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Get out there and mow before I flick your ear, you little twerp!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by LwnmwrMan22, May 30, 2004.

  1. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    Get out there and mow before I flick your ear, you little twerp!

    That's what I would hear from my dad 20 years ago. I'm 32 now.

    The summer I turned 16, my dad said I needed a job, he wanted to know what I wanted to do. Typical teenager, said... "uhhh dunno". He decided he'd put an ad in the local paper, "Lawn mowing -- $10 / hour".

    Got my first call the next day, still have that same account, 16 years later.

    Over the years it's been an up and down battle. I went to college for 3 1/2 years, then dropped out after I figured out I could make more money mowing grass that I could taking a chance with a business degree.

    There's been setbacks, headaches, sore shins from wearing shorts and trimming sandburs.

    At one point I was up to 135 properties, 6 guys, 2 trucks. Did that for 3 years, then realized I didn't want to be an employer anymore.

    3 years ago I told my wife (5 year anniversary this July) that I was going back solo, if I can't make any money, it's time to do something else.

    I dropped back down to 35 commercial accounts, all on contract, 16 of which are on contract year-round with the snow removal included.

    I figured I'd do the contracting this way, now I'm basically a salaried employee of 35 bosses. I've got my budget from working over the years, and since it's the same 35 accounts, I can keep pretty accurate records from year to year.

    Last year I picked up the local school district, which is 5 schools, about 120 acres of mowing. It doesn't pay as well as some of my commercial accounts, but it's all guaranteed money, and this year I got a 3 year extension.

    I've hired my dad, he runs my tri-deck mower on the open fields at the schools 2 days a week, and I've got an uncle that's a pastor, he does the trimming at the schools.

    As for me, right now I'm running 85+ hours / week when it isn't raining, and netting WAY more money than I ever did with 2 full crews running.

    Now I'm the one that gets to say "Get out there and mow before I flick your ear, you little twerp!" :)
     
  2. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 846

    Sounds like its paid off, great. Good Work.
     
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    85+ hours! Yeesh ... glad that you enjoy it!
     
  4. ccg

    ccg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Sounds like you have what I need! Good help, I am in the process of growing myself. I have goals to meet and they include what you found to be unsatisfying. It sounds like happiness is more important to you than the ego of having a large buisness. It's the happiness that made your profit margin go up, I think a positive attitude attributes to positive increase. I am a christian myself and I like that your uncle is a pastor working for you, I try to surround myself with good people also.
     

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