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    Hi, I have been working for a local Lawn Service provider for the past 5 years and just beginning to get enough equipment to take on a few customers of my own. I was the victim of getting too old so I was retired after 26 years with the worlds largest Oil Field Services Co. I was unsuccessful in finding another job right away so when this 82 year old man who had been mowing for over 45 years asked me if I would be interested in working part time I jumped at the chance. That was 5 years ago and now at 68 I have acquired a few customers of my own and still work full time for the OLD MAN. I just got a new (used) trailer and created my Logo and hand painted it on the side.

    I thank everyone on this forum because I have learned so much.

    Thanks for being so generous and helpful with your advise, comments, and all the suggestions and forms.
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    Hi, I have been working for a local Lawn Service provider for the past 5 years and just beginning to get enough equipment to take on a few customers of my own. I was the victim of getting too old so I was retired after 26 years with the worlds largest Oil Field Services Co. I was unsuccessful in finding another job right away so when this 82 year old man who had been mowing for over 45 years asked me if I would be interested in working part time I jumped at the chance. That was 5 years ago and now at 68 I have acquired a few customers of my own and still work full time for the OLD MAN. I just got a new (used) trailer and created my Logo and hand painted it on the side.

    I thank everyone on this forum because I have learned so much.

    Thanks for being so generous and helpful with your advise, comments, and all the suggestions and forms.
    congrats on the new adventure.

    Couple questions, did you talk with the old man that you were going to branch out on your own? And if yes or no, how did it go?
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    • #3
      I like the high sides on that trailer. You did a good job painting too.

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      • #4
        Great. Another young punk with a mower.






        Congrats and all the best to you.

        You should consider picking up a slightly used lion, or tiger for that trailer!
        Got a client who hasn't paid their bill? Toss 'em in! Cage match!!!

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        • #5
          Branching Out

          congrats on the new adventure.

          Couple questions, did you talk with the old man that you were going to branch out on your own? And if yes or no, how did it go?


          Yes, he already knew I was mowing for a few neighbors when he first asked me if I would help him. I keep him informed about any new customers and if he has nothing going at the moment he will help me. We get along just great.

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          • #6
            I like the high sides on that trailer. You did a good job painting too.
            THANK YOU
            It was my first and probably last attempt at sign painting. The peel and stick vinyl lettering worked pretty good. The best thing about this trailer is how easy it is to lower and raise the ramp with the Elegator assist spring.

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            • #7
              Great. Another young punk with a mower.






              Congrats and all the best to you.

              You should consider picking up a slightly used lion, or tiger for that trailer!
              Got a client who hasn't paid their bill? Toss 'em in! Cage match!!!

              THANK YOU
              I like the tall sides because I don't have a garage or secure place to park it and all the equipment I have stays on the trailer.

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              • #8
                good luck and continued success.

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                • #9
                  Whats interesting here is a lot of start ups are teenagers. In this case we have the exact opposite. I think theres a advantage for a older fella considering property owners are 45-60 anyways. I could see how that would help connect with clients and rule out the irresponsibility perception of young people. The experience of life has its own advantages that cant be matched.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, he already knew I was mowing for a few neighbors when he first asked me if I would help him. I keep him informed about any new customers and if he has nothing going at the moment he will help me. We get along just great.


                    Thats great to hear. Has he helped you build up the business, or is he more of an off hands approach by letting you learn on your own?
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                    • #11
                      Thanks Gil for the inspiring thread. If the grass cutting doesn't work out, clearly you have skills artistically that you could get paid for.

                      The one thing I do a lot is read, especially in the winter months, so I read many stories that just make you either want to PUKE or make you WORK even harder.
                      Stories like yours keeps the passion and drive alive!

                      Good luck brother!
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                      • #12
                        Thank goodness
                        I am not the old timer on here any more.
                        I look forward to watching your posts
                        Good luck with the company.

                        Graham
                        AKA: Ducke

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                        • #13
                          Help with business

                          Thats great to hear. Has he helped you build up the business, or is he more of an off hands approach by letting you learn on your own?
                          He is willing to do anything to help me build up the business. I feel very lucky to have someone like him with his experience as a mentor. I have never worked with anyone at any age who can keep up with this 85 year old man.

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                          • #14
                            He is willing to do anything to help me build up the business. I feel very lucky to have someone like him with his experience as a mentor. I have never worked with anyone at any age who can keep up with this 85 year old man.
                            Thats great to have a mentor. I think so many of us could learn a great deal from someone that has been in the business. I remember when I was first starting out in the business there was a local company here that had been in the business 15 years previous. I listened to her and what she said to watch out for. It's funny, because at the time I kind of blew her off, but soon I realized that she was totally right.
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                            • #15
                              Hi Gil,

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