Top 5 Things You LOVE About YOUR Business

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BckYrdLmbrJk, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. KCMO95

    KCMO95 LawnSite Member
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    1- Hearing people talk about my work. Being 18, a lot of people don't expect the quality they usually would, so when you go above and beyond, people really let you hear their appreciation.
    2- My Gravely. I love everything about it, but mostly the fact that I own it.
    3- turning a yard around. A lot of the yards I get are rough, and seeing stripes in them after only having the account for a few weeks puts a smile on my face.
    4- the money. Almost all of my friends make minimum wage, so that alone REALLY makes me appreciate my hourly rate.
    5- being outside. I think I would go nuts sitting around. I love the heat, I love always being in motion, and I love staying in shape from blowing and weedeating.

    At this point in my life, I can't think of much I'd rather be doing. Sad to say this is my last summer in lawn care, but it has been a good run.
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  2. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
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    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Cowboy!!!!!!

    Why is this your last summer in lawn care?

    And don't tell me because you are going to college or bible school because wherever there is Sun, and Rain, and things that are green......... YOU CAN WORK!!!!!!
     
  3. KCMO95

    KCMO95 LawnSite Member
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    It's true! Mechanical engineering at either the University of Alabama or Mississippi State, both of which are 12 hours from home. Not sure that hauling my mowers down there is the most logical thing right now!!
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  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've read quite a few stories on here on how many a college kid put himself through school landscaping and in the process ended up with quite a successful business after graduation, ultimately making more than that piece of paper is ever going to bring.
     
  5. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The "piece of paper" can be worth millions. If you applied yourself and started some sort of engineering firm, one can make lots of money with it. He could also get his lawn/landscape business to run itself while he's in school and pay for his school easily. I'm wishing I did that! Student loan repayment began in Dec for me... I started at 19 and wish I started in about junior year of high school when I was 16-17.

    KCM, don't just give away what you've worked hard for!!

    :laugh: <-- That's if you're referring to the guy in WI, he's actually only a couple hours away from me.
     
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. KCMO95

    KCMO95 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the support guys! I've always had a mind for math and innovation, so I think engineering is really what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. Specifically- dealing with Diesel engine efficiency. I already have a few ideas of things I would like to see implemented or furthered in diesels. Who knows, once I get down south I'll probably still want to work. I may try to find something working with a company in Tuscaloosa or Starkville (or Stanford if I get lucky in late march) or on campus itself. Either way, I'm looking forward to this season and seeing what all I can take on before I have to leave! Even if this is my last year I'm sure I'll still read up on LS regularly for a long while.
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  8. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think you dwell on this industry because you couldn't make it work for yourself. For those of us that plan to grow our companies to all they can be and then some, we aren't "grass cutters" or how ever you portray it, we are business owners in one of the most competitive industries. But the funny thing is that you've mentioned on here before that you're a solo op so I suppose that would mean you're just a mere "grass cutter" then, wouldn't it?

    You must not be aware of the top 100 or even the fact that there are hundreds of lawn/landscape/snow companies in the 7 figure range.
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm not downplaying getting a degree by any means, I have one myself, but these days they aren't near as valuable as they used to be 20-30 years ago. And as I mentioned, if he loves this industry why not use it to put himself through college, it's a viable way to get your education and pay for it while doing something you love. Even if he's on a scholarship of some sort ( if he did well in high school there's no reason he's not) the extra money never hurts.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Roll tide!
     

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