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Why did you pick that figure? What's your thoughts on this?


Is there any other equipment currently on your 'to get list'?
How did I come up with this number
truck-$2850
New weed eater- 300
Riding mower- 1200
Other misc tools such as chipper, trimmers, maintenance items for equipment- 400. It adds up fast. I started out by giving myself a personal loan for 5K and have about expended that and still don't have everything I will need. Still on my list is a nice tiller, Tiller and plow attachments for riding mower, Attachments for new WW, new trailer so on and so forth. With what I have already spent and with whats on my to get list we have exceeded my figure of 10k. Its important to note that one dose not need what I have or what I want to run a business like this. I just have no spending cap so if I want it or need it I get it. One can just as easily keep a customer happy mowing 2 acres with a push mower while I do it with my rider but the part I like is I will be home on my 3rd Corona while "one" is filling up there 24th tank of gas trying to finish before the day is over. I like the wham bam thank you mam way of doing it. Get in, get out, get paid.
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No, no...credit isn't the issue. Well, sorta.

I already have a Lowe's card, but we're in the middle (technically the beginning) of becoming debt free - no credit cards, no mortgage, no car payment, etc....thank you, Dave Ramsey! The objective here is to just not be a slave to money - rather, make it work for me. So taking on MORE debt would be counterproductive at this point.

As long as I know I'm not shooting myself in the foot for having to actually turn down business initially, I can live with that. Fortunately this isn't my main source of income yet!
Its my opinion that turning down reasonable business for any reason is already a shot in the foot. Thats why I do it this way. The only person I am in debt with is my wife for not slapping me when I brought home all my new toys. The only job I ever turned down is mowing 2 acres of dead weeds with my push mower in the middle of fire season in N cali "for obvious reasons" Other than that I get a request, Give the bid, get the job then go buy what I need to do it efficiently. The next time a similar job comes up I already have what I need. On the other hand my workshop is getting rather full of equipment I rarely use.
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Respectfuly, you just let 5 1/2 acres of mowing go? I would think that would be a toro 54"+ commercial ZTR mower monthly payment easy. plus a little beer money for us all! jump on it!

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Respectfuly, you just let 5 1/2 acres of mowing go? I would think that would be a toro 54"+ commercial ZTR mower monthly payment easy. plus a little beer money for us all! jump on it!
I agree. The way I run my business I would tough it out with my weed whackers and some hired help until I could buy a rider. I actually did just recently if you remember cut a 1 acre fire break with a weed eater. Got paid good and got a loyal customer for life.
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