|Small-business owner Josh Swan answers your questions about a do-it-yourself job. He owns a landscaping business in Maryland.
BU: What is a typical day at work like for you--what do you actually do at work?
Josh: I usually wake up around 8:00 and review my schedule for the day. Then I call my employees, pick up my trailer and equipment and meet with the employees. Then we start a long day of work; mowing grass, pulling weeds, trimming trees, mulching flower beds, and other various lawn-care duties. Our typical summer workday lasts 12-14 hours.
BU: What education do you need to be competitive/succeed in this field? How did you get into it?
Josh: The preferred education consists of at least a high school diploma, preferably a college degree in accounting or business administration. Ive been interested in mowing lawns since I was about 4 years old, and gradually became interested in all types of lawn care and landscaping.
There was never a question in my mind what I wanted to do when I became an adult. I actually began my business when I was about 14 years old.
BU: What do you like about your job? Anything you dont like?
Josh: I like the fact that I can set my own hours, as well as the flexibility of the jobs that need done day-by-day. I dislike trying to find and keep good, dependable workers and the stress of the competitions pricesI like to be fair, but I need a feasible income!
BU: Are there any special skills that are helpful to succeed in this field?
Josh: Yes, a person needs to have people skills. I'd say being detail oriented is a must as well as being able to comprehend how many hours are in a day for proper scheduling! Individuals must be accountable, good in math and also English and love what they do in order to be self employed and make their business profitable.
Josh: Make sure it's the path you want to take. There are a lot of ups and downs and it can be hard to budget your money through the seasons if you aren't careful. It's to your advantage to start when you can hold a part time job because you need to put a lot of income back into the business to make it grow. To anyone who's interested in starting your own business Id also say to make sure to set your tithe aside (pay tithe). Put God first and He will help you to prosper.