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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by whiffyspark, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    My little gold mine got picked up by everyone. Last year it was name my price his year it was less than half of last year. I just got sick of it.

    We were doing 1500 in less than 3 stops everyday. Had one helper or ran solo sometimes. Materials were less than $150 for the day
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  2. tbi

    tbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    If excellus is granted their proposed 17.3% increase next year in NY with my deductable and premiums next year it will cost me $524/week for family coverage before the insurance company spends a dime. The lying coomie care sure was a great deal wasn't it? Insurance is a huge nut now days.
  3. anthonyp

    anthonyp LawnSite Member
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    Is that insurance cost---just regulars insurance---for a regular family?? Sure seems awfully high Tony
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Went to a demolition company this morning. Health insurance was around 30 a pay period
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  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I start Monday.

    Took a job with old employer. Great benefits good hours. Hiring two people in spring to continue my business.

    It's about 40 minutes from house, but the money is worth it. I have two regional managers fighting over me lol. There's a shop 10 minutes from my house and that manager is already trying to get me transferred down here. I haven't even started working yet lol
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  6. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    whats the new job?
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Same thing I did before tech at national chain. Easy to make money there
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  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Better you than me, hope you do well.
  9. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    How are things at the new job working out Whiffy?

    I applied for a heavy equipment operator position on one of the levee projects going on. It's a temp position starting Nov 1st and ending in Feb. would be a nice gig for the winter time.
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    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you guys are all freaking me out with all of this "get a side job" talk. My original plan going into college was to build my business up while getting a degree in finance. graduate, get a finance job and keep running the business on the side. But as the business grows, that sounds less and less appealing with only 34 credits left to graduate with a bachelors.

    Whats the driving force of working for other companies? Whiffy, you have given me a lot of help over the years with advertising, and business management. Could you try finding cheaper employees to save on payroll, or eliminate one guy and give another guy a lot of overtime. Probably cheaper in the long run.

    Jacob, knowing you, you have 100 things in the oven at one time, and then in 4 months, another 100 things in a completely different direction! Jack of all trades so to speak! What is limiting your growth to become a sole LCO growing the business and doing only that, not working at the fire department or doing temp work?

    I have 140 lawns, 65 driveways in the winter, and probably 15-20 decent sides landscape projects while going to school full time from Sept-April 15th. I only do paperwork and bring in roughly $6500 per month net.

    Are having kids the driving force of getting a "back up" job with benefits? These insurance prices are insane and i haven't priced and of this out but I'm pretty sure with blue cross blue shield you can get insurance for under $500 per month with a $40 dollar co-pay on anything under $2500, and a $250 dollars co pay on anything over $2500. Thats what my mentor/friend has and he has a kid and wife.

    Let me know, its a bummer reading this and its freaking me out that its THAT TOUGH/ROUGH to make it in the lawn care and landscape industry.

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