To those that sold their business

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ALarsh, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    To those that sold their lawn care business, how do you know feel about the decision you made after selling. Are you relieved to be doing something else and are you happy with the decision you made? I would like to hear from those individuals that had an established business (at least 60 accounts) that sold their business and what their gut feeling on it has been.

    Thanks
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812


    I got out just in time(under bidders).ive never made a better decision in my life(the timing). i do miss the cutting(i love the mowers).
     
  3. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    What have you been doing now? Are you starting up a new business or have any future ideas of what you want to do?

    Thanks for the reply John.
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812



    I did some house flipping,spa sales in general.i would like to do retail food of some sorts in the near future..


    The great thing about flipping was i put the bid in for the landscape-mowing and got it every time:laugh: no matter how high the bid was:laugh::waving:


    Make sure if you sell you have enough to do your next step.
     
  5. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    John -- When did you sell your business ?? What were the reasons that brought you to that decision ?? From the posts you've made here on LS I thought you were going to be doing this the rest f you're life !!
     
  6. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 839

    When you sell it's like getting a divorce. or Spliting yourself into two. To me It was all I knew. You are someone, people know you, Relationships are formed that is all i knew. Lawn Business. I had over 75 accounts, crews, govt. contracts the whole gambit.

    Yes i have a degree, it's not about working in ac with a shirt and tie. It's something about having your own business. watching it grow.

    I sold I was miserable. I took four years off. Back in the business. Wiser, part-time yes. Peace of mind of course
     
  7. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    Interesting story, thanks for sharing !!
     
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,656

    I got out last year after 25 years of full and part time mowing and landscaping. At one time I had 3 crews and nearly 200 properties with several large municipal contracts. I am so happy I got out last year. This spring was very relaxing for once, no phone ringing at all hours with customers wanting me there right away.
    The guys who bought my business call often with questions and talk about how far behind they are. I just laugh and tell them that is part of it, you never seem to get caught up.
    I do miss running the ZTR's. I have always liked machinery. Currently I am just grinding stumps by myself, and doing some contract land clearing with a forestry mulcher. No payroll to worry about, no personnel problems, no scheduling problems. I am a pretty happy camper right now. I really do not miss the daily mowing grind at all.
     
  9. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    One question-Why would anyone be on this site who sold there business and got out of the Green Industry????;)
     
  10. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 839

    Keyword no payroll. Sleep at night, no stress. All the money that comes in is YOURS!!!!

    Just because guys sold thier business does not mean they are out of touch. It just doesn't go away. This site is for current and former LCO.

    Sometimes they offer wisdom and insite to the young guys comming up in the business.
     

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