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Hey guys, I've been looking though the site for a couple of weeks now and thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Shaun... I'm married with a couple of young kids. I have a full-time job where I usually work 50-60 hours per week.

Me and buddy of mine are trying to get into the lawn care business. He already had a few yards that he mows regularly for friends and family, but we decided to join up and try to pick up more to make some extra cash.

He isn't looking to get rid of his job... he is in a small family pest control business that he will take over some day. He does want to possibly integrate the two one day though. I, on the other hand, would love to work solely for myself somebody and not stay at my current job. It's not a horrible job. It pays pretty well and I'm not killing myself with hard work. But, I'm finding it harder and harder to stay motivated to work hard for a company that allows people who barely do enough not go get fired, and be on a level playing field.

Currently I work nights. I work pretty long days Monday -Thursday, but Sunday is pretty much a half day. Sometimes I work on Fridays to make extra money, but I'm hoping once we pick up some regular customers that I can get away from that. That gives me two and a half days to work on the business and I could sprinkle some in as needed before work Mon-Thu.

Right now we both have walk behind mowers. I have a Troy-Bilt 21" push mower and he has the same mower, but older, and a Club Cadet 21" self propelled mower. We both have new echo trimmers (mind is the one that has the edger attachment), and we both have blowers. He has a small trailer that fits all of this equipment.

We aren't looking to spend any money to upgrade equipment until we're making enough to justify it. We're planning on focusing on a lot of the subdivisions surrounding us with yards that are easily handled with push mowers.

Well I think I've rattled off enough now. I'm going to continue reading. I look forward to learning what I need to learn here to be successful.
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Welcome to our forum!

What kinds of things are you going to be doing to attract new customers?
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I'm sure you'll hear this from a lot of ppl here. It is better to go on you own than it is to partner up. This would probably eventually end your friendship as people have different thoughts on how to run a business. I started out with a partner and splitting the money was not fun. After a couple of weeks of me gaining new customers it became more than he wanted to do after work lol. He decided that he didn't really want to do the lawn mowing thing and we remain friends today. If we had stayed in business together I have no doubt that we wouldn't be friends today. His work ethic is no where as strong as mine is and I would have started to resent him for having to split the money with him while i'm doing most of the work. I say go out on your own and get your business off the ground. You will be much happier and could grow as fast as you can and not have to worry about a "partner" to have to agree on everything with.
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What is your view on why you wanted to start with a partner? How should other start ups get around those reasons if they have the same reasons you did?
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What is your view on why you wanted to start with a partner? How should other start ups get around those reasons if they have the same reasons you did?
I wanted to start with a partner from fear of not being able to handle jobs alone. I had a home owner 42" crapsman ZTR. I didn't think I could get many yards being I started at the very end of march. I quickly gained 10 customers in the first week and realized (because of the lawn sizes here range from 1/2 to 5 acres) that my 42" was counter productive. So I bought a 54" hustler fastrak super duty which made me very comfortable taking on more clients. This is when my "partner" decided that he didn't want to work that hard after work. So I worked with my 13 yr old son and we ended last season with 25 bi-weekly accounts. This season we have 30 bi-weekly accounts and I had to add another 54" fastrak super duty. I did this so I could have more room to grow my client list. I have a full time job as a maintenance mgr and I love it. I also love mowing lawns but I don't think i'll ever go "full time" with it.

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Just dive in head first. Take your time and grow your business comfortably. Never add a partner. If you do and your business fails you will blame them for your failure. If you go it alone then you will work harder at making it succeed knowing you don't have to split the profits.
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I think fear makes us all do things in ways we wouldn't normally handle them.

How far into your start up with your business did you realize the fear was not justified? Was there a point where you had an 'ah ha moment' and knew you could do it yourself? If so, what was it?
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