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Old 04-17-2014, 07:34 AM
TuffTurfLawnCare TuffTurfLawnCare is online now
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Man you is rude, I been mowing lawns for years but never as a business. So I know what I am doing I am not trying to get rich I just wont to make a living.
I kind of agree, but one thing about him, he tells it like it is. He may come off as abrasive, or rude, or confrontational, but it is truth. He is right on the edge of "wow, what a dick" and "This guy knows his ****". I do hope your grammar and vocabulary is better in person than it is on here though. Its difficult to come off as professional when the wrong words are used, especially in written communications.

That being said, and back to your original question... I think its a little late to be starting. Sure, you could pick up a few customers, but the time to put a company together is before the company has work to do. When I decided to get started, I did my research, learning, etc from fall to winter. During the winter I went equipment shopping, got the legal stuff worked out, insurance shopping, bank accounts etc. Beginning of March I pulled the trigger on everything. Had fliers printed, insurance started, equipment purchased, trailer was built, practiced on my equipment in my yard, etc etc. When the calls came in, I was confident, when it was time to work, I had a plan. I hit the ground running spring 2013. So far so good...
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:26 AM
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I work cutting grass for the city of Montgomery. I make $9.35 and hour, I am going to start part time I hope to make the business full time. I did mow lawns in my neighborhood long time ago, I plan on being solo.

I am looking at getting the following tools

Stihl FS90R String Trimmer

Stihl BR500 or BR550 Back Pack Blower

Stihl Hedge Trimmer

Honda 21'' Commerical Mower or Exmark or Toro 30'' Commercial Mower.

I don't have a truck at the moment so I cant start this year. I am trying to build up my credit so I get a Chevy or a Dodge pick up truck.
I like my Exmarks and stihls maybe add a hand held blower.

It might be easier to say when the hardest times are to start .
In Ohio. work is slowest in Augest january Febuary .
I never worked for a city . but most the work i have seen them do was hack jobs in parks . It will be a different ball game when your at someone house. Chargen them $30 to $40 a hour .
What do you do in the winter months now ?
And does the city have you trim shrubbery, edge beds and apply mulch .. the things a customer may ask you to do .
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:57 PM
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Everyone has different goals and different ways of getting to the point where they are comfortable. Planning is good. For my situation, i didn't have time to plan; had to mow out of my car. Get out there and do it, and you'll learn how to be more efficient and effective. Now, I am able to plan.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:57 PM
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I work year round with the city, I know how to cut scrubs, and plant flowers. Yes the city don't have the best of cutters. In the winter we get up leaves, and pick up tree limbs. But most of the time we don't work if it get to cold.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:09 PM
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I work year round with the city, I know how to cut scrubs, and plant flowers. Yes the city don't have the best of cutters. In the winter we get up leaves, and pick up tree limbs. But most of the time we don't work if it get to cold.
Hey Man............follow your Heart!

And use the City Truck for now.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:08 PM
Charles Jackson III Charles Jackson III is offline
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I drive a city truck LOL!
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:00 AM
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Everyone has different goals and different ways of getting to the point where they are comfortable. Planning is good. For my situation, i didn't have time to plan; had to mow out of my car. Get out there and do it, and you'll learn how to be more efficient and effective. Now, I am able to plan.
I don't understand all the bashing of the OP, I admire people that make things happen from nothing.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:10 AM
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I don't understand all the bashing of the OP, I admire people that make things happen from nothing.
I agree with you Larry. Not everyone has the ideal equipment for the job, but we all have to start somewhere, just a few years ago i was in the same positions as the OP. Yes i was 12, but at least i wanted to get out and work. It's awesome to see people actually get up and work, in a lot of people on this site, it's their living, how they feed their familys. I would say 60% of my friends won't even think about work. Sorry got a little off topic there.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:48 AM
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This is the very reason why I suggested for the OP to contact score.org The members of score will not ridicule or make snide or stupid remarks towards people that actually want help, like some members on this forum routinely do
Since the OP has stated that he has experience with this industry score can steer him in the right direction if he is willing to make the call and schedule an appointment. I would also suggest that when the OP calls score that he ask about any mentoring programs available for more one on one assistance.
The cost is still free, other than the OP'S time and future.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:28 PM
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What the heck is score?
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