Getting prepared to become my own boss in 2015!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by LawnPro2015, May 15, 2014.

  1. LawnPro2015

    LawnPro2015 LawnSite Member
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    Like the title states, due to some circumstances in life I will be attempting to become my own boss for the first time in my life. I have loads of experience running businesses for others, just never found the time/desire to start my own until now. I am most likely relocating back to Houston, Tx in the spring or summer of 2015 and I am tired of the job hunting process and have been considering starting my own business for several years. I look forward to gleaning useful information, building relationships, and providing advice and feedback through my time on the forum. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good luck! Hope you don't melt, going to Houston. Its a booming place, and should be real good for lawncare.
     
  3. LawnPro2015

    LawnPro2015 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks. I lived there for about 7 years before we moved to southeast GA where we are currently. So I am used to the weather and I have worked outdoors for most of that time so I have a bit of tolerance built up.
     
  4. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    You may find more income in the oil industry over all in Texas, especially in Midland. Something to consider with little or no over head and you will learn to like the weather in a hurry. I have heard that some petro chemical companies will also provide training assistance and in some cases housing as well.
    easy-lift guy
     
  5. LawnPro2015

    LawnPro2015 LawnSite Member
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    Yeah I have looked into that as well. But location wise I would prefer to be nearer to the Houston Metropolitan area. I ran a fence company in Houston for about 5 years. Also worked at the port of Houston. I have a stronger network both professionally and personally in Houston. While income is important, I find the thought of being responsible for what I earn and how I earn it quite liberating. I have considered opening businesses in the past but I was being paid well enough to for go the option, but since this is looking like a semi permanent move, I am really considering going into business for myself. Ive made countless money for those I have worked for and provided them a stress free management solution for their companies while I was there so the transition to being my own boss is not that much of a stretch.
     
  6. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    How many months of reserve funding do you have to fall back on after your initial investment for getting started.
    easy-lift guy
     
  7. LawnPro2015

    LawnPro2015 LawnSite Member
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    Ive seen 6-18 months recommended. I would say I am on the lower end of that but I have ways to supplement my income while growing my client base. I also plan to offer a multitude of services, not just mowing. I have good relationships with several suppliers in the area already and keep in contact with the salesman. I also have several contacts in the pool industry there which I can use to extend the reach of my services. As far as skill set, it would be easier to list the things I cannot due rather than the ones that I can.
     
  8. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Welcome from Fort Worth, Texas.
     
  9. LawnPro2015

    LawnPro2015 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the welcome!
     
  10. eclairagepaysager

    eclairagepaysager LawnSite Member
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    Best of luck! & have fun doing it!!!
     

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