Who would quit a job making $58000 to do this?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kse1221, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    I meant reliable as far as the high dollar income over a whole year. New commercials can be had and if you can't keep a commercial, you need to work on your relationship with your client, your pricing, or they are just cutthroat and it's time to find a replacement commercial.
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,741

    well i have 3 commercials i've had for 3 years. we don't sign any contracts though.
  3. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Messages: 753

    This is the attitude you need to be successful!!! Don't get this much on this site. Most here are one crew or one man companies and many are not even real companies.

    To be successful, you have to be a businessman first and a landscaper second. If your just working your a*s off just to pay the bills, then you might as well work for someone else.

    I currently have 6 crews and take home much more than I need. In the meantime, I have also built up a company that can easily be sold for over 1mil. This is what owning a business is about!! Do I love what I do? No. I like it. It gives me a sense of pride to have created a successful business, to be in control of my own destiny, and to create good jobs for others.

    But, I would rather be a NFL quarterback, a famous actor, or a rock star. lol
  4. Jallal

    Jallal LawnSite Member
    from SoCal
    Messages: 162

    I walked away from a job that I was making $85k/yr in with 5% matching retirement, medical insurance for about $350 a month (BCBS), 11 years invested, & the strong likelihood that I would be in 6 figures within the next 5 years.

    I had a strong background in the green industry from my first go-round at this & I ran two crews before I sold that company. I invested about $20k in my startup rig, truck, trailer, & equipment, & have been scraping by for the first year & working long hours. Things are starting to get better & we're moving in the right direction. I would never consider going back to the job I left.

    Trust me, if you really want to make it work, it doesn't matter what business you're in, for the most part, just stay engaged & you'll do fine.
  5. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    Have you ever thought about saving and buying an established company? If I could go back i would have had someone else pay my paycheck so I could save and buy a company. That way I wouldn't have to go threw the "learning curve" of growing a company. It's hard as hell to wake up and work for 12-15 hours a day only to not make any money, and this will happen a lot.
  6. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I currently work and make in the 70-80 range and just do landscaping as a side job for the "fun" of it.

    The money is in the hardscaping definitely not the mowing. but its also hard work. I pulled down 15k this year just doing it on the side and only taking jobs i wanted.

    Everyones market is different. here where i live you need to make 100k to be comfortable. the real estate is stupid expensive. i love my full time job and i love landscaping so i do both. the wife love the extra income and she frequently visits my job sites just to see the work i have done and has made friends with several of my customers.
    My son is dating the daughter of one of my customers who spent over 10k last year on her lawn and plans to do more work in the spring and we go to each others family functions. I just am friendly and ALL my work is by word of mouth.
  7. yardguy plus

    yardguy plus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    that sounds like about where I was 8 years ago before I walked off my job and now run and own a full time solo lawn maintenance business.

    I'm more concerned with happiness vs. money.

    I now make a fraction of what I use to make but I'm MUCH more happy doing what I love.
  8. Son's Lawn Maintenance LLC

    Son's Lawn Maintenance LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I walked out of a chemical plant as an operator making between 100,000-130,000 a year 180 hours of vacation, great insurance and a fair 401k to do what I love to do. That is run my business that I have made. The day I walked out I never looked back.
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    How long you been in business for your self
  10. Son's Lawn Maintenance LLC

    Son's Lawn Maintenance LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    4 years. Cutting 150 yards a week with two crews. 90 are full maintenance. Have a separate 4 man crew that does installs and irrigation repair and installs.

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