Do I have issue's?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by millenniumlandscape, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. millenniumlandscape

    millenniumlandscape LawnSite Member
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    I've been working in the landscape and lawncare field since I was 13, I have always taken pride in my work, whether I was just a weedwhip operator or a foreman (I don't have an ego, Even though it will sound like I do? But I always think my work is the best)(I can take critisism and listen to others opinions) But ever since 1999 when I opened my business I have found myself getting more and more competitive in all aspects of business. "How my equiptment looks, how my employees dress, what the trucks look like when we stop for lunch, are my contracts and bids professional looking? These are all things I constantly worry about being better than the other guy at. I live in an area where there are so many LCO's that I find myself dispizing them and there crews, I never talk bad about any other contractors or companies when asked by a potential customer for my opinion on them, (But in my head I dislike them all very much, and I want to get every job that I bid). I know there is enough work to go around for everyone, thats not the point, I just don't like losing to a company that doesn't meet my standards of work. DO I HAVE ISSUES?
     
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    Ahhhh.. yep. It's called being self-employed. If you didn't have these issues, you'd probably be running around with an 88 omni on a 4x8 Home Depot trailer with 3 push mowers you got out of the recycle pile at the local Yard-Man dealer.
     
  3. millenniumlandscape

    millenniumlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    Ok, so I'm not alone. Sometimes I think its healthy to be competitive, sometimes I think its certifiable.

    Thanks
     
  4. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Those are good issues to have. I wish more of us had the same tenacity as you, You not only make a good impression for you and your company but also a good impression for the industry as a whole. Keep up the good work.
     
  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No, I think you would call it being a proffesional.:)
     
  6. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sometimes it is healthy to be competetive and YES sometimes you are certifiable,,,,,bro we got to hang out some time!:)
     
  7. millenniumlandscape

    millenniumlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    I'd like that Norm Al, if I'm ever down south we'll have to get together for a cold one. I appreciate that I'm not alone in my way of thinking. Sometimes it just gets so frustrating owning and operating a business. I have a hard time of setting work aside when I get home at night. Sounds like I'm not alone on that one either.
     
  8. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Most people spend an enormous amount of time concerned about their business, but it sounds like you might be bordering on obsessive. Not a totally bad thing, however it can rapidly turn into burn out. A lot of small business owners that "fail" or aren't in business after 5 years, don't always leave because of financial reasons, a large percentage leave because of burn out.

    good luck
     
  9. millenniumlandscape

    millenniumlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    I understand that, and know that I need to tone my competitivness down a little bit. I don't plan on burning out anytime soon, but I'm sure others have thought the same thing.

    Thanks
    Kevin
     
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,318

    You could probably benifit from a hobby, but then again two obsessive compulsions in your life could put you over the edge or at least put you in divorce court if you are married.
     

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