Moving and now have a dilemma

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jequigle, May 15, 2013.

  1. jequigle

    jequigle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    I am moving unexpectedly and now in a dilemma. I do not want to just walk away from my customers I have for this season. I have a guy who works for me who had his own business from 91' to 05' and I was planning on keeping the business and let him do the day to day work.

    I have a few issues now with this
    1. Payment some pay cash some pay check
    2. Picking up new customers and side jobs and me not knowing about it
    3. I have to buy a truck as I am not leaving mine here
    4. Banking, have checks sent to a PO Box here and deposits them or sent to me in another state and I deposit them.

    I was thinking of making up a form with customer name, date, how long it took to mow, if they paid, paid cash or check or if i have to invoice them.

    I have a really good relationship with all of my customers which I was planning on calling them once a month to make sure everything is ok.

    What is your opinions??
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    how far are you moving?

    considered selling the biz to him?
  3. jequigle

    jequigle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    700 miles.. From SC back to upstate NY. I thought about selling the business but I know he doesn't have the money and I do not want to sell my equipment as I am taking it to NY with me. I plan on starting over up there next year.
  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,440

    Is the business worth the hassle? That's a lot of oversight from 700 miles away. It would be one thing if you had the truck/equipment to leave behind, as a test for the rest of the season, but the risk is having to effectively double down on equipment to do what may just be a "bridge the gap" until you can get up and running in NY.

    One thing I notice a lot on here is people concerned their employees will be doing things off the books, behind their backs, using the equipment for side gigs, etc. If that's a concern, you're probably in for an anxiety-filled season when you should only have to be concerned with your customers being satisfied by what should be a good employee.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Liquidate the business......your moveing what else could possibly be said.
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  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,930

    X2. Not worth buying more equipment and not being there to run it.
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  7. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,552

    Where are you located in sc?
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