What do you guys think?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Jamesgateslandscaping, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    Hey everyone,
    I'm 18, from Amherst NH and I first strarted mowing lawns in 2nd grade for neighbors. I bought a 96 Chevy Silverado last spring in hopes of doing more work than I was but did not do as much as i thought.I have slowly grown maybe 1 lawn a year or 2, but not until this year has it really started to explode. I started offering snowplowing with our tractor around the neighborhood and got 4 accounts. I broke down and bought a used MM plow for my truck in the middle of winter. With the purchase of a loader for our JD 445, I really got rolling. I bark mulched all spring and picked up 10 lawns accounts. My dad sold our 6x10' trailer and I bought a new 16' trailer, and most recently a used cub cadet WB this fall. Earlier this fall I ended up buying the 6x10 trailer back from the family friend we sold it to . My parents have loaned me a lot of my money for start up, but I am almost paid off all in one season. I have networked with other local landscapers and designers for extra work, which I actually havnt needed cause Im so busy as it is. I now offer new lawns, driveway installation, bark mulching, lawn mowing and the list keeps growing. I will have all of my loans paid off (except truck) and still have a profit. I will become a company this winter and get insurance and hope to start walkways, patios, retaining walls, and synthetic putting greens in the spring.
    Current list of equipment
    96 1500 Silverado Ext cab, 7.5 ' MM
    6x16' trailer
    6x10' trailer
    01' JD 445 w/ 48" deck, bagger, loader, york rake, rear blade, front blade, thatcher
    JD 21" JX85
    Cub Cadet WB 48" deck
    JD straight shaft weed whacker
    RedMaxEB7001 BP blower
    Tons of handtools
    hopefully a dump trailer or dump truck in the spring
     
  2. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    forgot to add, I will be attending Thompson School at UNH for Landscaper design/Horticulture after I graduate.
     
  3. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    I wish I'd have had a clue when I was 18. I was too busy trying to find out how many different girls I could nail in a day...oh by the way, the record is 4..lol.

    There are some guys around my area that started out just like you. And they ain't doin' too bad nowadays either...
     
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Why two trailers?
     
  5. Lawnmower_Man

    Lawnmower_Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    man i wish my parents hooked me up like that! good luck on that dump truck!
     
  6. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    One trailer is to haul equipment, and the other is to haul brush and other trash. My dad sold the 6x10 for $300 in the spring and I bought it for what he sold it for, so I own both now. Its easier not to have to worry about having a trailer full of trash (weeds, brush, etc.) and have to take it to the dump (only open 3 days a week) just to use it. Plus, 2 trailers, no waiting.
     
  7. SHARP CUT LAWN SERVICE

    SHARP CUT LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    hey man that is good to hear about havin your own bussiness at 18 but i also started when i was 17 and gave it up at 20 i was in love and figured i would go and get a full time job then i turned 23and quit 10 months ago and went full time i am doin 53 yards a week and workin 7 days aweek in the summer time cause i am doin alot of landscapein jobs oh and man i am backin u up on the 2 trailer deal i need to trailers one for lawn and another for landscape who wants to come home at night and unload a trailer full of mulch just to load up moweres for the next day 2000 and 2005 f250
    16 ft open tarailer all stihl equipment
    36 exmark toro52 hydro walk behind with velke
    and 223 grass hopper mid mount deck 52 inch deck
     
  8. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444


    this is the best thing you can do for your new business. never stop learning. if you offer it you better know how to do it.
     
  9. Patrick.B

    Patrick.B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 251

    Green Dreams,,,LOL back when i was 18 ...heck..don't remember seeing Lawn Service Back then ..now theys all over the place ,, Good Luck !!
     
  10. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    Heres an update guys, Im almost halfway done my first semester at the Thompson school and am learning a ton of very useful information. I still am growing as we speak, even though Im not accuiring many fall cleanups because of school, only 20-30, don't want to get to far ahead of myself. I formed my LLC and obtained insurance ($1 mil). I bought a scag wb to replace my cub cudet, what a difference:p , its a 2003 and paid only $1200 for it, I thought it was a steal. I ended up with around 25 lawn accounts for mowing, with construction filling the rest of the week. I am currently on the hunt for a 1 ton dump (2001-2006) and plan on getting on sometime before or during the winter. I bought a fisher Xblade to run on my 05 GMC Sierra, so I will have two plow trucks out this winter and will have between 40-50 accounts. In the spring I plan on leasing a skid steer and at some point buying a enclosed trailer also. I also plan on selling my 96 Chevy and lease a new GMC 3/4 ton or 1 ton SRW Single cab as a crew truck. On november 9-10 I will be getting my ICPI (international concrete paver institute) certification to install concrete pavers, which will hopefully generate a lot of income. In the spring, my yellow page ad will premere in the talking phone book also.
    Well, I always love hearing input, if anyone has anything let me know, or any questions are more than welcomed.
    Thanks guys
    James
     

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