Why they say to stay solo...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 205mx, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Any stories of guys running a small crew or multiple crews that aren't horribly depressing?
     
  2. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Scares me.
     
  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't be. If you want to be big time all the power to you. Alot of people on this site are solo. They are landscapers, not businessmen. You should work ON your business, not IN your business.


    There is a huge difference.
     
  4. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's what I'm trying to do. Thank you for the encouragement.
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  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Me and you both. Don't be discouraged. I was the same way brainwashed by this site until I worked for a larger local company. They do millions a year and he lives in a 4 million dollar house with several vacation houses. All in 15 years.

    My father made the same mistake of working IN his business for 20 years. That won't be me. He doesn't agree with me and can't see my visions
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  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Get a copy of the E Myth revisited. There is a landscape version not sure how different that one is.

    The author basically says your goal ultimately should be to sell your business.

    My area has a number of larger Co. who regularly under bid me and their work is iffy but hey they're full service...gotta love the one call does it all. I scratch my head wondering how a few of these Co. are making much if any money with all the overhead. :rolleyes:

    One of the better irrigation Co. here has a $99 sprinkler turn on, back flow and blow out special. Another poster here who worked in irrigation in South Florida came up here a few year back and told me this area is full of a bunch of half price hacks.

    Depends on your market, how good of a manager you are, what are you doing head and shoulders better.
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  7. Exactly.
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  8. Goldendog

    Goldendog LawnSite Member
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    I've been solo for three years now and looking at bid for a large Condo complex that I will have to hire some help. The big bonus to me is everything is located together. No extra driving time for the truck which will save me enough in driving gas from job to job to pay at least half his salary for the day.
     
  9. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I went the solo route for a while and now have three employees . So no I am not large by any means but I really have been trying to turn my focus on the business more not just getting work done but making sure we have work to do consistently along with marketing etc. I still am in the field each day but at least now I can set up and leave to meet a potential customer etc. so don't be discouraged, keep pushing forward always!
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  10. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When I hire a worker I should be able to get 40% more work done So if I pay him 15 hr I get 45 for every hour of work he does.
     

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