Whats your typical day like being a lco?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 94gt331, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Tom-N-Texas

    Tom-N-Texas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Yes I generally pay cash every day or every other day... Just the way I've always done it. I don't like getting behind; the guys like it too.
     
  2. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Missouri
    Posts: 569

    Monday-Sleep in because it's maintenance day. Some Mondays i'm up and done early just so I can sit on my butt the rest of the day. Other's I don't get to the garage until 2PM.

    Tuesday-Friday. Up at 4am, 4:30 I'm out running...depending on the day of the week between two to 4 miles. Home by 5:30. Start coffee, make breakfast, and watch M*A*S*H until 7. Watch news until 7:30 while schedule prints, do a couple odds and ends with paperwork while watching news. Heading out the door between 7:30 and 7:45...depends on whether the wife and the dog feels like a quick 15 minute snuggle and talk before I head out. Mow that days schedule. Depending on the day and that day's route I'm home between 4 and 7PM. Paperwork, scheduling and BBQ and Beer depending on the which day it is.

    Saturday is my rain day makeup, odd job days, or absolutely nothing days. Family time, etc etc...Sunday is church, lunch with the wife and then a nice afternoon in the park with the dog or a family BBQ if one is planned for the day.

    That is a TYPICAL week...but that's the basic schedule, that doesn't count being backed up because of rain, changing brakes, changing oil a random flat tire, a belt snapping, equipment being a b*tch because it just wants to be because nothing is wrong, it just feels like calling in sick. Doesn't count that it's the day every single customer wants to come out and talk to you about everything going on since the last time you all talked.

    A typical day is pretty easy, even a typical week. It's the atypical day that drives ya nuts.
     
  3. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    mash in the morning sounds like fun. The theme music puts you in a certain mood.
     
  4. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    Reminds me of being a kid and falling asleep on the couch with the TV on haha.
     
  5. StrokerTurbo7.3

    StrokerTurbo7.3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 150

    I bet the IRS loves it too. Wait, what?
     
  6. sparcolawn

    sparcolawn LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 179

    I see a lot of posts that say "head to the shop to make sure everything is ready for the guys" or "first stop in the morning is to the gas station". My guys leave the yard at 7:00 sharp, and pulling back in the yard at 4:30 having already gone to the gas station and filled everything up for the next day. same for getting anything extra ready for tomorrow. Before we go home for the night all the trucks are loaded, fueled, and in place so all we need to do is turn the key in the morning. There are to many unexpected things that could go wrong in the morning to worry about all the other stuff that could have been done yesterday.
     
  7. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    What does the IRS think of all that? You shouldn't be paying cash as I think you already know. So no deductions, no SS, no federal tax withheld? You just admitted you are part of the problem. :hammerhead: The IRS WILL catch up to you on that.
     
  8. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,544

    Some days I sleep in till 8. Others days I am up and gone by 5:30am.

    There's all those days where I might get home at 3. And there's been plenty of days I won't get home till midnight.

    I just wish I could get on a set schedule like you guys..
     
  9. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,312

    Woke up, fell out of bed
    Dragged a comb across my head
    Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
    And looking up I noticed I was late
    Found my coat and grabbed my hat
    Made the bus in seconds flat
    Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
    And somebody spoke and I went into a dream
     
  10. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,365

    I wake up around 7:30 or 8. Everything is ready for me when i get up. my route, my clothes laid out, trailer loaded, and truck and equipment all gased up. I usually get on my first yard at 9pm, last yard around 5pm. If i have lawn apps to do i will leave earlier and knock out the lawn treatment customers first before i start to mow. If there is rain in the forecast for the week, i'll try to get some of the bi-weeklies for the next day done, and i will stay out till dark. When i get back to the garage i unhook my trailer and look at the route for the next day and make sure i have everything i need for the next day ready to go. I then complete my worklog/mileage log for the day. I check the mail and enter in any payments that came in that day as well as any call backs for estimates or what not. I'm all routed out gased up and loaded up for the next day before i even sit down for dinner.. then i chill with the family the rest of the night. I don't see how you guys with employees do it, it doesn't sound like much to look forward to. but i gotta say, i enjoy being solo so far.. and, it beats last year when i worked the nightshift and mowed lawns during the day.. The wife wasn't having that, i think she would have left my ass for real if i kept working nightshift.
     

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