who mows after working at a full time job

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jarroo's lawncare, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. jarroo's lawncare

    jarroo's lawncare LawnSite Member
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    how many of you have a full time job and mow in the evenings after work, if so how many lawns are you capable of handling and are you in a rush to get it done before dark.
     
  2. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I work full time, and then mow and work after work and on weekends.
    yeah, it gets tight in the fall when it gets dark earlier. last year I had 11 residential, and one commercial. this year moving up to 15 total to see how it goes. it's the only way I can make it work with a family to support, I need to take it one step at a time. eventually (3 years) I will move to full time only lawn care, but this is my plan to get everything in order until then.
     
  3. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    I work full time and mow in the evenings and on the weekend. Last year I had 10 resi and 1 comm. The only problem I had is when it would rain all week and had to do everything on the weekend. This year I have cut back and am going to umpire youth baseball. I am also getting my certified applicators license to offer full service to the accounts I have landed so far. Next year I would like to lawn care full time and umpire baseball in the evenings. We will just have to wait and see what happens.
     
  4. chambers 38

    chambers 38 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    I have 25 accounts residential I am doing in the weekends and some after work.
    I am going to become part time at my current full time job this next week we just had 5" of rain in the past 2 days and can see the grass growing.
    Its had but well Worth it considering I won't out of my full time job now.
     
  5. Daddio

    Daddio LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    I have been mowing part-time for 20+ yrs; 25-30 yards. Between Uncle Sam and the wife there's just enough $ to keep me coming back for more punishment. Every yr I tell myself I'M NOT DOING THIS NEXT YR; BUT HERE I GO AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Is there help for this? It must be a disease.
     
  6. christmas79

    christmas79 LawnSite Member
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    Yes I say the same thing to every year! :blob3:
     
  7. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Posts: 280

    I too work full time and this year I will have 5 res and possibly 1 commercial and as some have said the weather and the short days can really mess with your head.
     
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    The lack of walls is a feeling I love about this type of work. No idiots looking over your shoulders too. I work a third shift job so I can do this in the daytime. My plan is to work into a part time position at my "Job" when I have to. I've only a handful of residentials right now but, am expecting to get a small chain of convenience stores this year.
     
  9. jarroo's lawncare

    jarroo's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    i don't get off until 5 so i am worried that i will get covered up and lose customers and I think part time is out of the question because i work at a lawnmower parts store and it gets really busy in the mowing season so i might find a new job.
     
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I dont work a traditional job but I average 56+ hours a week and another 20 in overtime. Some nights I get 4 or 5 hours of sleep at most and then mow the next day.
    It gets in your blood and becomes second nature. I actually thrive on the stress although its probably killing me.
     

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