To Partner or Not

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by carolinaborn82, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. jg244888

    jg244888 LawnSite Senior Member
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    just a tip if you do decide to go into a partnership ALWAYS have the majority!!!!!
     
  2. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i think it's quite clear if it's with a freind don't do it you will only have problems
     
  3. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Manage '20' lawns yourself OR '40' with your partner...(essentially) it's the same $$$$. :hammerhead:

    Yup, there are exceptions - and I hope all who have partners and are reading this are among them. :)
     
  4. I started my business with a friend as well. While in the end, it didn't work out as partners (it's common for partnerships to fail), we have remained friends. We simply split customers, equipment, etc and moved on.

    Now I will say that in the beginning, it was the ONLY way to go. We partnered because we each had a niche. He knew everyone in the community, had tons of contacts, and I had the business sense. It cost us each substantially less money to get serious and buy a lot of equipment, advertising, etc, so the risk was much more subdued as a partnership. Obviously the drawback was splitting income 50/50.

    We lucked out by taking out a full page ad in the phonebook and drawing tons of business off that, which meant it didn't sting as much sharing profits, because we actually had a phenomenal first year.

    It wasn't until year 4 that we split up, having netted just over $40K each for the year. Not a lavish income by any means, but to net $80K as a business in 4 years in the service industry where "everyone can do it" (or so they think) isn't so bad.

    Now, after 2 full years of going it alone, I've completely replaced my business partner's share and then some.


    My advice is this; If you can afford a lesser income, try the partnership first if your gut tells you to.

    If you can't afford the lesser income, a partner really isn't an option, because the income simply isn't going to be what you'd like.

    Just make sure you go into it with an exit strategy - preferably in writing.
     
  5. hvphotog

    hvphotog LawnSite Senior Member
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    Partnering is not a bad thing by any means or standards.. make sure you have the following

    who owns 51% of the business controls the business when push comes to shove, of course this is if you are a corp with shares.

    a written partnership agreement by a lawyer

    who controls purchasing and the check book

    Duties of each partner

    Spelling out what is expected and what each of you expect from the other will save alot of headaches in the end and a friendship if there is one there in the first place.

    I have partnered many times and have had very good experiences with it and one bad one. Remember youÂ’re running a business so treat it like Wal-Mart would handshakes will do no one any good.. If it is not in writing than it does not exist period.
     
  6. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    yea don't do it, I just seprated from my partner first of the year and all i have to say is "don't do it." we were friends for like 10 years and i never thought we'd have issues but we did..........so again my advice, DON"T DO IT!!!
     
  7. hvphotog

    hvphotog LawnSite Senior Member
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    What were the underlying issuse that brought down your partnership? giving some background on a flat do not do it will be helpful to not make the same mistakes and along with how you see it how would your x partner see it.. Care to give details?
     
  8. hvphotog

    hvphotog LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think most importantly is how you are determining if you do need a partner.. what is he or she bringing to the table you do not have or you can not do?
     
  9. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
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    I guess "Trust" In all honesty I trusted my partner, but I don't think he trusted me. I'm actually the one who decided to part ways, mainly because I didn't like feeling like I wasn't trusted. Kind of like having a girlfriend who is always on your case about cheating on her. You eventually get sick and tired of hearing it. After a while I got to wondering why he was so untrusting, maybe he was the one that shouldn't be trusted. Kind of hard to explain, but something just didn't feel right.
     
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    I hate partnerships.
     

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