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Old 10-25-2004, 10:14 PM
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Jamesgateslandscaping Jamesgateslandscaping is offline
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What do you guys think?

Hey everyone,
Im 18, and I first strarted mowing lawns in 2nd grade for neighbors. I have slowly grown maybe 1 lawn a year or 2, but not until this year has it really started to explode. I bought a 96 Chevy Silverado last spring in hopes of doing more work than I was but did not do as much as i thought. I started offering snowplowing with our tractor around the neighborhood and got 4 accounts. I broke down and bought a used MM plow for my truck in the middle of winter. With the purchase of a loader for our JD 445, I really got rolling. I bark mulched all spring and picked up 10 lawns accounts. My dad sold our 6x10' trailer and I bought a new 16' trailer, and most recently a used cub cadet WB this fall. Earlier this fall I ended up buying the 6x10 trailer back from the family friend we sold it to . My parents have loaned me a lot of my money for start up, but I am almost paid off all in one season. I now offer new lawns, driveways installation, bark mulching, lawn mowing and the list keeps growing. I will have all of my loans paid off (except truck) and still have a profit. I will become a company this winter and get insurance and hope to start walkways, patios, retaining walls, and synthetic putting greens in the spring.
Current list of equipment
96 1500 Silverado Ext cab, 7.5 ' MM
6x16' trailer
6x10' trailer
01' JD 445 w/ 48" deck, bagger, loader, york rake, rear blade, front blade, thatcher
JD 21" JX85
Cub Cadet WB 48" deck
JD straight shaft weed whacker
RedMaxEB7001 BP blower
Tons of handtools
hopefully a dump trailer or dump truck in the spring
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Old 10-31-2004, 01:24 AM
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Sounds like you're off and running. Definitely get yourself legit ASAP in terms of insurance, business license, bank account, taxes, etc. Hire an accountant to help you with your taxes, its worth the money, and you can deduct their fees as a business expense.

Gotta have insurance if your doing landscaping, don't want to hit any utilities.
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Old 11-05-2004, 09:26 PM
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Hi Jamesgateslandscaping,

Great job so far! Keep going and growing!
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Old 11-16-2004, 11:15 PM
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sounds like a good setup to me
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masonry and landscape services for the lower hudson valley
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