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At what point did you go full time?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jajwrigh, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    How many customers did you have? What equipment did you have? How many years in business? I am trying to do some planning for the future and I am considering taking the full time plunge in about 5 years...What are your stories??
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Started out when I was 16. Never had a plan, started @ $10/hour, 16 years ago.
  3. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    I quit my job in late winter of 94, and started my company. I was 27. I never did anything part time up to that point. I wanted to devote all my time and enengy to the business. I think thats the only way you can do it.

    Now I did have a full business plan in place way before, and saved some money to get this started. I also took my business plan to my local bank and sold myself to the bank loan officer to get a sba loan.

    Then I sold, sold, sold. My first 2 years where tough, worked everynight on the phones selling. spent money I didnt have on advertizing. demanded every vendor to give me 60day terms on everything I bought. I worked winters plowing for my dad, and doing odd jobs. By year 3 I was buried in work, But right from the start I always budgeted in my prices for winter months, That way I didnt starve or need snow to live.
  4. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 707

    went full time when i could no longer stand working for my employer (large national company)
    never did the part itme thing, never borrowed any money, never looked back

    used pick-up truck, lesco spreader, couple of backpacks, and a computer on my sears charge card.

    I did take on a winter job my first season
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Um, you're not John Kerry, are you?? :p
  6. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Started this year part time. Will be full time in the spring 05. I could be full time right now but I don't want to use my company savings to get me through the winter.
    This is not my recommendation to anyone. I can't devote enough attention to my customers or the guy I work for. My wife is severely annoyed b/c I work 12 - 14 hour days. The only reason I haven't been fired is I run the guys 40 man maintenance division and he doesn't want to deal with the customers. I may still get my walking papers in November, who knows.

    My recommendation is to save your money and buy the minimum needed to start a business and start selling your but off this time of year while people are still thinking about their lawns.
  7. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    I went Full -Time last year after 8 - 9 years part time. I had about 30 full time customers and made sure I had a job for the winter time helping my Dad in his Painting Biz ( could not have made it otherwise). I also do Pressure Washing which is a good service to offer and can be done in the Winter , if you can stand the cold! This year I'm gathering leaves and really pushing aerating. WHen I quit my job I had one ZTR Mower, couple trimmers, "Weedeater" Hedge trimmer, BP Blower, 89 Z71 & 6 x 10 trailer. This year I've added the stuff listed below.
    I quit my job because I was tired of working every other weekend & the 12 hour shifts. I've only worked 2 Saturdays since I quit ( half days :) which I don't mind). Hope this helps.
    Also Last year I took just about any yard I could get. This year I've been much more selective ( cuts down on the psychos) and not run anything in the classifieds. I've tried to seel more services to existing clients.
  8. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    I bit the bullet and went full time from day one.

    Hard at first but by the end of the season I had 49 accounts and I was making more money as a LCO then I was at my old full time job
  9. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    I suppose I should have been more clear in my question...I am only concerned with those guys who do fert/squirt.
  10. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Fert and squirt is what I have started doing anyway. Mowing grass is for the birds.(or something like that)

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