Tieing two business in one?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CJIII, May 27, 2002.

  1. CJIII

    CJIII LawnSite Member
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    Hey I got a question?. what I would like do is when I get my lawn service going real well in about 3 or 4 years when I finish college I would like to tie in building construction with my lawn service. I would like to know is that a wise idea. I am going to be building log homes and custom homes.
     
  2. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    Keep them separate, just my thought.
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    One company, two divisions.
     
  4. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 648

    Separate companies - if you ever want to sell one of them, it will be easier if each has their own records, etc. Also might help protect you if you are ever involved in a lawsuit.
     
  5. maple city

    maple city LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 305

    We are kind of doing that now (not intentionally). We had the lawn care business, and people started asking us if we could do minor construction jobs, which snow-balled into complete remodels, drywall, etc.

    Start two seperate businesses. You will need different equipment, employees, and insurance for the different businesses.

    Here is my experience in the idea. Start out with one or the other. You will have to build up an experienced work force or you will be spreading yourself too thin, then you will lose out. It is EXTREMELY hard to work on construction jobs in the summer when you are trying to do your mowing. It's also difficult in the winter with plowing. We were able to do construction last winter because there was little snow.

    Personally, I enjoy the construction more. Pays better, too.
     

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