Originally Posted by Garber
I am a mild mannered banker by day and a guy who likes working with trees on the weekend. Right now I am sponge when it comes to cutting down trees, clean up and firewood production. I would like to start making some money on the side, learn and possibly grow it into a sustainable, professional business. I have 2 Stihl chainsaws, a 5X8 utility trailer that I pull behind my Ford Explorer, several prunning tools, a Stihl blower and a Huskee log splitter. What insight might you guys have for a guy would like to get into the industry in some fashion, slowly and I prefer to buy equipment with cash. How can I compete in the area? What type of insurance should I have? I am also planning on doing it myself for the time being. Any good educational materials or training not already suggested on the site that would he helpful? Thank you in advance.
My first inclanation was to say get insurance, but you thought of that. To begin with all you should need is GL, but you might want to look into your local laws. Competing is a very easy thing to do when you are small. With your low overhead you can keep your prices down. Being a money man already you have a step up on alot of folks. I do the same thing now, have full time arborist job, and do "side work" after work and on weekends. I started out with a pickup, saws and gear. In reading the site you probably have read the harping I do on training materials. Tree climbers companion, ISA Arborist Certification Study Guild, Arboriculture and the Law. This site is great, there are other forum sites, www.isa-arbor.com
. The sherrill site is a supplier but they also have some learning stuff on there too, tricks and such. Biggest thing, dont hesitate to ask a question, we are all here to help. Sometimes it gets a little dead around here and a little stimulation is what we need.