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Old 06-25-2011, 07:24 PM
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The Beginning of the End

I know this will get the routinely varied responses and thats ok. After 10 years of part-time lawn/landscaping (5 working and 5 on my own) I have decided to call it quits after the year is over. The main factor is missing all the times with my son because of working additional nights and weekends. Also the body doesnt like being beat up anymore either!!

I really enjoyed the time I have spent landscaping and beautifying others properties. I learned a lot and have respect for those who make a go at this and succeed, solo or running the business. I need to focus more time on my full time job and my responsibilities there are ever increasing which is taking away time to be able to landscape.

I want to thank those who have helped me by answering questions and offering advice. There are a bunch of you and your help has been absolutely the best. No way would I have been as successful as I feel I was without the help.

Thanks, really.

I think the biggest thing I have learned in this industry and especially at my fulltime job is that the moment you think you think you know everything is the point where you stop getting better and start falling behind. There are so many resources and people willing to help you. Reach out to them and approach them with respect if they are an expert......they probably know more than you. Be humble, no one likes a jerk. It's ok if you dont know how to do something and don't act all defensive because of it. I think most people dont mind helping, but they do expect you to do some of the leg work.

This website is full of information.....the SEARCH button can be your friend.


Well thanks everyone for the tips, tricks, and fun conversation. I wish you all well and hope the best for you all. Who knows maybe the landscaping bug will bite again for now.

Cheers to all!!
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:38 PM
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Another one bites the dust.
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:42 PM
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Good luck. Had some pearls of wisdom in the post, that sometimes I think we all forget to remember. Again...good luck!
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:51 PM
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Another one bites the dust.
The other day almost literally!
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:54 PM
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I think the biggest thing I have learned in this industry and especially at my fulltime job is that the moment you think you think you know everything is the point where you stop getting better and start falling behind.
A customer once told it to me like this:
It is usually what you learn after you know everything, that is what
apparently turns out to be the truly important stuff.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:01 PM
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A customer once told it to me like this:
It is usually what you learn after you know everything, that is what
apparently turns out to be the truly important stuff.
Absolutely....just takes awhile to know everything!
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:58 PM
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to be honest i don't understand why so many people do lawn care part time...that is a big problem for those trying to do it full time since the part-timers take alot of the customers...if all of the part time people quit then it would make it alot better for the full time people lol...seriously though working 2 jobs should never be a permanent solution in life...it's not a good thing for anybody...all work and no play is a bad thing...free time is important in life.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:03 PM
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to be honest i don't understand why so many people do lawn care part time...that is a big problem for those trying to do it full time since the part-timers take alot of the customers...if all of the part time people quit then it would make it alot better for the full time people lol...seriously though working 2 jobs should never be a permanent solution in life...it's not a good thing for anybody...all work and no play is a bad thing...free time is important in life.
i have a client that works 4 jobs. 1 @ a supermarket, 1 @ as a waitress, 1 @ newspaper driver, & 1 selling stuff on ebay.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:44 PM
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i have a client that works 4 jobs. 1 @ a supermarket, 1 @ as a waitress, 1 @ newspaper driver, & 1 selling stuff on ebay.
lol wow...that's kindof overkill isn't it...they should just get one good job instead of 4 crappy ones haha
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:46 PM
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i work two jobs night shift and days doing mowing/landscaping been at it for 17yrs. when i was at my full time job for 4 yrs they told all 300 of us the company was for sale,so the new owner took over and fired 40 guys, so i didnt know where i stood so i started mowing lawns. well the company is still going and after all i have invested i will not quit, my wife quit her job my children ages 18 and 14 are working with us.so i went from part time to two full time jobs and it works great for the kids if they want it after school is done to take over they got it .
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