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Business Plans

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CAPS, Oct 10, 2000.

  1. CAPS

    CAPS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    My first post to this forum and I'm very happy to have found it a few months back. I'll be retiring from the Air Force in Jan 2001 after 24 glorious years and starting my own business in Northwest Florida. The information available on this forum is so valuable to someone just starting the business or just thinking about it. Thanks to all of you for sharing your expertise. How many of you sole proprietors started your business with a business plan and do you know of a good place or sites to get examples of lawn care business plans? I'm not above plagiarizing someone else's plan either.
  2. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Welcome, Caps! Good to hear your getting into the game, so to speak, and I wish you all the best!

    As far as business planning goes, I'm not the right guy for that but I'm sure someone here can help. Matter of fact, I intend to sit down this very evening and draft one up, something I should've done six years ago... :(

    Welcome to Lawnsite!

  3. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,005

    I Started my business sophmore year in high school, and my senior year i took a entrepreneurship class and i wrote a business plan. My teacher liked it so much that she took the liberty of enrolling me in a business plan competition with a chance to go to the national competition in orlando FL. Reluctantly i agreed, districts and states was like a walk through the park for me scoring %100 in both competitons. Nationals was a blast, it put me aganst 167 of the best business plans in the U.S. had to offer, i placed 8th in nationals.....next year i will be judging the event at our district level...CAPS, i will try to get u my plan in a downloadable form so u can look it over. I would be more than happy to answer any other questions you might have.
  4. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Hey Eric,

    I'd love to get a copy of that, too, if you get a chance. Taking a look at an award-winning business plan might be just what the doctor ordered... ;)

  5. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Hey Caps,

    Check out nebs.com, too. They've got a Business Plan tool that might help you out as well.

    Just go to the main page & click Business Tools on the folder tabs above the main text. ;)

  6. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    While writing down a bunch of stuff may make you feel better the real need for everyone in business for themselves is to forcast expenses and revenue. Constantly monitor your expenses and make sure you have enough cash flowing in to cover those expenses. It sounds really simple yet so many businesses fail because they were not aware why or when they started losing money. It is moronic for any one man operator to lose money when they could go work for the man for at least $15/hour. By the way, Good luck.
  7. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 695


    Welcome to lawnsite. Try going to [www.quickbooks.com] , they have a business resource section with business plans in it.

    Good Luck-

  8. machine

    machine LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Posts: 101

    CAPS, I a have a Business Plan & Presentation online that is written for the Green Industry. It is a bit outdated and will never be complete, but could be helpful to you. Go to my site and read the Executive Summary frist. Your comments would be appreacited.

  9. Kimmer

    Kimmer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3


    Enjoyed looking at your business plan. I am currently compiling information for our long overdue plan. Out of curiosity, it looks like you used Power Point for portions of it, is it the same for the hard copy? I want it to look professional and had not thought about power point!
  10. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Are ya'll planning on using your business plans for future venture capitalists? If not I do not see fit for making one up at the beginning of a lawn care business unless for self motivation.

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