Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Tanum, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Tanum

    Tanum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Good morning
    I run a landscape & maintenance Company and have a staff of eight, but I find I am working longer and longer hours. I never seem to catch-up. For the past two months my hours have progressively gotten longer to a point I now have to go in on Sunday to do paper work. Last week I did five 14hr days 6am to 8pm Monday-Friday and a eight hr day on the Saturday which felt like a half day. I also drive some of the bigger machines, so its not just management.
    I am the Managing director, contracts manager, Ransomes driver, general machine fixer-uper. I need to take company to the next level, but 1. don't have the time and 2. I am so stressed all the time. I guess its time I let the deadwood go and learn to say "no". Have any of ye been in my position, is it just me? What did you do to make things run better?
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Sounds like you should learn to delegate a little better, or come up with some more efficient systems for your company. Maybe you are ready to expand a lil more IE hire some more help.
  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,368

    I agree. The employees you have helping you ATM are fine with you being a One man wrecking machine, now it is time to deligate some of your duties and find someone who will monitor these employees and report back to you say on a weekly basis. That way you can lessen your physical/mental work load.
    Delegating authority is always challenging due to the natural risk and concerns that come with such a decision. Even with every thing you mentioned I am sure there are still other things that can be added to that list so take the time now before you end up in hospital or worse. All the best.
    easy-lift guy
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,982

    If your employees are working that many hours mon - sat you need to hire more, raise prices, both.

    The time comes when the owner has to stop going out as if he still was a solo operator and hire a right hand man to fill his spot in the field.
  5. OP

    Tanum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Just me working the long hours. I actually enjoy being on the tools. I guess j have to decide which I want more.. working in the business or working on the business. I am reaching burnout, everything is suffering. I need a holiday
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  6. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    Read the following books:
    "The E-Myth Revisited" by Micheal E. Gerber
    "The 4-hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss.
    This will help you to see the source of your problems, and a solution as well.
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,414

    I left the stressful corporate world for lawncare. Im SOLO and have never looked back.

    I dont know your situation but you might consider going solo.
  8. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 695

    Do like I have. Hire someone that will get the job done, even when your not there. I hired that guy, but he doesn't start full time until July 17. He worked for me in the past and then took a position with Toyota Mfg. 3 yrs of that hell and he wanted to come back. He will free up 60% of my time and I will have the time again to work ON the business instead of in. Good luck to you! This will take a little time, but it can happen for you.
  9. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I have learned especially this year that there's a time to call it a day and even a week.... I was in the same situation you are in. Couldn't get it off my mind when I did have free time. I decided to never work a Saturday or Sunday again as long as weather doesn't set me back. Now I am getting to the point of not even looking at my phone after business hours. It helps alot.
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  10. OP

    Tanum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Thank you all so much of taking the time to answer my question. I took the day off yesterday and just "stopped". I am now in the office were I should be. The guys are happier too. I am going on site visits on Monday, I have to manage my time better and really look at the business. I do make a good living from it, maybe its time I started enjoying the fruits of my labour. I also was out last night with friends Euros 2012 Spain 4- 0 Ireland Grrrrr. All of the buds said the same thing, I have a great business and I just cant see it. Maybe I need to separate the wood from the trees and look at the bigger picture. I also made a decision to get rid of smaller contacts that simply don't pay.
    Thanks again
    Regards Cian :irishflag:

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