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Old 04-14-2012, 12:20 PM
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Starting a Lawn Service!

I been mowing lawns in my neighboorhood, because I cant find a job in my trade which is carpentry. I did lawns in my neighboorhood years ago but I quit to go to trade school. But now I am thinking about making it a business but I have a problem of no captial, no truck, or good lawn tools. And plus I split 50/50 of my earnings with a helper. I am wondering is getting business loan a option?
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:56 PM
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loose the helper, save your money for equipment upgrades. get part time job or job out of your field to help with income flow, and mabee add some type of handyman services to your list of services since you are in carpentry. thats what i would do!

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I been mowing lawns in my neighboorhood, because I cant find a job in my trade which is carpentry. I did lawns in my neighboorhood years ago but I quit to go to trade school. But now I am thinking about making it a business but I have a problem of no captial, no truck, or good lawn tools. And plus I split 50/50 of my earnings with a helper. I am wondering is getting business loan a option?
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:46 PM
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Yea I really need a part time job, I had a few jobs but those did not pan out to well.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:40 PM
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Tell folks about my remote control mowers and I will throw commissions your way.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:44 PM
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Move to where the carpentry jobs are. You have portable skills that you should be using.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:38 PM
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Maybe, but I cant afford it!
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:49 PM
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Have you registered a DBA yet? or come up with a business plan?
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:13 PM
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I also think it would be a bad idea to start with a partner.

Not that I'm recommending it but if you have accounts lined up and need the equipment, companies like Gravely for instance have a fleet program for 20% off once you hit the spending mark of $12500.00. This could be a push mower, two standers or walk behinds, thatcher, a ZTR etc. any Gravely product. 20% off of $12,500.00 is 10k. So $2,500.00 savings. This still would not get the truck, trailer, blowers, trimmers, etc.

I'm not say Gravely is the one to go with but just one of the first to jump into my mind with an attractive fleet program. There are many others.

When you get into this league, if your credit is decent, Sheffield and other lenders have 0% up to 48 months. Most brands use Sheffield. So if you had work lined up and could make a small profit to live on and still get the equipment paid off in 47 months. Then barring unforeseen problems it could be smooth sailing.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:46 PM
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loose the helper, save your money for equipment upgrades. get part time job or job out of your field to help with income flow, and mabee add some type of handyman services to your list of services since you are in carpentry. thats what i would do!
Ditto. Sounds good to me.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:02 PM
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No business plan yet.
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