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Gonna be the "New Guy"

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Prestige-Lawncare, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    I ran across this site yesterday while doing a search on mowers and equipment ... so I thought I would sign up and pick up some tips or pointers along the way. Who knows ... I might even be able to add to the forums a little here and there!

    Me ... Just a 53 year old guy (a very young 53 I might add) ... who has 30 years in working for someone else. This time next year I will be looking at taking an early retirement from my years of service working for someone else year round. I bought a 36' 5th wheel camper last year .... and I plan on getting a lot of use out of it. I now take 4 - 5 weeks vacation in the summer, and that's when the kids and I travel some. Next year, I plan on leaving my employer, and taking on a job driving a school bus during the year, and having a small lawn service to carry me through some of the summer while school is out. Knowing me though ... I'll probably grow it bigger then I want to, that's just the way I am about everything.

    Anyway! Tips ... pointers ... advice ... or anything else you may want to share would be greatly appreciated. All my life I have loved my lawn work, landscape design projects, and working outdoors in the summer months. I now hope to carry my hobby into a smaller business until I can afford to retire full time (which will probably be never).

    As I said ... I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself ... and start getting involved a little here.​
  2. tfosterjr

    tfosterjr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Welcome and Good Luck:clapping:
  3. LandscapeMasterpieceGA

    LandscapeMasterpieceGA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    4-5 weeks vacation in the summer might be unreasonable
  4. LandscapeMasterpieceGA

    LandscapeMasterpieceGA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    oh yeah, I hate your avatar :)
  5. lawnguy001

    lawnguy001 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Enjoy that 5th wheel while you can! There are no summer vacations in this business. I had 32' motorhome. Never had time to use it . It had to go bye -bye!!
  6. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Thanks guys!

    What I mean by 4 - 5 weeks off in the summer is that I take the weeks off from work at the office now ... but we usually only travel on weekends, and take a 1 week trip just once in the summer. That is also why I say I want to keep it small .. just a few contracts to keep a little cash flowing in the summer months. Of course .. like most things I do in life .. I will probably grow and grow it .. but then of course I can pass some of it off to my son.

    I am a single parent with two kids still at home ... a 13 year old and a son almost 15. He will be coming up on 16 next year ... and I am thinking "business partner?" :D

    Thanks again for the welcome ....​
  7. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Love em during the regular season .. they suck in the play-offs!:drinkup:
  8. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Good luck in the future and good luck!
  9. JoeFireman

    JoeFireman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I'm not sure you should get involved. Ive been doing it part time 20 + and might retire from my flltime jobafter 25 years. I feel like I'm locked in financly into lawn service. I'm a bit youger than you 44 and suggest if you can financly. enjoy retirement and do some of things you miss(hobbies,fishing etc)
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    but not in the winter so take a vacation down under where it's summer :laugh:

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