Getting it off my chest!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Newguy25, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. Newguy25

    Newguy25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    How do I tell my story without boring you guys. I have been watching this site for a couple years now. Alot of good advice on here. My problem is I am a fulltime firefighter that is getting laidoff next month. Along with 20 others. I have dreams of having a legit successful business. I have been planning and researching for years now. I worked part time for 2 summers learning the biz till he started to rip me off. Went to school for horticulture a semester and had to quit because work wouldn't let me have time off anymore like they said they would let me. With that said I just don't know if I am ready to jump in. The thing that scares the crap out of me is there is alot of competition and I don't know If I have enough knowledge to do it yet. Parts of me want to go to school and learn more but that is gonna cost $$. Parts of me want to jump in. Guess I just don't want to fail. Sorry for venting but I am sure someone here will read this and can relate. Thanks and Take Care.
  2. TGK

    TGK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I started my business after being laid off. It is hairy. So I can empathize. Best advice I can give is go ahead and start your business, and get a part time posistion somewhere, and dont be too proud to work someplace. Start small, and build. Once you start getting accounts you will be glad you did it.
    As for school, I would read books on turf grass management so you know something and can answer customers questions. Id try to fit it in later. I do have a degree in turfgrass and soil science, and i can say it more then helps with highend stuff. You have the winter to make plans. GOOD LUCK!

    P.S. any questions on good books for Turf grass management just ask!
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Whats the probability you will get called back? If its good I would enjoy some time off! Maybe look into doing some plowing to supplement your income. As far as going to school, if this is something you really want to pursue then go for it. Make sure your have a business plan in front of you and follow it. Don't get sucked into the buying everything game where you buy the biggest best thing out there, and just use common sense.:waving:
  4. Brian B

    Brian B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    what are some good books????
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Jump in with both feet, don't hesitate and never look back.
    Have the gonads to face your fears. Every decision we make in life is a risk. The bigger the decision the higher the risk.
    You gotta just go for it in life. Believe in yourself, forget competition. Show force, take risk, give all you have.
    Those who hesitate are lost in the shuffle baby.
  6. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 554

    do it you'll have nothing but good luck
  7. Newguy25

    Newguy25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    Wow, I'm suprised you guys responded. With me venting and all. Thanks alot for all the good advice and having faith. I have been reading a lot of books. My eyes feel like they are gonna pop out of my head from reading so much on the computer. LOL I guess I am just a perfectionest and just want to know everything before I jump in but I guess I am just gonna have to learn from my mistakes and grow into it. Just like everything else in life.
  8. the ace

    the ace LawnSite Member
    from usa
    Messages: 147

    This is ironic, some of the competition that will be taking jobs away from you will be full time firefighters who are just doing this for extra cash! At last what goes around comes around!
  9. spazfam

    spazfam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Newguy I was laid off 14 months ago and since have built a pretty successful business despite the competition in the area. It all boils down to what you feel in side, what is your passion Firefighting or something else? Once you figure that out the answers will come.

    Good luck!
  10. Newguy25

    Newguy25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    Spazfam-tried sending you a private message wouldn't except it. What do you think about all of the competition in are area??? How are you dealing with it?? Seems like everyone is losing there job in are area. I thought my job was secure boy did I think wrong. I am amazed at the number of NEW landscapers every year in are area. Been watching other guys in are area for a while. Wondering how some of them make it???? Thanks and Take Care.

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