Pros and Cons of owning a Business

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by rusty_keg_3, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. rusty_keg_3

    rusty_keg_3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So, i know theirs a ton of pros and cons to owning your own lawn care/ landscaping biz...

    Please list any u can think of...


    All i got off the top of my head it...

    Pros: Be your own boss, work when you want, do it how you want...

    Cons: No health insurance or benefits (well you can get it out of pocket), if you get hurt, nobody to take care while you recover, cost...
  2. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,724

    Its not work when you want for the first few years anyways, its work whenever you have work and until its done...
  3. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,203

    *you can manage your own time, to a degree
    *choose what equipment you want or dont want
    *choose where you want your business to go, landscaping hardscapes, maintenance, mowing, plowing
    *write your own check to yourself
    *more potential to earn more money
    *gives you an excuse to drive big trucks around
    *no set time to go to work, as long as you finish all your lawns in that set day you give to your customers.
    *some people dream of running a business like you but cant or wont take on the challenge
    *i can look bigger, more successful then i really am. lol

    *collect all receipts for taxes (which i have to do today)
    *$170+ per month in insurance
    *making sure your truck is legal, especially in ohio with these new driving rules
    *if your truck breakes down your screwed until you can get it fixed
    *everything is your fault
    *no bennies
    *writing up contracts/invoices
    *people tell you "your too much" or "that's expensive"
    *you adjust your whole schedule to service their lawn only to find out they couldn't say no.

    theirs more but that's all i can think of.
  4. Texas Lawn

    Texas Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    Pros: More Money

    Cons: More Problems
  5. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 40,790

    Amen to that! :drinkup:
  6. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,203

    :laugh::laugh: yep that sums it up nicely :drinkup::drinkup:
  7. cons--can't call in sick.
    can't tell the boss to go jump in the lake since your the boss.
  8. DaytonBioLawns

    DaytonBioLawns Banned
    Posts: 101

    PRO's: Responsibility. You can control a lot with your power and responsibility status.
    CON's: Responsibility.... you are always accountable as the boss. If the company loses, you lose... now-a-days that can be life changing with credit and honest lending and such.
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,973

    99 problem's and too much money won't be one of them. Don't go in thinking you will have more time for family and leisure.
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  10. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    If you don't work you don't get paid. Sick,rain,kids it doesn't matter.Your equipment has to be rolling.

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