Do you work 7 days a week?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JimsLocalLawn, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    Unfortunately Mark you're one of the very few I've ever heard say that. Ask yourself this, would I be living in a home if I didn't have money? The list goes on. It's a matter of management that counts. Money makes the world go around. Didn't you know that? LOL
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    I had a feeling someone would respond this way.

    I didn't say I don't need money, I said I don't love it. It is absolutely necessary to live. But, my goal for my business is not to make more and more and more and more money. I want to have a business that supports my family, my church, my kids' schools and my employees and their families. Have reasonably decent equipment and a decent customer list.

    Sure, it would be nice to have more, a bunch more. I dream, but my life is not focused on getting more so I have to work 7 days a week and neglect my family and force employees to neglect their families, etc.

    Don't get me wrong, there are times when I do work 7 days a week. This past February and even late January, I was working 7 days a week. I was working 18-20 hours a day, for the better part of a month straight. And I felt terrible "ignoring" my family as much as I did. I never even considered it to be honorable. It was something that had to be done because I can't control the weather. Spring work can be controlled to an extent. But, that also allows me to get away with them in the summer. Last summer we spent 2 weeks in Glacier and the Canadian Rockies, and yes, that took money.

    But on the flip side, it was 2 weeks I could have been making more money. :rolleyes:
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    Not to hijack the thread but this part got me thinking. How many owners pay your guys more than 30k annually? If it can't be done by the business owner, how do our employees do it?
  4. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    Work a little, and have time off for family/fun, or work a lot, and (hopefully) have extra money to spend on whatever you want to spend it on.

    I'd like to say that personally, I don't need the's just that the people I owe do! :rolleyes:
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Earning $11 hour working all those hours. 8 hours at straight time then about 10 more hours at straight time.

    Business would be bankrupt if he had to get paid time and a half for everything past 8 hours each day. At those numbers even if he had an employee his business is not generating the money to pay over time that is being worked.

    Again his hourly rates appear to low.

    I do snow removal. It snows. You work Sunday's, holiday's. This does not happen that often so you miss out on an occasional Sunday. There still is plenty of quality time for wife and family.

    Now to be honest I mow Tue Wed and Thur. Friday is my rainout day and up sell work day. Monday is for upsell. This means I usually only work T,W,T.

    The ocassional job where I need a crew I may have to work on the weekends because my 2 adult son's, and a friend of theirs is available.

    So far I have worked 1 Saturday this season. This coming Saturday because of man power needs I will be working another Saturday.

    So if I work the occasional Saturday or Sunday I am only working 4 days a week. Because I am not getting a steady 40 hours of work Mon through Fri I do not mind putting in some week end time.

    Though if I had 4 full for days of work, M - Thr. Then Friday's for rain outs and up sell. The occasional Saturday would then become rare. Pretty much Sat's would only be for the jobs too big to do solo and the time contraints require that the job gets done in one day instead of being dragged out.

    Life is a balance. Many of those that want and can work 12 hour days, 7 days a week for 6 months, quite often do not see that how their absence has a negative impact on their family.

    Remember the Harry Chapin, Cat in the Craddle song?

  6. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    I can't believe you mentioned this song. That's exactly what I was thinking about while reading this thread! :) Stan
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Well said , Half the people on here don't own there stuff free and clear
    I made 30k net last year is what I paid myself and That not what the business made I'm Inc.During winter time when there no snow I'm drawing employment
    But when there is work to be done I'll work 7 days
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    You must be a mow guy only
    I can mow my stuff in 4 days avg of 1500-2000 per day just for mowing That gives me 3 days for installs lawn treatments and other odd jobs
    Lot of times I do other stuff till 10am or so then mow. Doing this makes my mowing last more then 4 days

    This only job I ever had I was born in this type of work. My father was born in this type of work. My son was born in this Now even my grand daughter
    This all I know is to work when you have work to do.
  9. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    The mow only guys are the ones breaking their backs working
    7 days a week mowing 15 yards a day because they know of no other way to make money.

    I've yet to find an answer to the question about a business plan. If you need to work 7 days a week, your business plan is flawed. If the reason you are working 7 days a week is to pay your bills, you need to take some financial management classes and evaluate your pricing.
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  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Amen, brother, amen.

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