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How long in the business?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Blades Lawn Maintenance, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    If I count all my experience then 40 years.

    wait I made mud pies and played in the sand box at 3. :D make that 48 years
  2. Started cutting lawns in the neighborhood at 11 or 12. Started my company at 22 after graduating from University of Florida. This past August was 4 yrs in biz. Gonna move to San Diego in a couple years and start a company out there.
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  3. thecuttingedgelawn

    thecuttingedgelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Started doing some neighborhood lawn work, cleanup, etc when I was about 12 or so, later on started mowing a small lawn for a friend of mine that was doing maintenance on a college building and then a few years later actually started my own lawn care business in 2004 and have been in business ever since. In amongst that did some farm mowing and CRP mowing. But, officially almost 9 years. And starting about 3 or 3.5 yrs ago I started a window washing/gutter cleaning/power washing business and have been doing both.
  4. ebassett

    ebassett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Turf in our family goes back a couple of generations. My Dad's been offering a landscaping service since he was 18 -- 40 years ago.
  5. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    I'm 19 now, been doing this six years. Full time for three, and holy crap, things have really taken off in the last three years for me. Numbers shot way up, and so did the headaches!
  6. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Big salute to you! Keep it up! :clapping:
  7. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    Started working within the industry the day before I turned 16, so technically 15 (2007). That first summer I had thought about possibly starting a company of my own but was interested in Meteorology at the time, then changed my decision to accounting in my Jr yr of high school (fall 2007) and in 09 I grad'd high school, attended 3 semesters at UND, hated being there but loved working up there (the school's landscaping dept., did all the mowing on the zero turn (about 15 properties throughout campus), shrub trimming, cutting back perennials, other maint related stuff. They loved me and it was a great working atmosphere. I worked there during the first & third sem I was there. I found what I wanted to do within my life, which was start a business of my own, and go to school for horticulture, transferred to where I currently attend (Anoka Tech College) in Jan 2011 for the Spring '11 Semester, I have 1 class left for next semester and I'll graduate. I started my business in Feb 2011 and did it part time while working for a local municipality. In 2012 spring, I formed a partnership business with a sh!thead former friend and we both worked at an underground directional drilling company for a month and then I basically said c ya, and went full time with my business. He and his friends (my former friends) ridicule me non-stop because he's jealous I'm basically living his dream yet he had a disastrous failure of a start-up of his own business shortly after we graduated and resents anyone that tries to start a landscape business. Quite comical to say the least. But anyway, in 2011 I only really did maintenance, I didn't know a whole lot about installs, now that I've taken all the hardscape related classes I have a very good handle on the subject and did a couple patios in 2012 and a good amount of installs but also did maint, bought a plow this fall for my truck that I bought in May 2012 (used my dad's half ton in 2011). I am 21 now as it states in my signature. I'm really looking forward to next year as being a bigtime breakout year. Sales this year were about 500% more than 2011 and I'm shooting for a 6 figure gross for 2013. I'll be working on the advertising plan after the New Year arrives and I have an install, patio, and a large tearout/removal/install w/ irri & sod & landscape beds in the works for spring plus my maintenance clients. Hopefully I'll be able to nail all those and get things going asap after the snow melts. The future looks bright :D
  8. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,235

    Nice man!!! Ive been thinking about taking a landscaping class at LSU. Cause like you I. Know nothing about installs but I would like to get into it
  9. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    I knew the gist of them. But not patios, permeable patios, waterfalls, retaining walls, columns, rain gardens, etc. I know a good amount about them now. I'd highly recommend taking more classes to further your education, you can never learn too much.
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  10. pacifichedge

    pacifichedge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    it's been 10 years so far, pretty good for a 29 year old.

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