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Old 04-18-2000, 05:13 PM
thelawnguy thelawnguy is offline
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Just wondering why others have made the choices they have.<p>Myself, I work alone because I do not want to be burdened by employees. I was the boss once before, no thank you. I hire out as needed, a couple times a season, usually heavy equipment owner/operators. Plus its nice to work at my own pace without worrying about keeping someone else busy. I make enough working by myself to have a comfortable but not lavish lifestyle. I socked enough away in my previous career so that retirement planning is not an issue. Now I just save for the kids college fund. (And weddings-two girls).<p>Bill
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Old 04-18-2000, 05:44 PM
Toroguy Toroguy is offline
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Bill,<br>I find it nice to work alone, consider mowing a therapy. I hav'nt hit my capacity yet so am usure if I will add people to grow larger. Staying solo would be nice but lack a certain challenge.<p>When finished for the day I bore the heck out of my friends with nonstop grass talk.
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Old 04-18-2000, 06:14 PM
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Charles Charles is offline
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I like working alone because I don't have to worry about anyone but myself. I use to have employees and found good seasonal help hard to find and keep. They did more damage to my equipment in one one month than I did in one season lol.
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Old 04-18-2000, 07:12 PM
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Personally I absolutely hate working alone. I'm one who enjoys having someone around to talk to during the day. I find mowing to be as boring as it gets. The reason I haven't taken the step to employees is that I can't afford to pay a wage that allows a person to have a comfortable living. Around here it is impossible to live on much under $10 an hour. Others are paying $7-8 but there is little more of a de-motivator than working all week and having to wonder how you will meet your basic needs on what you have earned. I worked for enough slavemasters myself that I will NOT put another person in that position. When I can see my way clear to pay good wages I'll take the step into employees. I'm 50 and don't really want to have to do the physical end of this for the rest of my working life, so at some point I have to get things together.
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Old 04-18-2000, 08:17 PM
steven Bousquet steven Bousquet is offline
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i notice the &quot;I work alone &quot; works well for many people, but if your goal is to build a company and provide jobs and services to the comunity working alone is limiting, I see the word working used alot, how about building, creating, thriving,exploding growth, thrilled clients, super outstanding employees, watching people prosper from your companies growth,buy homes,etc. one crew or eight crews whats the difference, as long as you are reaching your own goals. if you do want to grow but are not quite sure how to read the E-Myth.and if you don't really want to grow read it anyway. Have fun making money is only part of this business, you gotta have a life too.
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Old 04-18-2000, 08:28 PM
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I have had my wife work with me for the past few years; she donates her time to keep the $$ in the family, & keeps everything legal- like. <br>This year my wife is staying home with kids & I have a helper. I'm not big enough to need 3 people yet, & you all know how hard it is to find good help. Me & one other helps greatly in efficiency. On smaller yards, I mow & he trims. On big yards we have 2 big mowers going. Whoever finishes first trims & then other guy follows up with blower. Much faster than having equip. sit on trailer waiting to be used. I can get enough extra work done to offset the expenses of having an employee. Plus you can bounce ideas off each other, keep from any boredom, & the buddy system in case an accident occurs.<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
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Old 04-18-2000, 08:41 PM
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I sometimes wonder why I didn't stay small and solo but I must say that when I have a successful employee, it brings more reward and joy than than I ever imagined. <br>If I could find 5 people that knew how to follow directions to the tee, I would be rich and they would make a darn good living as well.<br>Don't get me wrong, I am not a slave drover and many have accused me of being too soft.<br>This is an area that I have really struggled with and many great opportunities have passed me by because I can't do everything myself.<br>I could work 8-4 play golf in the evenings and have weekends off and still make a pretty good living with no employees. But, I keep chasing these big deals that could set me up for life if handled correctly. In the meantime employees do provide a lot of headaches. The answer for what is right for you, well you will have to decide on that.
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Old 04-18-2000, 09:16 PM
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gene gls gene gls is offline
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I am back to working alone.I like the quiet of not hearing some one chatter all the time.I like things done my way.I no longer have to take that extra walk around each property to inspect for missed areas.The equipement stays in better shape.I have all the answers that I want to hear for any questions that may get asked.
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Old 04-18-2000, 09:18 PM
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i would'nt mind having a business partner, but nobody i know is as excited about mowing as i am, as far as employees go, i don't really want them unless we can all get rich and i don't see that happening.
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Old 04-19-2000, 07:23 AM
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Being part-time has a lot to do with my choice of working alone. After 8 hours of the office, there's nothing better than to go home and hook up the trailer. Also, I don't think I could trust anybody else to do the same quality work as myself.
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