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AAAAHHHHHHHH! Can breath now!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rcreech, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,011

    Things are slowing down and life is good!

    What a spring and early summer!

    Usually done by June 15th and this year worked straight through July 16th! :cry:

    Life was starting to SUCK! Love the $$$$$ but was needing a break! Still picking up customers (3 since Friday) but just trickling in here and there.

    You guys slowing down yet?
     
  2. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    The lawns are getting easier... but it is getting way hotter too. Usually this time of year is good for me, it's hot, but I can taper down my work-load. This year, I had to let my 2 employees go, so I am solo for the rest of the year. I have about 350 fert/spray clients on a 5-6 week schedule, and 48 weekly mow, trim, edge & blow accounts, so I am and will stay busy as ever.
     
  3. LIBERTYLANDSCAPING

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,283

    WOW! You are going to be a busy guy!:dizzy:
     
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,011

    With that much work....why did you have to let your boys go?

    That sounds like a lot of work for one man!
     
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    It is a lot of work for one man, but it is doable. My wife and I are trying to get out of debt, the whole Dave Ramsey thing, and we have a huge number of late payers this year, to the point where we were having a hard time making payroll, so the options were; A: Use debt to make payroll, and keep paying out the $6-700/week in payroll, or B: Just do all of the work myself, bite the bullet, work 60hr weeks for the next 3 months and hopefully pay off some debt.

    It is surprising actually, it really doesn't take me that much more time, and everything is done exactly the way I want it. I do miss the company though.
     
  6. LIBERTYLANDSCAPING

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,283

    Good for you! "You're living like no other, so that some day you can live like no other":)
     
  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    :laugh::laugh::laugh: I hope! Right now, I feel like I'm living like a human workhorse.:laugh:

    Great way to lose weight though!

    RCreech, good for you to be picking up so many clients in this economy.
     
  8. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 766

    tamer you the man, how can you keep up with all that work by ur self???

    i consider my self pretty dame good but 48 lawns a week solo??? plus 300+ fert accounts
    plus all the side works that comes up???

    good luck and don't kill ur self
     
  9. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    Most of my accounts are fairly small, about 6k. I have a hand full of big ones. I am really an idiot for keeping the 48 mowing accounts, they take me 2.5 days to do (long days) and I make what I would make off one day doing fert and spray work.

    Whoopassonthebluegrass and I are talking about this all the time, if a guy could get 500 or so of these little residential accounts, he could make a great living and dump maintenance, just do spray work, work 4 days/week and have winter off..... assuming he didn't have a ton of debt.

    If I was "the man" I'd be smart enough to have never touched mowing.:laugh::laugh:
     
  10. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    I am waiting for you to call in to do your "we're debt free" scream! If only I had the ambition to use his theories......
     

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