How about my age?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by morningstar, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. morningstar

    morningstar LawnSite Member
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    I have been a county agent for the past 13 years and was a vo-ag teacher 10 years before that. I've spent my career advising others what to do to have healthy lawns and landscapes and when I retire I plan to start my own lanw/landscape business. My question is: I will retire when I'm 57 - can I physically start this type of work? Are there any of you out there that are in this situation? I'm in good health, reasonably good shape (need to loose a few pounds) However , the county agent work is not exactly a heart pounding occupation.
     
  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    not sure how much this will help but my dad is 50 and helps me when i need it. He doesn't do it everyday. He is in pretty good shape rides his bike 35 miles a day. He works pretty hard when he helps me and he seems to handle it pretty well. IMO if you do it all the time it's easier and you know what to expect throughout the day. So i guess he doesn't really good......
     
  3. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Morningstar,

    Hi, I will be forty next June, I plan to start up early next spring.

    Question: Do I feel Forty? Nope not a bit.

    I worked in a factory for fifteen years and now the past six in an office. I like to pheasant and deer hunt, do outdoors type work, and lift weights, my wife says I go at things like I'm killing snakes. I have always been active and probably always will, but enough about that.

    How old do you feel? Joplin's Dad sounds like an active person, mine on the other hand just turned sixty-three and acts eighty-three(sorry Dad!!) Wise person it was that said you are only as old as you feel.
    :waving:

    G-P
     
  4. lottlawncare

    lottlawncare LawnSite Member
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    Can you still get it up? If yes,,,then you are not too old. If no...then I'd advise against it. It's all in the hips...it's all..in...the...hips...
     
  5. joeg2246

    joeg2246 LawnSite Member
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    Make sure you have top-notch equipment!! I don't think you would want to be walking behind a walk behind all day. Get a good ZTR mower and try to IF YOU CAN be a little more selective with your accounts. What I mean is again IF YOU CAN (not sure how much money you need to make) pick and chose your accounts so as to not spend to much time off the mower. I would not try to do 100 accounts if I were you either. Start early in the morning and try not to be out in the heat of the day.
    One more thing you probably already know, if you don't need to pee you ain't drinking enough water.
    You are not old but you need to be careful and SMART!
    Joe
     
  6. Turbo

    Turbo LawnSite Member
    from midwest
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    Hey Morningstar my dad is 76 he helps me every once in a while. All he does is ride my Exmark. Hope I can do that when I am76. He works about 8 to 10 hours a day.
     
  7. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you can sit and or stand you can do this work for a long time.
     
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    I'll go against the grain here a bit.............
    I'm going to be 42 in a couple of months.
    If I still have to be doing any grunt work in 2 years other than what I want to do I'll move on to other things.
    This is a young man's game.
    If its just mowing you'll do it shouldn't be a problem, but move 10 tons of stone for the day and you WILL feel your age.3 of us moved 17 tons of chipped red stone by hand and removed the 18 yards of mulch on tuesday and wednesday and although I'm not in pain my body sure knows its been overworked. It didn't used to be that way.
     
  9. How soon will you retire? You could maybe try it part-time for a season or two. Are you supplementing a pension and can pace yourself or do you need to make a full time income? I'm fifty doing lawn installs part-time and yeah sometimes I'm sore for a couple of days but I'm okay. In a little less than four years I'll retire and I'll do what I can do.
     
  10. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    I wouldn't want to actually be the one doing the work at 57 and at 46 don't plan too either as I will have crews out doing the work or I'll retire. Too much work (at least as a true full time service to make a living) for a 57 year old. NOW, that is assuming that you really want to make some money say cutting at least 60 or so yards a week. If you only want to do say 10 a week for extra change then you can probably do it okay.
     

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