Replacing oneself on the job

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, May 5, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 994

    Being a young guy, 21, I was thinking that within the next few years I would like to fully replace myself from being on the job everyday. My job would consist of estimates, bank dealings, keeping the books etc.
    However the last few days I have been really sick, I think I have sun stroke. Feeling nauseous, having trouble replacing fluids and eating (drinking and eating okay today). Nonetheless I NOW realize I need to start finding a way to replace myself instead of doing it in the future, that way if I ever get really sick, the business will keep on running. Anyone else have similar thoughts?
  2. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    Careful....Now you're starting to think like a businessman.
  3. double e

    double e LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    This year I started running a grass cutting crew.
    They cut 90-100 acounts and I do about 20. The other 5 days I do landscaping and maitenance. I also give bids.- I still find myself giving bids in the evenings.

    I thought I would have more time for the running around, since I have another crew. But I doubled my work- leaving me working my butt off
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    This is hopefully the last year for me to be actually doing the work, im sure things will work better that way as long as i can continue to get good help.
  5. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    I'm anxious to replace myself in the field as well. My main problem right now is having the volume of work needed to do that. Finishing the 1st full year in business in July. After that, I'll have to have some dependable folks out there, which will be fun. I seem to remember a guy posting stuff like, I should never hire the first person I interview, always interview at least 3 or 4 and there are ALWAYS more out there. Hmm ... who could that be?

    [Edited by CSRA Landscaping on 05-05-2001 at 10:59 PM]
  6. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Not saying this will happen to you but.. This company I know that went under after the owner did what you wanted to do. I got one of his jobs and the owner of the home told me his employees would spend half the day in here swimming pool LOL. She had told them they could and said I could. But has a responsible biz owner I declined. No telling what they did the rest of the day and weeks. I guess if you found a good superviser and paid him well. Very tempting for crews to take cash for jobs and you would never know..
    This guy came to work on my AC and told me he could do it cheaper on the side. Easy way fro employees to steal from you that way.
  7. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    Which is why I said that, Charles.

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