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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Another start up thread


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 01-18-2012, 11:26 AM
tha5150 tha5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 0
tha5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks.

I plan on having a long discussion with a close friend who is in the biz. After being on this site and others, I have a lot of knowledgeable questions to ask; equipment related. We have been speaking of accounts for a while now and how to get started. Now its onto this 2k ish all in one package deal and what the number will actually be.

One good thing is, I could use my dads truck and not have to get rid of my car. That is until I quit my day job. I could use his on the weekends no problem So this cuts my cost down a bit too.


by the way, i am in Lakeland, FL. So if anyone wants to look on Craigslist and check Lakeland and Tampa out and give me some ideas of what i will be looking at for cost, I would greatly appreciate it!
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


  #12  
Old 01-18-2012, 11:44 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Does it snow in that part of the world?

I'm from Canada... wanna switch? My igloo has all the bells and whistles!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-18-2012, 11:50 AM
tha5150 tha5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 0
tha5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

oh its nice here right now. 75 degrees F!!!

but we just got over our cold weather.. high 30's lol



hey this guy just emailed me about my trade online.. here is what he has. i am asking for weed eater and blower along with trade and havent heard back yet.. whats your thoughts on this mower and i cant figure out how i would steer it. the stick? lol

https://plus.google.com/photos/11771...I6VkLy3j76hyAE

here is my ad

http://lakeland.craigslist.org/boa/2805799604.html

Quote:
Thanks for looking. This is a 1993 Scout 152 Fish model. extremely well maintained, no issues. This is one of 2 boats I own and looking to trade this for a commercial lawn service setup. Mower, edger, weed eater, blower and trailer. Depending on equipment condition I may add cash to deal or visa verse; if yours is older and not in great shape, you should add cash to deal. Not looking for riding lawn mower for home use. Must be commercial grade walk behind with wheel or sit on type.

I am an honest person, looking to start a side job. I would only like to deal with honest people as well. If you are interested in trading, please send all information about all of your equipment along with pictures. We could meet at the lake behind my house for a test drive if you want. Must have cash in hand or trailer/equipment ready to drop.

I find this boat to be worth a solid, honest 3k. Galvanized trailer is in great shape, tires are good, bearings good, winch, rollers, bunks, etc etc. no issues. Boat has 50hp Evinrude and starts EVERY TIME cold or not. 2stroke so uses little gas mixed 50/50. This boat is solid, sure its a 93 but looks great. Comes with 34lb foot control trolling motor mounted. Lights work, trim works on motor all the way up and down as it should. 4 rod holders that may be moved around boat to adjust to personal preference. Bimini and hardware top is brand new, 2 months old. Plenty of storage in back under the splash hood which slides forward and backwards to get to area. has 10 gallon gas tank and 2 batteries. Bilge pump works great. Also has to stainless seat bases for drop in chairs. In pictures below, I had yet to install the rear base. Front storage under casting deck and rear storage under seat in back.

Please let me know what you have. Any and all offers are taken into consideration. I will respond almost immediately if emailed during normal hours of the day.
Thank you for looking.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg boat1.jpg (12.6 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg boat2.jpg (9.1 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg boat3.jpg (12.0 KB, 2 views)
File Type: jpg boat4.jpg (10.3 KB, 1 views)
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-18-2012, 01:21 PM
tha5150 tha5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 0
tha5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

Just added more pictures of what he sent me. the Mower is a Dixie Chopper LT-2000-44 with a 20 Koler motor.

http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=15495

Please advise on the pics seen in the link. I am very inclined to make this trade. Keep in mind, i do not think all the edgers and weed eaters are included. maybe one of each, the blower is included though. and trailer of course.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-23-2012, 08:14 AM
tha5150 tha5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 0
tha5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

welp... did the trade. pretty excited. got 3 weed eaters, 1 edge, blower mower and trailer. ALSO, the guy wanted my fish finder, so i left it on for a pair of hedge trimmers. everything runs, pretty dirty, but runs.

blower needs straps, cable for throttle and fix a leaky gas tank.

everything else works fine, just needs a good cleaning.


question. can i spray everything down with degreaser and pressure wash all the dirt and grim out of everything? someone said i could but want to verify this. figured there is less water in a pressure washer vs the hose and i dont want to use a hose with a pressure nossle... make sense? let me know.



now its off to find accounts.


EDIT ** Here are some more pics i took. If anyone could help with model numbers i would appreciate it greatly.

RedMax Blower i think










Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0003.JPG (108.1 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0005.JPG (74.1 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0007.JPG (59.4 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0008.JPG (64.0 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0009.JPG (54.6 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0010.JPG (59.3 KB, 0 views)

Last edited by tha5150; 01-23-2012 at 08:25 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01-23-2012, 01:29 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,352
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Did he ever say why he was getting out of the business or offer you any business advice about getting customers in your area?
__________________
- 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
  #17  
Old 01-23-2012, 01:30 PM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 174
Rep Power: 3
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

that was an exceptional boat! i would have loved to have that (if i had 3k)
looks very good on the set up, (I wanna see the mower tho!) i am in the same process you are, my first season and all but i don't have a current job, i have school tho but still have tons of time to focus on the business, i have been reading books on how to start my business and everything.

I started writing my business plan Friday, I wasn't sure if it was really necessary to have one when I am just cutting people's grass.... but I am 25 pages in to it and it really is an eye opener. I am nearing completion of it and will be getting my professors to look at it over the week. Now that i have gotten in the process of writing the plan i would highly recommend you write one as well.

I would summarize a business plan as "putting your ideas on paper"

my professors really emphasize on the importance of having one, they say its a business's number one tool. if something isn't working, you go to your plan and change it to get it working the way it needs to be.

I have used this plan as a guideline, I would say its a pretty decent one (because they are still in business today) but, it is missing the financial parts which in my eyes are the most critical.
http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-...sinessPlan.pdf

Last edited by Chaz; 01-23-2012 at 01:32 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-23-2012, 01:40 PM
tha5150 tha5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 0
tha5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

here is the mower. good idea about the biz plan write out.

as for getting business from the guy, unfortunately no. he bought out another guy and some of this equipment came with the deal. so he basically bought
some accounts and got a boat haha








Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-23-2012, 02:10 PM
Chaz Chaz is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 174
Rep Power: 3
Chaz is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tha5150 View Post
Chaz,

how many miles were on that truck? geez thats cheap!!!


as for the trailer, i would not need one that is enclosed because i would keep my equipment in my garage for certain. This was it is safe, no need to pay for a shop. Only thing i would imagine an issue would be is the rear gate being too tale. i am sure i could figure something out though. Just remove it every night or something.. not sure but thats a small issue right now.
forgot to reply to this...
285k on the truck, but my previous car had 405k so that doesn't scare me.

it isnt an enclosed trailer it has sides that are 24" high, this trailer is excellent for mulch! I bought it off of craigslist for 1,000 the guy had bought it like the year before for 1,700 (had receipt) and said he used it about 4 times which it looked like.

they have cheap trailers all over craigslist for like $200+ but I wanted something that i know wasn't going to break. it has full size tires and everything. I also wanted the 24" sides to haul mulch and other things in, If i do a clean up job it is very convenient to load by hand on to a tarp and then just pull the tarp off of the trailer (depending on debris weight). With such tall sides it isnt too hard to secure 4x8 boards to extend the height.

this is a picture of it on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...5316428&type=1

The mower looks great, Dixie chopper is one of the top brands around here.

Last edited by Chaz; 01-23-2012 at 02:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-23-2012, 02:30 PM
tha5150 tha5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 93
Rep Power: 0
tha5150 is on a distinguished road
Default

ive thought about getting rid of the enclosed trailer and doing one like yours. but i am in a tossup. i see most end up getting enclosed if they can afford it and obviously is better for bad weather and could be used for many things. throwing trash after clean up wouldnt happen though. would but then i have a huge cleanup when i get home. problem is the weight. but not too bad and could deal with it with the right vehicle. still need to get a hitch installed on my dads Isuzu Trooper 1998. wife's 2008 Mazda CX-9 would work but don't want to get it dirty. its the baby mobile.

once and if and when i get this off the ground, i will defiantly pick up a truck.

as for the mower, runs GREAT! i think it is a great starter for me and yes, one of the better brands. i know by means is this a top of the line mower but confident it will do ME right..
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Motivational Thread element009 General Talk 26 12-07-2011 06:43 PM
Virus! (not on the thread lol) CHEESE2009 Community Assistance 8 03-02-2010 11:44 AM
that realtor thread krustie Starting a lawn care business. 1 04-09-2009 05:43 PM
Dream Car Thread Steve General Talk 5 07-31-2007 10:31 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
Yesterday 10:51 PM
Yesterday 10:51 PM
by SouthallMowing
0 21
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 09:27 PM
by Robertf31
5 175
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 614
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
Yesterday 07:41 AM
by stevef1201
9 524
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-13-2014 10:44 PM
by Robertf31
1 172
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,771
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-13-2014 03:06 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
49 6,294
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-13-2014 02:35 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
18 1,042
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-13-2014 02:30 PM
by stevef1201
18 4,555
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
by Dan Tanner
0 111
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-13-2014 12:34 PM
by Dan Tanner
7 2,925
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-13-2014 12:33 PM
by kslawn
2 192
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
by Jibber
0 127
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-13-2014 12:12 PM
by kslawn
11 891
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-13-2014 12:03 PM
by Jibber
2 693
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-13-2014 10:46 AM
by SouthallMowing
4 808
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
by Northwoods Outdoors
0 127
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-13-2014 08:38 AM
by Northwoods Outdoors
28 1,578
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
by stevef1201
0 129
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-12-2014 03:08 PM
by Chaz
8 414
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,059
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 627
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,351
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 835
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,428
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 337
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,078
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,128
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-08-2014 12:02 PM
by Steve
11 827
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 535
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 817
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,580
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 902
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 513
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 477
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 553
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 573
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 825
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 897
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 799
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-02-2014 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 715
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 784
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 711
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
09-01-2014 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 896
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 1,197
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 333,427
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 1,304
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 820
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 4,527
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 944
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment lawn care estimate article marketing bid care charge collections subcontractor commercial credit card ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark fall ferris financing four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes health honda how much to charge hydraulic installation landscape services lawn lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mow mulch mulch price native plants new buisness new business outdoor environments patio install podcast push versus ride scag scag v-ride schedule search engine optimization seo snow plowing starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 AM.

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