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Old 04-22-2013, 06:28 AM
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Well let's get this together for you.

If you buy a zero turn, and keep the trailer you have now, you can't take your walk behind with you. You would have to mow that one yard and then go back to get your walk behind to mow your other yards, I don't know how far you live from here but that waste time and money.

A good used 16 ft trailer will run around 1,500 to 2,000 (landscape trailer). You could sell your current trailer to help offset the cost because I doubt you will use a trailer that small in the future if you have a bigger one.

With the bigger trailer you could fit both a zero turn and a walk behind and a couple push mowers.

Sounds like you did good on the job.

And I don't know what your credit is like but Sheffield financial offers 0% interest financing. A 5,000 mower comes out to $70 a month or so. If your mowing that place for $100 a week or more the cost is very easily offset by that one account. Before you make the decision to do all of this, you should see if with your other account, would you still be able to afford this new equipment if you lost your new account? If not, then I would say don't do it. It could ruin your business from a financial standpoint.
I had a guy when I started, who has been in business for 50 years, ran several fortune 500 companies, tell me the most important thing in business-NEVER buy equipment for one customer. If you buy equipment to take care one customer, you better get several more quickly, so that if you lose the one customer you are not screwed.
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I had a guy when I started, who has been in business for 50 years, ran several fortune 500 companies, tell me the most important thing in business-NEVER buy equipment for one customer. If you buy equipment to take care one customer, you better get several more quickly, so that if you lose the one customer you are not screwed.
Agreed.

Thats a HUGE risk to buy equipment based off landing 1 customer.

In the OP's case, I'd bid the job and mow with the current mowers he has. Then as the customers grow, so should his equipment.
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I quoted the guy 275 for the initial service and got the job.
How long were you estimating this job would take you?

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well with the condition of the neglected yard It took me around 6 hours. Now I got to shoot him a quote for a weekly service and just don't know what to charge. He claims the previous guy charged him $200 a month but since Its out of the general are that I would like to target and since it so big I couldn't see myself doing it for any less than $475 monthly with the equipment I have. It would be my first actual yard to service weekly. Most of the other business I get are people who let their yard go till they either get tired of looking at it or get a notice from the county to cut it. This is my first month in business pretty much so I'm doing alot of figuring out as I go.
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how long did each part of the job take?

If your doing this part time then investing in equipment isnt smart. If you plan on doing this for a living its a must.

I bought my equipment as needed or as the right deal came along.
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well with the condition of the neglected yard It took me around 6 hours. Now I got to shoot him a quote for a weekly service and just don't know what to charge. He claims the previous guy charged him $200 a month but since Its out of the general are that I would like to target and since it so big I couldn't see myself doing it for any less than $475 monthly with the equipment I have. It would be my first actual yard to service weekly. Most of the other business I get are people who let their yard go till they either get tired of looking at it or get a notice from the county to cut it. This is my first month in business pretty much so I'm doing alot of figuring out as I go.
Yeah from the sounds of it I think you should have done more research before starting your business. I wouldn't go getting any kind of equipment just for one particular customer. What type of marketing are you doing? That sucks how you are only getting calls from people with overgrown lawns, mainly because that's harder on your equipment. What are your plans to correct this? Also as far as figuring out what to charge the customer, you better play it safe or you'll lose him quicker than lightning and that will be the end of it. What is your game plan until you get the "right" customers and start getting "actual" money coming in to where you can afford to grow? I am very curious on this.
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Yeah from the sounds of it I think you should have done more research before starting your business. I wouldn't go getting any kind of equipment just for one particular customer. What type of marketing are you doing? That sucks how you are only getting calls from people with overgrown lawns, mainly because that's harder on your equipment. What are your plans to correct this? Also as far as figuring out what to charge the customer, you better play it safe or you'll lose him quicker than lightning and that will be the end of it. What is your game plan until you get the "right" customers and start getting "actual" money coming in to where you can afford to grow? I am very curious on this.
This is what happens when a homeowner calls the established companies and get estimates in the 100s for their overgrown yard. They figure out no established company will do it for less then 3-5 times the normal cut price. So they call the new guys to find a sucker. Once the yard is back in shape these types are known to go price shopping again.

You can tell the guy is lying his *** off claiming the last guy was at $50 a cut. Thats what he wanted to pay not what he was charged.
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This is what happens when a homeowner calls the established companies and get estimates in the 100s for their overgrown yard. They figure out no established company will do it for less then 3-5 times the normal cut price. So they call the new guys to find a sucker. Once the yard is back in shape these types are known to go price shopping again.

You can tell the guy is lying his *** off claiming the last guy was at $50 a cut. Thats what he wanted to pay not what he was charged.
Couldn't have said it better myself Sect. LOL
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GreenBlue I didn't have much of a option to research much.I just got terminated from my previous job of 5 years after my position was filled when I was on leave for an injury that occurred at work. I got a small settlement that I saw as enough to get me started and had been wanting to start a lawn business for a few years now. As far as advertising I have just finished making a flyer to blanket the neighborhoods I want to target. Most of the overgrown jobs I have landed are from craigslist(What a surprise). I'm also trying to put myself out there as much as possible speaking with friends and family trying to get them to spread the word also.
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GreenBlue I didn't have much of a option to research much.I just got terminated from my previous job of 5 years after my position was filled when I was on leave for an injury that occurred at work. I got a small settlement that I saw as enough to get me started and had been wanting to start a lawn business for a few years now. As far as advertising I have just finished making a flyer to blanket the neighborhoods I want to target. Most of the overgrown jobs I have landed are from craigslist(What a surprise). I'm also trying to put myself out there as much as possible speaking with friends and family trying to get them to spread the word also.
I'm sorry about your misfortune, isn't it illegal for a employer to terminate you if you are on leave from an injury? It sounds like you are doing good on the advertising aspect. Craigslist is pretty good at attracting customers who have overgrown lawns, my cousin got alot of those phone calls when he had his lawn service. Is there a way you can upload what your flyer looks like on here? I might seem like sort of a hardball, but I'm a tell it like it is type of person and sometimes people take that the wrong way, but I don't beat around the bush on stuff. My business experience comes from what I learned in college getting my business management degree and also from me owning an advertising company a few years back that I sold. I'll be the same way with my customers when my lawn business is up and running, not going to hide anything from them and going to tell them everything upfront that way there's no surprises when my work for them is done. You are doing pretty good though so far and I firmly believe your business will take off soon enough my friend.

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