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Old 01-16-2013, 11:37 AM
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I am all for the solo-operator - it is a choice and a lifestyle. I am not knocking it by any stretch.

One thing I have always talked about though is the "what-if" scenario, and in this industry, it is a very possible what-if....

What if you get hurt? Break your foot and can't work for 6 weeks?
What if you hurt your back? Many people in this industry have experienced this, myself included.

To be honest, some of the most successful business owners I speak with and work with absolutely HATE this kind of work. They started out doing the work and realized very early on they did not like it, but they liked being in business for themselves, employing and managing people, and providing a needed service people appreciate.
That is true of any job... What if I can't work at the factory for 6 weeks... I just went through a Summer in which I couldn't work for about 2 months... The wife was able to do her job, but the heat is becoming too much for me... that is why partial retirement is eminent...

The fact that people hate this kind of work is funny to me... the reason no one cares about excellence is becuz no one cares about the work or the client... justa good enough reputation to get paid alot... if I wanted to spend my days in an office pushing pencils I wouldn't do it while worrying about my landscaping business...

People bring way too much stress on themselves...
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:20 PM
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So would going back out at 8:30pm in a light drizzle to double check my measurements and numbers on a $15k landscape install, to make sure everything is on key, make me a landscaper or business owner?
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:47 PM
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Great post Sean! I too am a solo operator, and it's tough to try and shuffle between business owner and landscaper. I feel like I spend the winter being straight out business owner, trying to market the business and prep for next year. And then I spend the spring, summer and fall running the operation. Some very good points you make, and I am going to try and work on improving that this year!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:57 PM
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Great post Sean! I too am a solo operator, and it's tough to try and shuffle between business owner and landscaper. I feel like I spend the winter being straight out business owner, trying to market the business and prep for next year. And then I spend the spring, summer and fall running the operation. Some very good points you make, and I am going to try and work on improving that this year!
Check out the new thread I just posted about transitioning from the field into the office....
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Very well said. Great insight.
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