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resurectionlawn
07-23-2008, 07:30 PM
WHAT DID YOU START WITH

So where did you start. . Did you have a big bank roll to start your business? Did you build from nothing, and built as business went?

Tell us some startup stories.

AND WHAT UP DID YOU ENDUP WITH

billslawn89
07-23-2008, 07:56 PM
well here goes...started up in ohio back in 1989, borrowed 3,000.00 from my in-laws, ya of all people, that money got paid back real quick! :laugh: anyways borrowed the money to buy a trailer, two 36 inch walk behinds, one lesco and the other an exmark which was pretty beat up, couple weed eaters/blowers, they were junk, from this guy that didn't want to mow anymore...trailer was like new and the lesco was only a couple years old. paid him the money for equipment and his customers. this was in the fall. i started calling his clients and i guess this guy told all of them that he was quitting, starting calling and just about every answer i got from the clients was, " i found somebody already". so i just threw his list away and started advertising in the paper and word of mouth and started growing from scratch. was a hard first couple years, but built up the business, keep it for 17 years and now moved to florida and starting all over again looking for clients. its been two years here now and doing pretty good so far...keep advertising and call coming in...totally different here as in ohio..alot of lowballers here to compete with, but doing good though.....being dependable and reliable is the key, plus you must like what you do! :dancing:

bohiaa
07-23-2008, 08:32 PM
I started with nothing, built up and it was tough, seems that about the time I get a few dollars built up I had to spend it to get new equiptment, seems that I never got ahead.
However those days are over, and it's VERY NICE NOT to owe someone or a bnak for a huge ammount,

Looks like ya can go this way or that, It takes a while before your free and clear.

Good luck to ya

lawnprosteveo
07-23-2008, 09:24 PM
I had a Murray push mower and a homelite trimmer and an OLD Ford Ranger....and no clue what I was or should be doing.

Six yrs later, I have a very nice clientele (40 weekly). I run a Deere Quik Trak, Toro wb, Toro 21 prolines, Shindaiwa handhelds..all toted on a 14' landscaping trailer pulled by a Ford F250 work truck. Thanks to hard work and help from the Lord.

Had no cash...paid most of it by credit card. Its all paid for now. If you can do it without credit, thats best. But poor folks have poor ways.

txgrassguy
07-23-2008, 10:21 PM
I started with an '81 Mercedes diesel wagon, a 5X8 tilt trailer, a used scag 36" walk behind, a Homelite handtrimmer, one Stihl combi unit and a Murray 21" push mower.
I soon added a M-F (there's a reason these pos tractors have the initials M freakin F), an old 83 F150 4X4 truck, a Harley Power Box Rake - all for installs and commenced to struggle mightily.
Fast forward seven years, I own free and clear over $100K worth of equipment, run three trucks, two crews and '08 started really well.
My divorce took care of almost $200K in money paid out and some immediate contracts that my wonderful ex-wife managed to destroy (which so far has cost me slightly over $310K in lost gross revenue), down to five full time guys plus a part time secretary.
The high note? Well, I'm not getting shot at anymore (really a true story - which is why I try to watch Cops on Friday nights as I am hoping to see my ex), landscape installs are moving along quite well, and I am still bringing in around $42K/month.
I figure no more than two months and I'll be alright.

deere615
07-23-2008, 10:38 PM
I started pushin a 21inch around my nieghborhood, now I have a truck and mower/bigger mowers. I would like to get a bigger truck though

JohnnyRoyale
07-23-2008, 10:43 PM
I traded in my 89 Ford Escort Gt as a down payment on my first plow truck in 96. Today I run 5 crews, three maintenance, 2 construction, employ 21 full time, own 9 trucks, 9 trailers, 8 mowers, including 6 ztrs and 2 wams, a Bobcat 773, Cat 257, JCB 212, Yanmar 55, IT28 Loader, CAT 416, D3 Dozer, a Johnson Sweeper, 2 Mad Vacs, attachments for all pieces-breaker, auger, forks, broom, packer, all kinds of small stuff, a house, a shop, a couple of rental properties, and a bunch of other stuff. All is paid for, (except for the rental properties) and this is my list as of now, 2 years ago there was more, but were downsizing our winter operation and have sold off alot of our winter gear. This business has taken 65-70 hours a week of my life since its beginning, now a 50 hour week feels like a long week. I dont work nights, or weekends anymore, usually home by 4 during the week, earlier on Fridays, vacation 2-3 times a year. The last 12 years have had its challenges, but I'm glad I started it when I did, living at home, with no expenses. I'm 34 now, and figure I'll probably scale back a bit more in the next couple of years, or move onto something more exciting, like flying a chopper for the police force (my lifelong dream).

corey4671
07-23-2008, 10:46 PM
started with a 22" high wheel Murray push mower and grass shears! I was 15. used my high school graduation gift money that everybody else was going to florida on to buy a 5x8 tilt trailer and make a down payment on a Cub Cadet 2135 tractor. click the link in my sig to see what I have now.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
07-24-2008, 11:17 AM
I had a Murray push mower and a homelite trimmer and an OLD Ford Ranger....and no clue what I was or should be doing.

Six yrs later, I have a very nice clientele (40 weekly). I run a Deere Quik Trak, Toro wb, Toro 21 prolines, Shindaiwa handhelds..all toted on a 14' landscaping trailer pulled by a Ford F250 work truck. Thanks to hard work and help from the Lord.

Had no cash...paid most of it by credit card. Its all paid for now. If you can do it without credit, thats best. But poor folks have poor ways.

Good story!
I started last year with my Ford Escape, 21" Toro (yes, I folded up the Toro and lifted it into the Escape:), and ambition to do a good job for people. Only had 2-3 consistent jobs last year, way part time. This season, up to 10 weeklies and lots of trimming and landscape jobs. As above, the Lord to thank.

QualityLawnCare4u
07-24-2008, 11:29 AM
I started with a ugly homemade trailor, rusty dodge caravan, a worn out murray, homelite weedeater and a borrowed hand held blower, with 4 clients. I was actually financially better off then than now.

white1
07-24-2008, 04:54 PM
Cashed out my 401k after swapping jobs. Took a big hit, but been wanting to do this for a while, and my credit is shot from a divorce.
Bought a slightly used 6x12 trailer from a friend, a 48" Hustler, Shindaiwa trimmers, and backpack. Then my transmission in my Chevy went out, so I picked up a Dakota from a friend.
Started part time with an add in the paper. Got laid off and went full time. Im gaining clients every week, but its still slow. Thankfully its all paid for

hackitdown
07-24-2008, 04:57 PM
I started with no equipment except a handheld blower and a 21" Murray. I spent about $500 on marketing and advertising. As soon as I signed up a couple of customers, I bought a 48" Gravely WB, a 14' open trailer and a Stihl trimmer. That worked for 1 year.

Year 2: I sold the WB, bought a 52" ZTR w/collector, hedge clippers, a WB and BP blower. Worked solo.
Year 3: I bought a 48" stander, a dethatcher, an aerator, 2nd BP blower, and another trimmer. Hired help 1 or 2 days per week.
Year 4: I bought a 3/4 ton, dump insert, plow, 16' trailer. Help is 5 days per week.

Paid cash for it all...

Mike Blevins
07-24-2008, 06:13 PM
After alot of research and demos I bought a 52" Scag Wildcat,6 1/2 x12 trailer, honda push mower and redmax blowers and trimmers on 12 months same as cash and paid it off the first 8 months. Sold the Wildcat (mistake) and bought a 52 tiger. Sold the 52" tiger and also bought a 61" Tiger and 36 walk. Sold the walk still have the 61" and more redmax handhelds,trailer and old truck. Still going solo with 30 accounts weekly. :usflag:

owneroppie
07-24-2008, 07:25 PM
Been buying equipment for next season start-up. plan to pick up some accounts this year also.

still need a good 21" mower

ALC-GregH
07-24-2008, 07:41 PM
From reading all the posts, it sounds like everyone started out as a low baller! :D
Oh yeah, the equipment listed is what I started out with 2 months ago or added in the last 2 months. Still paying. :(

lawnprosteveo
07-24-2008, 09:16 PM
From reading all the posts, it sounds like everyone started out as a low baller! :D:(
I was a lowballer because I didnt know any different. But from reading this website and learning from others in the biz, I learned how to price myself where I could stay in business.

STIHL GUY
07-24-2008, 09:20 PM
i started when i was 10 with a 21'' clippers and a pushbroom. 6 years later Saved up to pay for everything in my sig without borrowing money

corey4671
07-24-2008, 09:20 PM
I was a lowballer because I didnt know any different. But from reading this website and learning from others in the biz, I learned how to price myself where I could stay in business.

amen to that! I'm so glad I found this site. Didn't realize how much I WAS doing wrong!

topsites
07-24-2008, 11:54 PM
Try a 28-year old 1974 F-250 with, we guessed, well past 400,000 miles on it.
It was scary to drive, here are the high points:

1. No working windshield wipers, found out about Rain-X.
2. No radio, the heat was just enough, don't even think about a/c or cc or tilt wheels or bucket seats LMAO!
3. The paint job, dollar-store spray paint cans.
4. The steering was loose.
4b. Wheel alignment, are you kidding me?
5. The brakes worked somewhat, sometimes, not as well on some wheels as on others.
6. Check oil daily, yes it leaked, yes I used to buy it by the case.
7. Brake fluid liked to leak too, the brake pedal felt spongy and would travel to the floor in some sort of order, frequent advanced pumping was a stopping requirement, do NOT forget to check the level every day!
8. 5-8 mpg's, then there was something about that dang filler neck it would constantly shut off the fuel nozzles... One had to fill'er up slowly and frequently, I used to say "10 dollars and 10 minutes at the station, every day"
9. The window cranks usually worked, either roll it up or put it down, but leave it there!
10. The engine was a 390 cid Cleveland, the same one that was in the 1974 Ford Torino from Starsky & Hutch... Except that by 2002 it was slightly more wore out.
11. Points ignition system, need I say more?

Good things:
Gas was cheap, a buck a gallon.
Same with oil, 89-99 cents a quart.
The coolant system was intact and in good working order (amazing but nice).
Very easy to work on, absolutely no electronics or vacuum or any other horse crap.
It only stalled out and cut off on me for no reason in the middle of anywhere a few times.
And, with very little in terms of repairs it lasted a whole season.

The trailer was new. :p

jsw2008
07-24-2008, 11:55 PM
I started in 2006 with a Murray push mower, an cordless Black and Decker blower:laugh:, and a Troy Bilt weedeater all thrown in the back of my Suburban making 400/month gross if I was lucky. Now I run a Hustler Fastrack Super Duty 48, Snapper 21 Hi Vac push, Stihl KM 90 trimmer with lots of attachments, Echo HC 150 hedge trimmer, Husqvarna back pack blower. All on a 6.5 x 12 tandem axle custom trailer that I built at the end of last year. I feel very blessed to have been able to grow my business in such a short time.

dapiccolawn
07-25-2008, 12:30 PM
I started with a old Montgomery Wards 42" Rider, homelite blower, weedwacker, and a 1987 Dodge D100 Ram pickup.

Now we're up to 3 Trucks: F-450 CC stake Dump, F-250 4x4 + plow, Ranger
3 Exmark riders, 1 Toro Walkbehind and countless small equipment.
New Holland Skid loader, countless construction small equipment

etc etc etc... I liked the solo days, but it's a lot more fun with more toys now! Slow and steady wins the race. With a plan anything is possible.

-Dave


WHAT DID YOU START WITH

So where did you start. . Did you have a big bank roll to start your business? Did you build from nothing, and built as business went?

Tell us some startup stories.

AND WHAT UP DID YOU ENDUP WITH

railman
07-25-2008, 09:24 PM
I started with a 21" mtd bolens push mower, a electric black and decker edger(pita), a featherlite weed eater, a featherlite handheld blower. worked for me for the past 2 years with 11 accounts.

saved up enough money to pay cash for a jd ztr and a 5x10 trailer which was puchased may 2008. after buying ztr and trailer I advertised on craigslist and handed out flyers and now im at 34 accounts. as time went by since MAY I have been purchasing new STIHL equipment all paid for in cash from lawn mowing. no debt.

all other equipment on my sig was given to me by my father as a back up equipment. I told him that once I buy my ztr that he will never have to cut his lawn again.

next years plan is to advertise early and double the number of accounts and buy a commercial ztr and a walk behind. looking at bad boy for ztr and quick 32 for wb. hope I can save enough money to pay cash again.

Cashio13
07-26-2008, 01:38 AM
Year 1: Just graduated high-school, wanted to do something i was good at. Started off with my friends jeep wrangler and a 4x8 metal/wood trailer. Had a couple clients here and there. Mowed 1 lawn with the house owners 48" bobcat.

Year 2: Took out $3000 loan from the bank, bought a brand new Husqvarna 36" Hydro Drive )"Tough name, Tough Equipment." After that we knew we needed a better trailer so we stripped the wood siding off it, got it down to the frame, built up the sides to about 4 feet, and enclosed it in with wire mesh. This was the year that we started buying the array of yard tools. Gained more clients with our own equipment. Purchased 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport extended cab.

Year 3: Bought a Lesco 48" Hydro Drive (straight cash homie) Almost tripled our clientele base from year two. Gained more knowledge, gained more skill. With two mowers came the need for a bigger trailer. Got a free 1950's camper, demolished it down to the frame, welded angle iron bottom supports and 2 foot angle iron sides, laid down pressure treated planks for the floor, hooked up a wacker rack, picked up a Scotts 21" mower, 2 homelite ez start trimmers, and a homelite blower. As for the 4x4x8 trailer, its an ideal trailer to carry about 5-6 yards of mulch or debris for spring/fall/junk clean-ups.

Its nice to see my business coming a long way from when we started out and i am happy to see everyone else on this site doing so well. This site is continuing to teach me so much that i need to know about being a landscape artist. Keep adding...i hope to read more start-up stories.

David Thompson
07-27-2008, 01:34 PM
I started out debt free by using some cash from a 401-k plan and bought a used dodge 2500 truck a used scag turf tiger 61 inch a used 36 inch snapper belt drive walk behind and hit the pawn shops for used trimmers and blowers. I rebuilt the trimmer and blowers and had no trouble with them untill the second season.
I knocked on every door in 3 counties that had any thing to do with property management. I landed 3 apartment complexes as my first jobs other than family.
My trailer got stolen with the scag and snapper on it so I found a used exmark walk behind with a blown motor and installed a new one and kept working. I had to borrow a trailer from a drunk neighbor for a couple of weeks and was able to pay him with beer. Now am back up to 2 zero turns 2 walk behinds and an enclosed trailer with a lojack installed.
David

DBL
07-27-2008, 02:15 PM
me and my brother started out about 5 years ago with our dads john deere riding mowing that we put in the back of our chevy pick up...now we have 5 trucks 2 trailers a shop and 7 employees

TPendagast
07-27-2008, 06:30 PM
I've started up 3 times in my life.
The first time in 1989 a bought a trailer, a bobcat 48" belt drive, stihl chainsaw and a shindaiwa weed eater with no trimmer head guard, from my sisters boyfreind, and a 78 f1504x4 with a plow from alocal nursery.
It lasted a year, I joined the military to go fight in the first gulf war.
was never successful.
Continued to work for a freind (reserve military status for a few years) then went military full time.
medically discharged in 1999, I went to work for TRugreen Landcare anda few other places and eventually was urged by many to start my own.
2001 I started with my old 48"bobcat (from the first business) and I hadh had two pickups (my wifes and mine) a 94 f350 and a 95 dodge 2500 v10.
With in a month I hada trailer (used) an exmark 60" rider and a new 44" toro wb several backpakcs and weed whackers.
That same year I hired my stepson to come work for me full time.
Within a year I was running multuple trucks, dixie choppers left and right and had the largest lawn cutting business in the area.
Divorce.
(guess i spent too much time at work)

About a year after the divorce (it was supposed to be a family business) I just up an quit, moved west got remarried and went into designing and project management.

Got hassled for the last couple of yearsto start my own again.
Finally did.
But the divorce wasnt that long ago, and credit still is horrible because of it.
some were out there I still owe the last 268$ payment on a dixie chopper.... Im sure theyve written off the bad debt by now.
With no money, we started out renting a huskie 21" to cut acouple lawns. I had hand tools left from the last business and rented a mini ex for our first install.
Went to money tree, borrowed $1000 based on first months revenue an signed contracts we had to buy a throughly used 36" scag with velkie.

Tomorrow we pick up 2 6x12 trailers, a 48" Toro mower (hydro) , 2 ariens snow blowers and a plethora weed whackers, ladders and back pack blowers.
Basically, we put another company out of business, they couldnt make the payments so their creditor approached us and asked if we wanted the stuff.
How did we put them out of business? We answered the phone.
75% of our work is his last years work. I never knew what his prices were, so there was no way I could under bid him, I just simply showed up.

20 lawns (weekly) plus several Hoas, and with in months of offically starting the business we just turned down our first $40000 plus install due to too much backlog.

This area is well known for people who do crappy work and are unreliable.
It isnt hard to make them look bad.
However, because of the short season, customers are very demanding and want things done now, even more so than anywhere else. AND you have to get in as much as possibleto pay your rent and power bill through the long winter.

dura to the max
07-27-2008, 08:40 PM
started w/ a borrowed push mower and trimmer. now i usually have at least one z and one w/b but at times we have more, i buy used so it all depends on what deals i've found and can flip and make $$$ on.

TPendagast
07-27-2008, 08:47 PM
....i buy used so it all depends on what deals i've found and can flip and make $$$ on.

So are you an equipment dealer or a lawn cutter?:laugh::laugh::laugh:

dura to the max
07-27-2008, 08:50 PM
So are you an equipment dealer or a lawn cutter?:laugh::laugh::laugh:

LOL, im in lawn care, but i can make good money and always have newer equipment that suits my needs and come out on top buying and selling used.

farmboy52787
07-27-2008, 09:01 PM
Started when i was 19 in 2006, got a loan from my uncle and bought a guys equipment who got out of the landscaping business, it was 16' landscape trailer, 2003 26HP GHS Walker Mower and a Maruyama Powerhead with various attachments, used a Ford Ranger to pull the trailer and just mowed my families dairy farm, my uncles horse farm and 2 other customers. That winter, I bought a used 2006 Chevy 3500 with a plow and started plowing, only had one customer and my families farm. Year 2 got up to 9 total mowing customers, bought a Billy Goat debris loader for fall Cleanups, Stihl trimmers, backpack blower, that winter, I bought a sander and a snowblower for the walker and i got 22 driveways and 2 parking lots to plow, year 3 got up to 34 mowing customers, now down to 31, because some have sold there homes, bought a 3500 GMC Diesel Rack Body that dumps, enclosed trailer, another Walker, some more handheld tools and I'm keeping busy all the time with a helper on the weekends. I counted the other day and I have done work for 76 different people/businesses, whether its plowing there driveway, doing a cleanup or dump run, or mowing, or mulch. So i guess i started with decent equipment and not a push mower like some people did. I still work for my families farm 2 days a week so next year hopefully I'll get some more clients and work 7 days a week mowing with my helper so i can buy some real estate, a dump trailer, and maybe a skid steer or tractor to do bush hogging, we'll see though, Oh yeah its all financed, almost done paying off the original loan, ha

shovelracer
07-27-2008, 09:11 PM
I had an old toyota truck I bought from working summers as a laborer and a 4x8 tilt trailer I had bought for $200 to move from CA back to NJ with after I broke my leg and lost my spot on the snowboarding team I was on. I bought a $10 rake, a tarp, and a green barrel. With the money I made from that job I bought an echo blower from HD. I ran that stuff for a month picking up hand tools when I could. Then I financed a 48" exmark belt drive and paid cash for a trimmer. By June of that year I had an F250 with a plow. Then in August I blew the motor on my 48 cutting 2' tall lawns and was forced to buy a ZTR to stay on schedule.

5 years later I have 2 trucks with plows and spreaders and the toyota. A 20' enclosed and an 18' equipment trailer. 3 walkbehinds, 2 ZTRs, a 21, 5 backpacks, 2 ground blowers, a leaf loader, saws, tampers, pruners, more hand tools than I have room for, and a skid steer. Ive gotten married and bought a house.

mikewhit1010
07-29-2008, 05:16 PM
OK I guess I need to tell what I started with.

I was coming out of a bad business and was trying to find a way to make cash. I graduated from a Private University and no one was hiring. I owned a lawn business when I was in high school and my brother ran a big one a few cities away but sold it a few years back. I started passing out flyers and gained 70 clients in one year. I have had a lot of people drop but every time they drop I add 3 more. I am finding what customers I really want and which ones actually make money. You figure out really quick how much you need to charge to make money when you are paying a crew to do it.

This year I will probably push just about 80K total in sales and about 25K after paying my guys, gas and so on. I have thought about selling but after reading this thread it kind of makes me want to keep going. I work full time doing appriasals and some days I feel bummed I am not out with the crew and some days they screw things up but I think what I am getting at is in 3, 4, 5 years I will have something solid and really great clients. Sorry kind of a tangent.

I started with
Toro recycler, homelite blower (Worst investment ever and I did it twice), homelite edger ( Worst investment ever), homelite weed eater ( worst decision ever).... Now I have only commercial equipment but I keep my homelite crap as a way to remember where I came from. Ohhhh I also started with a lawn mower I found on the side of one of my houses I managed when the tenants moved out. It forsure said Murray on the side hahaha.

OMEGA NEWB
07-30-2008, 02:59 PM
I started with my dad's 22" residential craftsman, barely startable no name blower, a homlite trimmer without the gaurd(also my father's), and my brother and I would load his 07' Ram and had 1 lawn. FAST FOWARD---------1/2 WEEKS-----------LOL, now we have 4 accounts(flyers helped), with potential for 3 more(word of mouth), just bought a STIHL KM90 w/ edger and articulating hedger attachments. Still using the same mower, trimer, and blower for now, but hope to get that changed in the next week or so. We're investing everything back into the company right now. We both have other full time gigs so this is extra money. Hopefully we can keep it rolling. I would ultimately love to get about 30 full-time accounts next season. Thanks for reading!

freshprince94
07-30-2008, 04:08 PM
Started with my 21" Toro Recycler, a Honda Odyssey (lol), and a Homelite weedeater and backpack blower. Once I picked up my first account, I went out and bought an Echo edger from HD. The Homelite stuff ended up being returned on account of it being crap, and I bought an Echo SRM 210 weedeater and PB 265 blower. I rode around like that for about 3 months or so.

Then, I got the trailer welded for me by a family member and I finally didn't have a bunch of crap in my van. That worked out until June, when I picked up some big hedge trimming jobs and I bought my Stihl Kombi. It was then that I realized my Echo edger didn't do the job on the overgrown edges as well as some of the normal growth, and I sold it on eBay a few days ago. I also really liked Stihl, so I decided to slowly convert my rig over. I am headed to my Stihl dealer tonight to pick up a edger attachment for my Kombi.

Within the next year, I hope to pick up an eXmark 34" Phazer or 36" walk behind.

americanlawn
07-30-2008, 05:51 PM
My Dad co-signed a note for $7500. With the $7500, we bought a used ChemLawn pickup (3/4 ton diesel), a 300 gallon spray tank, Hypro pump, LESCO spreader, plastic bulk tank for filling from a garden hose. We rented a 500 sq ft corner of an old warehouse for $50 a month. We even made a profit our first year, but it meant working about 90 hours per week many times (seven day work weeks).

Turfrific
07-30-2008, 07:31 PM
just had a s10, murray 22 inch push mower, weadeater trimmer. had one person i was mowing for 20 miles away. i can tell this is what i wan't to do going to save me at least 3 grand and start back next year.:usflag:

FinerCutslawnCare
07-30-2008, 08:19 PM
Well when I started I was 13 and had my parents push mower, didn't really think of getting bigger just wanted some extra cash. I had 2 accounts in my eyes at that age and that was my parents and my neighbor!:laugh: lol I was mowing them both for a wopping $10 a piece. Then I liked making money so when my grandpa passed away :angel: I inherited his 42" craftsman rider...from there I kept getting more accounts and more equipment and as you can see today(see sig) I have certainly expanded alot! 52 residential and 5 commercial...let me tell you at age 17 I have no life except mowing:cry: but I actually enjoy it so it is worth it for me in the end. All my friends make fun of me because I mow lawns, but I am sure in a few years they won't be laughing because they will STILL BE WORKING THEIR $7.25 AN HOUR JOB and I will be making god knows how much! This is my little story and if anyone wants to know more ask! Good thread btw!:usflag:

JosephLawnCare
07-30-2008, 09:07 PM
starting from nothing in 1993 with a cub cadet 128, yea baby, and I still got her too.

resurectionlawn
07-30-2008, 09:24 PM
starting from nothing in 1993 with a cub cadet 128, yea baby, and I still got her too.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO U HAVE NOW

JosephLawnCare
07-30-2008, 09:32 PM
All exmarks- to many of em......the 128 sits restored, in the back barn untouched. Thanks for asking

resurectionlawn
07-30-2008, 09:34 PM
All exmarks- to many of em......the 128 sits restored, in the back barn untouched. Thanks for asking

DO U HAVE ANY PICS

JosephLawnCare
07-30-2008, 09:39 PM
search my posts. I've posted pics of em, just couldn't tell you how to find the thread.

mikewhit1010
07-31-2008, 09:12 AM
Well when I started I was 13 and had my parents push mower, didn't really think of getting bigger just wanted some extra cash. I had 2 accounts in my eyes at that age and that was my parents and my neighbor!:laugh: lol I was mowing them both for a wopping $10 a piece. Then I liked making money so when my grandpa passed away :angel: I inherited his 42" craftsman rider...from there I kept getting more accounts and more equipment and as you can see today(see sig) I have certainly expanded alot! 52 residential and 5 commercial...let me tell you at age 17 I have no life except mowing:cry: but I actually enjoy it so it is worth it for me in the end. All my friends make fun of me because I mow lawns, but I am sure in a few years they won't be laughing because they will STILL BE WORKING THEIR $7.25 AN HOUR JOB and I will be making god knows how much! This is my little story and if anyone wants to know more ask! Good thread btw!:usflag:

Let me tell you that those kids are idiots. I graduated from a private university and make more money doing this then most of my friends and the funny thing is I like my job. if you decide to move away just make sure you have a reliable crew. or employ your friends at 7.25 an hour and sit back and let them make you money.

stevenf
07-31-2008, 10:36 PM
I started with my dads 4x8ft trailer, two free craftsman push mowers, and a homelite trimmer and blower. Both of the mowers broke(literally the blocks split in half) so I was forced to drop my 2 weekly customers. The next year I bought a brand new 5x10ft trailer, a used Echo trimmer and a lawnboy 44"ztr rider. That year I passed out about 100 doorhangers and ended the year with 11 accounts. This year I purchased a new Echo trimmer, an echo BP blower was givin to me, and I purchased a 97 Jimmy to replace my 89 Bronco. At the moment I have 17 accounts.
I have been growing at a slow and steady rate. Next year I will be targeting small yards and buying a 36" Quick Dually. In 1.5 years from now, I will only manage weekend accounts and I plan to become a firemen wether it be part time or full.

deere615
07-31-2008, 11:09 PM
Well when I started I was 13 and had my parents push mower, didn't really think of getting bigger just wanted some extra cash. I had 2 accounts in my eyes at that age and that was my parents and my neighbor!:laugh: lol I was mowing them both for a wopping $10 a piece. Then I liked making money so when my grandpa passed away :angel: I inherited his 42" craftsman rider...from there I kept getting more accounts and more equipment and as you can see today(see sig) I have certainly expanded alot! 52 residential and 5 commercial...let me tell you at age 17 I have no life except mowing:cry: but I actually enjoy it so it is worth it for me in the end. All my friends make fun of me because I mow lawns, but I am sure in a few years they won't be laughing because they will STILL BE WORKING THEIR $7.25 AN HOUR JOB and I will be making god knows how much! This is my little story and if anyone wants to know more ask! Good thread btw!:usflag:

My friends make fun of me too, I don't care for the same reason!

OSU 09
08-01-2008, 07:31 AM
well lets see, i had a bit of a unique advantage when i got into the business. see my dad owned a lawncare business since I dont know sometime in the mid 80's. So anytime i needed help or advice or anything i had a good resource. So i started working for him as soon as I was old enough. At 5 yrs old I would pick up trash on the accounts and just watch dad mow, then I started doing more, blowing off sidewalks when I was 7, and by the time I was 10 I was using or ferris 3 wheeled riders. One day I am sitting at home and decide this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I put out a few flyers in mail boxes in our neightborhood and landed 1 account. a once a week mowing for $11. I used one of dads old snapper 21" an old echo blower and a weedeater brand electric trimmer(mom wouldnt let me use the gas trimmers, she thought they were too dangerous.) Business grew and I bought my own equipment. I went throught 2 simplicity riding mowers and a lawnboy 21". I now have a 48" ferris w/b, john deere 318, echo string trimmer, blower, hedge trimmers. Chevy 1500 7X10 trailer. All that is mine and paid for cash. I habe 30 residential clients for mowing as well as various others for mulching, hedge trimmin, etc. I also have equipment that is partially mine ( it is still my dads b/c he is still in the business right now, but once I gradute OSU with a degree in Landscape contracing and construction next yr I "inherit" his equipment and accounts) A steiner 230 w/72" deck, snapper 21", another echo weedeater and blower, chevy 3500 dump, 7x16 trailer and accounts consisting of the local school district and athlectic fields. Sorry about the long post, but it was a long story. :laugh:

jsullivanlw
08-01-2008, 10:29 PM
Nothing... I borrowed a mower and broom from a friend and made 500 free business cards on vistaprint.com. I landed 1 account from the cards and even borrowed the clients trimmer to cut the yard the first couple times. Used that money to get my own murray 21 off craiglist for 40$ Came with a electric trimmer that started fire when i plugged it in. Flyers... Now I have 12 accounts. Not to bad for being in business almost a year now.

white1
08-01-2008, 11:31 PM
When I started I figured Id gain way more clients than I have. And quick. I figured I wasnt trying hard enough or something, but due to old yard guys coming back, kids taking care of the grass during the summer, and one guys ex doing it for free, Ive lost 4-5 clients and dropped another due to non payment, and I still have 14, reading this thread, maybe Im not doing too bad figuring I started mid May

mainstreet1984
08-02-2008, 10:59 PM
That's how I started this year... I spend 3(!) weeks driving around and placing flyers (print+gas+time)=$1000 I did 4000+flyers. I got 60"Exmark AS+3 bagger ultra vac=$12000 then I got Viking for buck up 48" (ebay)=$1800. I rebuild my box truck (added tail and ramp)=$1200 Then I got sthil blower+trimer+heige trimer=$1200 plus catcher for Viking=$200 and hand held eqwp+$500. Yes I still paying my loan from Sheffield, but I got 46 customers, and planning pay off everything next month..

milkie62
08-03-2008, 03:29 AM
mowed years ago with an old snowmobile trailer and rear engine John Deere.made ok money---was going through a divorce and did not have much money.Started this year with my son ----- Ferris IS3100 61",44" Toro proline,21" Toro push,2 Husky blowers,12' Brimar dump trailer---doing pretty decent for part-time.

TONTAGE
08-03-2008, 06:12 AM
late 90"s i had a 21" self propelled i used to do a few lawns with.i didnt have a trailer or a truck at the time so i used to lift up the hatch on my 1984 volkswagen rabbit and stick it in.

Drewscapes
08-19-2008, 02:27 PM
I am fifteen right now. When I was 8 my next door neighbor owned a landscaping company and he taught me to right a walker, stander, and bobcat. After that i started walking around the neighborhood with my fathers push mower. I then saved up for a John Deer tractor and rode it around the neighbor hood and dragged a push cart that consited of a blower weed whackewr and barrel. After that i bought a custommade wooden trailer. We used my moms Jeep to pull the trailer ot the poeples house. I had about 10 lawns then. Then I bought a 36" wb and continued with that. When i was thirteen i saved up enough money to purchase a brand new 7'x16" enclosed trailer. We still used to my moms jeep to pull around the trailer. The same season i bought a used walker and wrihgt stander. Then i bought all new red max blowes and weed whackers. Now last season, 14 years old, i bought a used 92 ford dump truck. This season i currently have 50 lawns and purchased a brand new 52" and 36" wrihgt stander. My older brother works for me and drives the truck. The business is all insured and legit. The entire business is under my fathers name because i am techinacally to young to own a business but the entire business is owned and operated by me.