How many years have you been in business?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mkwl, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How many years have you guys been in business? I've been doing lawn maintenance since I was 9, I've been in "business" for 6 years, though I only started cuttng other peoples lawns weekly since I was 10.
     
  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've been "in the business" since I was 14 or so, but i've been in business for 2 years.
     
  3. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    since i was 8 but when i started mowin for money 12 so three years now im 14.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    This will be my 12th year in business and 40th or so cutting grass.
     
  5. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    so what you are really saying is that daddy pays you $10.00 to cut the lawn because you are not "in business" you are just a kid who thinks you are.
     
  6. mmmm lets see, I'm 45 now, I road around when my mom was pregnant with me ( I was helping) so I gues that makes it 45 years and 6 months. I just knew when I was in the womb that I wanted to mow grass. and have since then.
     
  7. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
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    Clark Lawn, I agree with you. I don't consider someone that is under the age of 18 to be "in the business". Just because someone rides or drags their daddy's lawnmower to the neighbors house or has their mom drive them there and they get $10.00 for mowing the yard does not mean they are "in the business" This should be an age restricted or even a pay site to keep these youngsters out.
     
  8. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh, by the way, I'm in my 5th year "in this business"
     
  9. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    They had "lawnservices" 45 years ago? LOL
     
  10. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    It depends on how things are set up. I've been growing my business since I was 14. Before I turned 18 I was insured under my pop's name, and we slit everything down the middle. when I turned 18 I had an established business.

    I think you older guys should try to mentor the younger guys instead of putting them down. You should encourage them, because whether you want to admit it or not we all had to start somewhere. Most people don't just turn 18 or 21 and go out and get a 50K SBA loan, with zero customers.

    Bottom line is we all started somewhere legit or not.
     

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