Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Starting a business with no money and going big


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-24-2007, 08:08 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,947
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

If you read this article, you see that this entrepreneur was really creative in how he got started. The average person isn't going to jump into the makeup business without some background in it. Well he had 12 years of background and was able to get his business going with no money, that's to creative thinking and a loan from a friend.

If you read this article what did you think of it?

Could any of this knowledge help you?

A cosmetics company's creative cash flow - I spent 12 years in the cosmetics industry in the U.S., where I grew up, and Europe before starting my company, Mascara Plus. It's a subcontractor based in Milan, and we sell to makeup companies, mostly in Europe.

Other subcontractors do all kinds of color cosmetics, but we produce only mascara. Large firms come to me and ask for a specific formulation - a mascara that lengthens lashes or adds volume or is waterproof. We put together some samples, and if they like what we've come up with, they place an order. We can handle big contracts - 200-liter batches of mascara, enough to fill 20,000 units - but when I launched the company in 2002, I had to do everything on a shoestring.

This is a capital-intensive business - it's hard to start from zero. Back then I had no factory and very little money (also no clients and no employees), so banks weren't likely to give me a loan. Instead I found an Italian who had a shampoo factory with a lab attached to it. I could use his equipment, but our products were different enough that I didn't have to worry about his stealing my formulas.

We hashed out a deal in which I could work in his labs to develop samples, and if I signed any I clients, I would have to use his facilities to manufacture the product. It was a good setup - I paid no money upfront, and it gave me access to a factory that I could show to clients.


__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-24-2007, 11:08 PM
KimKriel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That man has brains, its always a good idea to utilize previous work contacts to help you!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-25-2007, 06:12 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,947
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It's amazing isn't it how knowing the right people can really make all the difference in the world?

This entrepreneur really put his connections to work for him.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-25-2007, 06:50 PM
S.P.Martin Lawn Care
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

A dream, knowledge, and a willingness to roll the dice.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello from Alabama
pruzilla
Yesterday 01:20 PM
Today 08:14 AM
by pruzilla
2 40
Hello from Centreville!
Daveylawns
05-23-2016 09:04 AM
05-24-2016 04:08 PM
by Steve
1 62
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
05-23-2016 08:41 PM
by Steve
1 49
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
05-23-2016 09:06 AM
by Daveylawns
10 3,759
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
05-22-2016 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
8 277
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
05-21-2016 06:36 PM
by rmccutchan
2 69
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
05-20-2016 07:08 PM
by Stevenor92
8 196
Intro
LaraRahmani
05-18-2016 02:54 PM
05-19-2016 02:43 PM
by Steve
2 104
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
05-18-2016 07:34 PM
by Stevenor92
4 177
New mower!!!!
Stevenor92
05-18-2016 03:46 AM
05-18-2016 06:39 PM
by Stevenor92
2 108
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-18-2016 02:59 PM
by LaraRahmani
1,249 434,634
Stupid idea?
hopolb33
05-13-2016 11:25 AM
05-16-2016 11:22 AM
by Steve
1 149
Planting SKYBOUND CEDARS
FrankieeLawnz
05-13-2016 03:59 PM
05-16-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 133
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
05-15-2016 11:12 PM
by Tree geek
2 180
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-13-2016 11:15 AM
by Steve
11 374
Hello from great state...
Cel1980
05-11-2016 09:00 AM
05-13-2016 11:07 AM
by Steve
2 152
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
05-11-2016 03:54 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
10 418
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-09-2016 07:08 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
16 5,507
Echo SRM 230 trouble.
Jack Rabbit
05-08-2016 06:16 PM
05-08-2016 11:22 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 145
Toro ZTR Issues
rsanchez1203
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-07-2016 10:26 AM
by Steve
2 167
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
05-03-2016 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 281
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 287
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 328
» Popular Tags
advertising become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates free lawn care fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro increase customers jjandm lawncare landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:36 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:36 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy