Hey all, I'm new to posting on this site, but not new to using it. So everyone in the Gainesville Florida area should add to this and tell a little about themselves, what parts of town they work in, how long they have been doing this, etc....
I will start with myself. I have been in Gainesville the past five years. I moved here from Jacksonville straight out of High School to be a student at the University of Florida. Well I graduated winter of '09 with a degree in Building Construction and a minor in Business. I decided to stay on and am currently enrolled as a graduate student working on my Master's degree in Building Construction.
I started my own lawn and landscape business about two years ago after getting burned out working my butt off framing, working with other LCO's, wrenching, etc for $8.00/hour. I figured that I'm a fairly intelligent guy, so why not make myself my boss. Well I started small and part time, and over this short amount of time, I have grown it much larger than I anticipated. I feel that it is not bad for a full time student. I sold my truck today because I need something that could pull a bit better because I commute to Jax every week to take care of my accounts there. About 60% of my business is in Gainesville and the remainder in Jax. It's not too bad though because it is nice to see the family once a week.
I love what I do and am very proud to be my own boss. I take tremendous pride in my work and am not entirely sure if I want to leave what I am doing when I graduate and the construction industry gets back on its feet. I never want to be stuck in some indoor office and love that my office is outside. Though, I wouldn't mind expanding the construction aspect of landscape, such as patios, decks, fences, pavers, hardscaping, etc. I have done quite a bit of construction work as a laborer, but nothing beats submitting a bid to a prospective customer and winning it, and completing the project. The money and satisfaction of a job well done are extremely rewarding.
I think it would be beneficial if we could get a local group of people together to discuss local happenings, pricing, and other things, basically a local social network.
Now tell me about yourselves!