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Old 01-20-2014, 08:22 PM
larryinalabama larryinalabama is online now
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I spent lots of years on mowers and still prefer that to officework...but I also like vacations and time with my family and building something which might be able to be sold or passed along to kids. Being able to suddenly decide to take my kids to the park on a nice day or spend it with my family or parents drives me to have a bigger company...the money is just a benefit..and to retire
My Solo operation does all that for me.

Funny you mention retire, retirement = a bunch of yard work on your own home. lol.

I doo plan to build a couple or three more houses before die.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:33 PM
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I'm not sure where everyone is getting this you need to "have a ton of employees" thing. There's nothing wrong with being a true solo operator, you're just limited in the end in my opinion. But if you have a partner or a couple part time people you are far from solo.

Why is your plan for you businesses end? Work it til you die? Have you stockpiled money in a fun for 30 years so you can retire? I don't have that answer but that's what makes me wonder about a lot of us on this site. Do we even have a plan? Heck, Sean had a plan when he started this thread (sorry Sean but I sniffed that one out when I read the title. Good one though).

And guess what, many of you have SIGNIFICANTLY much more business experience than i do. I'm looking to these experienced people and all I find is a lot of negativity except for the few i mentioned. The ones who are prosperous (large or small) have a plan and not that piece of paper you wrote your business plan on. I'm talking every step is laid out in their business from how they mow a lawn, to how they leave the shop, to how they hire people, etc..... Just like they have a phone screening process for clients they have a similar process for potential employees.

Yes it's easier to paint that rosy picture and spout these ideas that hopefully make you sucessful beyond your dreams. Of course reality can and will be different. But guess what, those sucessful companies do JUST THAT. Everyone of them sings a similar tune.......

I hope all of us find our own success this year.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:06 AM
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Here is 5-customers that wants to make small talk when you have to be somewhere else
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:08 AM
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1. my reg paycheck work interfering with me doing the lawncare aspect of my life.
2. rescheduling due to unpredictible weather too hot, cold or wet.
3. poison ivy...
4. loosing a customer b/c they moved or passed away...unavoidable loss of work.
5. needing more money to make more money.....
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:17 AM
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May there be grass in the air,money in your pocket,alot of business.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:05 AM
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Winter months, slow pay, losing a job over pennies, competition that does crappy finish work and they still get the job, office work
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:46 AM
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There's nothing I really hate, A lot, I get aggravated/frustrated about, all have already been mentioned, like my current situation of trying to break through the grey area. I like the challenge of growing a company. Some will say, you picked the wrong industry to try and grow a company. As most of you know,5-6 years ago I came out of corporate America ultimately disappointed with the direction I was headed, during the process of trying to land on my feet, I discovered for whatever reason I enjoyed this industry, I'm still here and still enjoy it. Nothing worthwhile is going to be easy, nor do I expect it to be. Most likely I'll never be a millionaire, but as long as I can continue to challenge myself, I'll keep going.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:54 PM
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Low balling customers,
New vehicle-priced mowers,
Insurance,
Weather,
IRS.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:59 AM
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1. Slow paying customers
2. Getting nails in tires
3. Weather conditions
4. Winter Blues
5. Gas Prices
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:59 AM
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1. Slow paying customers
2. Getting nails in tires
3. Weather conditions
4. Winter Blues
5. Gas Prices
Amen to the gas prices and nails in your tire!!!
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