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Old 04-11-2014, 08:05 AM
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Yea they do but I wasn't expecting to be graded on my writing format on a post in a forum that i typed on my phone
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:29 PM
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:54 AM
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The purpose of this post is to get advice on what I should do after I graduate to gain the knowledge/ experience to grow a more successful and professional landscaping business. I've got some good advice from you in particular that I'm going to take into account
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you can learn a little about carpentry, agriculture, horticulture etc in college… but to be honest, unless you're going to a real college and getting a real 4 year degree (U conn at the very least but more likely some thing RIT, Rutgers, UMASS)

don't bother with the wee little schools you'll learn less than you pay.

Even at the better schools the most you will get out of them after 4 years is a clue and maybe a chance at an (unpaid) internship.

Landscaping is an applied science mixed with art.

You can't just run off and get a degree and 'pass' everyone with super knowledge.

In fact the guys who went off to work for someone else for those 4 years are going to be in a better spot with more applied knowledge than you will ever get from college.

you are MUCH better off getting an education is business management with a focus on entrepreneurism than anything ag or hort.

All that stuff can be learned OJT way better and picked up at non-college courses at the GIE and New England Grows (which you missed this year, it's over now)


Your number 1 best plan (and I know you don't want to hear this) is to wrap up your wee little business and find a real contractor to go to work for and learn the trade from him, all the good stuff. Find a Local business with multiple crews.
Green Giant is one.
Geigers is another
Laurel Rock
Hoffman Landscapes

All good BIG companies with lots of knowledge to trade for several years of labor.

While you're working for them you can go to college and get your degree in business.
Then take your stuff out of daddys garage and out of mothballs and go to work.

That is the number 1 best plan right there.

Edit: forgot to mention Glengate! holy cow! I would definitely go to work for Glen Gate, Laurel Rock or Hoffman…. Three big boys with the right stuff… well established over twenty years… all of them

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Old 04-12-2014, 06:39 AM
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There is a college that provides all he wants plus traditional courses. Someone on here went... I can't remember who...
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:15 PM
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There is a college that provides all he wants plus traditional courses. Someone on here went... I can't remember who...
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one that's in his local area?

I tried to run a business, have a girl friend and attend college in new haven all at the same time… It couldn't be done, wasn't enough time for all of it.

Would be even worse if he was trying to attend college out of state.
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:16 PM
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:27 PM
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one that's in his local area?

I tried to run a business, have a girl friend and attend college in new haven all at the same time… It couldn't be done, wasn't enough time for all of it.

Would be even worse if he was trying to attend college out of state.
LOL we do over 100 weekly accounts, I'm married with a working wife, a 1 year old baby, no family closer than 230 miles, and I'm finishing my financial accounting degree.

Anythings possible.
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:14 PM
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LOL we do over 100 weekly accounts, I'm married with a working wife, a 1 year old baby, no family closer than 230 miles, and I'm finishing my financial accounting degree.

Anythings possible.
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having a spouse is a completely different scenario, not to mention another income.

and your not attending a physical school with classroom attendance being required.
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having a spouse is a completely different scenario, not to mention another income.

and your not attending a physical school with classroom attendance being required.
Yes I am 2x week.
You said nothing of income, only if time.
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