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cost to run a lawn buisness?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by troyscapes, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. troyscapes

    troyscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Im looking into starting a lawn/maintanence buisness this year or next year. I work full time at a landscaping company and then do the lawns and maintanence on the side. What do you guys think it will cost a month average in insurance,taxes, yellow book-advertising, etc, to become an official buisness?
     
  2. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    $356.19....:confused:...just joking....to many variables to figure out.....what type of ins?....how big of an ad?....shop around and get ideas....different areas cost more than other for start-up cost.
     
  3. alternative

    alternative LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 468

    WTF.. how much to run a lawn business. Thats like saying how much does it cost to fix a car? There is no basic or simple rule on cost of doing business, with any business. Just do your homework.
     
  4. troyscapes

    troyscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    haha yea i regret what i wrote now, and believe me tried deleting the post. But whatever I know i should of looked into it before i posted this but to late now, and i sound like an idiot haha.
     
  5. troyscapes

    troyscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    one of the reasons i posted this is because someone told me it was like 700 bucks a month just for insurance! i know it cant be that much, so to rephrase the question a little better...do you guys think its worth it for me to work full time at a company and then become insured and all that jaz and do my own think part time?
     
  6. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    $700 a month....dude I dont pay that a year for my 1mil GL policy....someone is giving you very bad info.....yeah start PT, learn the game then grow...this is my fourth year in biz I an still consider myself a newbie in the learning phase!!!
     
  7. CLS LLC

    CLS LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 487

    Some basic break downs of costs for me:

    Insurance
    Liability: $600 per year
    Truck: $900 per year
    Trailers: $120 per year
    Plow (inland marine): $120

    Licenses:
    Pesticide business: $120
    Pesticide personal: $60
    LLC: $125 (first year) $25 (per year)

    Cell phone: $90

    Advertising expense is entirely up to you.

    What gets expensive is equipment and supplies. Which are all relative to each operation. Stamps, envelopes, letter heads, brochures, paper, printer ink or toner mowers, trailers, hand helds, spare parts, plows, trucks. It all adds up and very quickly I might add.
     
  8. troyscapes

    troyscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    good info. Thanks
     
  9. deanslawnservice09

    deanslawnservice09 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    very good break down on prices.. mine are very similar
     
  10. HARRIS Property Management

    HARRIS Property Management LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    Thats a broad question but just to give you an idea on the whole, at the end of the year when I do taxes, my expenses added up as a whole are generally about 60% of my gross revenue. Thats been pretty consistent for the past four years.

    Ask anyone who runs a legit successful operation...it cost money!
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2010

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