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Old 12-18-2007, 01:23 PM
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Solo or Partnership?

Here's the situation. I am a high school teacher and in the summer I mow aound 20 lawns. Now, I have a fellow teacher who wants to partner up.

I am wondering how many total lawns (with 2 guys 50/50) we would need to make the same amout of money?

Would it be best to make stay solo? I am happy with 20 lawns, but the potential to grow it with a partner is enticing.

Any suggestions, experiences, etc would be great!

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Old 12-18-2007, 02:05 PM
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not enough info... how many hours a day do you spend doing lawns .. you need to figure out overhead and all that
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:21 PM
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aint a partnership kinda like being married twice at the same time.
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:05 PM
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Here's the situation. I am a high school teacher and in the summer I mow around(sic) 20 lawns.
Who takes care of them in the fall and early spring ?

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I am wondering how many total lawns (with 2 guys 50/50) we would need to make the same amout of money?
Twice as many ? (Given that the yards are the same size that you do now.)

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Would it be best to make stay solo?
Stay solo, or you may lose a friend. ... Plus you will need to upgrade and buy more equipment.

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Old 12-18-2007, 04:29 PM
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Read up on partnership posts on this site and you'll have your answer. They are almost never a good idea. If you want to expand why not just hire him? A partnership gives him equal power over the equipment and clients (and it seems you already have the equipment and clients, so what does he bring to the table?), which almost always spells disaster down the road when you begin to disagree.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:08 PM
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I am wondering how many total lawns (with 2 guys 50/50) we would need to make the same amout of money?
My guess is twice as many...or am I stating the obvious? You cannot do twice as many lawns in the same amount of time unless you have 2 trucks and equipment. Remember, you still have to drive from one house to the next, and you can't go twice as fast just because your partner is in the passenger seat.

If I am correct, then why bother?
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:26 PM
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I would stay solo, I have heard of to many troubles with partnerships
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:48 PM
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Rule of thumb on Partnerships... if 1+1 doesnt equal 3 then theres no need. If the other person cant bring to the table his fairshare and more then its not worth it. If your mowing 20 now you gotta mow 40 to make the same and then its a split from there. What guarentee is there that youll be able to double up your business.

When i started my business, 2 of my friends formed seperate partnerships. In less than 2 years both of their partnerships are no longer in business.

There are very few situations where partnerships actually workout.
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Just hire him on as a helper....pay him hourly, and you should be able to double your productivity and profits. You guys should be able to do aleast 15 a day, depending on size and scope of the lawn. JMO
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:08 PM
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Just hire him on as a helper....pay him hourly, and you should be able to double your productivity and profits. You guys should be able to do aleast 15 a day, depending on size and scope of the lawn. JMO
i have been solo and now partnership and i would listen to tjsquickcuts... that sounds the best...........
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