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Job or business?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Accent01, May 24, 2010.


Keep job or not?

  1. Yes

    20 vote(s)
  2. No

    21 vote(s)
  3. Maybe

    8 vote(s)
  4. Or tuff it out?

    13 vote(s)
  1. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    Good info guys....I am in the same boat, I work a rotating 12 hour shift working weekends (which i dont mind) night and hoilidays including Christmas....been doing this for 12 yrs now...plus a ton of OT (last year I worked 800 hours of OT) I made 140K but the BS, time away from my family working nights and holidays and stress is getting to me. I would love to leave my fulltime job and run my biz fulltime. I have been setting myself up for a few years now by buying rental property to offset the slow periods in my lawn business and I also have a financial planner to help me with the transition, but I am still afraid to make the leap and getting out of my comfort zone
  2. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    Are you saying you netted 140K or grossed 140K?
    So, say 40H work weeks (2880H/Y+ 800 OT (1200 pay hours) thatÂ’s 3280 pay hours = 42.68/H

    It takes a extremely efficient small lawn business (<4 employees) or a big lawn business (forget mid size, 1/1000 chance to make it in the middle) to net that kind of money on a constant basis.

    So you need to make a decision, do you want to make less but have a family or work more but for more hours?
    I choose family/sanity/vacation possibility.
  3. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    The money is nice don't get me wrong.....but it can't buy back the hoilidays, birthdays and kids school & sporting events that I missed during the past 12 years. Not to mention the rotating shift work from nights to days and days to nights every 2-3 days.

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