It’s so easy to take things for granted when they are given to us. For instance, how about freedom? Why is it that with all the freedoms we have, many of us feel we are stuck? When we feel stuck, we tend to hate that which we are stuck in. Sometimes, you have to see things from outside your immediate sphere of reality to really appreciate the choices you have. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from an Army Veteran who served in Iraq. When he came back, he saw freedom in a way he hadn’t seen it before and jumped on the opportunity to start his own path.
One lawn care business owner wrote “how many of you do this because you actually love it?
I’m only starting out. I don’t even have one mowing account yet but I remember a quote that went, ‘do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.’ That is what inspired me to finally get started.
There are two things I can say I truly love, besides my wife and dog which is a given, my time spent in the Army (even in Iraq) and the second is mowing grass. No one, I do not care who you are, no one, can understand friendship or freedom, until you are two seconds from death defending both. You just can’t. Being at that point where you really reflect on what freedom means also makes you question are you free? Are you doing what you love?
I know, I know, a lot of people can be a lawn care guy, but it takes a special someone to take care of a lawn. I have always loved cutting grass. For me, it is a combination of the smell of it and being outside.
I always felt let down mowing the last strip of lawn when I was a kid because putting things in order was over, everything was straight. I love creating order. Turning a scraggly, uneven lawn, to one that steadily becomes level. One row can be unkempt and uneven, the next can be even, flat, organized like it has a purpose. It’s clean, it’s in order.
I know I’ll have my gripes, just like I did in the Army, but I cannot fathom the day I’ll hate mowing lawns. It’s too good of a dream come true. After spending the past fall in setup mode, and winter performing snow removal, I’ll have people paying me to do one of the two things I love.
Maybe this is too deep, but you know, I see a lot of people complaining about hating their job. Being a newbie, maybe I do not have all the experience to understand the gripes, but doing something I love, that’s all I can ask for, and it makes me proud to venture out to grab the American Dream and be in charge of my success or accept my failure.”
A second lawn care business owner said “good stuff! I love working on lawn as well and if I didn’t love this job there would be no way I would stick with it. I started my lawn business not knowing that we would have the hottest and driest year on record. We had 93 days over 100 degrees and only 12 inches of rain all year, when we average 42 inches. It was a crazy time to start! I made it through that experience and it has been great. That first year drought made me get out of my comfort zone and try other things besides just mowing lawns and I had no idea that I would love gardening even more than mowing.”
A third added “I started down this road to keep from losing everything. I was out of work and couldn’t find anything that paid a decent wage. I began doing all sorts of odd jobs for neighbors/friends. I received many compliments on my work and a lot of encouragement to start my own business. I realized I enjoyed the outdoor/yard work the most and decided that if I was going to take money from people, I was going to do it the right way. I did the research, paid the fees, and became a legitimate business owner.
My first full season had been pretty good to me. It didn’t make me rich, but I was able to keep things afloat, and have been able to purchase equipment as I go. I thought it would be at least two years before I considered moving up from a 21″ push mower, but I did well enough that I knew I was onto something and that I needed to start planning on having something ‘bigger’ sooner rather than later. I wasn’t able to hire an employe that first year but being so busy helped motivate me greatly. I saw things speed up, so I needed to increase my productivity with better equipment.
Do I love it? Overall, I’m happy. It’s a lot of work, but I really like the freedom that comes with being the boss.”
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