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Old 04-23-2005, 10:50 PM
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Hey all. I don't want to be rude at all when I bring this topic up, but since we are in this business I think we should know how much we're making. I have decided to not go to college and continue to work my lawn business. Most people have told me that I am basically an idiot and that I will end up going back to school after I fail in my business. I think, though, that I can make an honest living doing this thing and doing it well. My goal is to have 200 weekly lawn maintenance account by the time I am 21 (I am 18 now.) Right now, we have 38 accounts and I just hired my first employee. Anyways, what do you guys think about skipping college to work my business? Do you think one would ever be able to achieve a six figure income from owning a lawn and landscape business? Any advice/critism would be helpful. Thanks, guys!
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:05 PM
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Honestly, If I were 18, I would stay in college to better my chances. Its a big gamble if u dont. Some areas, u can do just fine, but some areas are so saturated with LCO's, you may not do so well even if your the best. I think its wiser to continue education since your still young.
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:08 PM
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Oh yea, my annual income is 6 figures gross, but my net is only 46 k
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:09 PM
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Do you truly want an honest opinion? I truly think that you should finish school. At least get a 2yr degree in some skill. Do it while you are young and do not have spouse, kids, etc, etc, etc... OMG - I sound old. I could bore you with the details, but I won't do that. Remember that this advice is just a blanket answer, I don't know you or what would make you happy. And we can't look into a crystal ball to see what would be the better scenario. If you can handle school do it, you should always have a back-up plan. JMO
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:42 PM
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Hi, anything is always possible, but you should have as many options as possible too....I know plenty of guys who started out as you & today are in there 40's & "Burnt Out", sure they gross 6 figures, have 1 or more crews [ & equipment]2-300 weekly lawn accounts.....But you gotta have a niche, Me, I started out at 18, worked for "Lawn Doctor", than Managed a LCO for 3yrs [ At 22 w/ 6 service crews], it wasnt till I was 28till I went into Tree care, By a national company, got promoted to Sales Rep. at 30 [ but was at a severe disadvantage] compared to the guys that came from college w / degrees in "Arborculture", sure I was "Smart", learned Fast,took class's at nite, on weekends [ in Horticulture, perennials,insect / disease ID,IPM,,ect]....Now I'm 40's, considered a "Organic Specialist"by my peers, [ benificial releases, biological controls,native plantings,Arbor care/ Tree surgery, cables, rods, cavity & root care- speciality pruneing by hand / & power tools,Compost tea brewer, the works, I do it all]....run a part-time biz, gross the 6 figures, [ my net is my personal bizness] ....but how do I feel that my sisters kids [ after summering with me, graduate and get starting salaries of 6-digits?...."Woopie", [ & they have something to fall back on if the market crashes again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]...Hope you see my point, stay in school, learn something, that little piece of paper will take you to places only "Dreamed" about by some of us other guys....Good Luck, mowing will always be around after school.
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:48 PM
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baldeagle i hope that english crack wasn't about my post...

this is just a forum, so who cares? lay off
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Old 04-23-2005, 11:55 PM
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Forget school, who needs it. LOL...I did 2 years of college without actually graduating but I had a couple things I knew I would be getting so I wasn't too worried. Best thing is run the business, take evening courses, nothing too busy just enough and continue school that way. If you find you can't make a go at the lawn care biz then you aren't starting from scratch in school again.
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:18 AM
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dont go to school, school is for fools!

don't be a fool, stay in school!

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Old 04-24-2005, 09:53 PM
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If you know you are going to be doing this work the until retirement, then i don't think you need college. But it depends on how good you are with the business aspect of landscaping, not just the actuall work. IMO, i'd skip college.
I've always thought that the money you spend on college, plus the money you could have made while you were in class, just doesn't make sense.
I know there are exceptions to that but just my idea.
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Old 04-24-2005, 03:40 PM
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baldeagle i hope that english crack wasn't about my post...

this is just a forum, so who cares? lay off
that was intended for the post before yours, ya snuck in ahead of me there,as i don't type real fast,not having a college education, and all...
just kinda grabs me by the booboo sometimes when some 21 yr old snot-nosed punk says ya can't get anywhere w/out an education...when his apparent 3 yrs. so far, haven't even learned him to spell college.
ok - the bad day, and a few brews, might have had a little to do w/ it too.
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