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do any one have there wifes help or work for you

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Harrington Landscape, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Harrington Landscape

    Harrington Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Erie Pa
    Posts: 336

    Hi I am just seeing how may of you other lawn company's have there wife work or partner with them. we have been working side by side for 4 years now and love it. We have had small disagreements the past but nothing like last year we hired 3 full time employees and it was bad. Now we took a step back and got rid of our west side route and all three employees and now we mow 65 places in 2.5 days our selves and the rest of the 3 days are for our construction and odd jobs we pick up. Just seeing how other company's do it. I would not have it any other way We love it.
     
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    I have a buddy that only services around 50 lawns, it's him and his wife, he doesnt take on any NEW accounts, and there happy as a lark.

    Like you, he got larger and hired employees and it drove them CrAzY.
    so they downsized and now are loving life...
     
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,084

    The issues/problems with my wife and I had nothing to do with my company.
    That said, she was a limiting factor towards the business growth.
    Now that she is no longer involved, and hopefully in one more month no longer my wife,
    both my business and I are much happier.
    Best year in terms of gross sales when she was around was $284K. In '07 I was nudging mid six's and '08 looks even better yet.
     
  4. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    No, there has to be seperation between work and home for both of us.
     
  5. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 533

    my wife is a full time mother who happened to get a degree in accounting prior to 2 small kids (almost 2 and 4 months)

    She handles the phones, the bills, the mail, and all of the accounting...


    her plate looks fuller then mine

    Nate
     
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,354

    I have plans for my wife to help me on Monday only since she works part time and that's one of her day off. It will be out quality time together. ;)

    What I have often wondered is how legit this is since she's family. What about workman's comp etc.? I don't have workman's comp? I have no current plans to hire employees - ever. I did plan on having my son help me when he gets old enough.
     
  7. Harrington Landscape

    Harrington Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Erie Pa
    Posts: 336

    we are co owners in my business.
     
  8. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 630

    we are all c-owners as far as the law is concerned..LOL - 50-50. Seriously, my wife is awesome. she handles all the bills and there are alot. Handles the checkbooks and there is alot. keeps me organized -etc... A HUGE HELP.:usflag:
     
  9. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    My wife is involved in the business. She is involved with major decisions. She takes care of billing. She will help once in a while on project. Every once in a while she goes mowing with me.

    I make the intentions clear... I try to make the instructions clear as well. If that is done it saves on the fights.
     
  10. iamthelawnman

    iamthelawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    my wife started working with me about nine months age and it has been very good for use. we love it and their always the chance of a quickie.. just kidding:dizzy: but yes we work about 11 hours in the summer for 6 days a week and would not change it for the world:hammerhead::drinkup:
     

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