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Old 03-01-2014, 10:07 AM
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Thanks guys, I think the Polo's look more professional. Any other feedback is appreciated!

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Old 03-01-2014, 12:49 PM
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They do but having a cotton collar around your neck working when its 90+ degrees isnt worth it. Polo's get just as dirty as any Glidden or Hanes will. Not to mention they typically are made of thicker materials.

For for sales a Polo is nice. No need to over dress. Most homeowners could care less what you look like once your hired and they know you... that is unless your in short shorts with no shirt with a beer belly hanging out looking creepy checking out the daughter who is laying around the pool or tanking a leak next to fido's tree shaking it more then 3 times.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:39 PM
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Also what do you guys think of my business plan?

What services will my business offer?

Mowing/Trimming/Edging/Blowing
Landscape Installation/Maintenance
Lawn Renovation/Installation
Spring Clean Ups
Fall Clean Ups
Mulch
Aeration
Dethatching
Bush/Hedge Trimming
Storm Cleanup
Snow Removal

How long will this last?
I plan to remain in this business at least for the remainder of middle school and maybe through high school and then go from there.

How will I be competitive in the market?
I will offer competitive pricing and top quality service to a limited number of customers

What challenges will I face?
I will have limited hours of the day to work between sports and school.
I plan to grow my business as I am able and feel comfortable doing so.

Financial
What are main things that will need to be budgeted for?
Equipment Repairs/Maintenance
Equipment Rentals
Fuel

How long will it be until I begin to make a profit?
This year, if all goes correctly

What will be my operating expenses?
Fuel=$100/month
Maintenance=$30.00/month
Expansion as able

How will I make my business succeed?
I will give each customer personal attention to specific needs
Every phone call will be returned as quickly as possible
Every issue or concern will be addressed promptly and efficently


What is important to my business?
Providing top quality service every time, the first time
Providing a professional image at all times
Keeping all equipment maintained and in top running condition

What do my customers want?
A top quality job at a competitive price
Someone who shows up on time
Someone who is both professional and dedicated
Someone who is personable and considerate

Equipment that is already available
21” Toro Walk Behind
Toro String Trimmer
Stihl BR600 (Blower)
Black and Decker Hedge Trimmer
Misc. Hand Tools

What equipment purchases do I plan to make?
Exmark Viking~ $4,000
Stihl String Trimmer~$350
Stihl Multi Attachment System with Pole Pruner~$550 (Possible)


Equipment improvements
Equipment Service~ $150-200

Where will I store my equipment?
I will store my things in the garage for the time being.

How will I advertise and promote my business?
Business Cards
Business Flyers
Word Of Mouth
Stickers on all Equipment
T-Shirts & Polo’s with Logo

No insurance?
Vendors license?
LLC?
Taxes?


Don't neglect your own professional development. Lawns are all about biology. Read, understand and apply.
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:44 PM
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Looks great man! Yeah, like everyone has said, don't be embarrassed about your equipment. You have a nicer 21" and a nicer backpack blower than me! I would say look for a belt drive walk behind, be that Exmark Metro, Scag, or Encore. They will be much cheaper to maintain, much cheaper to buy, and you will likely be able to buy one outright, instead of taking on payments.

Once again, nice setup and nice work! Keep it up!
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:59 PM
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No insurance?
Vendors license?
LLC?
Taxes?


Don't neglect your own professional development. Lawns are all about biology. Read, understand and apply.

he is 13, he cant get any of that.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:02 PM
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he is 13, he cant get any of that.
I got insurance under my parents name when I was 14. It's something he needs, and as long as you make over the minimum amount for self-employment taxes, you have to pay.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:39 PM
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I started a lawn care operation when I was 16. I sold it last spring when I was 25. I paid my way through college and my wife also. We now own a very nice home and are completely debt-free. Advice for someone starting out:

1. Focus hard on building a "brand", not just breaking your back accomplishing a bunch of work. If you don't have it already, come up with a professional name. Pay a graphic designer a couple hundred bucks and get a professional logo design.
2. Treat every job like it your biggest.
3. Draw up a good business plan in the off-season. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, but spend some time with it and think every aspect of your business through before the season starts. Have an older businessman review it and give you feedback.
4. Read "Entreleadership", by Dave Ramsey. Tons of great advise on many different aspects of running a successful business.
5. Don't spend a bunch of money on a fancy truck(s). Put your money into your mowers, aeration/seeding and other equipment that makes you money. The backbone of my business was a couple of $4k trucks that were dependable and professional looking but nothing fancy.

6. Hire good employees and pay them well.

Sorry for rambling on, I just like seeing young guys with ambition. If you want more advise I'd be happy to share.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:59 PM
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i was in the same boat when i was 13 (im 16 now) used riders/walk behinds are a good way to start you can pick up a decent looking belt drive for 300-1000 depending on budget and can clean it up nicely to make it work for you. As far as advertising tip toe around it. shirts can be made your self go to a crafts store like Michaels and get cheesy iron ons you make out of an ink jet printer and put on a couple walmart sale shirts. Save a good 300 bucks. Best ways to market at a young age is do ABOVE and BEYOND work it WILL get noticed and people will stop you for a card. Flyers are a waste of time because every other landscaper is mailing them out at the same time and the crappy looking flyers always get tossed and the glossy direct mailers get noticed. Send me a PM anytime glad to help!
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:32 PM
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I know I am a bit late with the reply, but I feel this should be said. I learned this from photography- its not about the high tech or low tech camera, its about the person behind it.

The same can be said in landscape. Sure, nice equipment makes the job easier but even with residential/homeowner equipment you can do AMAZING things. Its all about the person behind it.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:14 PM
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he is 13, he cant get any of that.
Bologna-

He can and should get insurance and pay taxes.......
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