New Guy in Alabama.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by JMMARICH, Apr 16, 2009.


    JMMARICH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    So its official as of last Monday. I am 31, married, a 2 1/2 year old girl, and have been a lumber broker for the last 9 years. Before that I was in the Marine Corps Reserve and a Deputy. The lumber business has been horrible related to the housing market. My company went under and here I am.

    I have always cut grass for neighbors and I actually have always loved doing it. Hell, I cut my yard with a reel mower and get a real kick out of it.

    I got my business license in my city and county Monday. Insurance is done. I am cutting 5 yards so far and have about 2000 business cards I am blanketing the area with Sunday night (rain until then).

    I am using a family trailer (quite a bit of work on my part to get it up to spec). I am running a 21 Craftsman mower (the self propel is currently inop), used Echo 210 trimmer, Ryobi blade edger, and Ryobi backpack blower. I refuse to take on any debt with this company and I am going to build it from the ground up with cash in hand.

    Thanks to everyone for the great website and great information!

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Good for you. It's nice to hear about guys starting out the right way. Good luck to you this season and welcome to the site!
  3. seachaser

    seachaser LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Good luck! If you can "boot strap" a business it will pay off large in the long run. I'm a Florida boy who took a job with a 2 year plan in Montgomery and ended up there 18 years. I was president of the Alabama Turfgrass Association in the early 90's and still have many connections in your area. If you would like, I can pass your information to some friends in your area. Networking is great when the money is tight! Also, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!

    edit - you can't post an email address at the site. thanks, Mike

    JMMARICH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    That would be awesome. Any contacts and information would be appreciated. I am advertising all over, and any of the really large yards that I just don't have the capability to do effectively, I would gladly pass on the account to someone more senior. Email on the way.


  5. reveti

    reveti LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    good luck to you, from the guys down south

    JMMARICH LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Thanks! I lived in Long Beach MS from 05 - 07. Hows the work down there?
  7. reveti

    reveti LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    man, this is my first year full time, but i can't complain, my bus. is steady growing so I am moving in the right direction.
  8. JonathanW

    JonathanW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    What part of Alabama are you in? I am in the Leeds area (about 15 mins North of B'ham)

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