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How do you run your business on the side

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by christw, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. christw

    christw LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 22

    How do you go about running a business on the side if say you have a full time job and goto school?
     
  2. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    By working a lot of hours
     
  3. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I did this last year. I had a full time job and was mowing everynight after work and every saturday it seemed like. I tried to give myself sundays off but it rarely happened. Its nice cause you have alot of extra money, but it is hard to manage everything. You can definitely learn a lot about time management, though, by doing this. Best of luck to ya.

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  4. christw

    christw LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 22

    thanks guys
     
  5. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    i did it part time while i worked overnight shift. I would get to my night job at 11pm work till i was done, usually until around 9 or 10 a.m. if i was lucky. did lawn care work from time i got off, or worked on business stuff till around 4pm everyday, slept from 5pm to 10pm most of the time. that got old though, i got to where i couldn't sleep hardly at all.. and it was like living in a fog. they pushed my hours at work to 12+ hours at one point, and it was hard to do both because by the time i got to my equipment it was 2pm and i needed to figure out when i was gonna get sleep. It was much easier to work a 6a.m to 3pm gig and then yards in the afternoon, thats the ticket right there...
     
  6. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    That would suck when fall approaches and you have to do leaf clean ups after work (3pm). Especially when it gets dark by about 5:00.
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  7. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Yeah, I dealt with that for all of last year because of going to school. Made it work but I was always under the gun time wise.

    YardBros Outdoors
    www.yardbros.com
     
  8. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    Go full time.....life's to short to kill yourself.
     
  9. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,137

    That would be hard shift to run a side business. I use to work 10:30PM to 7:00AM before I started my business. Now I work 6:30 to 3:00 which is perfect except in the fall. I go in early at 4:30 and take a half a day vacation and get out at 8:30. I only have one leaf job that can be done in two hours. Most take fours plus. Night shift sucks but that is the reason I started my business. Eight years of night shift is long enough. Best of luck on getting that ticket shift!!
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  10. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    yeah, i did around 8 or 9 years of night shift too. I quit at the end of last year when they couldn't move me to days. then i heard that after i left, they got kinda mad that so many senior guys left, they got rid of night shift, and put everybody on rotating 4's.. if i would have stayed i would have been able to work 6a.m. to 4pm sunday - wed. with thursday through saturday off. to late for me now.. kinda makes me mad though.
     

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