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1000.00$$ to start business??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chambers 38, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. chambers 38

    chambers 38 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    I have been seeing in business magazines (small business opportunities) that you can start a lawn care company with only 1000.00$ and less?? Now I my self am about to start my owen lawn care company and i cant see how this is ,, do you ??
    I want to know if anyone else has done this and what did you do to make your self successful in this business (the magical book isn't saying how??)
    thanks for your time
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    I havent seen it, all i can think of is a $500 car a push mower, a curved shaft trimmer, and a push broom lol for 1000 bux
  3. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    I started with about $4k for equipment, (already owned a truck) maybe someone could start with $1k, but they are not gonna have very solid equipment. I like to consider myself fairly successful in my 2nd year full time.
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    I was joking really, but in the city many of the lots are so small and most are fenced that several companys cater to them and make a good living with several push mowers and pick up trucks. So I could see where you could start for $1000. Another thing is it worded that with $1000 invested??????? It might be that with $1000 up front they will get you started
  5. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    If you have a truck and trailer thats already to go, Id say yeah and build up from that. If not you will dump a grand into a decent trailer pulling truck.
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    It can be done. Its gonna take a load of work though… Get ready. Go get a push mower and a broom. That’s all that is needed to start. I didn't start with a trimmer; just make sure you get close to all edges with that push mower.

    You are limited to a walking distance area though.
  7. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878


    No trimming huh? I guess no edging either? That's one way to get more customers. NOT

    That's like painting a room but skipping the trim and baseboards.
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    In 1995.

    Now as a "high acreage specialist" we spend a little more on stuff....I have a JD1600 WAM and a 2004 C5500 Crew Cab truck, not to mention about $350,000 of other stuff laying around and some expensive commercial real estate.

  9. Firstclasslawn

    Firstclasslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    Ok look here is the BASIC and I mean BASIC stuff that you MUST have
    commercial weedeater- $200.00
    Edger Attachment- $99.00
    Decent residential Mower- I reccomend Toro-$299.00
    Shity Blower- $100.00 or backpack blower- $250.00

    and this stuff is bare minimum--you could put it all in the back of a truck but I would reccomend getting loan from bank and getting a trailer--enclosed at that so you do NOT have any theft or rain damage---Private message me witha ny questions, I will help in any way I can---But Let me tell you that this is my first season in the business and I make $2700.00 a month only working 1 day a week, So I am happy considering that hardly any job will pay you $2700.00 a month to only work one day a week
  10. No Lawncares

    No Lawncares LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    Wow one thousand dollars is not much. This is my first year and I spent six thousand to get started, and have put another $800 into second set of hand helds.

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