christmas lights

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by ashs inc, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    Hey first of all i want to thank everyone who posts. i have learned so much from you all. I want to get into installing christmas lights. where do i start.

    thanks

    neil
     
  2. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,372

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?p=2490308&highlight=box+truck#post2490308

    this is a list of materials that people said they would get if they could do it all over again... it is just a small example of the kind of information posted on this site to learn some, just takes a little searching...

    Where to start? Start learning... get it down, try it on your own house... maybe start with just a few this year and plan on next year being your big investment blow out type deal... that is what I feel I will do this year... I will get the materials, do a few houses, do some advertising but not too much... learn the basics, get the kinks worked out and then hit it hard next christmas... this way the proper planning and research can be done... I have started a few businesses off the whim, hey I want to do this and the deadline to get it done is a month ago type deal... I think I might approach this one a little differently and save myself a lot of headache... sounds more business like... maybe I am learning...

    That is my plan... do what you want to...
     
  3. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    hey thanks for the help. I live on a pretty busy road and I wanted to start with my house. We have a christmas decor franchise by a LCO here. He did only a few houses. I wonder if he will be busy this year.

    neil
     
  4. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    I wish you luck neil- now is the time to postcard, get some material and get your hands busy with your home and close friends. If you get some yard signs out there, "Christmas Lights installed" with your phone number, you will get some calls. Get some experience under your belt this year with a few homes and you'll be light years ahead next year.
     
  5. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    David,

    Thanks for the help. That is exactly what i plan on doing. My house my inlaws and my parents. I need a good holiday light supplier. Any suggestions?
     
  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    I'd start with litesource and Holiday Bright Lights and go from there. I'd try to do a few customers houses as well this year if you can. A few signs would cost you a hundred bucks and would get you a few paying training jobs.
     
  7. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    David thanks. If i take a pic of my house think you could help me estimate the lighting needed?
     
  8. bthomaskelly

    bthomaskelly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Dave,
    Would you not suggest insurance and a sales tax license in first year. Just wondering because I wouldnt want to be caught with pants down. Looking at a few more bucks then just yard signs and post cards. You know I just went through the HBL training and they didnt even touch on it. Im wondering how many people just go at this and dont CYA. Figuring the homeowners have insurance why would I need it type of thinking.
    Kelly
     
  9. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    You need insurance. First, if you fall and get hurt or an employee does, what the insurance covers is far more expensive than the premium. Second, if you damage a large window with your ladder, I bet that costs more than the premium. Third, having insurance gives you more credibility, which brings in more business. Talk to your insurance provider for more info on what you need.

    As far as sales tax, you have to check with your state requirements. Here in Michigan, if it is a service, we dont have to charge tax.
     
  10. bthomaskelly

    bthomaskelly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Pretty much, but we sell dont rent. The labor isnt taxed. I have 1mil liabilty as a general appiance installer, and comp and all that. What do you carry?
    Kelly
     

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