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Being My Own Boss

I didn’t have my Grade 12 education when I went looking for a job. I wanted to work in maintenance. I did more training to try to get those jobs. I got my boiler papers, but sometimes that wasn’t enough. I would apply for jobs in fields I wanted to work in, but I didn’t get hired. I didn’t get dejected. I kept trying and eventually I got a job with a lawn care company.


I worked for them for a while before I decided to start my own lawn care company. I knew the work and the equipment and I liked doing it. I was around thirty then, so I have had the business for about 19 or 20 years now. I just started advertising and got my own customers and kept going from there. The work is seasonal, so it’s different during the year. My favourite time of year is the spring when I get to power rake and make all the yards look good at the start of the season. It’s also my most profitable time of the year.

Shane H

I like owning my own business. It takes commitment. It takes time. My family is very supportive of my business. I could be making more money or spending more time at it. But there are other things in my life – like family and volunteering – that I like to have the time for too. Being my own boss gives me the freedom to make that choice.

Shane Haddad and Catherine Rodgers