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Full-Time Paramedic looking for PT advice

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Coolclay84, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    I am mainly residential. In the winter I drive for an oil company and I take care of the property for mowing and clean ups, that is the only commercial account I have. For my first 5 years I used only an exmark Turf tracer, because I tried to keep my expenses down. But 2 years ago a pulled the trigger and got a toro 3000 with the bagger.
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  2. billc1004

    billc1004 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    depends on your area .i have been doing this since 1976 .with so many new lawn cutters in my area i dont pick up many new accounts anymore . even with advertising . and prices we git suck ...
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,955

    FIRE/EMS doesn't pay what a lot of people think. Especially when you break down those 48 and 72 hour weeks. Benefits are usually good for the individual and weak for the family. If he keeps it simple with gear he should do ok. A WB, 6x10 and handhelds will get him his 20 yard target. Allow for the write off to cover it and don't neglect the family. I think he wants something different to do on his off days. Worst case it doesn't work and he sells out. It doesn't take a lot to get started.
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  4. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,376

    Point taken. A challenging balancing act for sure!
    easy-lift guy
  5. Coolclay84

    Coolclay84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    Patriot you hit the nail on the head. The problem with OT is that if I work any shift at the minimum I'm gone 14 hours (12 hour shift with 1 hour commute each way) that means that I miss dinner, taking kids to school, ect. I want to earn more $$$ but I don't want to sacrifice all my spare time in the process.
  6. finneylawns

    finneylawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    I started 3 years ago, and I am just South of Houston. I recently turned my Google Places ad off and took down my website, because I have more work than I can handle and the request kept coming in. I am in the same boat, I have been in EMS for 19 years and I currently work at a slower station that allows me the benefit of mowing the day after a 24 hours shift, most of the time. I started doing this when the wife and I had children, so she could stay at home with the them. I can make more in 4 to 6 hours of mowing than what I would have made in a full 24 hour shift, be it OT or a second job. Public Service just doesn't pay.

    All I can say is go for it. I started with loading up the tools that I used to mow my own lawn, and currently have a 17 foot enclosed trailer with 2 ZTRs 48"/60", 32" WB, and the original 21" Honda that started it all. Bought everything brand new all Stihl and John Deere Commercial equipment. Paid cash for everything but both ZTRs, 0% financing, I could not pass that up.
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    If you don't mind me asking what are the pay benefit packages like in those area for FF/EMT's. Years back I was a volunteer FF/Emt-B and I tested over the Pacific Northwest. Pay rates are $32k to $46k to start in my region.

    There a hand full of Seattle FF who live here in Idaho and trade shifts to make it worthwhile. Also a few Los Angeles Fire Fighters who live in Sand Point, Idaho and do the same thing.

    There is a high concentration of retired LAPD and LAFD in the area here.
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  8. Coolclay84

    Coolclay84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    An experienced Paramedic can start out between $55-60k/year. A new Paramedic can start out at about $42-45k/year.
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,004

    Have you met Mark Furman?
  10. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    I saw him in the CDA resort lobby a number of years back. Meet him no. He had a talk show on one of the Spokane radio stations a number of years back.

    I was born in Hollywood, CA fwiw. :)

    Moved here with my dad when I was 14.
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