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Swing shift

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scottb, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    I will be losing my job of 10 years as of March 30th. I really would like to go full time lawncare but with my wife not working and a large morgtage another job may be necassary. Do any of you work swing shift jobs if so how does it affect your business. I only have a few accounts at the moment so full time is a big scare. But who knows when I start putting out fliers in Febuary maybe things will boom. Any way advice from the wise members of lawnsite is in need.
     
  2. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    Some of you who are or at one time were partimers please make some suggestions or tell how your day job effects you lawn care business.
     
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I started out my business five years ago when I was bouncing nights at a local club. I enjoyed the double income but as of last spring have turned in the gloves for serving up cold drinks as a bartender. I'm 30 now and have worked for nightlife for 10 yrs successfully without it taking a toll on my company. I suppose it all comes down to whether or not we are doing something we truely enjoy - or not.

    Best of luck.
    Kris
     
  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I dont know the full situation.But
    it might be time to put it on the line.Get
    Good quality cut and acredge mower.If
    you work hard you can do well.
    Dont try to do it , do it.I have come to
    realise there is a different.
     
  5. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Posts: 1,671

    Scott, You should really look into equipment that isn't going to beat you up by the end of the day. If you can afford a ZTR rider, then go for it. You will have more energy left over at the end of the day. Good luck to you
     
  6. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,490

    Friends, relatives, everyone thought I'd go broke when I went full time in this business 11 years ago. My favorite story about how I knew I'd be alright was when I was printing my statements one evening on an old Epson impact printer using fan-fold statements from Nebs. My Mother-in-law stopped by for something while I was printing. She was one of the most vocal to disapprove my new business venture. I asked her if she could help me for a moment. I picked up the first statement in the collection box on the floor in front of the printer and asked her if she would walk down the hall with it. Picture this - she walks through our family room, down the hall and to the front door trailing along a ribbon of statements. I then tell her to open the door and continue to walk until the statements are stretched half way into the front yard. I then asked her if she still thought I couldn't make a living mowing lawns. She replied that she didn't know. I then told her that she was holding "statements" (which she had not realized)and that each statement represented at least $50 of income for that month. Needless to say she is now one of my supporters. If you do a good job and treat your customers right you will succeed. Don't be afraid, go for it.
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I've had this business on my own for going on 18 years now. I worked as a campus safety officer for a local school district from '94 until June of 2000 while also attending school. While I had the entire summers off, it was hectic during spring and fall while I did both. I currently was just hired as and am in training as a store detective for a major supermarket chain. This has pretty decent pay, and EXCELLENT benefits. It is a 40 hour a week job OPTIONAL overtime, and I will continue to do both. The benefits are the main thing. The only REAL difficulty I'll have is when, soon, I'll be going into the police academy. At this time, while obviously having to let the store detective job go, I'll have to find SOME how to maintain the business - atleast for four months. I would like to do the academy during the winter months, so I wouldn't miss too much field work. This is only partially possible though due to the academy schedules.
     
  8. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    Thanks for the advice. I might have to work a rotating shift. So many days on day shift than so many on night shift. I know money cany be made but my wife is currently not working and i would really like some good benifits.
    As far as a ZTR goes I cant afford one at the moment but am on the look out for a deal perferably an Exmark or Toro since they are the best dealers around here. I really do not want to work in a manufacturing plant again so Duke Power is on top of my list,as well as the Post Office as a mail clerk or somthing mundane just to help out.
    Thanks for telling me about your sucess stories.
     
  9. Work rotating shifts and run a part time biz?

    Man you will be a stroke victim waiting to happen.

    If you want to make this work I suggest you get your wife a job so you can concentrate working time on lawn care.

    Could you tell us what kind of truck(s)and equipment you might already own?
     
  10. Camman

    Camman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I started my company in 1994 while I worked nights, 11pm to 7am. I took any money I made and reinvested it back into the company. I worked like a dog for five years, working all night and then working another 8 to 10 hrs landscaping and sleep 3 to 4hr and start all over. It was hard, but it comes down to how bad you want it.

    There will come a point when you just can do both, I realized it when I build the company to a size where I could not keep up with the work and I needed to start adding help. So last year was my first season on own. It was scary at first but I stuck to my plan and did just fine, but remember theres will always be room for improvement. Good Luck with your decision.
     

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