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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by nwlandscaping, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. nwlandscaping

    nwlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    How late do you guys usually work? My partner is a slave driver and constantly wants to keep going until sun down, but it takes its toll after awhile.
  2. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    sunup to sundown...
    If you dont work,,, Pedro and Jose will:laugh:
  3. cranium2001

    cranium2001 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    You need to work as long as it takes to get the job done. It seems most of the people on this site work 60-70 plus hours a week at one or more jobs. I myself have had at least three jobs for over six years. You need to ask yourself how bad you want to succeed. If you don't "Pedro and Jose"(quote) or someone else will. Good luck.
  4. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 175

    If you have a vested interest in the companies success, you shouldn't be watching the clock, at least I don't. Whatever it takes!
  5. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 22

    i work 12-15 hour days mon-sat.
  6. nwlandscaping

    nwlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    Wow, I'd say during the Winter months we work maybe 30 hours a week. During the peak season it ends up being around 10 hour days. Sometimes it just seems hard on the psyche and body. I don't mind mowing all day...its hard, but what exhaust me is the constant mulching and only having wheelbarrows to lay it out. Having the right equipment is key to not burning yourself out.
  7. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 22

    in the winter months i hardly work at all only when it snows but i have to make up for that in the summer
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    I work till the jobs done!! They wouldnt put headlights on mowers for no reason!! LOL
  9. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    Any thing over 8 hours a day or 40 a week is time and a half around here so 35-40 hours will do.
  10. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    Working that many hours is bad in so many ways. Overtime will kill you financially. It is just plain stupid to pay someone time and a half because your planning is poor.

    Tired people make mistakes, if you are lucky they will just cost you more time to correct the mistakes. When your luck runs out you will be sitting in an emergency room with an employee who has seriously hurt them selves.

    I know if I schedule 6.5 hours of work in a day that my guys will be done with work in an 8 hour day including travel time and dumping. I know this is not the popular or manly answer but it is the correct one for operating a business.

    Even topsites has figured out to raise his prices and do less work and make the same or more money.

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