What is being a landscaper or lco mean

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  1. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is the landscaping and green industry mean to you, just a job, something to get side money, or is it a career to you?
    Is it a backbreaking job everyday, or a rewarding career choice?

    Full time guys ,Think about it a bit.
     
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Its been a career and a backbreaking job both. Both at the same time and both seperatly, depending on when in the career were talking about Rewarding? For the most part, both finacially and emotionally. If I could go back would I make the same choice? No!!!! Rather be an attoney but hindsite is 20/20 and thats a personal choice I would have made.
     
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    How bout full time Women too?
    Landscaping is my choice and my love and my life ,
    It is rewarding,satisfying,and fun.It is also very hard and demanding work that challenges both my mind and my body.
    I worked many years in a closed environment ,warehouses with no windows,retail stores,offices
    I have done many different jobs.
    But none can compare to the freedom,fresh air,sunshine environment of this work.
    It is addicting to be valued so much for what you do,to get complements every day,
    to start with a ugly peice of ground that people are sick of looking at or a horribly planned and neglected garden and yard,
    and turn it into a beutifull and usefull space that will be enjoyed by all for years to come.
    To me it dosen't get any better than this.
    I might start a nursery when I get to old to do this or just do design and consultation but I will do something connected to this industry when that time comes.
     
  4. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If I could go back in time, in a time machine, I probably would have retired from the NFL.But that is a whole other story.

    No regrets about choosing this field of endeavor. The rewards have been financial; and the feeling I get after a job has been done well and completed, is my form of high. And most of all knowing I control my own destiny.
     
  5. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
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    I look at it like a job, that pays well. Nothing else really.

    Im trying to decide if I want to continue doing this, or seek another profession. I dont want to regret something when im your age (not saying your old).

    Do you guys find it hard to save up enough money for retirement, or is just one of this things you budget for?

    I have one more year of school left, im thinking of possibly going to get a major in business, and minor in law enforcement. I'd love to become a officer of the law someday, or even better a firefighter. I hate being indoors, I have to be active.
     
  6. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
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    It has its ups and and downs. Being outside is extra, extra great in the fall. :)

    By the way, "does" is the proper verb to use in your topic. :p
     
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    for me bigdaddy, it has been the light at the end of a tunnel, a spring in the middle of a desert, i blindfold when my mother in law comes over. i worked for the man for 21 miserable years. sure, i made good money, but there was always a limit to what i could make. this business gave me options. i don't have a boss, i don't tolerate unruley clients, the sky is the limit as far as what i can make.
     
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Meant to me? Freedom to do whatever I want each day for the most part.
     
  9. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Right you are it allows me to be typing this reply, instead of sweating in a Gm plant, or dead with pain from football injuries.
    In short, nobody pulls my strings I control the show.And it does'nt hurt at all,i love what i do.
     
  10. northmichigan

    northmichigan LawnSite Member
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    i enjoy landscape construction and the hands on designing of hardscapes. i've been at this for over twenty years and have improved my work quality and customer sadisfaction over the years. this is my career and i have gotten to choose my work style. that said the reality of the matter is that at 48 my knees creak and my neck aches after another day of stone work. i might of had the same aches at a deck job[with the jogging and soccer] but i have to go out tomarrow and get to work.
    mj
     

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