Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Lawn Life SYNDROME! LOL


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-10-2009, 12:01 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default Lawn Life SYNDROME! LOL

I don't know if this is a problem, but I can't stop thinking about the business.

It's a great thing for sure, though it really takes over your life.

How do you escape?

Escape thinking about your business for a day at least?

It's really difficult to explain, though I'm sure some know what I'm talking about.

On my spare time I just spend it looking up mowers, or investment plans, thinking about the future. It's really hard to live in the now & just relax & hangout.

It's like being in a relationship, something is always there nagging.

I guess it's an obsession? Or I've canceled out a lot of things I used to do, & filled in the time with work or business planning.

When you work as a teenager doing "jobs", times are good & carefree, owning a business, you lose a sort of explainable feeling!

Maybe freedom?

I see myself as my business, I just want it better & better. When were kids, we don't really give a damn about holding a job, it's the last thing on our list of priorities.

What is it that causes this issue? Is it working too much? Or could it be the fact that this business is very exciting, growing every day, & you block out things that are getting in the way, aka FUN, just so that you can keep the ball rolling?

Has business consumed your life? Have you been able to take the handcuffs off & balance your life so that you aren't always dreaming about work?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-10-2009, 05:48 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I think this is a fascinating insight.

I bet you could answer all of your questions if you thought for moment about it.

When you are sitting there during the day and thinking about business, what are you thinking about? What are you doing?

Quote:
On my spare time I just spend it looking up mowers, or investment plans, thinking about the future.
When you take all of this as a whole, what is it doing for you? What does it do for you mentally?

What are the outcome of these thoughts?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-10-2009, 09:49 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

One of my friends let the business consume his life and he ended up in the hospital. Too much stress. I refuse to let that happen to me.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-10-2009, 10:10 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

I feel as if there is always work to be done, & even when there isn't I'm trying to tackle future projects. I always finish something I start, this is lawn service & you never finish, I'm kinda mixed up!

My room is covered in maps of my lawns & city, every room is an office. The truck is no longer a vehicle, it's a portable office.

I have pens on every table, desk, etc.

If I have no work, I find & make work for myself. I'll write customer letters that I never send, I'll make one every few days & then scrap it.

I'm married to my equipment & as I said in another post, I wax my mower once a week.

Everything has to be up to date & one step above, always. I never want to be behind, always ahead.

I have a collection of Breeze shirts, it's all I wear. Even when I'm going out, I wear the Breeze shirt, "it's me" other clothes are inferior.

Maybe I just want to get so much experience, the good, the bad, the ugly, then I can adjust.

Kinda like your first day back at school (5-6 years ago lol) when you are excited & the first day is like a party, then it fades & becomes crap that you take as it comes.

In other words, I'm over excited... ?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-10-2009, 05:36 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I wonder if a lot of it has to do with, when you get a business going, you have so much energy. You want to do so many things and you want it all to happen now. You don't feel like your energy is being fully harnessed and it is frustrating as hell.

The beginning can be very frustrating cause you are at point A and want to be at point B and you want to run to it but you can hardly walk so you sit there thinking why why why! Why can't I get to the size I want now. Why cant I do the things I want with my business now. Why can't it be the size I want now.

What's your take on this?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-10-2009, 11:21 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

To add some further thoughts to this, I am currently reading a book called "Call Me Ted." About Ted Turner. I made mention of this book in another post about my GopherHaul Book of the month.

In the book Ted talks about how his dad ran a large outdoor billboard company when he was growing up.

During the summers he would work with his dad and then when he left college, he came back to work with him more.

His father had recently acquired another billboard company in another area that was smaller than many of his other operations and he put Ted to work there.

Ted was able to get in there and raise the prices of the ads as well as get more signs up around the area. When his father came to see how he was doing, he was thoroughly impressed.

As Ted took him back to the airport after his visit, his dad said "Ted you are starting out your life where other men end theirs." Meaning it could take the average guy his entire lifetime to get such a sign business going. And here was Ted, lucky enough to have the where with all to have the sign company, have the knowledge how to operate it and have his youthful energy to push it forwards.

I do think that many young guys find themselves with tons of energy but they don't have a way to focus it. They don't have enough money, business, creativity or connections to really harness it all and blast their business off into out space the way Ted was able to do.

This to me is part of the reason why Scott or others of us tend to sit there all the time thinking what can I do to make this business bigger, better, faster, and stronger. And I think it can be frustrating as hell because you want to do more but you can only push the business so far and so fast until it picks up more momentum.

It's kinda like trying to push a car from a dead stop. It takes tremendous initial energy just to get it going. And in business, it takes tremendous mental as well as physical energy.

I welcome your reflections on this.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-11-2009, 12:34 AM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 66
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 8
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Sucess

Rodney Dangerfield once said "he used to be self employed but had to let it go. He couldn't get along with his boss! I know this was in a comedy routine, but it brings out the realization that if you don't really enjoy your work, your business, you can't succeed.

All the energy, the money, and the creativity in the world won't grow your business or make it faster and stronger if you are not emotionally committed, flexible, and ready to change on a daily basis. The Japanese define quality as the continual improvement of the product/service, the process that produces that product/service, the productivity of the people in that process, and the communications of all involved. Compared to the American definition of quality - conformance to specifications. constant improvement is their way of life.

What the Japanese realized is that continuous improvement mandates continual change. Conformance is a dead end street. No improvement can happen. If you keep doing the same things in the same way, how can you expect things to improve!

Successful entrprenuers:
1. Are always looking for improvements in their products and services
2. Are always seeking improvements in the processes that produce their products and services
3. The productivity of the people in the process
and
4. The communications between all concerned - workers, regulators, customers, and are always demanding changes for the better.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Overcoming Newbie Syndrome Scottler Starting a lawn care business. 8 05-21-2009 08:22 AM
GopherHaul 36 - Overcoming lawn care business owner newbie syndrome. Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 05-20-2009 07:28 PM
GopherHaul 36 - Overcoming lawn care business owner newbie syndrome. Steve Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 0 05-20-2009 07:28 PM
Life after GM Steve General Business Discussions 2 06-17-2006 06:58 PM
Life after the NFL Steve General Business Discussions 0 06-12-2006 08:09 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Today 06:16 PM
by Girlfriend
10 3,271
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Today 05:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 258
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
Today 05:40 PM
Today 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 8
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
Today 05:32 PM
Today 05:32 PM
by Girlfriend
0 10
Billing methods
jcurr33
Today 01:33 PM
Today 01:33 PM
by jcurr33
0 26
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Today 01:22 PM
by chris2500hd
7 146
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
Yesterday 04:22 PM
Today 12:44 PM
by Steve
4 105
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
Yesterday 09:29 PM
Today 04:49 AM
by avetslawncare
2 79
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Yesterday 08:57 PM
by SGL1
9 428
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
Yesterday 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 440
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
Yesterday 08:04 PM
by avetslawncare
4 138
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
Yesterday 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,455
How do you get...
ESREVER
Yesterday 01:30 PM
Yesterday 07:20 PM
by avetslawncare
6 116
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Yesterday 03:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 233
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Yesterday 03:26 PM
by ESREVER
25 2,295
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 257
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 141
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
Yesterday 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,618
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 268
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 95
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-24-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 94
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 160
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 98
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 90
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 379,803
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 796
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 434
Need some advice about...
Wolf4dk
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
by Wolf4dk
0 154
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,514
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 229
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 261
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,559
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 151
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 505
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 241
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 435
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 316
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,262
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 1,986
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 174
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 821
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 233
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 933
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 459
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,663
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 258
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,086
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 599
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 325
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-16-2015 03:11 PM
by Steve
4 318
» Popular Tags
apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring horticulture husqvarna hydraulic introduction landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot sulky toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape walk behind web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:21 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:21 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy