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Old 06-16-2000, 10:03 AM
southside southside is offline
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I know this topic has come up some time ago,<br>but seeing we have a whole heap of new guys <br>come in,what did you all do before you entered this industry??<br>I bought my business of my old boss,who wanted out.Before that I drove tow trucks,<br>chasing smash.Before that I was a commercial cleaner.Also 5 years<br>Army,3 years Infantry,2 years in<br>transport.<p>What about you guys?<p>Karl<p><br><p><font size="1">Edited by: southside
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Old 06-16-2000, 06:56 PM
scottlawns scottlawns is offline
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i was a sheet rocker for 5 years and i built car motors for 10 and a half years...than last year i was a scrub and quit my job and worked with a buddy in the lawn buisness and in the fall i bought a 97 one ton ford a boss plow...a great dane a 36in toro and a lawn boy and a 12 foot trailer 2 weed eaters a blower a quik vac and now im a full time scrub making 2,000 a week...and im so happy with what im doing...the money is good but i really love my job even if i wasnt making good money.and all my stuff is paid for ...i must say i was lucky..i had some money to get started and my wife has a great job,
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Old 06-16-2000, 08:40 PM
bdemir bdemir is offline
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I used to be a jeweler and a doamond setter. Pretty prestegious and pays ok but nothing beats lawncare. I had to sit in one place for hours trying to stick a stone into a little hole and then trying to make it stay there for ever. Its an art but it takes too much patience.
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Old 06-16-2000, 09:07 PM
GrassRoots Lawn Care GrassRoots Lawn Care is offline
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Immediately before this I was on my way to earning a Master's degree in Pyschology, quit after I earned my Bachelor's when I realized life was too short to work inside a building 45 hours a week. Before that I delivered Pizza, tutored students at a local community college, and was a research assistant for a Professor studying Irritable Bowel Syndrome (yeah I know). Makes me glad happy thinking about what I do now.<p>----------<br>Mike Reynolds,<br>GrassRoots Lawn Care, Florida
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Old 06-16-2000, 10:08 PM
thelawnguy thelawnguy is offline
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In no particular order, made dentures and crowns at a dental lab, ran a autobody shop, worked at a toro dealer repairing mowers, sales manager at a Pontiac-Cadillac dealer, now this.<p>I kinda miss the new Caddy demo I took home every night, thats about all I miss. I think the lawn business is my forte, 8 years now and counting.<p>Bill
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Old 06-16-2000, 10:13 PM
Eric ELM Eric ELM is offline
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I grew up on a farm, then to a factory, 2 years Army, Carpenter, Sales, and then the Lawn Business.
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Old 06-16-2000, 10:25 PM
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YO BEDMEIR! can you still get any good deals on really nice diamonds? after 14 years I think it's time I came up with a really nice one! thanks!<p>GEO
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Old 06-16-2000, 11:02 PM
John DiMartino John DiMartino is offline
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My dad owned an auto repaair shop when I was a kid,by 11 I was fixing small engines,doing tires,oil changes etc.I worked as a mechanic full time intil I was 21,then I went to work at a golf course running all maintance from grounds to equipment on a little 9 hole course,I do lawn care PT and id love to go FT,but there are to many lowballers here.<p>----------<br>John D<br>
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Old 06-16-2000, 11:33 PM
Hardy Enterprises Hardy Enterprises is offline
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Mechanical Engineer - Wrote software and did computer modelling for the Corp of Engineers. Interesting work, good pay but sitting at a computer all day made 8 hours seem like forever.<p>Jay<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Hardy Enterprises
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Old 06-16-2000, 11:45 PM
TGCummings TGCummings is offline
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Started working for a Scrub at the age of 15 and became Head Scrub by 18. Left the business to pursue life in Southern California, where I got into sales, then came back by 20. Went back to work for same Scrub and worked myself back up to head Scrub.<p>Bought his business at the age of 26.<p>Continued to improve my Scrub business in every way I knew how. Made Golden Scrub ... even Platinum Scrub.<p>Leaving Scrub-ness behind at the ripe young age of 32...<p>Late bloomer. <p>Pretty much done this my whole life. Looking forward to finally doing it right... <p>-TGC<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: TGCummings
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