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decide to go full time

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by joelbouch, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. joelbouch

    joelbouch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 545

    good evening guys well you rembre the saying when it rains it pours well i was a full time fire fighter in eastern ma and i had time off started landscape construction company part time do mostly hardscapes doing lawns was too time eating well i rented the equipment i need well am young only 23 love doing landscaping went to a voc hs for it well then one night that call came in 3 Decker on fire arrived at site and said people trapped on 3rd floor well i was rescue went up there and floor gave way went to 3rd to first in about a sec screwed my back up not to bad but bad enough got virbtres fused together so am disability till spring but cant go back on the dept so am going full time landscaping just thank god for winter and snow hopefully get to go plowing and save money to buy my equipment the economy is slow yes but we will get out of it just like anything else USA stands proud but guy my question is to you how bad has it made you do things differently if so like what if you can tell me any pointers will be greatly appercated i heard being a llc is best then sole p is that what tips and guides do i need to successfully start my company and get finacing for it though business lines no personal guarantor needed becase my credit is you know what but hopefully someone will come though the light and help me thanks all
     
  2. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 642

    i started when i was 20 in an old beat-up gmc, and know ive got 3 really nice trucks all paid for , 4 guys working for me and all that good stuff.....id say at first dont charge to high id keep youre Per HR for youre area around $30-$45 HR per man.....make sure that you are always on site, even when you get bigger and bigger make sure all the work thats been done is done well.....when you go to buy stuff buy only commercial, dons power equiptment in peabody is a great place, they have everything there mowers, blowers , trimmers ect...make sure the trucks you buy are in good condition and wont need alot of work.....make sure you open up a commercial account at a nursery like north east nursery in peabody off deerborn RD, you can make tons of money just off materials, its awsome, somtimes ill make more money off the break price of materials than off labor on some jobs....decal all youre trucks, get t-shirts with logo, be nice and do good good work. i would also say dont turn down work at first i only wanted to do "landscaping" like you but soon found out that was not going to work,id say the best way to get to do the work you want to do is to start getting weekly mowing accounts once you have these youll be out and about everyday cutting and those clients will trust you and ask you for other work, i cant tell yuo how much work ive got from just getting a small $50 lawn, seroiusly on some house's over $15,000 a year, just from cutting a lawn, and then all the additional work they want plowing clean-ups fert, tree work, hard scape, planting mulch ect....dont turn down the lawns they are youre way in...good luck.....
     
  3. joelbouch

    joelbouch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 545

    porter thanks for the info i did some work out in oxford ma but moved yp here and i see way too many hacks am sorry for saying that but its true my truck is an 08 dodge so it dont need work ive done alot of extra in it though so i going use the snow seasion to make the captial for the units and go from there ive alardy been to northeast nursery do they have net 30 accounts there or only pay and pick up same day but is there a cheap place to dump come spring i will be taken over a account and they dont want anything dumped on site which is right but there current guy doesnt understand that
     
  4. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,931

    wow....that made my head hurt
     
  5. joelbouch

    joelbouch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 545

    whys that.....
     
  6. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 642

    you can set-up a charge there, i just have an account there so that i can get contractors prices, i cannot charge there though, i have another account at another nusery close by me where i can charge and its very useful cause i never have to pay for materials, and when i get my invoices in from my jobs that i charged stuff for on my account i just pay it off, and theres no interest, its a sweet deal....the onyl catch is that you have to charge a certain amount and its ALOT!.....im pritty sure you can dump at NEN, i would ask someone like mystic landscape, hes on here alot im sure hed let you know where he dumps.... i dump at a tree farm here in gloucester, $35 for brush/stumps/logs though i dont dump soft/or hard wood there i have a landscaper that i give it to in return for work, and leaves/grass are free..which is goo cause in the 2 weeks ive done clean-ups weve hauled proubly 15 + loads there.

    ya plowing for gear is a good idea, most of all the money i make plowing i put to new gear, on this winters list exmark TTHP 52" , coulpe of trimmers, enclosed trailer and i want to paint my chevy 3500 utility red to match my dump its navy blue know it looks awsome but i like it to match.
     
  7. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,604

    Yea me too!! Please please use some periods and spell check.
     
  8. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 642

    ya ya ya, what ever i suck at spelling, my GF does all my billing , im sure you can still understand it, lol i hope-
     
  9. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,604

    Hey the period this was for Joelbouch not you, but I forgive him also because looks like he's a PATS fan yea baby they looked good today...
     
  10. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 642

    oh its ok, i still cant spell well.
     

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