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Old 12-21-2013, 07:49 AM
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Seems like I'm always checking in on the "Casey thread" to see what you're up to. I don't really know why I have this interest in your thread. Maybe it's because you're a Virginia boy like myself or maybe it's because I'm interested in watching the growth of a young entrepreneur. It might be that you kind of remind me of myself many years ago. Whatever it is, I wish you nothing but success, Casey. And from what I can see you will be successful. You're intelligent and you have work ethic. Both of those attributes are evident in the fact that you're building your business part time while working a full time job to pay the bills. Anytime you put intelligence and work ethic together it breeds success.

Earlier in this thread, you had mentioned starting a family and that it might not be the best thing for your business. I think that's a load of BS. If you're the person I think you are, it will only make you push harder for the success of your business. Having a family depending on you will drive some men to realize their true potential. Plus, these will be the best years of your life - being so young, having a baby, a wife (btw, I looked at the Christmas card and man did you ever get lucky, she is beautiful. What's she doing with you???) and a young company on the way up. In my opinion, you've got it going on, man. You're living the American dream.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:38 AM
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This will be more of a rambling on but I'll try to express how I feel/ think. I LOVE my business and just about everything that comes with it. But when I become a father that will/should be priority. Time isn't something you can go out and get off the shelf. I am a workaholic and it will be hard for me top take time away from work for the family when I know there are things that need to be done. I would like to move back to my parents farm and build a house there that way my kids will have the same experiences I had. It'll be a hard balance to say the least for me.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:49 AM
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I completely understand where you're coming from. I went through the exact same thing. My Daughter was a year old when I left a steady, secure job to start my own business. I was head of the landscape construction division of a large landscape company and making more money than most people my age at that time. I left that company because I was working long hours for someone else's success and I wanted more control and more time to spend with my family. Owning my own business gave me that. It was a lot less money in the beginning. Times were tight but my wife had a good job, my retired mother watched our daughter during the weekdays, and it gave me the flexibility to take care of my daughter when needed and build my business at the same time. The great thing about owning your own business is you make the rules, you can build it to fit around your life and that's how I still run things to this day. For example, we start work at eight in the morning for one reason - because when my kids were younger, I would take them to the bus stop or to school in the mornings. To this day, we probably start the work day later than any other LCO... but that's what I want. I have six full time guys working for me because I've found that to be the number where I can still have control without having to be there every single minute. They know what they're supposed to do on the jobs and they know how I expect it done. Now, I'm not saying owning a business doesn't require attention because it does. But because of keeping things manageable, I can leave for a week long vacation with my family and not have to worry about the wheels coming off. I don't want to build my business into a fortune 500 company. I just want to make a very good living and have time to live and enjoy life. It's all about settings up systems and sculpting them to fit whatever it is that YOU want.

I shouldn't and I'm not trying to sway you either way. I'm just saying there are these possibilities. Every man must find his own way and do what is right for him. Maybe moving back home would afford you the opportunity to make your business into a full time operation.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:59 AM
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Sounds like you are where I want to be. Moving back home won't be cheaper by any means just better for the kids and business. It'll give me more room for stuff like equipment, mulch, and a couple of barns to get stuff our of the weather. Plus be able to do a little farming on the side. Yes it will be less money in the beginning but also less hours. Another downside is we are only 3 and 4 miles away from our current jobs and only 10 years left on the house.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:20 AM
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You'll figure it out. I'll continue to check in on the Casey thread occasionally. Best of luck to you.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:30 AM
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You'll figure it out. I'll continue to check in on the Casey thread occasionally. Best of luck to you.
I will. Thank you.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:47 AM
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This doesn't have anything to do with the green industry but I'm posting it to hopefully keep me more focused, determined, and some type of responsibility to get it finished before spring. Task at hand is to fully gut and remodel 2 bedrooms and a bath in about 3 1/2 months. Not happy about putting the business on the back burner but momma wants it done. Happy wife equals happy life.






More coming later.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:25 PM
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:30 AM
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Finishing up electric now then some framing for a bifold door closet. Also repairing some floor joists that were cut for plumbing and adding extra support here and there. Second to the last pic shows how they fixed a bowed 2x4. There are a lot of them like that. Btw box truck and leaf vac came in handy!
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