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Please help me! Want to start a biz! =)

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Keely737, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    Spend the time now to figure out how many lawns and other projects you can take on in one week. I didnt at the beginning and let me tell you, it is a MAJOR pain to do when you have 20 or 30 lawns to do each week, plus landscaping projects, and fixing your gear, ect... Just budget your time just as much as you would your money
    Rule #1 no debt
    Rule #2 WRITTEN business plan
    Rule #3 budget your time
    Rule #4 pay the rent cost, pay your helpers, pay bills, pay for gear, pay yourself. You are always the last person to get paid.
    Rule #5 Get insurance and get licensed
    Those are my rules, anyone else have any to add?
     
  2. MasScape

    MasScape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 258

    Don't get in a lot of debt. Very season business that can have cash flow issues at times even for the big companies. If you have to get a loan get it with long term so payments are low. That way in good times you can pay way more then payment. And make the minimum payment in slow periods.

    Lil more advise to save money.
    Website: use go daddy or something. They are cheap hosting and have website editors that make it easy to build your own.
     
  3. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Posts: 555

    Only do what you or your husband know for the first year. It sounds like you should do lawn and landscape, with a couple small hardscaping patios or walkways. If you've never done irrigation, then forget about it, it's not just laying houses and a sprinkler head in the ground.

    -Michael
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Don't go into debt, until your sure this is the path you want to take, it'll take a season or two to figure that out. Once your sure, then you'll need to take on some debt in order to grow the business, but by then you should have a clientale built up at least a small one and have some cash flow going. Don't go crazy with the debt but you'll know what you need to grow. Start small and go for it. Use this site to ask questions along the way there are tons of experienced people on here who have been there and done that. This site alone has helped me more than I can say.
     

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