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Time to quit my day job?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jsullivanlw, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. jsullivanlw

    jsullivanlw LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Messages: 94

    Been doing lawns part time for a year now. At what point should I quit my 9-5 and go all out? How was it when YOU made the switch?
  2. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    when you are making just as much or more than you bring home on your 9-5
  3. jsullivanlw

    jsullivanlw LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Messages: 94

    Might not be possible for me to make more cutting 2 days than working four
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    but what if you are cutting 4 days?
  5. jsullivanlw

    jsullivanlw LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Messages: 94

    I dont have enough yards to cut four days. I have 2 full days. Sat and Sun.
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    when you work half as much and make the same. Thats a good reference.
  7. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,633

    Well then, the answer is: when you have enough lawns to earn enough profit to replace what you make on your regular job. It may be 2 days, 4 days...whatever. Do the math, or ask a friend to do it for you.
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    No disrespect intended, but I think you are not asking the right questions. Why do you want to be a business owner? Do you have the entrepreneurial skills to manage a startup business? Do you have a business plan, one that has been well researched, and discussed with a mentor who will be able to give you advice, and ask blunt, direct questions? This would include essential financial backing for the first couple of years, when profits may be negative. Most businesses fail in the first couple of years because of lack of financial underpinnings. If married, do you have full and total support of your spouse? What about benefits, such as health insurance, retirement plans, etc.?

    Your question in the initial posts suggests that your view of a lawn service business may be too simplistic. Just trying to trade off employment days with days to mow grass is a very inadequate measure of success.
  9. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I would love to quite my F/T job because A) I hate what I do (mechanic since 1988) B) I cant stand most of the people I work with (very double standard but what do you expect from a govt. agency) and C) the benefits are very good. I have more than enough work for me and one full timer but I wouldnt feel comfortable quiting and try to make up the dollar amount for benny's, house payment and some child support (things my F/T job pays for). If I can give you advise.....Dont spend your life doing something you dont like doing (like me) but make good, smart business choices, always do the best possible job you can and you'll have enough work in a few years to do it F/T.
  10. tradeyouraccounts

    tradeyouraccounts Banned
    Messages: 343

    Echo the thoughts above off course discuss your thoughts about quitting your job with your spouse or other important family members. Ensure you have some back up funds to tide you over any hard times in business. If possible, have six months of living expenses saved up, or good (and extensive) credit.

    As you are quitting your day job to start your own business, double the amount of money you think you'll need to invest, and triple the amount of time you think it will take.

    The grass often looks greener somewhere else, so be sure you know exactly what you're getting yourself into.

    Best of luck

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