What is the best mower to purchase? Zero or walk behind

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BetterLawns&Gardens, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    That is the way to do it! Good job! I use an FS95 Stick edger. http://www.stihlusa.com/products/edgers/professional-edgers/fc95/ And you really just have to load them into a trash can, or trash bag, but you should only have to do that once.
    So you have your work cut out for you:
    -Price a truck-
    -Get a 36' Walk Behind Mower
    -Get a Straight Shaft Commercial String Trimmer
    -Get a Commercial Handheld Blower
    -Get spare spark plugs, and filters for all your equipment
    -Get a small tool kit to keep with you in the car for repairs
    -Write a Business Plan, detailing everything you plan on doing and how you are going to do it
    I'd say that will get you off to a good start!
     
  2. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    I haven't written an business plan but i do have a "welcome packet explaining rules payments how to pay website services and a bunch of other stuff i also planned on doing a yearly maintenance plan with a 5% discount i have lawn pro free version for software that i have been using for invoices this year i did pay at the door next year i plan to have it pay by the month service then bill due on the 15th struggling with how i want to do the yearly plan getting it in print, but i am looking into maybe getting service auto pilot which has a section that covers those so i may wait until i get that before i put it in final print to see if it has some contracts that come with it. but i really don't liek the monthly plan thing i liked the idea of paying for the software once and being done but i really like all the extra stuff it offers! i could go on all day with all the cool little things it does all in one place instead of using several dif things but what do i need an official business plan for unless i planned on getting a loan? which i do not want one
     
  3. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    oh wow the price of that edger is expensive!!! 419 at rural king which i didn't know until this week that we even had one close
     
  4. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    You need a business plan for having a company, once you get to a point where you have to get a loan, alot of places will ask to see it. As well as investors wont invest in your company unless you have a strong business plan
     
  5. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    And yes, it is, but that is because it is basically the best one out there
     
  6. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    I did find a sample business plan last night and edited most of it to suit me but I don't plan on getting a loan. smart saving and between taxes and if i ever need to do it again i can use the title loan thing again. My house bills are taken care of from his job, so what ever i made doing the lawn care is "free money" so to speak. But if i do ever need more than what i have for repairs or new equipment before i can get a bunch saved up i can always get a title loan which is what i did to get the trailer, i am paying that off with my income taxes and getting more equipment so if for some reason i do need it this year i can always do that again. and why would i need an investor? isn't that soemone who gives me a big check and gets back a certain percentage of the company? I don't have the need for something like that. I plan to keep it some what small but yet big enough to be a decent size business. Only staying local, and doing general lawn maintenance maybe some day get into the design part of it but i don't know about that part of it yet
     
  7. BetterLawns&Gardens

    BetterLawns&Gardens LawnSite Member
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    How much do you pay your employees? More than min wage or right at it? How much more do you pay the manager, crew leader, head driver, what ever you call him/her? Just curious right now I am planning on paying my head guy 1.5 more than min wage and the "helper" min wage? Do you think in that business that is fair and how would i find out in my area are other biz owners in my area willing to offer this information?
     

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