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christubes 04-12-2013 09:19 AM

Newer than New!!!
 
Hello everyone,

I am so new to the Lawn Care business that I haven't even done anything yet! I am currently doing a ton of research on equipment, marketing, business aspects like accounting, software, invoices and receipts, what services I feel comfortable offering, funding, etc. I live in Upstate NY.

I am looking to purchase a small trailer (5x10, 5x12), an OK push mower, and a zero turn mower. My dad used to work for a Husqvarna dealer, so he has a nice backpack blower and a nice trimmer for me. Also has an aerator, roller, wagon, and fertilizer spreader. I have found a 2012 Cub Cadet steering wheel style zero turn with only 7.2 hrs on it for a really good price. Now just looking to get my tralier so I can purchase the mower and get all set up. then I was thinking I would start putting out flyers and create my website. I only plan on mowing on the weekends for now, and then hope to turn it into a full scale business by next spring/summer. Any advice would be great! I've already learned a lot looking through this forum!

Sprinkler Buddy 04-12-2013 09:29 AM

I wouldn't worry about a website if your just doing it on weekends. Once you get your feet wet and decide to go full time then spend the money on website, etc...

I have seen so many try to have it all off the bat and most decide soon after this line of work isn't for them. No refunds after the money has been spent.

Welcome to the forum.

christubes 04-12-2013 10:05 AM

Thanks Sprinkler Buddy
 
Thank you for the advice. I have a feeling I will have no problems actually enjoying the work. I currently sit behind a desk all day, and wish I was outside enjoying the weather. I have always liked doing lawn work, and have a degree in business so I think it will be something right up my ally. Oh and I don't want to have to answer to anyone anymore!

christubes 04-12-2013 10:11 AM

Begginer's question
 
Since I am new, and will start out doing this as a side business, do I have to open a seperate business checking acct for the money I will be making? I am just not sure how potential customers might feel if they are writing me a check and I ask them to make it out to my name personally. Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? Do customers feel suspicious if the check is going to a person rather than "xyz Lawn Care", etc? And what about the tax aspects? Thats a whole 'nother issue I'm sure!

Sprinkler Buddy 04-12-2013 10:32 AM

I would get a business name and bank account for the business. Small or large company it's best to be legit from the start in my opinion and Uncle Sam's.

"I don't want to have to answer to anyone anymore! "

You'll be answering to every customer you have. lol It does have its pros and cons like anything else.

Steve 04-12-2013 02:06 PM

Welcome to our forum! I look forwards to your updates as the season progresses.

phouse65 04-12-2013 04:03 PM

I would make sure all your equipment will fit on a 5x10 or 5x12. For just a small amount more you can get a a 6x12 which gives you a bit more room. My zero turn barely fits in (width) and I have used all my wall space to be able to fit a push mower in behind the zero turn. Think of the future of where you want to be and what equipment it will take. That will help you purchase the right equipment once.

willshome 04-12-2013 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sprinkler Buddy (Post 125596)
I wouldn't worry about a website if your just doing it on weekends. Once you get your feet wet and decide to go full time then spend the money on website, etc...

If you do want a site maybe just a page will do for now go daddy is like $15 a year with one page and domain name. When you need to upgrade you can but you have the name now cheap

GreenBlue 04-12-2013 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by christubes (Post 125595)
Hello everyone,

I am so new to the Lawn Care business that I haven't even done anything yet! I am currently doing a ton of research on equipment, marketing, business aspects like accounting, software, invoices and receipts, what services I feel comfortable offering, funding, etc. I live in Upstate NY.

I am looking to purchase a small trailer (5x10, 5x12), an OK push mower, and a zero turn mower. My dad used to work for a Husqvarna dealer, so he has a nice backpack blower and a nice trimmer for me. Also has an aerator, roller, wagon, and fertilizer spreader. I have found a 2012 Cub Cadet steering wheel style zero turn with only 7.2 hrs on it for a really good price. Now just looking to get my tralier so I can purchase the mower and get all set up. then I was thinking I would start putting out flyers and create my website. I only plan on mowing on the weekends for now, and then hope to turn it into a full scale business by next spring/summer. Any advice would be great! I've already learned a lot looking through this forum!

Welcome to the forum, I'm in the same boat as you, still need to get the business registered in my state, and get a business license, but I already have the blower, trimmers, and edgers I'll be using. Just waiting on funding to get a 21 inch commercial push mower, 32 commercial mower, and 36 inch commercial mower, a website, business cards, and some other things. I am not wanting to start out too big, so I'll get a 52 inch commercial mower down the road after I've grown into my business if I need it, probably won't though. My main income stream will be residential and small commercial properties. I also need to get a 6 x 10 enclosed trailer, and a trimmer rack, 2 gas can racks, a blower rack, a garden tool rack, and a tool box. Everything has been going good but the funding part is what is taking awhile, it could be sometime next year before we are actually open for business - not exactly trying to rush because I want to make sure I understand everything, as I am still learning about various services.....it is a work in progress. :)

Matther777 04-12-2013 10:31 PM

Yes Welcome! I wouldn't worry about getting a bank account for the business just yet. if you start off just doing weekends you should be fine by using your name. If you get a bank account for business you then will need the Articles of Organization and the EIN. I am not saying you don't want that I am just saying you may want to wait on that until you want to do this full time. Sounds like you have some nice equipment to start with :D I am kind of new to this as well and am willing to help. We are here to help. :D


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