So in order to network with local business owners in Michigan there’s different chapters one can attend, just to give you an example here is a chapter that one can that lists different groups you can attend http://www.locbusnet.com/chapters.html
Last week I attended one in Novi and met several interesting business owners. Even though I am still an accountant, I still one day want to run my own business and build out my portfolio by running some type of local business.
Well I met one gentlemen who came all the way from Grand Rapids because he was dropped off his daughter off for her soccer practice in Livonia as she plays for one of the best teams in the state.
I was really impressed by the fact that he would drive 2 hours just to her to a practice so that she can play in the best team in Michigan.
Anyway he was a Tree Service Company owner with over 30 years experience.
I didn’t ave much experience with tree companies because Brooklyn where we lived there was hardly any trees, it was just a concrete jungle and most of the trees were already knocked down or small shrub like plantation that didn’t require no chainsaw to take down.
So when this guy started to telling me how long each job takes for every tree removal and the potential dangers I was very intrigued. Apparently Tree Removal ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
And do the guys get paid well? I think they should be paid well, he was not talking about taking down trees that can be taken down by hand, he’s talking about 60 foot trees with base diameter of over 36 inches. I mean these are huge projects that require tremendous work force to take down and the crazy thing is he can’t just it down from the base because a lot of times the branches are stretching in towards the house, so he has to literally cut the whole tree up in sections.
As Brooklyn Bike Family, because we have been biking a lot recently around the neighborhoods and in the trails, we are very well aware of the big trees that’s prevalent in Michigan.
Sometimes he was saying it takes 5 hours to take down 1 tree, and he can charge up to $300 an hour so that’s $1500 project just to take down a tree. Which is quite the expense but when you consider how much work goes into to ensuring that the tree goes down without damaging the property then it does seem justifiable. And these guys are putting their lives on the line with every job they undertake.
Being raised in the city all my life and never having any experience with a chainsaw it seemed like a business venture not really suited for me yet I love the idea of being outside all day long with trees and building relationship with my customers. Instead of being in a dress & tie inside my office all day reading stacks of account balances and calculating numbers all day long.
I guess one day I do want to leave all of that accountant stuff behind but for now I still have to save up enough money to get my daughters through college. However the tree company owner said he also started the business as part time and eventually went in to it full time so maybe you just have to take one step at a time and do it in a transitional phase instead of quitting cold turkey and making drastic changes.
I need to read more books on how to become entrepreneur because one thing I really admired about him was that he was now able to spend more time with his family like taking his daughter to a soccer practice twice a week with 2 hour drive each way.
His Company was called Grand Rapids Tree Removal
-till next time