Were you hatched in the bermuda?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turfproinc, Dec 13, 2002.

  1. turfproinc

    turfproinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Did most of you start your own lawn care business after working in the industry for someone else? Or did you just decide to do it? What was the hardest aspect of this business to pick up?
  2. therainman

    therainman LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 196

    I got in the biz after working in a factory for 5 years. I needed to get back out side. My family are all golf course supers, so I had the experience to start. It was that easy..... HA HA HA:dizzy:

  3. brian mon

    brian mon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    15+ years in calif. doing tree & landscape work, mostly tree care. 5+ years working and manageing landscape here. Bought lco last august......and love it! Hardest aspect............???............keeping a straight line with the mower!
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I just decided to do it after about 17 or so years in the corporate world. I was the Director of Training for Hertz and "lost" my voice to throat cancer. Kind of hard conducting training seminars when you can't talk like a normal person.

    So I took a permanent medical leave and started my business 8 years ago...and I haven't once looked back.
  5. SIG

    SIG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    I worked for a Landscaping Co. from the time I was 16 to about 19 then started my business on my own. Then got out when I was 27, got a "real job". Started going part-time 3 years ago and will be back full-time starting March 1st. Wish this site was around 15 years ago, course I didn't have a computer back then either:dizzy:

    Rodfather-- I don't know you, but it always makes me sad to hear "cancer" stories. I'm glad your doing good. My sister had cancer at age 41 and was very difficult for all of us.
  6. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    rodfather thats an amazing story that inspires...my dad had cancer (medically he is fine now ) and i love hearing how someone came out ón top.

    did this for 5 seasons, three while in university. graduated and just started up. my old boss was a little miffed, me and my business partner were his "bread and butter " employees. he told me i was afraid of the real world. I agreed. :D

    i always ask friends about their jobs. its the old seinfeld view: "i don't know what thats like, i never had a real job"
  7. yourlawnguy

    yourlawnguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    I started in 1980 when I was 16, the local LCO came knocking on my door and asked if I wanted a job. I've tried many other things over the years cook, truckdriver, salesman. For a couple years I had a small biz doing office cleaning, floor waxing, and carpet cleaning. In 1995 I even bought a bagel shop ( bad idea ) my wife wanted it so I just said O.K. without doing a market analysis. That flopped within a year. But I've always gone back to lawn care. Owned an LCO in N.Y. for 3 years then moved it to Fl. ran it for 5 years. In 1997 my wife talked me into getting a regular job, I've been a nurse for the last 4 years now and can't stand being stuck indoors. During that time I got divorced and remarried. My new wife loves the loves the idea of us being self employed so here I go again. I started the biz in Sept. and this is the happiest I've been in 4 years.:cool:
  8. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    I dropped out of law school and started a company. Best move I ever made. I worked for a lawn co. of and on throughout most of my school days, and learned the tricks of the trade. The hardest part about starting up was maintaining positive cash flow. No longer a problem.
  9. Blessed 1

    Blessed 1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    I got started after a 18 year old dream came true. I got a brand new Craftsman 21Hp mower. Then I needed a storage shed to put it in ---then I had spent so much $ I had to cut 1-2 yards to supplement the cost--- 30 days later I "had to have" a ZTR.----then I decided to get legal and so on....all the while working full time for the Govt. 7:30-5:00 Mon - Sat. Needless to say I have burnt up all of my vacation time trying to keep up. But its a lot better than working at Sams Club p/t. The hardest aspect of business to me is giving good estimate's that I wont regret after cutting the first time. :D
  10. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,670

    I am a CPA and Engineer. I started last summer when I "inherited" the business from my step son after he decided he'd rather smoke grass than cut it. And yes I was stupid enough to back the original purchase of all his equipment. Hence, I had the inventory, so I decided to use it. I culled all his bad accounts and kept the few good ones.

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