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Working for another LCO?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jnm4, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. jnm4

    jnm4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Would you work for another LCO? I have an opportunity to work for another LCO in my area for the remainder of this years season.

    How would you approach this opportunity?
    Shoud I mention I'm trying to establish a LCO next year?

    I really want to learn the in's/out's of the business especially bidding on properties. Should I tell this gentleman my intent up front???

  2. mrbenfer

    mrbenfer LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 136

    I would love to have worked for a local LCO before i started. Nobody would hire me because i am 17. So I read this site for 3 months and it taught be everything i could ever have to know about mowing grass/billing/bidding ect.. All i needed was experience.

    But since i started my own lco, this site has helped so much.

    I would Finnish the year with this LCO and then start up advertising through winter and spring. Get a head start on the competition.
  3. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    DO IT!!!!!!!!You'll find out if this is really what you want to do before you start spending money...MANY people ask me for advice on starting their own business...I tell them,"Go work for a lco for 6 months." and explain why...most don't listen to my advice, they'll go spend a lot of money on equipment. Gets hot or winter arrives and they decide this isn't for them and they've lost money..
  4. jnm4

    jnm4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23


    you mentioned advice...what type of advice do/did you give these people? How would you respond if a person wants to work for you, but has intention to start his/her own LCO?

    Finally, did you ever discuss how you bid on properties with new employees?

    I appreciate your help.

  5. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    I don't teach them the business side of running the business, only the field side...how to edge,mow,trim,blow,trim hedges...after about 6 months, they have a good idea if this type of work is really for them...most decide it isn't...most people think, "Hey, it sure is a nice sunny breezy day. Temp is 78, think I'll start a lawn business." After working with me, they realize it's not as easy as they thought.:blob1:

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