Originally Posted by Steve
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How difficult did you find making the transition from part time to full time to be? Do you have any advice for others trying to do that?
The transition evolved into full time. I started with my mom and a couple of her neighbors. When they seen the quality and personal touch of my work. I was put on the old lady network. That is I was talked about at card clubs, church groups and over morning coffee. The phone was and still is ringing for new jobs.
For 20 years I limited my customers to around 15 lawns, 8-10 snow jobs,so at not to inter fear with my night job. As I was a restaurant cook.
Four years ago I was so at the point in my life where I was totally unhappy in the restaurant biz. So I quit and started not turning down new clients. 40 seems to make me a comfortable living. So thats where I stay. As for equipment I use residential type. I know I know.... I feel my customer base would be turned off by a large commercial rig and I would lose that personal feeling with them. Maybe I'm wrong.
So far Ive been able to keep every thing running as I do my own repair/maintenance.
Do you have any advice for others trying to do that?
I may not be the typical lawn-care business man here. As I'm happy with 40 lawns and most likely wont grow any bigger. That being said. I never bought any piece of equipment without cash. I also have one years income squired away. But then I'm very conservative business wise.
So thats my story.