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Living the dream

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Ax Man, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    As a Western NY farm boy, life was full of work.
    We lived near a ski area, and as a teen, began to enjoy that sport, working for a seasons pass, and race fees.
    So when it was college time, I picked a ski school a couple hours away.
    One of the first guys I met there was a joker/ party monster named Jeff.
    We were friendly for the first year, Beers etc. but after the second year started, we hung out more. His Dad had a small outfit on the Connecticut border, and he was taking Landscape Design.
    I met his Dad, a great guy, very likable, who was also a top notch ski instructor. He told me his yearly plan.
    Work hard in the summer/ski hard in the winter.
    Sounds kind of appealing huh?
    Jeff and I are still great friends, his Dad just finished his 40th year of ski teaching too.
    Well back to the tale.
    After college, my Dad hooked me up with a construction job near West Point, and fortunately for me they ran out of material for a couple of weeks (steel framing)
    So I went to help Jeff.
    It was so much easier, and more fun doing that kind of work, that I ended up buying a old 48 bobcat from them a couple seasons later.
    My starting setup was:
    82 Toyota diesel p/u
    bobcat wb
    redmax blower and trimmer
    I had about 3500 in the bunch.
    I put ads in a couple small publications in Rochester NY then made some flyers, cruised the neighborhoods I thought I could handle and talked to a couple real estate agents.
    Before I knew it, I was busy!
    I made plenty of mistakes in those days, (and still pull a bonehead move occasionally) but was/is it ever fun!
    I have worked in Rochester and it's suburbs, Lake George Saratoga region, and now am comfortable back at the farm, working locally.
    I sometimes think it would be fun to work a more ritzy area, but then you have to pay to live there. So here I am in my local niche.

    What do I have now?
    81 F350 dump (mint, new cab fresh paint etc.)
    12 foot trailer, ramps on both ends
    various trimmers, saws edgers and blowers
    bobcat hydro wb
    Walker ghs w/ 52 sd
    Billy goat loader
    hand tools galore
    House and Garage in a great country setting
    family to come home to

    With just me working, I support my self, wife and 3 kids.
    Thats all I want!

    Messages: 2

    Boy, that's a great ending!! I had a Landscape Maint. biz for 20+ yrs, many employees, trucks, equipment and headaches to go along with it. Sold out in 1998, went to work for new owner for last 4 yrs, then started up my own spray service in april of this year. In just 9 months I have produced more net spendable income working by myself than any one year of my past business ventures. There is a beauty of working solo, though it takes it's toll... 100% of one or 1% of 100? I choose the prior for now! In 4 years I'm taking off for a 5 yr circumnavigation of the world in my sailboat, so hope the body holds up that long.

  3. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Awesome story-keep it up

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