Well I did say longest day was 7 hours, didn't say 7 hour days...try to keep up guys. Often work 4 hour days, not working tomorrow and 3 hours on Friday. Didn't work Monday either. And yet still netting a great income for the week. "Working for the man".........you guys make me laugh.
I haven't worked a 7 hr day in years and years. If I was ever going to go back to those hrs id go back to working for the man and the fantastic wages and benefits that go with it with not much actual work.
I'm also happy with my income. I just don't see why you bang on about yours all the time. You seem to correlate having a Franchise = more money. Which of cause is not true. Also most of us on here are not in the game for huge monetary gains. I semi retired at 40 and walked away from that unhealthy roundabout. Life is not a competition. Life just is, enjoy it.
I look at my dairy and see peoples names, not $$ amounts. I like my clients. Give you a quick story I did a unit block yesterday which has a huge plum tree. I spent 10 minutes picking plums and then the next 1/2 hr to 45 minutes driving around to some of my elderly clients delivering plums. No money in that but was worth the smiles and thanks.
You seem to get very defensive on your choice of going to a franchise. Majority of us (me included) don't care if your in a franchise or not but don't be jumping to conclusions when we mention why we don't like the franchise system. We also made a choice. My main reason for going solo was no monthly fee, no fees at all in fact but had to do the hard yards chasing work. It was a trade off I'm happy I did, but I could also afford to do that to. Allot cant so a franchise makes sense, especially for people with limited business and sales skills or even limited motivation. I have no animosity towards franchise guys. But I appreciate that I can work less than them and earn the same money. $600-$700 less work than them in fact, maybe more, maybe allot more if taking the purchase cost in to consideration.
We had the guy who was Jims number two who started Fox mowing Franchise (I think it was Fox?) on the forum for a little bit. He had a hard time convincing us Indys that his system was better than ours to. Once you have a round you have a round, why pay somebody else?
Working for the man means working for someone else.