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Yeah, but then I think of punchin the clock again, an the feeling goes away. Look forward to the winter when I can kick back for a couple of months.

If I get really fed up, I just send the crew out and take a long weekend.:D
 

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Hey Turf Technologies, what do you mean by burned out? Your only 22 years old. Did you really want to get into this field of work or just stumbled into it since you didn't know what you really wanted to do.
 

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Whenever I get that way, the equipment mysteriously breaks down and forces me to take a day off. Puts me back on track. That and I'm not going to do anything else for work, so if I want to keep living in my house and eating, I gotta go to work. I've got a 5 month break coming in December.

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if you're feeling burned out, buy a new piece of equipment and try to sell that service. or buy something a little bigger/better to improve your effeciency.

i've bought all of the following in the last 2 months.
echo 750T back pack blower
shindaiwa T-230 weedwacker
shindaiwa DH22 hedge clipper
mower sulky.

now i don't mind weedwacking & mowing (for the next 3 months.) Next year i'll have to buy a new mower to hold me for the season :D
 

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a word of advice. for any of you considering selling out and workin for someone else, think again. i worked for a company for 13 years, was on the verge of a nervous break down, started my lawn business, wasnt makin much, but it was enough so i wouldnt starve. i walked out on my job one day. i just decided that i was too good to be treated this way, walked out without saying a word. 5 weeks later i got a job with a major competitor. they were so glad to have me, and kissed my butt just to keep me. the money is good, but sometimes that dont matter. been there like 8 yrs now. it blows!coworkers are border line retarted, i have to punch a clock, im in the same 4 walls ALL DAMN NIGHT LONG. i really dont have to do much while im there, but i still need to muster up the energy to bring myself to go there every day. on the other hand, i jump out of bed in the morning to go cut my lawns. i have more pride and self respect while im sweating my arse off as a lawn boy, for half the pay, than when im at my job. if you are the kind of person who likes what he sees when he looks in the mirror, then stick with your business. make it work. do things to keep yourself from getting bored or burned out. start another division, with a related but different type of service. expand, cut them all with a pushmower if u have to if u need a change. what i do sometimes to break up the feeling of repetativeness is use a different set of mowers and trimmers and blowers every week. alternate trucks, whatever you have to do. but DONT, PLEASE DONT, get a job working for someone else.
 

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Originally posted by bobbygedd
a word of advice. for any of you considering selling out and workin for someone else, think again. i worked for a company for 13 years, was on the verge of a nervous break down, started my lawn business, wasnt makin much, but it was enough so i wouldnt starve. i walked out on my job one day. i just decided that i was too good to be treated this way, walked out without saying a word. 5 weeks later i got a job with a major competitor. they were so glad to have me, and kissed my butt just to keep me. the money is good, but sometimes that dont matter. been there like 8 yrs now. it blows!coworkers are border line retarted, i have to punch a clock, im in the same 4 walls ALL DAMN NIGHT LONG. i really dont have to do much while im there, but i still need to muster up the energy to bring myself to go there every day. on the other hand, i jump out of bed in the morning to go cut my lawns. i have more pride and self respect while im sweating my arse off as a lawn boy, for half the pay, than when im at my job. if you are the kind of person who likes what he sees when he looks in the mirror, then stick with your business. make it work. do things to keep yourself from getting bored or burned out. start another division, with a related but different type of service. expand, cut them all with a pushmower if u have to if u need a change. what i do sometimes to break up the feeling of repetativeness is use a different set of mowers and trimmers and blowers every week. alternate trucks, whatever you have to do. but DONT, PLEASE DONT, get a job working for someone else.
What's your full time job bobby?
 

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im a male stripper. no, not really. ive spent the last 20 miserable years as a printer. and you? do u have a job?
 

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I've worked a variety of different jobs, and I find that being my own boss is the greatest. I am very qualified for office work, but can't stand sitting behind a desk. I worked at a factory for awhile, and I liked the job, but begging for a raise got really old, so I left that job. I am very smart and a very hard worker. But I got really tired of busting my hump to line someone else's pockets. I get a huge amount of satisfaction from our business.

I have my days that I feel like it sucks and I don't want to do it anymore, but I look at the big picture, and remember my old places of employment...I'll keep on mowin'!
 

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how could you get burned out in this nice weather we are having in Citrus Co.? Sucks don't it ! We have a lot of unlicensed guys running a round here under cutting us, what you think? That real gets to me ! County won't do a thing about it !Just had to vent! Been burned out for the last 5 years, wish I was in my 20's:blob2:
 

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.....I am a white collar washout too! I have done lots of things in my life....even been a cop for a while.

Here's the deal. Owning my own lawn service offers me just a little bit of a lot of things.

1.) Independence
2.) Power to make a change where I see fit.....without the input of some moron with too many pens and no common sense.
3.) I get to be outside.
4.) I don't have to stay in the same friggin place for 8 hours.
5.) I don't have to be responsible for million dollar decisions that I am getting paid pennies for.
6.) The power to tell a person that I recognize to be impossible to deal with......to french kiss a shark and THEN stick it!

See?........

I feel better already!
 

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What Sniggly said and......

7) all of the above * 10
8) shop work would put me in the nuthouse
9) taking orders for too long would put me there also
10) i could write a book on this subject
11) all of the above once again
 

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Well Ive been in this line of work since 97. Left and tried other things but allways came back. This is my first year as an owner.
You know what it is, summer is almost up been very wet and sick of paying eveyone eles and not making much for myself. My brother who is my parnter feels the same as me. I know after August we will think twice about how we feel now.
 

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say I will finish the year and that is it! come spring i'm low on money and things are tight. I make around 30-$60 an hour with ten year old stuff that was paid for when it came home so i keep pushing it to get bills caught up.

The ones who quit mid summer are what I call scrubs, but they make for good accounts to pick up. Hold on to finish year (so you have a good name) come spring you will be dreaming of the cash you can put in your pocket!
 

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Hang in there;look at it this way if you need a vacation who do you have to ask to take it? NOONE ! in a few months you'll be asking for work if you didn't save up(that's a whole new thread)Take a look at all you have accomplished and be happy you haven't done it for someone else.I worked for someone else and made his fortune;it's nice to make my own.
 

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Yeah, I'm felling burned out too. I let the ads expire and have be slacking a bit. It's hard for me to get all excited about drumming up work that I have to do in 90 degree temps with 100% humidity.

I'm sure I'll start jumpin' again when the cooler temps arrive and I start raking in the fall clean-up $$.
 
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