how many have full time job?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cubsfan1, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. cubsfan1

    cubsfan1 LawnSite Member
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    Interested in how many of you have a full time job and and have a lawn business. I myself have a full time job and have my landscaping business. This is going to be my forth season and was wondering how much you guys take on with your business. I am liscenced and insured and just trying to figure out how big I can grow this thing before it would be to much to have both jobs. It's just myself and one other person that I have helping out. What kind of money are you guys making with your business?
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  2. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
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    I have a full time job and this is my first year starting my business back up since I wound things down several years ago. I'm excited to see what the future brings. I just landed my first large landscaping job of the season this past weekend. I really want to score weekly accounts right now so I can have steadier cash flow. My plan is to start soliciting again in March. My business also has a marine division. The marine side will consist of marine based mechanical/electrical repairs, spring launch and winterizing, shrink wrapping, and I also have a wholesale account to sell marine parts and accessories. I still need to develop more of the marine side of the business in the next few months. The landscaping side is setup and ready to go. I just need to get the customer base at this point. Since I work on average of 50 hours/week with my full time job, I'm hoping to keep my other business limited to 1.5 - 2 days/week. I have no idea how things will go since it's all just a 'plan' at this point. I will keep you posted.

    Doug
     
  3. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sorry not trying to hijack but douglee where about in pa are you i need to get my boat shrink wrapped!
     
  4. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 298

    I'm North of Philadelphia approximately 30 Mins.

    How about you?

    Doug
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  5. Blades Away

    Blades Away LawnSite Member
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    I have a full time job as well as my business. I run this business with my wife and brother as well as work as a full-time sworn Parole Officer. I take care of the bidding and I work in the field on one of my three days off a week. My wife also works full time in HR. So she does the HR stuff as well as helps on bids.:weightlifter:
     
  6. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Full time paid firefighter here. Lots of us here on Lawnsite. Probably one of the best full-time jobs you could have if you also have a lawn maintenance business.

    I've been doing this 12 years now and if I had to, I could leave my full-time job and go 100% lawn maintenance. But when you have a job with a guaranteed paycheck, medical benefits, and a retirement, that's hard to pass up.

    For what its worth, I'd still rather be riding a mower versus a fire truck. :usflag:
     
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I work enough outside of landscaping that I might as well have a full time job. I take 13 credits at a University (considered full time status), I work about 12 hours a week as a part-time firefighter and work part-time as a paramedic about 24 hours a week. So I spend about 36 hours a week as a firefighter or paramedic and go to school full time, all on top of mowing. I mow just about 20 accounts each week. My schedule gets to be quite full sometimes, especially when I work night shifts.

    As much as I love fire/ems, I just can't see myself getting out of lawn care/landscaping.
     
  8. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm new to Lawnsite....but I've been reading the many helpful posts for a few years. I to have a full time job in Aerospace where I work 2nd shift...so since the wife (is at work) and boys (are in school), I might as well work and help out other people who want to have a nice looking yard. I try to concentrate on "aeration" but I have a few yards that I cut on a weekly.
     
  9. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm in PA and I'm starting out this spring. I worked in construction management for a few years then became a teacher. I was tired of the instability of the construction market and thought teaching would be much more secure. I taught 2 years and was laid off. I was lucky enough to find another teaching job, but I sure miss the paychecks from the construction industry. I decided to start up a mowing service last summer. It was just an idea last year, but I've been doing lots of homework and getting my shet together. I picked up a 6x12 single axle open trailer, then picked up a used Scag wildcat. I'm going to getting a used Scag walk behind w/velke this saturday and I have a quote on Stihl hand helds from the local dealer. All that's left to do is to get some work. I've got flyers printed up and they're in their way to me as we speak. I have a few shirts ordered along with truck magnetic signs. I just got my gen liability set up yesterday and once I have that, I can get my PA contractors number.

    I'm shooting for 15-20 weekly accounts which I should be easily able to do over a weekend. My only concern is if we get any wet weather over the weekend, I'm screwed. it's too late by the time I get home from school to mow after work. So I'm trying to talk a friend of my father's to sub contract for me if I get behind. It's a huge gamble, but I really love mowing and working outside and I really need the extra little bit of cash. I'm hoping to generate about 10k in my first year. That will pay for my equipment and leave a few thousand for me. On'ce I get all my equipment, I'll have less than 6500 invested. I just hope this works out, I can't wait till spring.
     
  10. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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