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Wish Me Luck!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, May 31, 2010.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,757

    Well, today was my last day on the milk route after 27 years. I had intended to work at least another year, but a friend of mine with a mowing business called a week ago and said he was having some health problems, and needed to get out of the business pronto. At one time, he was one of the largest solo operators around here, but sold off about half his business a few years ago. I went over to talk to him, and he offered me quite reasonable terms to take over the rest of his accounts.

    Adding his accounts (approximately 50% of what I was already mowing, dollar wise), kind of put me over the top to the point trying to run the business and work 40 hours plus on the milk route was going to be nearly impossible, so I made the decision to just turn in my retirement and go for it. It will probably take me a couple of weeks to get the schedule, now a nightmare, straightened out, but it will, I hope, eventually come together. Depending upon how much my wife helps, me, I may be mowing as much as 50 hours, but that is a lot better than 25-30 hours plus the job, and I no longer have to work for a big company that would rather look for something small and insignificant that you are doing wrong, than reward you for doing all the big stuff right.

    Anyway, I got some cardboard and onion sacks at my last stop the other day. Needed the cardboard to make some "Will work for food" signs, and the onion sacks work great for picking up aluminum cans! :)
  2. rickyg

    rickyg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    You will do fine, just stay positive.

    Something my wife always tells me:

    You have to believe it before you receive it!
  3. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 313

    Good luck Neill. :drinkup:
  4. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,254

    Sounds like a pretty good opportunity! Wish you the best. Work hard.
  5. Razorblades

    Razorblades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 950

    Good luck with the new job. Enjoy it as much as possible, don't get stressed about it and the schedule will eventually come together! then you'll be hauling your money to the bank by the wheelbarrow load!:)

    Seriously, good luck with this new endeavour. It can't be easy to leave the somewhat "safe" company job like that. But in the long run you'll probably be more satisfied with your full time mowing service.
  6. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 346

    Congratulations Neill,
    I'm confident that you'll do very well.
    And yes, being your own boss can be a wonderful thing!

    Definitely get your wife to help if she will, female operators are capable of the highest quality work, my mother works with me full time and does all of the mowing (Grasshopper 722D 52")
    she's 80 years young and is one of the best ztr operators around with 6,000 hours+ experience. We make a great team and it's very rewarding to work together in a stress/strife-free environment.

    Remember to keep the quality high and the blades sharp :)
  7. cbkc

    cbkc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    Working for yourself will feel great. If you work as hard doing grass as you do doing milk you will be fine!!
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I think you'll do fine.
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    you will be ok, but wow the dude with an over 80 yo mom mowing grass, i bet that is one awesome sight!
  10. rain man

    rain man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,794

    Nothing like pulling in a little easy money.

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