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How did you??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Thinmint, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    Im going to be finishing up college within the next year in turfgrass science. Im wondering how all of you guys with excavation and running heavy equipment.

    Im feeling that with my degree ill be able to do alot of lawn installs and some grading work based on knowledge of soils i have aquired.

    So what i want to know is...how did you all get going and take on work.

  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    I hope you have bigger plans for yourself then making yards with your degree in turf grass.:dizzy: Before you get out take some business classes to include marketing. A few short clues: Make sure that there is a need for the service where your at. With the housing market crash, not much of that going on here anyway, back in the day it was a great gig. You will need at least a skid steer/CTL or small tractor, Harley rake/Preparator, tiller or scarifier, and likely some kind of dump tailer or dump body on pickup. Then a trailer and tow vehicle. Of course insurance, operating capital, and a line of credit helps. None of the above needs to be new, but it still is a good bit of money.
  3. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
    Posts: 704

    I was in the same boat as you a just a few years ago. I came out of college with a horticulture, turf grass managment, and a minor in business. It is pretty tough to start out in excavating. I didnt have any money bascially and a line of credit was not an option for me. So I had to work with what I had which was pretty much noting. What I did was start out in landscaping and lawn care. I have built up my business to where we have some of the equipment to do excavating. This is equipment that we used installing landscapes and lawns. So now I can market myself to do small excavation. So kind of builds off of each other. Hope this helps.
  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    I did good, but I'm smart enough to know when to jump ship. And the ship is almost sunk.
  5. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    yeah i am not sure where i want to go with the degree. BUt im trying to explore options. Running a skid seems like it would keep ya busy yet not get old like mowing.

    Ive got a year so ill be talking around some more

    thanks guys
  6. kreft

    kreft LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    where did u get you degree?
  7. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Posts: 943

    Marketing is 99% of my problems day to day. I can do the work, and I feel Im beter than 95% of my competition. But with out being able to sell yourself then considder your business done before it even gets started.
  8. Thinmint

    Thinmint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    penn state university

    supposed to have a really really good program compared to others

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