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My husband decided to start his lawn care business late last summer in August as a secondary income that didn't require getting shot at or putting his life on the line as he does in his full time job as a police officer. I was apprehensive because his regular work schedule is a rotating 6 days on 3 days off. To my surprise, he has done pretty well thus far. I have the pleasure of doing all of the paperwork, accounting, etc. While the lawn care business is new to me, running/managing my own business is not (I am an Independent/Self Employed Hairstylist and Salon Manager at my family owned salon.) I stumbled upon this forum when I was researching ways to find additional commercial properties. We currently have 13 commercial properties which are all owned by the same company, however they don't pay in the most timely manner, i.e. we still have outstanding invoices from April that haven't been paid. Perhaps that is the norm, but I can't imagine paying my salon or personal bills 2 months late. With all that said, I look forward to the information, tips and advice I might find within this forum in order to help him build this business before he retires from the department.
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I was up at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska over the weekend (I now live in Texas) and talked to my old friend who is a security guard there. His 'day job' is being a Nebraska State Patrolman, he does security at 2 race tracks on Friday's and Saturday's when his work schedule allows and he still has his lawn care business. He started his lawn care back in about 2005 or so. I asked him about it and he said it is still going strong. Lots of people do it as a side business.

As for people owing me money... it don't happen. You said you can't imagine paying your salon or personal bills 2 months late. What would they do quit? Do you know why you are owed for 2 months? Because you haven't threatened to quit yet.

We only do residential because of what you stated. We are either left cash/check on day of work or we bill their credit card that day. No one ever owes us a penny.

You don't depend on this money to eat so make your own rules and stick by them. Your husband isn't busting his *** for the fun of it. Also, not a good idea to have all your eggs in 1 basket. If the guy that owns these properties decides next week that he doesn't want you to mow any longer you are left with nothing. That's reason #2 you should get more accounts starting today and make them pay on time.
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