Full time or on the side?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by CuttingEdgeLawnGuys, Apr 25, 2013.

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Do you cut grass Full time or on the side as Part time

Poll closed May 25, 2013.
  1. Full Time

    21 vote(s)
    33.9%
  2. Part Time

    41 vote(s)
    66.1%
  3. Umm...who said I cut grass at all?

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't have anything against a guy looking for more money. Provided they are not dragging down the industry to do it.
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  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    me neither. it's just most of the time that is what they are doing. it's just spare money to them. they don't depend on it to make a living or to pay their bills. it's "extra" money to them. so they go around charging $30 to cut a yard that people like us charge $40 to mow. these guys don't even have to pay for health insurance because their normal job provides them with health insurance at a low cost or even free in some cases. people don't seem to understand how this is a negative thing for a full time person trying to make ends meet.

    they are free to do it so nothing we can do about it but a day doesn't go by where i think to myself. what if all these guys didn't mow on the side? all of us full timers would have more than enough work and we could make a much better living.

    i'm 100% sure that all the part timers or on the side guys out there mow more yards than all of the full time people out there if you combine them all together. that can't be a good thing for this industry.

    i'm guessing here, but in my area i would think there are about 10 full time lawn companies. some large and some solo. i would guess there are about 100 on the side guys. they may only cut 5 yards each i dunno but if they didn't do it that would be 500 customers to split between the 10 full time companies. that's alot of customers.
     
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  3. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Contractor in Afghanistan and run all of the admin. part of my business from over here. Might be coming home soon to do it full-time.
     
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    And leave that beautiful lunar landscape and unmistakable urban aroma? Never!
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  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    do they have to mow grass over there? or is it just sand yards?
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Its jagged rocks, open sewers and junk Russian vehicles. The only greenery are the Poppies and you better not track through them. You'll be accused of damaging the economy.
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  7. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :laugh: all sand and sewage where I'm at now.I can't wait to come home. Flying over Nashville and seeing green trees and grass is a beautiful sight after you've been in a desert for 6 months.
     
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah i bet. hope you get home soon.

    i know a guy that's about to go over there for 6 months. if you are coming home maybe he is taking your place? he's a contractor in the air force.
     
  9. CuttingEdgeLawnGuys

    CuttingEdgeLawnGuys LawnSite Member
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    Yeah I only work 10 days a month Full time on the ambulance....I love fishing and hunting on the side, dont get me wrong. I have a friend who is a fireman who was begging me to start a business because he is struggling to make ends meet, so I proposed a lawn service and business has been good so far. My wife is a Registered nurse in the Emergency room and I'm a paramedic, we were comfortable with money before hand...but I have to admit, I love the extra play money from the lawn service!
     
  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    you only work 10 days a month? i didn't know there was a job like that out there. :laugh:
     

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