Getting injured...

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by South Hills Lawns, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 864

    I broke my ankle earlier this year and was down completely for 6 weeks and couldn’t do much for another 2-3. I had a couple people that helped with the work I had and I didn’t accept any more work over that period.
  2. landscaper22

    landscaper22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,800

    I am looking into a career change again for the second time lol..IF I an get out of this line of work I will. It will just take me awhile to learn what I am wanting to do, so I have to stick it out. All this "What If" talk makes you think twice about this work.
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  3. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,838

    I forget who said it, one of the brickmans or someone else... Once you start growing and hiring you are no longer a landscaper/lawn etc you are an HR specialist. Or something to that effect. So true.
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    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,614

    Every year I contemplate getting out/selling..

    It’s tough solo, and if you have long winters that adds onto the stress.

    One thing that keeps me drawn in is, the cash flow. Yes taxed..
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  5. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 893

    I've always pictured the industry as labor organization and management more so than plant knowledge, equipment and materials management etc. That's why I haven't ventured beyond solo so far.
  6. MowDaddy

    MowDaddy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,443

    I use a temp agency.
    But not to find me workers.
    I find my own workers, then have them sign up at my local temp agency.
    I use the agency more as a payroll agency with benefits. They cover all payroll taxes, work comp, unemployment insurance. And the added benefit of being able to let any worker go any time for any reason.
    Because they are not (my) employees.
    They are technically temps. Also at end of season the agency offers them winter work. If they turn down a job offer they can not collect unemployment.
    I turn in time cards on Mon and write 1 check to agency to cover all workers.
    It costs about 7% more than if I did it in-house but it is zero hassle.
  7. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,075

    Do they guys find the winter work enjoyable?
  8. No gloves

    No gloves LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    don't have to worry about this as much since I'm part time.but at my previous full time job I did suffer several injuries to different parts of my body.mostly sprains but I did have a pretty bad back incident.i learned "how to heal myself" with all the therapy I got when it comes to muscle pain or long term solution once I work full time is hoping my daughter's marry good men and convince them to be my backups for profit.long shot but if not maybe I can convince my daughter.shes an amazing worker when she wants to be.i used to be in management and train people in a production setting,so I'm not throwing her compliments just because she's my daughter.she mows,and works on tarping/cleaning shrubs and little stuff but,it's a big time saver when I fall behind on prunning.cant convince her to learn more about plants and start a side job.shes a different type of person and will probably be happy with just being a stay at home mom the rest of her life,which is a good thing.but sometimes all you need is help with the little stuff and you focus on the detail to get by with an injury.
  9. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,325

    key man insurance
  10. MowDaddy

    MowDaddy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,443

    Most have construction backgrounds so they line remodeling jobs etc for winter. My main guy plows snow and works for the city parttime in winter.

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