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Old 02-12-2013, 11:56 PM
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I'm 19. My goals are pretty close to your's Jcontracting.
I hope to have someone out doing most of my mowing for me this year, I'll help maybe a day a week or so.
Double or triple my gross
Buy small stand-on skid steer (boxer/dingo)
Buy another truck and let the crew run mine.

To accomplish this, I am doing fliers in neighborhoods, direct mail, and ramping up my website. I let a pro do all my design work, its well worth the cost. I also invested in truck graphics last year.
I recently purchased a 7x16 4' expanded metal side trailer.
The main thing this year is continue with name recognition. Also want people to know we are a full service company, not just a mow and go company.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:06 AM
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I'm 19. My goals are pretty close to your's Jcontracting.
I hope to have someone out doing most of my mowing for me this year, I'll help maybe a day a week or so.
Double or triple my gross
Buy small stand-on skid steer (boxer/dingo)
Buy another truck and let the crew run mine.

To accomplish this, I am doing fliers in neighborhoods, direct mail, and ramping up my website. I let a pro do all my design work, its well worth the cost. I also invested in truck graphics last year.
I recently purchased a 7x16 4' expanded metal side trailer.
The main thing this year is continue with name recognition. Also want people to know we are a full service company, not just a mow and go company.
Post up your truck w/ graphics!

And this is huge and is very challenging and I will be working very hard to get the perception of my business to be a full service landscape design/build/maintain firm not just me running a mower and people thinking I'm some brainless kid that can operate a mower when I have a degree in Hort (in May) and am extremely knowledgeable of the industry.

I took lots of hours, at least 25-30 to build my website and it looks extremely good, it just needs a couple tweaks (a picture of me on the About section once the weather warms up and I can keep my truck clean). I have plan-it graphics handle my advertising media. My graphics guy here in MN created my logo and will be doing truck graphics.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:08 AM
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Hey mike, just curious how detailed your truck graphics are and what price you had them done for.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:13 AM
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:19 AM
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Thanks...they ran around 480.00. That included a ton of stuff on the tailgate...I need to get a pic of that up.
It is challenging, especially when you are 20 or under.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:09 AM
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Another goal is to set up a traditional IRA account, in which contributions are made with pre tax money, so you can write off up to $5,000 a year.
Its nice to see all you young guys setting goals for the season.

KS - I would suggest setting up a Roth IRA rather than a traditional because with a traditional you will be taxed when you go to take the money out later in life in comparison to a Roth which does not get taxed when you withdraw later in life.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:46 PM
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I am 16 i am looking to gross about $20,000 from mowing and cleanups. Then another 10,000 from mulch and anothet $5,000 from lawn renovations and other jobs.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:14 AM
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Nnusskern. Sounds pretty good for being 16. Did you start it by yourself or have someone pass it down to you?
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:58 AM
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Just turned 17 looking to gross about 75000 this year up about 20k from last year. Need to buy a dump trailer by end of march pay the last bit off my truck. Maybe score a decent 2 ton mini-ex. The year after I want to pick up a new half ton to run my mowing and such and maybe a one ton dump for installs.. Sounds a bit ambitious but I know I can make it happen...
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:02 AM
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↑ I have a very hard time believing you started that business. You're not even of age to legally own a business or enter a contract.
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