Be a Lawn Business Owner, Not Self Employed.
There is a big difference between being a lawn business owner and being self-employed. This distinction is made in the book, The Cashflow Quadrant, by Robert Kiyosaki.
Self employed people own a job. Dentists. Doctors. Lawyers. Musicians. They are highly skilled and tend to work very hard to get paid. However these jobs are risky. If they get sick or hurt, no money comes in. If a musician gets carpal tunnel syndrome in his hand, then he’s out of business.
A business owner owns a system and then hires competent people to operate the system.
A self-employed landscaper is someone who does everything in the business himself. Cutting lawns, meeting with customers, answering phone calls, sending bills out, collecting money, making material deliveries, fixing broken equipment. While it may make sense to start out this way, the ones who continue to operate like this as they grow won’t last long.
You want to be a business owner. Work on your business rather than in your business.
A lawn business owner hires workers to do the physical labor. This takes into consideration that you first must have enough lawn accounts to keep the work force busy.
You don’t necessarily have to hire a full time secretary to answer your calls. Use the answering machine and call them back at night. Or use an 800 answering service. It is very cost effective. Most only charge you for the calls they take. They answer the phone more professionally then any secretary I know.
Your time is the most valuable.
Once I started acting like a lawn business owner, my business started making more money and I started having more free time.
Return from Lawn Business Owner to Lawn Cut Business.