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Take job offer or go all in on lawn care

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GreenMan3000, Jan 25, 2019.


Take the job or expand the business?

  1. Take The Job

    5 vote(s)
  2. Expand the business

    22 vote(s)
  1. OP

    GreenMan3000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    How many accounts are you maintaining?
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,512

    A good friend of mines wife runs Abe’s wife’s tree service
    You know why it’s called Abe’s wife’s tree service?
    It used to be Abe’s
    And Abe is dead.

    Some dude in California allegedly has terminal cancer from getting round up on him twice.

    I read three articles in the last two years about guys getting killed while using ZTRs

    Two years ago here in anchorage a guy had a retaining wall fall in him he was trying to disassemble

    You’re in A far more dangerous, unregulated profession than making batteries ever will be...

    To the OP
    change your screen name to NIKE.... just do it!
    MowDaddy and Hubber like this.
  3. Hubber

    Hubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    To me, lawn mowing is not considered a better quality of life, it's still hard labor and like I said, you can still get cancer or get hurt. I think both both jobs in the OP are equally risky and if I had opportunity to make more money now, I'll take it. It really has nothing to do on how I want to be remembered and I do see the big picture - we will all die.
  4. Hubber

    Hubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    We think alike - just do it!! Lol
  5. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,198

    And how many of those deaths you’re talking about were related to not using safety measures?

    Lead and arsenic will get into your body regardless of safety measures. That’s why they monitor the levels monthly.

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    Around 50 accts. 10-12 are biweekly so it makes it easier I’m not maxed out time wise but have back issues so physically I get maxed out. I make good hourly on the bi weeklies cuz they are all priced a little higher.
  7. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,198

    Lead and arsenic vs skin cancer(can be prevented with proper clothing.

    Which is more risky, honestly?

    Oh and the lead/arsenic job is $21.60 an hour or $44,928/year without any OT plus benefits. Roughly $31,449 AGI.

    He’s netting around $30k mowing.

    Is an extra, say $10k “getting rich”?

    To me it’s an obvious choice. Forget the arsenic/lead poisoning and being a slave to the man.
  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,512

    I’ve never considered mowing “hard labor”
    Do some masonry/wall building or roofing, you ever seen those guys run up a ladder with a full pack of roof shingles?
    That’s no joke!
    Swivel your head sometime while mowing and see if you can find easier work going on around you, that’s why so many people keep trying to do this for a living... IT looks easy.
    It’s NOT especially physically demanding.
    The hard part is it takes more smarts and ingenuity to make a living doing this than people realize.
    But the physicality of it isn’t high intensity.

    If you can be successful at it, yes I’d say lawn mowing IS a better life than nearly any other daily grind job out there... I mean other than porn star I guess.
  9. Hubber

    Hubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    You might be over thinking which is more risky since both of us is no Dr or scientist.

    But we both know that an extra10k is a 33% increase. I'd consider that a heck of a promotion.
  10. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 16,521

    Mowing is not hard labor at all.

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