Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-08-2003, 04:46 PM
jnm4 jnm4 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Greensboro,NC
Posts: 24
Working for another LCO?

Would you work for another LCO? I have an opportunity to work for another LCO in my area for the remainder of this years season.

How would you approach this opportunity?
Shoud I mention I'm trying to establish a LCO next year?

I really want to learn the in's/out's of the business especially bidding on properties. Should I tell this gentleman my intent up front???

Thanks
Joey
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-08-2003, 05:43 PM
mrbenfer mrbenfer is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Iowa
Posts: 137
I would love to have worked for a local LCO before i started. Nobody would hire me because i am 17. So I read this site for 3 months and it taught be everything i could ever have to know about mowing grass/billing/bidding ect.. All i needed was experience.

But since i started my own lco, this site has helped so much.

I would Finnish the year with this LCO and then start up advertising through winter and spring. Get a head start on the competition.
__________________
---------------------------------------
P&P Lawn*Care
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-08-2003, 07:58 PM
goodbeus's Avatar
goodbeus goodbeus is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Jax., Fl.
Posts: 392
DO IT!!!!!!!!You'll find out if this is really what you want to do before you start spending money...MANY people ask me for advice on starting their own business...I tell them,"Go work for a lco for 6 months." and explain why...most don't listen to my advice, they'll go spend a lot of money on equipment. Gets hot or winter arrives and they decide this isn't for them and they've lost money..
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-09-2003, 01:14 AM
jnm4 jnm4 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Greensboro,NC
Posts: 24
goodbeus-

you mentioned advice...what type of advice do/did you give these people? How would you respond if a person wants to work for you, but has intention to start his/her own LCO?

Finally, did you ever discuss how you bid on properties with new employees?

I appreciate your help.

Joey
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-09-2003, 06:36 AM
goodbeus's Avatar
goodbeus goodbeus is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Jax., Fl.
Posts: 392
I don't teach them the business side of running the business, only the field side...how to edge,mow,trim,blow,trim hedges...after about 6 months, they have a good idea if this type of work is really for them...most decide it isn't...most people think, "Hey, it sure is a nice sunny breezy day. Temp is 78, think I'll start a lawn business." After working with me, they realize it's not as easy as they thought.:blob1:
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:21 AM.

Page generated in 0.08401 seconds with 7 queries