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Old 11-28-2012, 07:18 AM
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My first year and I have been a one man show unless the wife helps, then it's a one man one woman show. We've grown a business before in photography, still have it but things have slowed down. We remember when we hired our first employee, then at the peak we had 6 employees and we worked harder and worried more. Our income did increase but so did the headaches. I vow to work this business smarter. Working harder so employees can get paid is not my business model this time around. I work smarter, keep the good accounts and cut the lousy, whiney ones loose and never take on a job I don't want to do. I love working for myself and by myself I'm the best boss / employee
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:42 AM
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I'm solo except when my college age son is broke. Most of the time he can't get himself out of bed.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:57 AM
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I'm solo except when my college age son is broke. Most of the time he can't get himself out of bed.
Sorry to say, I think there's something wrong with your son. My college age son is up and about by 3pm, sometimes a little earlier.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:56 AM
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I get some help from my wife ( she works 3 - 12 days at a local Hospital ) when needed, so does paperwork and goes with me on days i could use a hand . I have 2 ztr mowers, she is on one i'm on the other or I'm trimming and blowing while she mowing. seems to work out pretty good.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:16 AM
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I love what I do.
I do all residential lawns my self.
Trees and commercial I get help.
That works as fallow.
Five days I work by my self and 1 day with help from a friend.
Sunday is church
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:49 AM
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Bump I would like to hear any new input!
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:05 PM
35DollarLawns 35DollarLawns is offline
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Roundup is a solo guys best friend. He always does his part, leaving you that extra time to trim something odd, pick up items etc.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:56 PM
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Bump I would like to hear any new input!
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The best thing is to have lawns you can do your self.
Workers comp exempt and a lic.
Not being greedy and stick with work you can do on your own.
I have had 1 or two guys helping and they are usually a reliability.
The last thing you will want is having to much lawns and no help.
I dropped 10 accounts just so I don't have to hire anyone.
Ask for employee stories.
I have worked with the flu and got hit by lightning
No such thing as a easy meal.
Oh and I spend good money on equipment.
Trust me ever since I work alone is the most relaxing times.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:33 AM
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When i started it was me and my friend great worker and all but people go off to college and i didnt wanna be stuck half way through the season mowing on my own. So im gonna thin out the lawns i dont like and hire someone full time to handle a couple grounds maintenance accounts i landed this year and all relax mowing some lawns and when i get some side work all have my part time help come in. Then again im not sure how mowing 70 lawns is gonna be relaxing.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:51 AM
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Solo here been that way for two years. I have from time to time had a friend or two help with the big cleanups or big pine needle or mulch jobs but for the most part I try to do everything myself. My son will be getting at the age he can start to help so that may be a option down the road.
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