How did everybody get started?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by whiteclifflawn, May 3, 2005.

  1. whiteclifflawn

    whiteclifflawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I worked at a golf course and got tired of doing all the supers work and making him look great, and quit, bought a 61" rider and a good push mower, blower and trimmer, and held my breath. I have since retired from push mowing, and got a few mow riders and walk behinds. I do not regret the leap. Best thing i ever did, winters can get long sometimes though.
     
  2. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    I got fired from my porn shop job so I started working for another LCO when I was 20. Got tired of seeing him bring in over $500,000 a year while paying me 6.50 an hour so I went into business for myself.
     
  3. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 698

    I did it really small time in high school, only 2 yards. Then I was planning on going to med school, needed to pay bills and have a flexible schedule so I started mowing. Didn't like the lives of the doctors that I was working with and saw the life of owning my own business as very rewarding, so here I am now and not regretting a thing.
     
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    I watched my butler cutting my vast Estate one day (the gardener was sick) with my gold plated 76 HP KawaKohlBriggs motor with a 198" SuperDeeDuper ExtraFlexLid Mower and I said to myself, "Self, that looks like very hard work with very long hours and a Seasonal business that I bet that would have countless numbers of newbie lowballers and 14 year old kids with Wal-Mart 21" mowers that say they are a "business" but don't have any license or insurance or pay any taxes and don't really know squat about running a real business and one that is also daily work to build and maintain because of that.....hum, self, sounds like fun" so I gave away my Millions and here I am.
     
  5. David Grass

    David Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 485

    Was working for a landscaper that hated cutting grass, he mentioned that the "couple" that was supposed to meet with him about subbing out all the mowing, failed to show. I asked "what $$$ are we talking? " Wow, that is a **** load more per hour than I am making now. He liked me, let me do it. Now of course, I do all my own, cuz that was years ago.
     
  6. SpeaderJockey

    SpeaderJockey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    low ballin is part of the game my boy
     
  7. ECS

    ECS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    I spent 6 years working for a property management company doing anything and everything for them, mainly lawns in the summer and snow in the winter. Well, I just completed 6 years of hard service, was called into the office and was fired. Lost my job and lost my housing all in a matter of 5 minutes. I think my boss thought I was going to be out of the area, instead, I decided to do the same thing I was doing, except for renting properties. I went to all of her clients that I took care of for the property management company and took 38% of their plowing and 15% of their lawns. Along with that I took another couple $k ayear of work from them last fall and at least $1k from them this year already. I know how they operate and when they plan on doing things and simply approach the people first and have the job done before they even think about getting to it. I am now going to go against them on one of their biggest complexes. It is 1 mile from me and takes roughly 13 hours to mow and trim. If I get that property, it will set me where I need to be and hurt them greatly. I am aloso going to put in a bid for the plowing which is a two hour plow job. Not only am i doing this to help me grow and make money, but also to screw them as much as I can. When they fired me, I have been nothing but a thorn in their side and have become their worst nightmare. I also found out just how expensive buying a plow, good Z and trailer are while collecting unemployement for 4 months. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Posts: 859

    I worked for Best Buy and drove a crappy minivan. Then I bought a trailer and put that poor minivan to work. I worked at Best Buy part-time as a PC tech and still made over twice as much mowing grass on the side. My manager threatened my job at Best Buy for driving a minivan to work with my company name on it. I walked out and never came back.
     
  9. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Posts: 548

    Not to be an a** but do you have any one working for you ? Just wonder what you would do if you let them go and they did this to you ? Because i know i would k*** there a** for every dollar they took from me !!!!! :realmad: :D
     
  10. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I knew I wanted to do this since high school, just never had the $$$ to do it then. But after I cut off half of my left pinky finger I got about 10k, bought a plow truck saved the rest of the $$ saved plowing money and bought a used w/b from the guy I plowed with, bought all equipment I needed, started subbing from this same guy He liked my work so he gave me almost too much and the rest is history. this year all on my own, no subbing anymore for me. Upgraded with new equipment and busy busy busy this year.
     

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