IMHO this is something he will learn, it really can't be taught as a solo op. It's a hard lesson to learn but one I think all of us that have been doing this for at least more than 4 or 5 years start to "get" at one point or another.That all sounds great. But there's a lot more time that needs to be spent on the business than just being out there mowing. As a solo you can't always be out there for 12 hours a day working. You're running a business too, and you need to make time for that. You need to do the bookkeeping/banking, get fuel, parts and supplies, maintain your vehicle and equipment as well as doing the marketing, sales and client relations. Are you planning to do sales calls full of dust and sweat at the end of the day while towing your rig?
Why take summer vacation when you can enjoy vacating during the winter when it’s someone else’s summer in a different hemisphere?Don’t forget about longevity. Do you want to be mowing lawns for the next 20-30 years?
It sounds ok now, but will you be saying the same thing in the next 15 years?
what about taking a summer vacation? Are you ok with never being able to take a day off during the season for the next 30 years?
Mowing lawns and being in the heat takes a toll on your body in the long run. You may be ok with it when your in your 20’s and 30’s, but what about your 40’s and 50’s.
I’m not saying one route is better than another. Just a few things to think about.
I think some members overlook when I say I’ll be only taking a comfortable amount of clients to maintain sanity. I love staying in beach hotels at January and February prices and can book last minute to choose decent weather.
I feel like if/when I hit that point I’ll begin dropping my least desirable jobs. I have no problem saying I can’t take a job, except for the realator and landscaper that sets me up sometimes.