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Running a small business and going to school

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JMLandscaping, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. JMLandscaping

    JMLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Hi guys I have a very small company now a handful of residential, do a lot of firewood and am on the verge of 1 commercial. Anybody work (or working) through school. Im going to URI for Business and Landscape Architecture, just wondering what you may think.

    I have the whole summer off obviously and only have classes MWF.
  2. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    yea. me too. except im still in high school
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Don't you have some homework needs doing?
  4. JMLandscaping

    JMLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    yeah about that.... I manage to do both sometimes
  5. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    I do, I work when I get home on Friday (around 1-1:30) till about 6:30. Then go and watch my old high school's band at the football game (I miss marching band plus it's good to see my friends from band again and my sister is in it this year). Saturday get to the first yard by 7:55 and the blades start turning at 8. If there's a band competition I'll work in the morning, drive to where it is and watch preliminaries then go home and knock another yard or two out. If they make finals I call it a day and watch if not I keep working then do home work. Sunday I'm either finishing up jobs or doing home work and then leave for school at 5:00.

    It's tough and you won't have a lot of time to relax but it's only for a few months and then you are off for the winter.
  6. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    Im doing the same Josh!!
  7. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    i worked while i was in highschool after i graduated though i didnt go started doing it full time since i had around 50 accounts, now im up to 77 weekly accounts 10 bi weekly and i have a contract with 2 local real estate agencies to take care of some of their properties that are for sale, we usually do around 10-15 of those a week as well so we do over 90 lawns a week and sidework (hardscaping, planting, tree work and a few decks). as long as you can keep up with your school work more power to you goodluck man
  8. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Running a business and going to school is possible if your college class schedule allows you to work. Having classes from 10-3 everyday is not ideal unless you have only a handful of accounts. I go to school M & W from 8:30 -2:20 and T & R at night. My schedule allows me to mow 35-40 lawns with a extra job or two a week. I rarley work on saturday. The spring semester is easier because I only work for a month with both school and work. The fall is two months with both.
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I go to paramedic school, work with the fire dept and do lawn care. I only go to school 2 days a week, tuesday and thursday. I leave at 11:30 and get back at about 5:00. So those two days I can't do anything. I also have some obligations with the fire dept on occasion that take up a day. Otherwise I'm mowing Fridays and Saterdays, and a few other days during cleanups.
  10. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 830

    I am doing the same in high school. It is getting a little harder to do now with getting more sidework as well as mowing. But I am not sure of how I am going to do this next year with college. But I should find a way. Hoy Landscaping where are you at in PA? i am in Northeast Philadelphia.

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