going from small to big overnight

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ojays lawn care, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ojays lawn care

    ojays lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I have plowed before. I'm starting to lean toward quitting my reg job if I take on this account and hiring 1 part time helper. Only way I do that is if I get a 3 year contract. Also if I do that I have full intentions to quadruple my residential.
     
  2. easy-lift guy

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

    In spite of some sound advice spanning hundreds of years of experience, let me ask you some questions.
    How is your credit, is it bad, fair, good, great, or I have no idea?
    Are you presently able to pay all of your own expenses every month?
    Do you presently have any insurance for your lawn care service already in operation?
    Are you in good health, do you presently have health insurance with your full time job?
    Do you have any idea or plans on how to keep your contract if you become injured or sick?
    Please think carefully before you answer all of these questions.
    easy-lift guy
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    Best advice I can give...........

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=392991&highlight=won+big


    You won't listen to us so maybe hearing it from someone who went through the same "small time to big time" transformation will shed some better light on the subject. It's easy to go "big time", but even easier to lose it all once you're there. On the plowing, if you think you can plow a $65k+ account with two pickups you really are in way over your head...........
     
  4. ojays lawn care

    ojays lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Appreciate that thread. Shed some light on the cons.
     
  5. easy-lift guy

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

    You may and probably are correct. I still would like the OP to please answer my questions.
    Thanks
    easy-lift guy
     
  6. ojays lawn care

    ojays lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Credit is as great
    All expenses are paid
    Insurance for co yes
    Health insurance with dull time job yes
    If I am injured. I know a few companies that could help cover for me.
     
  7. easy-lift guy

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

    Great credit, I did not ask how old you are?
    If at the end of each month your current with all of your expenses that is remarkable.
    Enjoy your health insurance with your full time job, you will discover you may not be able to afford replacement insurance when you try working for your self full time.
    How will you be able to pay the "other companies" while your sick or injured?
    Will these companies be willing to sign a non-compete agreement so you can keep your contracts for your self, instead of others that "could help cover for me" when in fact they may be helping them selfs?
    easy-lift guy
     
  8. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 275

    I've seen this in the past, hilarious to say the least. Not to be rude, but listen to what is being told to you by many experienced business owners here! All the condo associations are always maintained by a sizable company, not a one man show for a reason, what towns are these in by the way ??
     
  9. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,007

    The thread in post 13 pretty much says it all. Good luck with your decision. With all the equipment you have to buy, I don't see how you can make money. If you do elect to go for it, start a thread and keep us posted.
     
  10. Bryan27

    Bryan27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    I wouldn't even consider leaving your full time job before you've even seen the accounts. Hell, they may be losers at $65k. Walk the properties, find out the scope of work they want done, figure out what equipment you'll need, how many man hours the work will take, how much material it will take, how much it's going to cost you to do the work and how much profit you want to make. THEN evaluate if it's a good move to make or not. I've taken calculated risks, we all have. Getting in over your head maintaining a lawn is not the same as getting in over your head in a lot of other businesses, you can work your way out of this as long as it is profitable.
     

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