Debt Free business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Hoss4x4, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Posts: 305

    Apparently my message got deleted... not sure why. Seriously, what are the benefits of a landscaping truck? Never really looked into one. I don't like to fix things that arent broken.
     
  2. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just look at them. There are obvious benefits to them. They dont replace a truck and trailer but sure are easier for a couple workers to maneuver
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  3. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Posts: 305

    My truck hauls a 16 foot trailer, 61 inch ztr, 2 48 inch walkbehinds, a 21 inch push, assorted trimmers and blowers, and enough tools to repair any common occurance. Way too much for a 4 cyl
     
  4. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Posts: 305

    So benefits are easier to move and more advertising space on the side of the thing? am I missing anything?
     
  5. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Right and then small applications to your business specifically. But nobody knows your business better than you.
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  6. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Posts: 305

    I think I will stick with what I have. Guys are used to it, and it has worked well so far.
     
  7. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you guys can afford $40k plus purchase and have extra money in the bank I must be doing something wrong. Wife, 3 kids, private school, employees, trucks, equipment, 6500 sq ft shop, house. I have no toys, but we live a good life. Being debt free would be good but I didnt have 25oK laying around for a shop. When I buy new mower I will use there finance option for 2-3 years with 0% interest - why not. Sure trimmers, small stuff yes pay for.
     
  8. WillisLawnCare

    WillisLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Debt Free here, of course just starting and only one client.

    Hope I can end the season with 15 regular residential accounts that I push Mow and do minor landscaping with my dads mower/trimmer. I have a full-time job also so while I work a 12-8 shift, 15 will be the most I can handle by myself in the AM and on weekends. figuring 1 a day during the week and 4 a day on sat/sun.

    Allowing about 350 for advertising. $60 for 1000 business cards off vista print, along with a holder to put in my moms office, $200 for 500 door hangers that I will manually walk and put on houses this weekend or next. The rest for website/domain name (gf will be webmaster).

    Hopefully by the end of season I can get a 48-in walk behind to decrease time spent on each yard, as well as anice set up for the bed of my truck.
     
  9. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not everyone hauls that much weight or tows that much weight.
     
  10. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,339

    People we need to understand that everyone's business model is different.
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