All experts, vets, and critics, review my new business!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RobertVF, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    After a long time of thinking about it, I am finally starting my lawn care business! Here is what I have accomplished so far:

    Other than already having my truck and trailer, I have purchased all of my new equipment
    • 21" Snapper commercial mower
    • Mulching kit for mower
    • Echo commercial trimmer
    • Echo commercial edger
    • Echo commercial BP blower
    • Hand-held clipper

    Marketing
    • 1000 Doorhangers from 48hourprint.com
    • Business shirts - t-shirts for work & collared shirts for estimates
    • Magnetic lettering for truck
    • Signs for intersections, poles, etc
    • Magnetic business cards
    Maintenance
    • Oil & gas cans
    • Blade balancer & sharpener
    • Extra trimmer heads for reload
    • Tools
    • Trimmer string
    • Extra blades & belts
    Accounting
    • Lawnpro software
    • Notebook, calender, laptop, quickbooks
    • Filing cabinet
    Legitimacy
    • Insurance
    • License
    • Accountant
    • Business account at bank
    • Business debit card
    • Business gas card

    I am keeping all personal expenses seperate from business expenses.

    Keep in mind that I am keeping this real simple. My business provides mowing, trimming, edging, and power sweeping the yard. We also straighten up out-of-control bushes.

    What am I lacking besides the obvious? What should I add to the list?
     
  2. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    Impressive.... looks like you got your I's dotted and T's crossed. Other than customers, i think ur all set.
     
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,088

    This is very impressive! This is the way to start as opposed to putting big money into riding equipment during the start-up phase. It is easy to keep all your stuff in one side of a garage if necessary.
     
  4. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks! If you think of anything, let me know!
     
  5. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks! I had around $7,000 to start with and I still have a lot left. I am targeting a group of neighborhoods very close to my house that have around 1/4 acre yards. These are $25 - $35 yards. I decided to start real small and simple, and see what comes of it.
     
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    That is the way to go! Small and simple and grow as you go. Very impressive start-up list! Do you have any accounts yet?
     
  7. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    good game plan....make sure you still have that nice nest egg put away for when you come across the occasional slow payers... Good Luck This Season...... BTW so far this year, you have the most impressive/realistic game plan I have seen on this site of any newcommer in the biz.
     
  8. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks! I do not have one account as of now. The day that I get my doorhangers in the mail, I will have my collared business shirt tucked in, clean shaven, lettering on the truck, magnetic business cards on hand, and estimate documents ready to hit my targeted neighborhoods!

    I have a childhood friend that will be in town May 6th. He will be here for 2 months and wants to work! I plan on having enough accounts by that time to need his help.
     
  9. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Posts: 236

    You'll need a lot more than 1000 door hangers. If you get 1 percent call return, you're doing good. I plan on .5 percent return on the flyers and that's usually what I get. The flyers are top quality, too. Without knowing your financial situation, i would take whatever you have left, get 10,000 door hangers or flyers or whatever, and hit neighborhoods 2-3x each inside of the next month and a half, two months. Advertising is huge.
     
  10. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks! Good luck to you too! I appreciate that comment!

    I am a 22 year old entrepreneur who ran into a huge roadblock when I was opening a franchise. I was securing my investments when the landlord demanded that I have a co-signer for the 3 year retail space lease. I didn't have enough credit, and I was taking on some major debt.

    I decided to put that project on hold and open up a smaller business with much less overhead. I love hard work, lawn care, and have the capital to make it happen. I see this as a great way to build credit and eventually build excessive cash. That's my story.
     

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