At least he learned now... and $35 per man hour is a good start but you should be closer to $40 or $50.
big change on lawnsite from a few years ago...used to be, guys wouldn't 'drop their gate' for less than $65/hr-
Innovate or upgrade your service or you'll be down in the trenches slugging it out with the 'kid down the street' for the $20-$25 mowings=very tough life trying to make enough to retire--
he said it right-- if you are just doing work and not thinking strategically, then you have a job...not a business.
Regular work=regular income...which leads to being able to plan.
planning your time allows you to figure how many guys to hire--and then grow-grow big enough and you can hire someone you can trust to run your business...and then therefore retire or sell the company-
1989 BlueChevy 1500 Extended cab with FULL bed
1978 7ft Sears cargo trailer with added wood inserts to hold both my weedeaters
3 1976-83 vintage lawnboy lawnmowers with full self propel features as well as mulch kits
2 Sears electric weedeaters
1 green machine electric leaf blower
1 sears articulating hedge trimmer-electric
2 50ft power cords
3 Leaf rakes
1 pocket knife
cooler for beer
lawn chair to enjoy a beer while I wait for the cash to be handed to me