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  • Starting My Lawn Care Business

    Hello

    I'm just starting the business, literally from the ground up. I have no equipment. I have had others do my lawn service and the reason why I'm starting a lawn care business is here.

    I'm spending the winter to get the equipment and knowledge about lawn care. I will be doing the GopherHaul Lawn Care Business School and recording my score, how I can apply the lessons to build my business and what I am finding using my own lawn as the field test area. It is 1 acre.

  • #2
    Lesson 1 take

    I just finished lesson 1 and passed. Grade:1%

    I do agree in keeping start up cost low and will be only purchasing equipment when needed.

    My reason for purchasing new is:
    New is less likely to brake down
    New has a longer warranty then used

    Any advise is greatly appreciated

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    • #3
      Lesson: Going legit

      I just finished lesson Going Legit. Grade:3%

      I have a C-corp that has been dormant and will setup the business with it.

      My reason for registering as a C Corp business:
      I wont to protect my personal assets.

      Any advise is greatly appreciated

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      • #4
        My Current Equipment List

        My current equipment list and cost:
        Push Mower:$150
        Gas Can:$10
        Gas:$7
        Spray Container:$10
        Weed&Grass Spray:$15
        Total:$192

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        • #5
          Choosing the right business name

          Current Grade:4%

          The name should reflect what I do.

          Just starting out, I will be mowing and trimming.

          So some names:
          Jackís Lawns Care
          Jackís Cut & Trim Lawn Care
          JackĒs Cut & Trim Lawn Service
          Cut & Trim Lawn Care
          Cut & Trim Lawn Service
          Cut & Trim Them Lawns

          Right now Iím leaning towards:
          Cut & Trim Them Lawns

          Sort of has a ring to it

          Any advise is greatly appreciated

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          • #6
            My current equipment list and cost:
            Push Mower:$150
            Gas Can:$10
            Gas:$7
            Spray Container:$10
            Weed&Grass Spray:$15
            Total:$192
            Update

            Just purchased a zero turn mower.
            Cost:$2300

            Total Now:$2,492

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            • #7
              Current Grade:4%

              The name should reflect what I do.

              Just starting out, I will be mowing and trimming.

              So some names:
              Jackís Lawns Care
              Jackís Cut & Trim Lawn Care
              JackĒs Cut & Trim Lawn Service
              Cut & Trim Lawn Care
              Cut & Trim Lawn Service
              Cut & Trim Them Lawns

              Right now Iím leaning towards:
              Cut & Trim Them Lawns

              Sort of has a ring to it

              Any advise is greatly appreciated

              Sure. If you want to sound like an uneducated hick.
              Sorry, but that's the "ring" it has when I hear it.



              Pretty amazing progress, btw. Will you have a several dump trucks and a crew of twenty by the end of today?

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              • #8
                Update

                Just purchased a zero turn mower.
                Cost:$2300

                Total Now:$2,492
                Try not to go too deep to fast, you will find plenty you need to buy to get started and you will also find your first few years are not that profitable in any business.
                I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the responses.

                  Hedgemaster
                  Yea your right. The names are kind of lame. I came to reason later on. Ha have to start with the names somewhere.

                  wandfsmall
                  All the equipment is paid for. No financing.

                  As the information from the link, if followed, states, i have to purchase equipment anyway for my own lawn care needs, i have none.

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                  • #10
                    Hey, your business name is a tough thing to figure out. I had all sorts of stupid crap on my list that after looking at again I wondered what I was thinking. LOL

                    Don't limit yourself by choosing a name that may not apply as you grow.
                    If you start out as "Bob's Mowing" and later expand into landscaping services, your potential clients will think that all you do is mow lawns.

                    Then there's the task of finding a name that isn't already registered. Big fun.

                    Good luck with it. If you've got the money to buy equipment right off the bat, you're off to a good start. Do good work and you will be just fine.

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                    • #11
                      Do you have any thought on the ideal size you would like your business to grow too? If you want to stay small, there are many potential names that can keep your business sounding fun, personable and small. While on the flip side, if you want to be larger and service commercial properties one day, you may want to create a name that reflects that.
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