Originally Posted by jmacd
When I first started out I made some very bad purchasing decisions. Mostly I was trying to get what I thought I needed to fast or not having enough money to buy the correct tool.
What I ended up with was equipment that was to small, a gas GMC dump truck was one of those bad decisions and a couple of times the wrong trailers. Bought a tractor once that I though had some life left in it and was wrong. That was just one $8000 mistake.
If I had to it over again I would think very hard about what you need, have to have.
In your situation think about what you have to have to be able to do your sand bags. Other than that don't buy, make some money, and make sure this thing will work out.
How many sand bags have you sold? Don't spend money on truck bling or even lettering etc, get the most important stuff first. Once you get you first big order then think about spending money on selling more bags, not more equipment.
Extremely sound advice!
I wish I had forums like this and the internet back when I was starting out in the seventies. There's a lot of good advice here, but there's also the danger of seeing the success of a few and wanting that so bad that the focus on the basics is lost. For every success story you see here, there are hundreds if not thousands of failure stories that you'll never hear...and it's not because they didn't try just as hard.
You don't know me, so take it for what it's worth, but my advice is to focus on the basics, as in market yourself, make good contacts, strive to be the best at what you're doing now and forget about the wanta-haves for the time being. You will make bad choices if you don't. Bling and truck wraps don't sell work...good work sells more work. Don't lose your dream, but don't pigeon hole yourself into it either.