Entrepreneur or not?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cmo, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ill just agree to disagree, most small businesses that have employees close when the owner dies.

    I could sell my business the same as you fellers with employees can sell your business.
  2. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There's nothing insulting about pointing out the difference between self-employed and being a business owner. Whether it's a lawn care guy, or a plumber, or a dentist, or an attorney - if the business IS the owner, it's a job we've created for ourselves. I fall under self-employed as opposed to being a business owner. Still beats punching a clock though.
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I look at it different, and respect the feller selling icecream from a van. To say that a one man business owner is not a "Entreprenuer" is pure Bunk.

    I have friends that have solo operated business that made literally fortunes, ..... not in LawnCare lol.

    I have a close friend who has built a "nut and bolt" route and makes 6 figures that start with a 7 per year, and hes SOLO.

    My Uncles wifes brother has deformed hands, and has become a MULTI Millionaire in his small shop sharpening tools.
  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    Larry, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you're familiar with the term "straw man argument"? Your ongoing, meandering, thread regarding "respect" is just that. Using that as your rallying point, while trying to support the unsupportable, is a silly, troll move that is only made palatable by your repeated use of the term "fellers". Plus, we all love and respect the ice cream man. There is no argument there. I mean, for God's sake, he brings Bomb Pops to my house.
  5. chefj

    chefj LawnSite Senior Member
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    your question, in this forum, is quite provocative.......
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good post there
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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like a bunch of Wizard of Oz garbage, the movie was fiction.

    Successful people come in all forms shapes and sizes, a business is a business solo or the Ford motor company.

    "Fellers" is a common term in the Deep South, I could have used guys, friends, peoples, and so on. Its not word to shake someone up.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2014
  8. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dunno Tony, we used to call the ice cream man in our neighborhood "rip-off ronnie". Not that he ever ripped anyone off, as far as I knew. Kids are jerks.

    Pointing out a difference in business models isn't a value judgement, Larry. It's like saying "that there's a hamburger because it's ground beef on a bun, and that's a corndog because it's a hot dog on a stick that someone dipped in batter and deep fried." Both are pretty awesome but some folks may prefer one over the other, and it's useful to know the difference. My wife won't let me sleep in the same bed if I've had a corn dog (admittedly, for good reason) so it's pretty crucial to know what I'm ordering.

    How your business is structured has nothing to do with how professional you are or how much money you can make (well, to a point, depending on the industry). But it is a huge factor in your overall plan.
  9. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    until you can show me that flying monkeys never existed, I will believe otherwise.
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    When someone asks me "What do you do" .....I tell them Im a "straw man" <just kidding>...........I don't tell them Im self employed, I tell them I have a lawncare business.

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