What do LCO's do after shutting down?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by SS Lawn Care, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. SS Lawn Care

    SS Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    This has been a question for me for quite a few years. First off, I love the Lawn and Landscape industry. It is interesting to me, I get it, and I feel I know much more than the average Joe. I love the machines, the tech talk, and discussing the techniques used to do our job. There are times however, when being the one in the driver's seat constantly being keyed up by the usual problems or delays gets to be quite tiresome. I have a day or two a week where I get a huge since of dread just answering the phone or checking messages. I have toyed with the idea of working for someone else or some other company to try to get back to some kind of life with a little bit more stability and sanity. I don't know if that is possible either. Most of us LCO's make a decent living, and we have responsibilities and obligations to pay for, that our lawn work has been able to provide for. An LCO that has been doing this for 10 years, for example, is used to making a certain amount of money. It is very hard to just find another job that pays what you are used to making. There are many talented LCO's that have quit the business because they are simply burned out because they were not able to scale the business and build systems to make the business run as a machine. This is not an easy task as we all know. If I ever did leave my business, I feel I would still like to work in the industry and use the knowledge I have gained over the many years of experience. Just because I didn't create a self sustaining business machine doesn't necessarily make me a failure. My question is, what other lines of work have LCO's gone into after running their business that seems to work better for them after being in the grind for a long time?
  2. OP
    SS Lawn Care

    SS Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    "since" = "sense"
  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,690

    Why not go to 2-3 days? Make the same as 5 days working for someone else. This is my 11th year and I gave up on “scaling “ its really not possible in my area. The work is there. The labor and prices are not.
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  4. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,475

    I got out 18 years ago and just getting back into mowing as it's ez,low stress money. Main reason I got out of it is I was bored by the simplicity of it. But after 15 years of painting for difficult customers, I re-welcomed the simplicity with open arms. See, I love going on long drives, it relaxes me. So mowing is similar in that way, it's peaceful to me.
  5. mKp7Tn1

    mKp7Tn1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Managers in every business deal with this, but that's why you make the big bucks, right?

    It's what you know and what you're comfortable with but could you find someone to work for who would give you the work you "like" and compensate you at your current level for that non-managerial work.

    If that's your current mental state then you need to take a break. No room for self-pity when running a business.

    Do you have an education? If not then you're limited. You'll need to seek something you enjoy but after a while everything is work.
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  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,869

    I got out after 35 years. Mowing and landscaping were killing my health. After mowing, I got into the stump grinding business. It really worked out well for me. Just one machine, worked when and where I wanted to, and no hired help, just me. Something to think about.
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  7. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Fanatic
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    You may not have a (self) sustaining machine. But do you have machine that could still give you profit with limited input from you ? Back out a little each yr and delegate more and more to others. It would allow you to pursue other opportunities and still draw $$.
    This yr I've changed things up. I no longer go out with crews, I have my own route and 2 crews do their routes.
    They actually are more productive on their own. When I was there it seemed we lost time here and there.
    Stop at dealers, bank stop, swing by look at property to bid, pick up parts etc. Now they just go and mow. And efficiency is up. Freeing me up to take care of business and essentials.
    I'm finding out I was too "hands on" it was hurting growth and profit.
    I still get out mow all the time, and on large property's I meet up with the 2 man crew and we bust it out. I'm really diggin this new set-up.
    Might be worth looking at for yourself instead of just shutting down?
  8. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 632

    This is what my boss is doing - delegating more and more responsibilities to his employees. He is out of the trucks, but working towards being out of the office as well. Although that is no easy task, I agree that it is something worth looking into!
  9. wishfull

    wishfull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    I have been trying to get away from my day to day involvement for 3 years now. As my health declines I can no longer run equipment and driving for more than 1/2 hour is hard. I want to be able to relax a little in what time I have left. I don't need the income from the business to live on but it's still nice to have when an old man needs something silly. I have tried training a couple of people to take my place but they seem to think that as long as I'm somewhere around they can call on me any old time they want and when it gets in your blood it's hard to just walk away. I sold my last tandem dump truck 31 years ago after 15 years of driving and when I see a nice one today I still get the urge. Even if you hate it shutting down can be hard sometimes.
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,413

    My plan when I quit is too "push up daises"

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