company owners without college

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by MowingIL, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Problem per my last post. If the experience is doing things wrong, then that experience needs to be unlearned and retaught. Typically I have found this is much more difficult that taking someone who has little to no experience and training them to do things right.
  2. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would agree with you on this too. Kind of the "can't teach an old dog new tricks"
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    A hard worker with a good attitude, willingness to listen/learn, and the ability to retain lessons the first time they are taught can turn a dime a dozen no skill laborer into a valuable long term employee asset.
  4. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    These kind of people are out there????

  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Few and far between. :cry:
  6. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
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    How many of us know college grads in a job that has nothing to do with their degrees? Not saying college is going to hurt you but it does take a financial toll
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  7. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know a ton, but they still needed a degree to get the job they have. If they didn't have one they couldn't have even interviewed for the job they have.

    Yea college can cost a ton today. For me it wasn't too bad and my student loans are around 1.75%. If your smart in HS and actually care about your grades you can go to college without paying a dime!

    I will say this, my siblings and I all have higher degrees. I'm the only one with a masters and they have PhD's!! Are we rich? No. But we all have super flexible jobs and get paid a full time salary for essentially part time work. We each enjoy EVERY holiday off, have 5+ weeks of paid vacations, retirement plans, yearly salary increases, opportunities for advancement, and other benefits. My silbings are in more secure careers than myself but I'm in charge of everything I do. Can't say I know many friends without degrees that share these things in common. Own a business (meaning you're not a solo op)? You could share these too.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Every lawnboy with a degree in business for one.
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    I could pick up the phone and have a new job in the morning. I have never burned a bridge with former employers and have general knowledge of more than one industry. This thread is for people doing manual labor and other related fields, If it were between myself and someone with a college degree. Who would you choose to run your equipment, or drive your CMV?
  10. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'd choose a guy without a degree to run my equipment--most college guys are not so saavy when it comes to sweat equity--
    Though, there are some real workers out there that have college degrees--

    a guy that KNOWS how to work hard doing manual labor, it doesn't bother him and also has a college degree?...its hard for me to see how much I can offer him until my business grows to a 5 or 6 truck operation (or he has a license of some sort doing more complex work than mowing grass )and he would be more useful selling, running the entire operation, not sweating behind a mower--I'd wonder why he didn't go out on his own....

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