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Old 05-21-2010, 07:11 AM
Green Scape Green Scape is offline
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Should I get back in business?

I have been throwing the idea of going back in business for about a year now. I had my own lawn care company ( fert,weed control, tree and shrub care, mole control, flea and tick control etc.) for about 3 years. Last year was a very tough year and i ended up selling my accounts and equipment to a friend of mine who has a ton of customers, and i joined his work force. Well, since then, i have learned alot, more business end of the business, and i feel very comfortable and confident, i can make it, if i give it another go. My question is, with times being the way they are, economy and so on, is it worth the risk? Where will this industry be in ten years? I feel that the lawn care industry has been getting worst, more cut throat, and with scotts and trugreen running around lowballing everyone, should i bother??OH yeah, im in CT, and yes, im licensed.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:05 PM
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I also previously had a lawn and landscape business, I sold out in October of 2008 to another lawn care company to pursue other intrests. I was in business for 8 years. Ended up selling around 110 accounts, equipment, trucks, trailers, and other items that consisted in running my business. About 2 weeks ago I decided to give it another try. This came a little late in the season. I have talked to all of the big players in my area and some of the smaller guys that I use to compete with and they all said its the busiest season that they have had in 5 years, thats when I decided to get back in. I dont know how the economy is where your from. Down here in East texas the lawn and landscape industry is going fairly well. It might work, it might not. I like the industry and I am not worrying about aquiring customers those will come after I get out there a little more. Just trying to find that first good account and work from that. I have 6 accounts which is bringing in about $1250 a month and 3 of those are every 2 weeks. If you like the business do it.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:23 PM
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Thanks for the input. Im gonna do it. I just need to get some funds in place. I enjoy the business very much, its unlike any other industry.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:17 PM
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Quit talking and start it already!!!
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:25 PM
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im in CT also, Berlin but i am really busy for only my second year in business, (previously worked for a landscaper and decided to start my own last year) but im still in school, i find myself having a take "a day off" sometimes to keep up with work and i work ALL week end. so i cant complain
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:30 PM
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i dunno there are a million landscapers in CT now a days, it seems everyone with a truck and a mower is cutting grass, its a flooded market IMO.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:18 AM
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i dunno there are a million landscapers in CT now a days, it seems everyone with a truck and a mower is cutting grass, its a flooded market IMO.
Exactly, it's the same in most places. Why start again, it'll be worse this time around. I hope you really enjoy it because you'll make less money and work harder. I guess not everyone likes making a lot of money...

You're better off getting an education and going into computers. A million times more money that way. You can always mow on your time off to do what you like once you come back from the office...lol

Most computer guys make an average of 150k salary a year....

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Old 05-24-2010, 12:59 AM
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Most computer guys make an average of 150k salary a year....

I'm sorry but this is just not true. 150,000 is on the way, way upper end of IT jobs. Average is more like $50-70k depending on the area/cost of living.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:54 PM
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I'm sorry but this is just not true. 150,000 is on the way, way upper end of IT jobs. Average is more like $50-70k depending on the area/cost of living.
Thats assuming they can FIND a job. Most IT guys I have talked to have had at least one job outsourced to India and the like, and/or are really unhappy with their chosen field. I'd rather mow grass all day then fix computers. JMO
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:35 PM
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I'd rather mow grass all day then fix computers. JMO
amen to that!
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