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Old 02-23-2014, 06:19 PM
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College Degree?

How many of you went to college before starting your business and going full-time? Did you find that going to college, and having that design, business, contracting, or horticulture degree give you an advantage over your competiton? Also, the degree doesn't have to be related to the green industry either. I guess what I am asking is: Did a college degree boost your business?
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:51 PM
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a lot of guys started a lawn business as a way to make money through college, by the time they graduated, they just kept doing it because it was established and making money.

business knowledge helps.
hort/ag classes help if you are into plant health care, planting or tree work.

construction classes help with building/engineering bigger install jobs.

but the lawn business, id say most of the guys don't have or use/need a degree.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:35 PM
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I am 32 years old and have a bachelors degree in Political Science.

I have been working for landscaping/lawn care companies for almost 20 years.

I have also tried working briefly in some other industries in that time period always returning to our industry.

I just hung my shingle out last season, and boy does it feel right.

Nothing THAT I learned in college is giving me any advantage in running my business.

But HOW I got my degree helps me everyday in running my business.

Perseverance, humility, problem solving, studying, budgeting, working with others, leading, punctuality, multitasking, reading, negotiating, networking, profiling, and many, many more attributes and skills are all things that I learned while getting my degree.

If you look at the list above, these are all things that good businessmen and women have. Lots of folks who own businesses that didn't go to college or even high school for that matter have these attributes from the school of hard knocks. Some people learn these things from their parents or other family members.

If I could do it all over again would I still go to college? Absolutely. I wouldn't trade my education for anything. Is my specific degree doing anything to put money into my pocket? Nope.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:40 PM
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I'm 36 and just received my BBA in Marketing. I'm on the fence on either continuing to build my lawn care biz or go work for the man.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:42 PM
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College teaches life lessons more than anything. It's important but not mandatory. I graduated with a b.s. In turf science. If I could go back in time , I personally would have started my lawn care 4 years earlier and not went
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:15 AM
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College teaches life lessons more than anything. It's important but not mandatory. I graduated with a b.s. In turf science. If I could go back in time , I personally would have started my lawn care 4 years earlier and not went
Your exactly right. Basically college shows you will show up at work more than likely. its not a cure all.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:27 AM
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I cut lawns from elementary school all the way up until graduating college with a BBA. Told myself that I'd never cut a lawn again unless it was my own. Ended up getting my MBA a few yrs later. Was in sales until the bottom dropped out of the market in late 2007. I had to do something to provide for the family. Started back in the lawn biz and realized how much I enjoyed being outside vs behind a desk on a phone. Over the last few years I went to a community collge and took a handful of horticulture courses for my own benefit and I think that what I learned from these has helped me.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:12 AM
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Did a college degree boost your business?
Every time this subject comes up, I say the same thing. At a minimum, to test the college waters, you should take a couple of 100 level Accounting, Public Communications/Public Speaking classes (the dreaded speech class), and English. Even if you decide it's not for you, taking a few, core classes will help set you up for your future.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:01 PM
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a lot of guys started a lawn business as a way to make money through college, by the time they graduated, they just kept doing it because it was established and making money.

business knowledge helps.
hort/ag classes help if you are into plant health care, planting or tree work.

construction classes help with building/engineering bigger install jobs.

but the lawn business, id say most of the guys don't have or use/need a degree.


Yup, exactly what I did. My business put me through college for a finance degree. When I got out, the market sucked for finance jobs so I went at the lawn business a bit harder since it was established and making decent money.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:52 PM
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I would also like to add that I have never had a customer ask me if I went to college or what grades did I make. I have used it as a selling point, saying that I'm knowledgable about grass because I have a turf degree. My older brother use to tell me all the time " it's not the grades you make, but the hands you shake"
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