Going back into the family lawn service

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JasRaine, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. JasRaine

    JasRaine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Good evening all,

    I'm relatively new to the forum and I'd to gauge your opinions on a personal matter - I'm a 24 year old from South Florida who currently lives about an hour away from my parent's home and my father's place of business. He owns and operates a 300+ residential service and has done so for the past 20 years. I live and work in Miami at a job that I do not particularly care for (no opportunities for advancement, very low pay, poor office culture, communication issues, etc.) during the week and go back home on the weekends to help my dad with some of the business financials and/or work a day or two as a crew leader. Having worked with my Dad on and off since I was in middle school, I know the ins and outs of the manual labor side of things, and now would like to turn my focus on helping him run the business side more efficiently. My dad is a one-man operation in terms of the business side and as his business has expanded so has his workload.
    To make matters more difficult, my mother has stage-four cancer and consequently my dad is her part-time caretaker, which further adds to his busy work life. My mother recently went one to long term disability, slashing her salary in half and making family finances much more difficult.

    I've been seriously contemplating quitting my job in Miami and going back home to live/work (during the week at least, I have an apartment and a girlfriend who I live with in Miami). I want to learn a more business-minded skill set, not to mention alleviate some of my family's $$ issues, put more $ into my own pocket, and help my dad's business run more smoothly. Also, my mother's health being as it is, I think this could be a great time period to really give back to my parents, being that I'm an only child and they've sacrificed so much for me over the years. Since now our "winter" is upon us, this is a great slow business period in which to learn a lot of the ins and out of the business while getting ready for a busy summer.

    My question to all of you is - what would you do in my situation?
  2. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,961

    It sounds like you have a dead end job, and an opportunity. I'm guessing your already packed.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,251

    If for no other reason to be with family during a very difficult situation. It sounds like you have your mind made up and just need a gentle push to go home.
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Go home.
  5. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Go home and stay. You can get another job. You can get another apartment. You can even get another girlfriend. You can get another mother and her time is limited. I put a very successful career aside to come home and be with my Grandmother (the greatest women to ever walk among us) and I can't tell you how glad I am that I did so. Now I'm just as successful as a Landscaper and don't have half the stress. Do the right thing, you are young, don't live to regret it.;)
  6. kwwolfe

    kwwolfe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    I would go back. You only have one family. At 25, I could have taken or left any job I had. There will be plenty of time for that later.
  7. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,737

    Sometimes friction arises between family members in business together. Your dad is under alot of pressure on a couple fronts. if you go home make sure you will be part of the solution. otherwise visit your mom and dad frequently but stay away from the business for a while. best wishes to you.
  8. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,909

    Great point, RussellB. JasRaine, have you talked to your Father about your idea? What are his thoughts? If you posed the question, "What can I do to help, Dad?" where does that lead the conversation?
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I'd be with my family if I were you. Sounds like a no brainer. Go be with your family.
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  10. JasRaine

    JasRaine LawnSite Member
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