Mowing or the Money

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by olderthandirt, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    How many would continue mowing/working if you had the money not to?
    I'm not talking rich but could live OK. Would you continue to mow so you have more money or would you stop and enjoy the fruits of your labor ?
    Or would you look for other kinds of work to supplement your income and break up the monotony of the same old thing all the time. Having multiple crews means for the sake of argument, would still be doing the same thing, since you are ultimately responsible for the results.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If I had more money, I would do JUST mowing...that seems to be the most enjoyable....
  3. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    I'd get out of this business in a heartbeat if I didn't need the money.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  4. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    I would definitely quit mowing except for high paying commercial accounts. Might actually do that anyway. I really enjoy large landscape and irrigation installations for large retail developments and then maintaining those for customers with open checkbooks.
    Mowing crews are the only stress I have as an employer.
  5. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    I'd continue with it, just mowing like Runner, but I'd be VERY VERY picky on who I would mow for. I have some customers who treat me like God, those are the ones I love, and would continue cutting for. :angel:
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I would continue on regardless. I love what I do.
  7. fcl01

    fcl01 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 249

    id do only installs
    and id only do them if they were bid high payup
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    I agree with ^^^^!
  9. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    No, if we had enough money to live comfortably for the rest of our lives, we would not do this. We do this honestly because we can make a decent living at it. However, it is not something we LOVE to do, there are too many factors that come into play which can make the job less than enjoyable.
    Sure there's that nice crisp fall morning when the sun is shining, and we are out there mowing and it's a beautiful day, ya we enjoy it. But then there are the bee stings, the poison ivy, hot humid sticky weather, too much rain, fighting heavy grass growth in the spring etc....that makes the "job" less than fun.

    Nope, we wouldn't mow anymore, BUT we would do something else on the side. Not only for some extra money but to keep ourselves occupied.
  10. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    I'm probably the oldest one (or close to it) who visits this site. I have already made mine in life but I will never quit mowing my own yard if I can get aboard the mower. Edging , weedeating, and mowing is what I really enjoy and I just hate to see winter set in and I anxiously await spring to hurry up and get here.

    Nosmo -- DOB - 07-30-1941

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