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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by oatka, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. oatka

    oatka LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Ok, I'm not in the business, but i did 1 leaf removal last week and I've been thinking about starting when my unemployment checks stop coming in. So, my question is do you guys ever take vacation during the summer? if so who covers your route while you're gone? at my old corporate job you take the time off and everyone else just covers you while you're gone. i'm thinking of going solo with lawn mowing but wonder if i'll ever be able to take 3 or 4 days off in a row to go camping or anything.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Winter = vacation.
    Plan on working 5 days a week and you will get weekends off.
    Welcome to the world of self employed
  3. Need a Little Trim

    Need a Little Trim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I work myself into one three day weekend and that is for fourth of July other than that it's non stop here comes the fun.
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    you should be worried about surviving and making the mortgage and not starving......i may get a vacation after the third or forth year, no days off in the summer except for holidays, and im still busting my butt and its december....
  5. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 953

    First, why wait till the unemployment stops? Maybe it's different where you are but here, self employment income has no effect on unemployment compensation.
    Second, if you work it right you should be able to take a vacation after 2 or 3 years. You just need to schedule it when your normal slow time (and you WILL have one or two or three) occurs. You need to get well established first though.
  6. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    During the summer work every day that ends in Y. During the winter work six days a week. Thankful for every day that I have booked.
  7. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    I work 4 1/2 days a week throughout summer now, since I rid myself of all most of teh employees, take 1/2 December and 1/2 January off (save plowing) and take it easy the rest of the winter.
  8. lawnsbyrj

    lawnsbyrj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    you can work four 10 hr days and still make 40 hrs. if you jump in and find so much work the 1st year that you cant go for being busy CALL AND HELP ME! now can you afford it NO cause no one can. when we plan a long weekend etc int he summer I just work harder those days leading up ( some people here make it sound a lot harder than it is) in the summer be a the job site 10 til 8 and work till 8 again and you can get finished you have to WANT to get done .
  9. jasonnau

    jasonnau LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 454

    I've never sacrificed my vacations. I have several friends that own their own lcos around here. I split my route into 3 sections and have it covered by these guys for a week so that it's manageable. On top of that we did an 80-20 split. I still made a few hundred while on vacation. Of course, I do the same for them when they need the help. But, I'm probably really lucky. I'd say that most guys don't get a vacation as a solo operator. If I were you, I'd make some friends you can trust who are in the business. Ideally, I want to grow the company enough to hire a couple of guys who can handle things by themselves. That might happen this upcomming season (year 3). We'll see. I'd really like to have 2 or 3 vacations in a year. As for the 3-4 day weekend, you can probably make that happen in your first season. Second season might be tuff. Try to plan that stuff around late July-early August when the grass is as slow growing as it's going to be all mowing season.
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Hallelujah Brother jasnnau :D Very well put.



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