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Highschool Mowing Business Thread

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JTLAWNS, May 7, 2011.


    JTLAWNS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    Figured i'd make a little thread for all the highschoolers that have a mowing business.

    Whats your equipment and how many yards do you have? Whats your future plans?
  2. NPMinc

    NPMinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    More importantly do you have Commercial Auto Insurance, Liability Insurance, Pay Taxes on your income,etc? Also do you(and your parents) know if you are under 18 your parents will be held liable for any damage you cause? Sorry just had to!!
  3. eastcoastmowing

    eastcoastmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Hey, me too. my equipment is my down below. I'm maxed out right now, going right from school and working til dark. I need something for the summer to keep me busy when mowing dies down and I have more time. I just picked up a Landa 3000psi pressure washer and hope this might do the trick. not sure where I will be in 5 years.
  4. VanAllen's Lawn Service

    VanAllen's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    All my stuff is listed below, I don't have but one customer. I still work at a body shop though.

    JTLAWNS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    Workin on it haha, i knew it was coming. But seriously, we need to rly start thinkin ab insurance, bc we plan on getting bigger and we've done some talking to our parents about it.
  6. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,810

    I am getting going seriously this year...have done a few yards in the past...most of my equipment is listed below. Im still in high school.
  7. ivyslawncare

    ivyslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 247

    Just a freshman so i cant do much until im 16. I have commercial plates on my truck(registered under my father), but thats just about it as far as getting "big". I plan to get my license for spraying and insured and everything else when im 16. Cant really say where ill be in a couple years. Fert and landscaping is where the moneys at though!
  8. rockerchris

    rockerchris LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    17 up here in Toronto. I have a niche lawn business for inner city yards. I have 27 yards @ $25.00 per cut (minimum rate). I am able to do them all with a push mower that I tow around in a proper bicycle trailer. It works great, while the guys with trucks and trailers are stuck in traffic...I am busy making money. Also do cleanups and even landscaping. Did my first sod job at 14 (Still looking good). Trying to get more into the landscaping side of the business and the lawn cutting side is a good client base to do this.

    Lawn Equipment:
    LawnBoy Residential (Upgrading to the commercial Toro 21" 22155 at the end of the month)
    Stihl FS90-R
    Echo PB250 Blower
    Rakes, Brooms, Etc.

    Other Equipment:
    BCE 2500 PSI Pressure Washer
    Echo HC150 Hedge Trimmer
    Shindiawa 802RT Backpack blower (for cleanups)
    100 000 BTU Weed Dragon Weed Flamer
    Craftsman Roto-Tiller
    +Other Misc. Handtools

    Looking to upgrade and add more equipment this year. Right-now I am a one man show, but am looking to add some guys once I get my company to that point. Right now I am in between that threshold of too much work for myself...but not enough to take someone else on. I currently work 25 hours a week, but like it. It's nice to make $25/hour while my buddy's at McDonnalds are making minimum wage.

    Does anyone else running a high school lawn business actually utilize proper accounting methods? I switched last year from using my memory to Quickbooks PRO and it has made all the difference. Keeping track of your money is important and proper accounting software may be your greatest piece of equipment. Sure a new exMark or Toro mower may get the job done faster but properly tracking your money will take you even further.
  9. Guzzo856

    Guzzo856 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    IM a senior this year. I have about 22 res, and a bunch of commercial, i also do snow removal, thats where i make the most money. I pay for both my trucks and insurance. I have 5 guys working for me
  10. JTlawns2

    JTlawns2 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 51

    What trucks are you running?

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