Looking to partner up with someone

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Josh F, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Josh F

    Josh F LawnSite Member
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    My namle is Joshua Freeman, I have a small but growing landscaping and lawn care business. I'm looking for someone in the seminole or orange county Florida area. I would like to partner up with a company that has the same drive that i do. Ive been trying to grow my business for a while now and i cant seem to do it on my own so i figure two heads are better than one. I have some pretty steady accounts and i make pretty desent money but at the same time I dont make enough to put a substatial amount back so i can invest in new and better equipment, advertisment and so forth. So if anyone who might be interested please email me at hyperlyte3241@yahoo.com
    Thanks
     
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I don't know your whole situation but I would not yet turn to partnering up with someone. Alot of times partnerships don't end well. I would take a little more time and do a little more advertising and trying to build your business a little more. Also, when creating a partnership, you may want to consider doing it with someone you know, not really someone you just met. I'm not saying start a partnership with your best friend (that never usually ends well), but at least with someone you know a little bit.
     
  3. Riley24

    Riley24 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 26

    DON'T PARTNER UP! just keep at it and eventually you'll get the money to buy bigger and better equipment. you'll be better off 5 years down the road
     
  4. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Riley is right!! Trust me I have been there and lost Friends because at the end they want everything.
     
  5. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    Getting a partner will be the worst thing you'll ever do in the length of your business!!!!:nono::nono: In fact, it will probably be the first step in you going out of business(I've had others tell me the same thing for years because it always seemed like a great idea). It rarely happens that two people bring the same cards to the table. Then you have the problem of one working a lot harder than the other-Good luck finding someone with your exact same personality(This is the biggee!!!!!). I'm still looking to clone myself with 10 more just like me that actually give a crap and will work until the job is finished.:dizzy:So far, I've been unsuccessful. Then you have the legal end of things, no compete clause if it doesn't work, etc, etc. Last, but not least, you have to split the money right down the middle regardless of how much effort the partner is putting into the business. I just lost my best friend over the summer because he needed a job, got injured twice in 5 months, cost my insurance about $50,000, and now I can't hire him back. We have hardly spoken since the last accident. That's my reward for giving a man a job down on his luck!!!!:hammerhead::hammerhead:
     
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    bingo!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    What you need is a employee to do the dirty work so you can concentrate on marketing your business.
     
  8. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    Don't do it ! I could make a list of reasons.
     
  9. thomaslawn

    thomaslawn LawnSite Member
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    Finding a partner will not fix the problem. Build your business up by increasing your advertising and providing quality work. When you get to the point where you need additional help hire part-time and learn the basics of becoming an employer. This will be the key to your success, providing proper management to your employees and your accounts.

    During the course of my professional career, both in this business and others I have found that partnerships usually do not work. The only time I have seen them work is when a business owner offers a partnership to an employee who brings a large amount of experience and skills to the operation. Partnering with someone because you think it will ease your work load or bring greater success will not work. It will most likely have the opposite effect.
     
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    If you and your partner bring the same # of lawns to the table...you'll essentially be making the same $$ as before...AND you'll be making twice the # of stops. Sounds co-dependent to me.
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