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Old 03-23-2015, 10:25 AM
mclarke mclarke is offline
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2015 Starting Loadout

So, I am just starting out and do not plan to do a lot this year, but just enough to break even. I might be moving at the end of the year so I am keeping it simple, but thought I would share what I am using this year.

Poulan Pro 3-in-1 Push Mower
140cc Briggs & Stratton Engine
21" cutting deck
Side discharge/mulch/rear bag
5-position height adjusters
5.5 ft-lbs gross torque

Remington® 25 cc Curved Shaft Gas Trimmer
25 cc 2-cycle engine
Dual line bump
17" cutting swath a

I also picked up a poly rake, corn broom, scoop shovel, 5 gal gas can (straight gas), 1 gal gas can (mix gas), gloves and safety glasses. I do have cones (keeps people from parking on my butt when I am on the side of the road) as well as safety green shirt.

I do realize most of my stuff is resi based and pretty basic, but hey, we all start somewhere. I did talk to my local hardware shop for blade sharpening, but what was awesome is instead of sharpening he just keeps replacement blades on hand so no wait time.

I am looking to pick up a few more things though: Heavy garbage can, loppers, hedge trimmers and a blower.

What I have also ordered are business cards (actually, printed at home using avery paper) and made flyers for tack/community boards (helps to live in a small town). I also ordered car door magnets just to help when I am parked on the side of the road.

All in all though, I am hoping for around 5-6 clients for the season as I am focusing on my small 1 horse town (seriously, we have 1 cop and I think 1 stop light. We are about 30 minutes from anything). I do work full time so I am mostly just filling up what spare time I do have.

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Old 03-23-2015, 11:27 AM
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Well, good luck my man, welcome to the green industry! I would consider an echo handheld blower, it will come in handy. As you said the equipment is very very basic. There's a lot of little landscape stuff you can do as well with even more basic tools.

You should have no problem getting 5-6 clients. Get some flyers made up and go door to door. But you can order 250 business cards from Vista print for $10. I've never had good luck with public board advertisement, I think your best bet is word of mouth, which i feel is the case in any town or city. So go that extra mile for your new clients, and always do what you say you will.

Good luck!
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