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Old 02-26-2011, 06:23 PM
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I'd be curious...what finally pushed you out of the lawn business?

This is risky to ask noting all the wisecrackers in the room, but this is serious. If you gave it up, hung up the trimmer, parked the mowers...what was your last straw?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:06 AM
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i'm still in business but i think it would be that they didn't make enough money to pay the bills
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:01 AM
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When expense out weighs profit basic math...

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Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:10
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:02 AM
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Bad financing/poor capital or little capital and bad cheap cusomer base, no contract, poor business decisions, ignorance, just being gamed out of business.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:19 AM
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I just follow all you lawn boys on this site, soon as you all throw the towel in I will follow.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:58 AM
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I'm an irrigation guy, but I think the reason would be the same...

Overwhelming loads of government paperwork.

Between payroll, sales tax, corporate tax, Workers Comp, etc, I spend too much time doing work for the government and not enough time working for money. I have no problem paying what's due, but the layers of mismatched systems and paperwork are insane.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:02 AM
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Cash flow...I kept my expenses down, and I had a decent profit the last three years, but I couldn't keep cash in the bank.

I guess it boils down to bad financial decisions for me, although it didn't seem like that at the time.

I always thought I'd go against the odds...what is it, like 90% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years. Sure is humbling when you're wrong like that.

Live and learn, I guess. Might try it again later.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:03 PM
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I had the lawn service for 8 years, started in my junior year of high school and put me through college. But living at home and having your brother work for you always made things difficult. It was like American chopper; I knew it all, dad always had his input even though he wasn't involved, and the brother you couldn't motivate. So sold the business, had over 110 customers, and went on to what my degree was in.
Funny thing is you can't stay away if it is in your blood, planning on starting up again on the side this spring.

Site has been good reading so far, thanks for advice.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:58 PM
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Old age, Arthritis, aches and pains. I'm 68, got to the point where I could not work enough hours to support the upkeep of the equipment and service my customer base in a timely fashion. The joys of "the golden years".
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:03 PM
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A fair amount of the people who have thrown in the towel are no longer on lawnsite so I guess we wont hear those stories.
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