Originally Posted by LewisL230
I really want to make this my full time job. I would like to have 20-30 yards next year. My fiance makes pretty good money, so we arent gonna starve. I would rather have a tough year financially and grow my business to success than get a full time job and have to neglect it.
I don't want to scare you, but I want to be honest. My hubby started our business with 10 yards. He roofed full time for 9 months, and did lawns on the weekend with his brother. Then when he got up to 20 yards, he quit roofing and put all his effort into the lawn service. That was Sept 2009. We had it very rough the first and second winter. We live in FL, where there is no snow to plow to suppliment in the off season. Like you, we also had a newborn baby. When I say it was rough, I mean ROUGH
. We had to move out of our house and live with his parents the first year because all of our $$ went back into the business. Having 20-30 yards by next year is an awesome goal, but it will depend on the competition in your area, and how rapidly you can expand. Depending on how much you are charging for those 20 - 30 yards, you still might not be able to pay all of your business expenses, household bills, childcare, etc. and live comfortably. Go with your gut, but make sure you'll have a fallback just in case that tough year turns into 2!