going from small to big overnight

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ojays lawn care, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Easy. Like this...

    "You know, I really appreciate your consideration, but I think that's a bit beyond my scope at this time."

    Easy peasy lemon squeezy. ;)

    Then again, some people thrive on taking risks, and I don't know your personal situation, so do what your gut tells you.
  2. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    In the 7+ years as a head foreman for a 20 person+ company who maintained multiple condo developments, we never traveled even close to 45 minutes to get to a general maintenance account. Condos are a pain in the ass and as a solo operator you will undoubtedly have to make return trips morning and night especially in the winter. Condo associations of any size have no loyalty, many are older people, who complain why their driveway is not clear after the last snowflake has fallen or why a full clean-up is not done when leaf season is not even half over. Then they complain that the back pack blowers make too much noise. Condos are best left to large companies that have the equipment and employee numbers to blast through in a short amount of time and "kill time" when employees need their hours.

    I now have my own PT business and a FT job like you. I want to do this FT for myself and at some point may have to make the jump or take a risk. I guarantee you one thing if that happens it will not have anything to do with condominiums, or any 1 or 2 unit account 45 minutes from where I am. I too want to quadruple my accounts but that is easier said than done no matter how much desire you have.
  3. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    There is nothing closer to you? After you buy all this equipment and dedicate working there almost full time, what happens in a few years they dump you for a low baller landscaper?
  4. ojays lawn care

    ojays lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Thanks for the advice. I'm definately leaning toward not doing it.
    I am supposed to drive up there today and view the properties and speak with the guy in charge. I figure i have nothing to lose by doing this.
  5. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,398

    Too many eggs in the same basket. Moneywise your income flow will not be balanced. Its good to have these condos. However, if you loose them from lack of experience you will loose a very large percent of your income.
  6. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    I believe you are making an informed decision. You will gain by making this meeting today and continue to learn as you move forward.
    easy-lift guy
  7. ojays lawn care

    ojays lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    i will reply with what i learn today. thanks for advice.
  8. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,398

    Don't let this stop you in the future. Good luck man
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,305

    Maybe this has already been axed, but what if you screw it up and lose these 2 accounts?

    Then you will be missing income.
  10. NuLifeLawnCare

    NuLifeLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I own my business and work full time at about 70hrs a week. It has slowed my growth a little but worth it. I have 2 full time guys and they have no problem completing there routes. Leaving you job just off 1 acct is a bad idea. What if you lose it you have nothing else for back up cause you quit your job. Find a way to make it work if you want it bad enough. I not saying I have done everything right but hopefully next year I will be able to quit after three years of doing both. If you want to chat more let me know.

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