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Old 09-24-2014, 08:39 AM
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Hey guys, just want everyone to know I'm alive and doing very well. Sorry I haven't been on here in a long time. About a year ago now I was approached by a large regional property management company. They wanted to buy my commercial and municipal accounts. I was not interested at the time but about 6 months ago I was offered a job with a large railroad which operates all over the world. My wife and I discussed what was best for our family and future. My business was at a point where multiple crews needed to be hired for a large expansion. I was in the dreaded mid zone(go big or go home). After contacting the property management company to see if they were still interested, and a local company that has always wanted my residential accounts, I split up my company by selling all of the accounts and equipment. I still own the name Great Meadow Lawn Care but have no accounts. Im now traveling all over the place working in the transportation department of this freight railroad. Im having a blast working for a great company, making great money with great benefits. My family will always be taken care of!!

I will miss my days on the lawn for sure(especially the equipment). If I had to go at it again I would stay solo with around 60 accounts. That was when times were the most fun in business with a great profit margin. Although I will never regret the experience I gained growing my company to the mid size.

I have to admit I was always waiting for that call from Gravely to become a commercial specialist, but you never know what the future brings....
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:44 AM
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Congrats and best of luck for you and your family.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:53 AM
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I don't think I've ever read a post that has made me happier. This is great news! Enjoy.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:57 AM
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Congrats, glad to hear it all worked out for you.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:32 PM
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Hey GMLC,
I wondered where you got off to, good luck w/the new job!
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:02 PM
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Hey guys, just want everyone to know I'm alive and doing very well. Sorry I haven't been on here in a long time. About a year ago now I was approached by a large regional property management company. They wanted to buy my commercial and municipal accounts. I was not interested at the time but about 6 months ago I was offered a job with a large railroad which operates all over the world. My wife and I discussed what was best for our family and future. My business was at a point where multiple crews needed to be hired for a large expansion. I was in the dreaded mid zone(go big or go home). After contacting the property management company to see if they were still interested, and a local company that has always wanted my residential accounts, I split up my company by selling all of the accounts and equipment. I still own the name Great Meadow Lawn Care but have no accounts. Im now traveling all over the place working in the transportation department of this freight railroad. Im having a blast working for a great company, making great money with great benefits. My family will always be taken care of!!

I will miss my days on the lawn for sure(especially the equipment). If I had to go at it again I would stay solo with around 60 accounts. That was when times were the most fun in business with a great profit margin. Although I will never regret the experience I gained growing my company to the mid size.

I have to admit I was always waiting for that call from Gravely to become a commercial specialist, but you never know what the future brings....
congrats on the new job, but really you would stay solo with 60 accounts? one employee wasn't still great money and much easier on your body? I was thinking about having one employee and about 60 accounts as a short term goal. figured we could gross low 5 figures for 8 months out of the year, and i could take home low 6 figures
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:08 PM
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congrats on the new job, but really you would stay solo with 60 accounts? one employee wasn't still great money and much easier on your body? I was thinking about having one employee and about 60 accounts as a short term goal. figured we could gross low 5 figures for 8 months out of the year, and i could take home low 6 figures
with one employee? Low six figures? ummmmmm... Im not so sure that maths out?
a little lofty me thinks?

60-70 might be reasonable.

All depends on actual volume, how many customers pay on time, nothing going wrong (significantly) and a few other factors.

I think if you took an (honest) poll, you wont find very many guys on the small side of this industry raking in 6 figures on the take home.
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:40 PM
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Wow, I'm both really happy for ya, and sad to see you go at the same time. You've contributed a LOT of excellent input here over the years, and helped a lot of guys out. Good luck always in whatever you do. I wish you all the best bro!
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:50 PM
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Good for you man! Good luck and God bless...
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:18 PM
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who's going to write up demo reviews on new mowers now?? I dont want to read about trains...
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