another new guy question??

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by qball, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. qball

    qball LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    hi im a new guy, just have a question, anybody here ever switch careers, im thinking on it now, i have a 9-5 job, and the money to dump into the business, just wondering if anybody has ever gave up on the 9-5 to start their own business??
  2. Tuna3679

    Tuna3679 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    This is the only full time job I've ever had but I tell you what I get to spend all day everyday outside mowing grass and listening to music...and I get paid to do it you just can't beat it. This line of work definitley has it's downside but to me (especially as an owner) it has always been worth it.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I used to work for Brickman and I had just had enough, so with the wife's permission of course, I quit in the beginning of February. We were kind of thinking about doing it for a while. By early April we were full steam ahead.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I almost forgot...Welcome to the site. I look forward to talking with you.
  5. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 1,089

    You better keep the 9-5 while you are starting up.Your first couple of years you will probably barely make a profit.There is an endless list of equipment to get to be compatible and efficient.There is also alot of maintenance to consider. In this buisness you should also be mechanicly inclined to fix your own equipment.Let me tell you there is alot of lowballers out there right now and they make things verry hard.Another thing to consider is drought and weather patterns. Man when you see the dry weather moving in Michigan it really turns your stomach. But its not impossible to succeed you just have to play your cards right. You will also have to do snow,and anything else you can add to the buisness to make a profit throughout the year.
    Good luck and God Bless!
  6. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 1,089

    Oh and I am going into my third year and still working another job along with landscaping.For me a night job works best.I also have a wife two kids and a house to take care of.
  7. TMK

    TMK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I was in corporate accounting after college for 15yrs. Now after being dowsized for the second time I am going for what I love_being outdoors, mowing grass. I will be using all I have learned in school/corporate to help run the business. If it is truely what you love & want to do you can make it work_not easy_but what is that is really worth something.

    good luck
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    dont give up er 9 to 5 alot of money and time goes into lawn care. sometimes the magic dont happen for at least 3 years sometimes shorter or longer
  9. Five points  On. Can

    Five points On. Can LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I was 35 and started up, married, 4 kids , mortgage, sent my kids to christian school. Never looked back. I was a golf course superintendant 13 years, turned sour so I quit. Three months at a factory, hated it. Spent two years in landscape construction and realized I loved grass. Couldn't see going to the back door for a paycheck the rest of my life. If you are willing to work harder than ever, willing to do most anything, and work honestly you will succeed
  10. Lucky Star Lawn Care

    Lucky Star Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    Keep the 9-5 for now come up with the basics you want to cover. Since you are starting from scratch get some ad's out the to stir up some business. See what you get from that you might only pull in enough that you could knock them out on the weekends while still doing the 9-5. Because if you have the money and if those ad's work out for you you can get what you need based on the responses. Dependin on how much you $$ you have laying around look to see if anyone might be getting out of the business and selling their company, that's a good base to start with. Good luck with your move. Keep us updated

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