2004, 05:43 PM
screw the working part time jobs from now on. i wanna be like rodfather and take long vacations during the winter, )

Now, don't be spreading those vicious rumors about me lawnwizards. In fact, it's VERY long vacations sir LOL.

lawnwizards
12-13-2004, 05:46 PM
Now, don't be spreading those vicious rumors about me lawnwizards. In fact, it's VERY long vacations sir LOL.I stand corrected. :D

NCLawnMedic
12-13-2004, 09:44 PM
Full time paramedic, part time LCO. The sad thing is I make more money mowing. Go figure.

GrassMasterNC
12-14-2004, 08:28 AM
Full time SAR flight paramedic, part time street paramedic, part time (sometimes seems more like full time) LCO. Looking to S-L-O-W-L-Y make the transition to full time LCO in the next 3 years & still ride the truck part time for fun.

Matt

LCME
12-14-2004, 11:36 AM
Engineer full time. LCO part time. I want to get into the business in the next couple of years. hopefully grow the business to full time with employees. just my dream. to work thru the summer then play in the winter. i also would like to move to florida. sanibel, fort myers, etc. and run the business there. again, just another dream/goal.

moremowing4me
12-14-2004, 12:03 PM
screw the working part time jobs from now on. i wanna be like rodfather and take long vacations during the winter, not work for 6 bucks an hour... this is my last year of working anything but lawn care.. i'm taking the plunge next spring. everyone wish me luck.... :)
GOOD LUCK!!! I am right behind you next year.Only difference is I make 16 bucks an hour at my job :blob3:

scott's turf
12-14-2004, 12:40 PM
Engineer full time. LCO part time. I want to get into the business in the next couple of years. hopefully grow the business to full time with employees. just my dream. to work thru the summer then play in the winter. i also would like to move to florida. sanibel, fort myers, etc. and run the business there. again, just another dream/goal.

I am a full time engineer as well. My business grosses about the same as I make as an engineer. I have 1 FT employee and I worked about 150 hrs over the entire season. So my net profit is not much but it continues to grow.

jbell113
12-14-2004, 01:14 PM
I work full time at a print shop...make 60 grand a year and part time LCO. All of the mowing money goes into savings for a rainy day which may be gone soon cuz its rained a lot here lately

Mo Green
12-14-2004, 03:34 PM
Full time firefighter.... part time lawn business.

mastercare
12-14-2004, 04:04 PM
For me, its two opposites. I'm a financial advisor, doing a lot with both personal and small business: Life insurance, health insurance, Retirement plans, tax planning, and investments.

It's great to spend a couple days in the office with a suit and tie. Next day I'm wearing carharts and covered in grass. I love both jobs and wouldn't change my flexibility and variety for any 1 job!

N.H.BOY
12-14-2004, 04:55 PM
Full time selling Frito-Lays for 14 years. Part time lco. Next year or two, full time LCO.

GreenMonster
12-15-2004, 01:31 PM
f/t project manager, making a decent living. However, I hate my job.

Full time goal...... 2006.

twins_lawn_care
12-15-2004, 04:40 PM
I work full time at a print shop...make 60 grand a year and part time LCO. All of the mowing money goes into savings for a rainy day which may be gone soon cuz its rained a lot here lately

hey Jbell, what kind of printing do you do?
I've been in the silk screen printing for a long time, just curious here.
We do lots of parking control permits, and promotional decals. Lots of racing sponsor stickers, like on all the race cars, etc.

ChadA
12-15-2004, 05:39 PM
Engineer full time. LCO part time. I want to get into the business in the next couple of years. hopefully grow the business to full time with employees. just my dream. to work thru the summer then play in the winter. i also would like to move to florida. sanibel, fort myers, etc. and run the business there. again, just another dream/goal.

My wifes parents have some property on Sanibel Island. I hear its beuatiful. Can't wait to go next year.

ChadA
12-15-2004, 05:41 PM
I wait tables at a resturant and PT LCO. Hoping to go full time with in the next year or two.

newbomb
12-15-2004, 10:33 PM
Work 50 hrs a week driving a truck another 30 hrs mowing. Gotta go out on my own next year

lawnprosteveo
12-15-2004, 10:38 PM
full time firefighter...full time lco!! :angry: :cool2:

luv2fly
12-15-2004, 11:58 PM
Full time airline pilot, part time lco

Luv2fly

green acres lawns
12-16-2004, 01:03 AM
Full time diesel shop foreman (night shift), full time lco (7 days a week in season). It's the middle of Dec and I'm still doing leaves. Got 2 more calls today. When does that long vacation start?

Lou Poco
12-16-2004, 12:32 PM
Full time bank employee (workout specialist) part time LCO. Love getting outside after spending all day in the office. Hope to turn business over to my son in a few years.

Woodman1
12-16-2004, 12:48 PM
All of the guys tell me that I am full time LCO - part time State Trooper. It seems that way during the heat of the season! Lots of REAL early days and LATE nights, but wouldn't change it for the world!! :blob3:

terryzrx1200
12-17-2004, 12:54 AM
Full time Security Officer, P/T LCO. Second year in LCO bussiness and I plan on going full time next year. Terry

Bull_11
02-13-2005, 03:26 PM
f/t project manager, making a decent living. However, I hate my job.

Full time goal...... 2006.
GreenMonster,

What kind of project management do you do? I'm in consulting and working my way up to project manager myself, but like you, I hate my job. I'm currently working about 50 hrs./week and have an 11 mo. old at home keeping me busy. I want to start dabbling in the lawn care industry to hopefully start my own company someday, but I'm having a hard time realizing where I'd find the time. :( I think I just need a swift kick in the butt to get me going.

brinlee lawn
02-13-2005, 03:29 PM
Fulltime industrial maintenance man, 2 year partime lco.

scott in the soo
02-13-2005, 03:36 PM
i bartend friday and saturday evenings... love it

mowerman111
02-13-2005, 10:42 PM
22 Yrs. in the business I think that makes me a Full time lco, wouldn't know how to work for somebody else.

Johnson
02-13-2005, 11:06 PM
Full time cop and part time LCO.

Allen's LS
02-13-2005, 11:38 PM
Full time Quality Control Inspector, part time LCO. But am making the transition this year. (I Hope)

jajwrigh
02-14-2005, 12:54 AM
Part time fert/squirt and full time in the field of human resources. Someday I would like to go completely on my own as well!

Bull
02-14-2005, 01:48 AM
I've been with an electronics company 23 years. I work 36 hours Friday night through Sunday night. Can't beat the benefits and pay for what I do. Mow during the week and also serve as a volunteer firefighter. Life is good.

JDeere Fan
02-14-2005, 09:31 AM
Sell boats full time/ LCO part time, soon to be full time!

Lefty's Lawns
02-14-2005, 09:45 AM
I stare at a monitor 10 Hours a day, 4 days a week. Doesn't leave much time for mowing. I used to get off @ 2:30 pm which would give me time to get 3-4 accts done. Getting off at 4:30 really hoses that up though. Much rather be mowing. I've got the same staff you have. (me, myself and I) Good luck!

Toy2
02-14-2005, 09:53 AM
I was a VP of a restoration parts company/60 grand a year, owner found out I enjoyed working outside more than managing, and was considering starting a lawn service....pissed him off to no end. Showed me the exit, but paid me though the 18th of this month.

I believe things happen for a reason, so this has given me time to get equipment, flyer's, etc..

Do I miss my old job? Heck no! Life is to short to be stuck behind a computer screen making some one else rich!!

"WHY MAKE A DOLLAR FOR SOMEONE ELSE, WHEN YOU CAN MAKE FIFTY CENTS FOR YOURSELF" :)

westwind
02-14-2005, 09:55 AM
grass in the summer, snow in the winter! :cool2:

Family Man Lawn Care
02-14-2005, 11:43 AM
FT Research Scientist for pharmaceutical company, Webmaster for wifes online business, 3 kids - 5, 3 and 8 months, PT LCO with 15 monthly accounts. Sleep? What's that!

Titans Fan
02-14-2005, 12:16 PM
Full-Time College Student
Coach football, basketball and baseball
Mow about 20 accounts per week

chefdrp
02-14-2005, 12:17 PM
full time chef and p/T LCO. spring of 2005 it will be full time LCO and p/t chef

FrankenScagMachines
02-14-2005, 01:28 PM
Started business spring 2003. All that time up to now I have been part time LCO, part time high school student. If I work hard I can get my school work done (so I can graduate) before the mowing season starts this spring, which will be nice as I am going full time this year with the business :cool2:

lawnchopper
02-15-2005, 12:39 PM
work fulltime in summer for a LC but starting to think about gettin my own stuff and mow partime solo. However all that mowing may burn me out since i work 10-12 hr day with the LC.
Im looking to get into the city park dept fulltime hopefully this summer so i will have benifits and have a normal 8hr day and then that will allow more to time to mow my own stuff.

grassrootsinab
02-15-2005, 12:58 PM
Full time teacher, part time LCO. I would like to have enough clients to run one crew so I would only manage the company during the summer. Long summers were supposed to be one of the perks of teaching. Like to get a few more summer days to golf and hike etc.

jeffv
02-16-2005, 12:10 PM
Full-time corrections officer, part-time LCO.

Jusmowin
02-16-2005, 12:44 PM
full time lco and part time at home depot

LawnProz
02-16-2005, 01:29 PM
Full time school district maintenance part time LC

Fareway Lawncare
02-16-2005, 02:20 PM
Most Part Timers don't Really Understand how to run a Successful Green Industry company because they have a Security Blanket....Many (Not All) also do not Play by the Rules and Hurt the Industry Immeasurably.

Regardless, its good to Know, after finding out How Many Part Timers are Here, that I Know Enough about this biz Not to have to be Saddled w/another Job.

021462
02-16-2005, 03:30 PM
Full time LCO. Laid off after 18 years in the telecommunication industry. In business for myself for 4 years now. Have tried the part time think and it didn't work out. February is a bad month for me, little money coming in. Things will break out soon enough.

dmc456
05-03-2005, 10:01 AM
I'm a full time design engineer for a very large corporation. I'm supposed to be one of their "golden childs" but really enjoy mowing lawns.

I started my lawn business 3 years ago and now make 2 - 2.5 times my normal sallary part time.

To say the least, I get asked why I still work as an engineer from people how understand how much I make doing what I really like and all I say is in time. I'm working about 70 - 80 hrs a week so I can pay everything off except our home before making the jump. Another month I should have all my cars, loans, and credit cards with a zero balance which will be really nice.

I'm planning on retiring from the corporate world or rate race next spring, but may have to do it sooner to stop accepting new customers.

Right now i'm training my 2nd crew to mow for me during the week. I have grown from 20-22 lawns last seasons to 70+ this season in a 3-4 mile radius. A lot of the early lawns for only 1/4 acre but most of my new ones are 1/2 - 2 acres.

grassmanvt
05-03-2005, 11:36 AM
Full-time lco, full time a-hole, would like to retire from lco and concentrate on being the best a-hole I can be. The green industry has been good training for it. :)

Texas Mowem
05-03-2005, 11:58 AM
Its pretty difficult to make a profit working at this part time.

Smithers
05-03-2005, 12:07 PM
full time engineer and part time (4 accts last year, 6 this year) LCO. the money that i make from lawn cutting pays for the new car, gas and save some. can't beat the benefits from the full time job.

i dont need the money, but it's great when i can get extra cash each month.

ccorts
05-03-2005, 01:49 PM
I am a full time educator, waiting patiently for classes to be out for summer. I have been in the lawn business for 5 years now. It started as work for my boys, but they are now in college and I still have the business. It is very hectic from April until school is out, but I do enjoy being outdoors and that type of work.

jbell113
05-03-2005, 04:20 PM
hey Jbell, what kind of printing do you do?
I've been in the silk screen printing for a long time, just curious here.
We do lots of parking control permits, and promotional decals. Lots of racing sponsor stickers, like on all the race cars, etc.
sorry for the late response....I work for a financial printer.....we print documents for the stock market, banks and lawyers. Its boring 1 color work but its easy so I have plenty of energy for the lawn work.

rodfather
05-03-2005, 05:21 PM
I'm a full time design engineer for a very large corporation. I'm supposed to be one of their "golden childs" but really enjoy mowing lawns.

I started my lawn business 3 years ago and now make 2 - 2.5 times my normal sallary part time.

To say the least, I get asked why I still work as an engineer from people how understand how much I make doing what I really like and all I say is in time. I'm working about 70 - 80 hrs a week so I can pay everything off except our home before making the jump. Another month I should have all my cars, loans, and credit cards with a zero balance which will be really nice.

I'm planning on retiring from the corporate world or rate race next spring, but may have to do it sooner to stop accepting new customers.

Right now i'm training my 2nd crew to mow for me during the week. I have grown from 20-22 lawns last seasons to 70+ this season in a 3-4 mile radius. A lot of the early lawns for only 1/4 acre but most of my new ones are 1/2 - 2 acres.

Very nice indeed...you should be proud of your accomplishments.

Pro-Scapes
05-03-2005, 05:42 PM
when the winters slow down I work at the farm and feed store for our preacher. I do alot of site prep work tho with a heavy tractor but the LCO is taking over all of that quite a bit. Nice thing here is alot of high end customers like to plant rye grass in winter for a great looking lawn year round and ya gotta mow that often too. Going to run a special in october where I will seed for like 25% above my cost just to have the mowing work year round.

dmc456
05-03-2005, 07:28 PM
Some people think I'm crazy to walk away from my desk job, but to work outside doing something I really enjoy would be great. Even better, I can make more in 8 months than I could in 12.

I have no desire to get in the snow plowing game, but will probably have to for a select few clients.

I would love to have 4 month off out of the year.

rodzilla94
05-03-2005, 09:06 PM
full time commercial construction superintendent. I'm over 10 to 15 million dollar jobs i have 23 weekly accounts I'm moving to the lawn business side full time with in a year or 2.......it sucks to be tired and burned out of the f/t job been in construction for 16 years

mad_wrestler
05-03-2005, 09:23 PM
Full time United States Air Force. Part time LCO and real estate investor. LC is paying for the real estate. Anybody else do this? :blob4: :blush: :blob3:

jrs mowing
05-03-2005, 10:19 PM
For 18 yrs. I have been at a window factory,14yr. vol. firefighter & for 16 yrs. I have mowed after work and on weekends....the mowing bus. keeps geting bigger every year .....

CELS
05-03-2005, 10:37 PM
I am a production control manager for a large manufacturer of racing / street car parts. My degree is actually in accounting. I'm just a part time L.C.O./ scrub. :cool2:

Todd's lawncare
05-03-2005, 10:45 PM
Full time United States Air Force. Part time LCO and real estate investor. LC is paying for the real estate. Anybody else do this? :blob4: :blush: :blob3:
real estate should pay for itself

mad_wrestler
05-03-2005, 11:08 PM
Here is my formula that I have come up with...well others have formulated I am just using

1. Full time job-to pay for life stuff
2. Real Estate investing-to create ongoing income
3. Business to fund real estate investing
4. No more full time job, because finally with a plan you stick with, real estate pays off
You are right to a point. Real Estate will pay for itself. But not all of us start of with 10 residentials, a couple of apartmentment houses, a few co-ops and a commercial strip mall. I am not busting on you in any way or assuming that that is or was your situation. I started with nothing except for my career in the USAF and of course a great family. Bought a couple rentals, and they are doing well, but time is of the essance. So I decided to start another business to generate income to fund my real estate investing. After paying my empoyees and paying for my equipment the rest goes into my real estate investing. We live very comfortably on my AF pay. I am fortunate to not have to rely on the LCO income at all. I learned from some great mentors to learn to live on a pay grade below the one you wear. It has worked great. So in my opinion this is a plan that will work for me.

RoyalZ
05-03-2005, 11:39 PM
FT Computer Repair geek and Pt Owner operator LCO cant charge enough with competition in NC from Latins to go full time LCO.

joeg2246
05-03-2005, 11:57 PM
Fulltime technician on the Space Shuttle Program and part time LCO. My son gets out of the service next year. I will be fulltime on both jobs then. Hopefully turn the LC business over to my son.

MJhnson Lawn
10-24-2005, 09:43 AM
Mow full time for School System and mow part time for self.

Pecker
10-24-2005, 09:51 AM
IMO, the ideal situation is to work a full time job with benefits, retirement, and health insurance. Then do lawns part time for supplemental income.

Jonce
10-24-2005, 11:49 AM
FT working as an IT dude at a telecommunications company and just starting my part time LCO. I have no plans on going full time in the next year or two. I plan to continue my IT career with full benefit's and use the mowing company as supplemental income. I would like to buy land up north in a year or two.

MOturkey
10-24-2005, 01:32 PM
Yes, full time route salesman (milk route) and mow on the side, solo operation for now. Hope to retire in 3 years or so, and will probably mow full time to supplement my retirement income.

cookedonphonics
10-24-2005, 02:18 PM
I mow about 25 hours a week and tend bar for another 20.
I also still work part time for the software company I was with for 6 years prior to starting my LC business, so I can keep my insurance thru them. I have to pay in, but it's not very much at all compared to what I would have to pay for myself, my wife and kids if I had my own policy.
The bar and the software company also always give me more hours during the winter too, which is nice when the grass isn't growing....

gumper48
10-24-2005, 02:39 PM
full time USPS for 30 years (as of this past year), part time LCO for the past 12 -
goal - retire and mow full time-

exmark lazer xs
kubota L175
rakes - shovels- saws
stuff

lawnchopper
10-24-2005, 10:56 PM
partime EMT and fulltime employee of a LC next yr its time to throw my hat in the ring

o-so-n-so
10-24-2005, 11:44 PM
Drive a route truck (newspapers) full time. LCO part time. Stump grinding part time. Landscape part time. Tractor work part time. Use about 30 (sometimes more depending on work load) hrs of hired labor weekly.:cool:

Howard Roark
10-25-2005, 12:33 AM
Wow,

I'm amazed at the ratio of part timers on here.

I started the year full-time management/part time lawns, quickly went to full time lawns, now back to full time lawns/part time @ Dell as my mowing season comes to a close.

Next year I'll keep the Dell job during the start up of the season, and when it gets busy tell them I'll see em' in October (seasonal work, come and go as you please type stuff if you're good) and hit the lawns big time.

May go Dell again for one more season next year as the $$$ ranks right up there with the lawns. As for the LCO, I do it not just for the money, but for the freedom.

goodgreen
10-25-2005, 05:51 AM
Full time sales work during the day. LCO in the evenings and Saturdays (no Sundays). Been doing this successfully for about 6 years now with very loyal customers. Have been investigating full time lawn care since I love it!!

ATVracer
10-25-2005, 08:09 AM
[QUOTE=gumper48]full time USPS for 30 years (as of this past year), part time LCO for the past 12 -
goal - retire and mow full time-

Me too! What do you do? I only have 10 yrs in.

Carolina Cutter
10-25-2005, 08:33 AM
Full time firefighter, part time REALTOR, and part time LCO.......dang somethings gotta give....LOL

dmc456
10-25-2005, 09:10 AM
Design engineer...making $70k / year and may walk away in the spring. My net (after expenses) last month for my part time lawn buisness was over $20k for the month. Normally it is around $10k....

My boss knows I have my own business, but I told him I just mow a few extra lawns to make some money.

It will be a sweet day when I walk away from the corporate world. I may stick it out one more year. I'm planning on hiring 2 full time employees in the spring to handle 90% of the workload while I forcus on growing the business.

rodfather
10-25-2005, 09:14 AM
It will be a sweet day when I walk away from the corporate world.

Exactly what I did at the age of 38 (Director of Training for Hertz Equipment) and never looked back either.

webfoot
10-25-2005, 09:56 AM
Work in a factory full time.But a regular work week is 34.5 hours.Mow part time in summer-duck hunt full time in the winter.

MOZE4MUNY
10-25-2005, 10:15 PM
USAF full time, LCO nights and weekends...stress reduction therapy. There are several of us in the area doing the same thing. When we do our 120-180 day business trips to Iraq or Afghanistan we disperse our accounts for the duration and take them back upon return.

ffemt1271
10-25-2005, 10:47 PM
fulltime firefighter- part time LCO

PMLAWN
10-25-2005, 10:57 PM
Full time worker- full time businessman- Businesses include LCO- Realestate- Handyman- Investment Real Estate, Sales person. I have a boss and he is me!