Catagorize yourself

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BRIAN GALLO, Mar 20, 2002.

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How would you catagorize your business status

  1. 100% of my family's income is derived from me being a LCO

    44 vote(s)
    39.6%
  2. My spouse makes good $$$, my money is extra cash

    18 vote(s)
    16.2%
  3. My spouse works part-time, we live on the combined money

    20 vote(s)
    18.0%
  4. I am a young person still living at home

    18 vote(s)
    16.2%
  5. I do lawn service as a hobby, not too concerned about $$$

    11 vote(s)
    9.9%
  1. BRIAN GALLO

    BRIAN GALLO LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    Lately there have been a lot of posts talking about bids, prices, part timers, overhead, etc. I was just wondering which catagory above you would put yourself in. I'm not trying to pry or be critical of anyone's business practices, so please don't post any dollar ammounts. I was just curious because I feel people react differently to business decisions depending on what catagory you are in. :blob4:
     
  2. AK Lawn

    AK Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    I am a young person still living at home(dorm room college) but 100% of my income come from my business, i have paid for all of my equipment, trucks, and everything else that comes along with it, and am in the process of finding my own place to live and run my business, i run two full crews with 100+ plus clients, but yes i am still young, 19
    AK Lawn
     
  3. BRIAN GALLO

    BRIAN GALLO LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    As I said, I didn't post this to be critical. Good for you AK Lawn, you are a young gogetter - keep up the good work. The way I see it you would be in catagory #1. No offense meant to any young people out there, just merely asking the question.
     
  4. AndyL

    AndyL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I fit none of the above categories...

    I am young, don't live at home, I am married, do have a kid, not in a post secondary institution. Currently, my wife works a fulltime job, I work a full time job outside of landscaping.

    Landscaping to me is a passion, I love to see what I can do with a lawn. So it'll be a somewhat more than part-time job. (I'll probably have one crew working full time, and I'll just go play after work, I work a 4-10's shift, so it leaves me lots of time to play)

    Maybe later in the season, depending on how things go, I'll go to fulltime myself, show these young'uns how things are done :D

    Andy
     
  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    im 16 ive been doing yardwork for about 4 years, in 2000 i mowed 3 lawns a week, quite a few misc jobs, and made good money that winter, last year do to parents separating and moving i only did a few misc jobs so i concentrated on learning abuot the business. this year im diving in, right now i know for sure i have two full time landscape customers (work weekly doing various projects through out the year), i have one full lawn and landscape customer (doing just about everything from mowing to mulching), and another pending 5 customers, all of these are from word of mouth, reccamendations, or from last year, so far i have handed out about 40 flyers with another 100 to go. so right now i for sure have 3 well paying customers, and if i get the 5 pending i will be very satisified and wont do any advertising. as far as money goes, i have a few expenses (webpage, internet, cell) plus gas etc, all my equip is paid for. so i do consider this much much more then a hobby, as it is paying bills, plus its my only income for spending money. i do plan to make this my career.
     
  6. mike payne

    mike payne LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    I am a retired teamster and receive a very good retirement plan. My wife is a cardiac specialist earns a very good salary. I have two painting crews and a digital photogharphy business.
     
  7. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 259

    Hmmm! I don't fit in there either. Wife makes good money but my income is hardly extra cash. We like the finer things in life and tend to buy the better than average "things", we feel it pays in the long run. we have all the overhead of a legit business and then some. Our goal is to create Southern Lawns into a large enough income producer to allow her to retire early and relax, this is my passion, I love my work. She does not love her work. Don't know how I got off on that subject but you get the point.
    To all a great year!
    Raymond
     
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I don't fit either. I have another job as a Firefighter/Paramedic but I run my business as a business and not a hobby. I have over 40 grand in vehicles and equipment and I make a profit at the business. I count on the money from lawn care equally as the benefits from my other job. My wife does not have a formal job but she helps me in the lawn business both in the field and in the office.
    So mayby the last category should have been OTHER, explain below.
     
  9. mike payne

    mike payne LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Southern Lawns, I love your verse: "Yes, I'm sure you could find someone to do it cheaper but will you be happy after you do?" I will use this on the prospective customers than want to hire someone that does not have insurance, pay taxes or is licended.
     
  10. wattsup

    wattsup LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    I am with AndyL. I have a "full time job" as a bail bondsman, kids, etc... I am only doing this because I love it. I will probably never do this fulltime though. I only work four days so I have Friday and Saturday to pursue my passion.
     

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