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been think of alot of the what ifs lately, and one came to mind, what if i moveed the business back up north? go live with mom for a few months, and get this going up there? atleast up there i know people that will help me get going more, the springs coming some of you arent that far away from moms, you and some of your friends must need work done, just think if im doing your yard work, then on the weekends you can fish, not saying its gonna happen, but what if?

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Tough sledding right now. One landscape guy I know just went out.

 

His Commercial accounts dropped him to save money and the residential just didn't pay there bills.

 

Couldn't even sell his stuff to break even and get square, no buyers. The bank took everything.

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View PostTough sledding right now. One landscape guy I know just went out.

 

His Commercial accounts dropped him to save money and the residential just didn't pay there bills.

 

Couldn't even sell his stuff to break even and get square, no buyers. The bank took everything.

 

 

 

i guess the the good would be i only owe on my truck

how far out into western ma we talking? i think i would target the acton/concord, littleton /boxboro areas where its pretty well settled and seems to still have some money in those areas, would branch out from there, as everyone knows somebody somewhere and expanding is the name of the game anywhere

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all season long it seems that everyone who owns a pick up truck, a lawn mower, and a weed wacker is getting into the yard work business...all 3 of my girlfriends kids work locally for 3 different companies, her x brother in law owns another company, her nephew just started his business last season, and I can name 3 more of my friends who are doing it...and then there are the six thousand different trucks with trailers full of lawn care stuff that I see through out the season.

 

plenty of competition but might as well give it a shot....I'd bet you would be better off fixing cars in this economy but I guess it comes down to what you want to do.

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View Postall season long it seems that everyone who owns a pick up truck, a lawn mower, and a weed wacker is getting into the yard work business...all 3 of my girlfriends kids work locally for 3 different companies, her x brother in law owns another company, her nephew just started his business last season, and I can name 3 more of my friends who are doing it...and then there are the six thousand different trucks with trailers full of lawn care stuff that I see through out the season.

 

plenty of competition but might as well give it a shot....I'd bet you would be better off fixing cars in this economy but I guess it comes down to what you want to do.

 

 

 

id probably rather be fixing cars but the tools is now a big issue, id need 10k to get back inothat game agian

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View Posti guess the the good would be i only owe on my truck

how far out into western ma we talking? i think i would target the acton/concord, littleton /boxboro areas where its pretty well settled and seems to still have some money in those areas, would branch out from there, as everyone knows somebody somewhere and expanding is the name of the game anywhere

 

I'm along the Conn. border West of rt.91.

 

Didn't mean to sound so negative in my first post, truth is the guy I was talking about probably got himself over extended.

He thought the good times would last forever and bought the best of everything, didn't have a rainy day plan. Good hard working guy though, I'm sure he'll reload some how and try again.

 

Your a young guy, you gave Florida a shot, if it's not working out fill up the truck and head North. Spring cleanups are right around the corner, all you need is to catch a break and you'll be on your way.

 

Scraping together a living is all I've ever done, not qualified to give advice but all I'll say is do anything your tools and know how will let you do. You'll get your break if you keep at it.

 

Good luck.

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Derek......if by moving back to MA and staying with Mom saves you from laying out rent you would otherwise need to do in FL that's a positive. Effectively, you'd be conserving your cash outlay. Even paying Mom a small token for rent, you come ahead cash flow wise.

 

Secondly, as folks attest, things have really slowed in MA and you say things have also slowed in FL...that to me that's a wash....meaning neither MA or FL has any good possibiliities, either currently or the immediate future....of course the economy will pick up at some point....once it does I believe it will pick up in both MA and FL, simultaneously. So your going to participate in the economic uptick regardless were you put your head down at night.

 

Fishing, friends? Both nice and certainly necessary, but to me not a tie breaker when the prime goal is survival.

 

I know it's easy to say what I would do, but if it were me and given the same set of facts, I'd move back and stay with Mom. The icing on the cake is you'll be back among friends and a sport you love, both of which are healthy for the mind.

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Derek,

One of my best friends is in the landscaping, estate maint business in central Ma for the past 30 years. He's literally gotten KILLED in this economy. This guy knows the business inside/out. Ran an ultra succesful, tight ship. Over the past 15 years he streamlined his business down to the old-money Yankee crowd, shying away from new money, latest software tycoon folks.

Even with that, the old money crowd is hurting, and has cut back drastically. He's had to lay off almost his entire crew, sell equip, and is basically going to be working alone in 2010 to keep it going.

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just another thought, you're pretty good with fishing gear, not a photo memory like Ditch, but you know your sticks. Since you're in the area why not pop over to Mudhole and ask around? I know things are tight all over but someone with a solid understanding of a company's product offerings is seldom overlooked. Maybe a northeast gear specialist/consultant type thing.

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View Postjust another thought, you're pretty good with fishing gear, not a photo memory like Ditch, but you know your sticks. Since you're in the area why not pop over to Mudhole and ask around? I know things are tight all over but someone with a solid understanding of a company's product offerings is seldom overlooked. Maybe a northeast gear specialist/consultant type thing.

 

WOW!! Great idea!

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plenty of competition but might as well give it a shot....I'd bet you would be better off fixing cars in this economy but I guess it comes down to what you want to do.

 

 

I don't know the business but seems like alot of (cheap)competition to me too . Your a young guy with Skills .. Sux you dumped your tools .. How about slinging hash while trying for landscaping leads . At my age I'm still not doing what I want to do .. Been doing what I've had to do .. Thank god I have a pair of hands..

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