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Gradual change in career direction

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by braylonjones, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. braylonjones

    braylonjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Hello everyone. My plan is to keep my 9 to 5 while I take classes in horticulture/landscaping. I may try to pick up a mini-skid steer and a lot of attachments...take on some projects that my instructors give me leads on after a year or so.

    I had this notion in my head that it was time for me to do something I really enjoy doing (had no choice as a kid...so made taking care of yards fun). Now, I'm reading about folks getting laid off...this made me be thankful for my job in this little cubby hole. But...I will continue to take my classes and stick to the long range plan I talked about above vs. trying to get a lot of equipment now. I'd have to quit my job to use the equip...and this economy has to be slowing landscape design, install, and maintenance down.

    I hope to learn a lot from you folks...I'm glad I ran across this site.
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,227

    Best of luck to you braylon, learn and then learn by doing. I applaud you for thinking outside the box and wanting to start your own work path as opposed to 'work for the man' like so many do (but dislike).
  3. braylonjones

    braylonjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Thnaks DA...I figure it will be a long road to start-up. But, by the time the economy recovers...I'll be ready.

    Take care!
  4. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    the tortoise wins the race every time. Good plan in my mind.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Don't get over your head with too much equipment. Think smaller, mini-skid, ect... Even if you buy a skid you can always rent the attachments. Once you find your nice in the market, you'll know exactly what attachments you'll need.

    Good Luck
  6. braylonjones

    braylonjones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Thanks for the great advice! I'm torn between a boxer 532DX and an ASV RC30 (maybe with turf tracks). I can only see doing something small...I don't want a CDL, anything my Titan can't pull, or anything that costs an arm and a leg new (I must have a warranty).

    I'm thinking at the most...my initial investment will be (it hurts to say this) $25,000. But...the equipment will pay for itself and then more. We'll see what the next two to three years have in store...and I gotta wait on this economy anyway.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Check out e-bay. I've seen many of mini-skids, with attachments, and trailers, going for 10,000. Even if some repair is involved, you'll still come out ahead.

    I've gone 5 years without a machine, and have only rented one. I've done about 12 instals at $5000 or more, numerous other installs, and another 6 patios. All by hand. Best year this year, I'm going to top 70,000 in sales (7 month season) this year and plan to double that next.

    Machines can be over-rated, efficiency in anything you do is key, but I will say, I'm getting a mini next year. I need to start saving some tear on my body.

    Initial investment in my business- A loan for a truck, and a hand-me-down motorcycle trailer.

    Good Luck.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2008

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