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How hard was it for you to quit your full time job?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KathysLGC, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    The thought is in my mind for next year but it's so scary to loose my salary. I no longer need the Ins. cause i'm now married and she has good benefits. Part time is tuff when you have a regular 8:30-5 M-F job. I got close to 9 years with my job but the room for advancement is getting smaller each year as i am already at the top of my pay scale......
  2. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Stepping out on your own is always a hard thing. Is you have the right equipment and a client base to start with take the plunge. I would however talk with you current employer and let them know what you are planning on doing. They might be willing to leave your position available for you for a short time if things don’t work out. I am sure you will never need this safety net. Best of luck to you.

  3. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Only have one set customer right now. I'm just now getting ready to start up again. i have some house I do but on a cash basis and they know I'm restarting. They started as favors and seem to be potential customers as soon as I get things rolling. I need to get software next and figure it all out this winter plus I have to get a tax ID, Ins, etc. I wouldn't quit my job till I had too much work to do part time but that was the case two years ago and with many life changes I had to leave the landscaping behind.
  4. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    It sounds like you have everything set up well. Wait until you have too much work to handle the full time non-mowing job first. A fall back plan is always a good thing to have.

  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I have the opposite problem. Everyone keeps telling me to quit the lawn biz and go get a full time job. I keep telling them to mind their own business. I can't imagine quitting a situation where I am in control of the money and cash flow to go be a slave to someone else who can fire you on a whim.

  6. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    It was not hard at all, I was tired up working my way up and then the businesses would sell or move to another state. I just said enough is enough.
  7. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 398

    Ditto. Thats what made my decision so easy. I was tired of the corporate bull spit! It's been 3 years now and I don't think I could ever work for someone again.
  8. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    Gotta say I'm looking forward to being out from under the corporate thumb in a big way. I worked in three different factories for about 15 years and now in an office for the past 6 all for the same company. Two things- it has been a lifelong dream of mine to go into business ownership, and I'm not to proud to have to look for work, manual labor, or whatever if the need should arise (I'm approaching this with the attitude that the need won't arise :) ) Point is I've noticed a lot of people in the office where I work that behave as if this is the only place in the world that gives out paychecks or you can make money at. These folks would be devastated if they were told they were out of a job the next day, and when the shellshock finally wore off the prevailing attitude would likely be one of "that job is beneath me, or I am way over qualified for that, etc. etc.
    Anyway thats just my common man's observation of life in an office, remember for listen closely to what your heart and guts tell you, define the risk you are willing to take and finally for every window that closes another of opportunity is opened.

    :sleeping: Good night

  9. boxoffire

    boxoffire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Yeah I just recently got soured on the corporate world when I was laid off in this wonderful economy of ours right now after working 14 years for them. I thought about what you mentioned concerning this girl I was dating. Figured if we ended up getting married and she worked full time, I could get on her health plan and leave the office life and just mow and play golf more. Well, neither happened as we aren't even dating anymore, I lost my full time job, and now am forced to do this for now while looking for work in my old field of computer networking. Very competitive these days and I didn't keep my skills up to date as needed. I wondering if this will be my new calling. I'm like some others though, don't feel like kissin anybody else's butt or wait to go in one morning and get canned. Screw them!
  10. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Thats my biggest concern. I work for an out sourcing Co. and i see it all the time. People getting laid off or their job eliminated because of us and the technology we bring in to do their job more efficiently.. We offer low cost solutions to Co.s but to stay low cost our salary's suffer. It's only a matter of time before my job restructures it self and gets rid of high paid employees like all the other companies do..... i just hope i can beat them to it.

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