As a female tree service business owner people always have some kind of question for me. Some of these are really stupid and some not so bad. It seems that many people find it hard to believe that a woman can be successful in this field. I have no idea why anyone would think this. There are a lot of women out there doing what I do or something even more difficult than me running a small business. In all actuality that’s really all that I am doing. Although people would have you believe that I am trying to do something as farfetched and crazy as becoming a donkey. Well I’m tired of being ask the same questions over and over again. Therefore, I decided to write a few of the most common ones and answer them. So the next someone ask me I can either refer back to my previous answer or direct the questioner here. Which is a win win anyway you look at it.
CAN WOMEN REALY DO THAT?
The short answer is yes. To expound upon that, yes women can run a successful business such as a tree service business even though it may be a male dominated industry. I know this because I do it everyday. Although, at first I faced a few minor difficulties from the guys. But I think that was because our situation was a bit more unique than others. My business was formally ran by my late husband. When he passed away it became my responsibility until our sons are able to take it over. I had to go into an already set business culture and make it my own. It took a while for the guys to figure that I am not and will not run everything exactly as my husband. Of course, there was a lot of things he did that I currently do. But some things had to go that were outdated and causing waste within the company. I do feel that I am more organized and able to think more outside of the box than my husband and other business owners for that matter. Because I am woman and never really associated with anything within the tree service world. I essentially bring a fresher perspective.
DO YOU USE THE SAME POWER TOOLS AS THE MEN OR ARE THERE A GIRL VERSION?
For the most part I spend my days in my office. The few times I had to go out into the field and help the guys because we were a few men short, I use the same tools as they did. So, no there into a girl version to a chainsaw or really any tool. I think the closest thing you can get is a electric chainsaw which we don’t really use.
ARE YOU AFRAID OF BEING HURT?
No more afraid of anyone else that deals with massive trees falling, climbing up fifty plus feet in air with nothing but a rope, harness, and helmet to keep you safe. We regular have schedule safety meetings and classes required and regulated by OSHA that teach us how to be safe, doing what we do. Although I maybe scared at times, I am also very prepared and educated on what I am suppose to do, as are those people around me. As their boss I know this to be a fact.
I enjoy what I do, but is this the path I would have set out for myself, of course not. I surely would not want my husband to die so shortly in our marriage, our lives. Leaving our children without their father and me without my husband, my best friend. However, this is the hand that we were dealt, so we must play what we have. I refuse to fold.