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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by edson, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. edson

    edson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    So i just recently found this page today, and i am glad I did. I am struggling right now money wise. I am in college, married, working a part time job and my wife does not have a job. We were trying to figure out how to make some more money while working only the weekends. Than I had the idea during this past weekend, of mowing lawns. it is an "easy" way to get money. Since I used to cut the grass when I lived with my parents, and I think I know enough about the job.
    I had the idea to go to home depot and apply for a credit card and purchase several stuff. But I was hesitant about this because i did not know if the money was going to come quick or not. I need advise. on what to do. one option is what i mention earlier about the credit card. and the other option is to just borrow the mower, a weedwacker and a electrical blower from my father. I guess that this option will require more work by only having a mower. My father lives 4 hours from me and since i am visiting them this weekend it would be very convenient trip.
    Some of the stuff i wanted to buy at home depot are the following:
    -walk behind mower
    -a riding mower
    and some other stuff and the money just add up to where i was very hesitant about it. now let me remind you this was an impulse decision that i had before i visited this website.

    If you have any other pointers for me, i will appreciate it a lot.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. noriega

    noriega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Well edson what I think you should do is keep your overhead cost down when you are starting out. Let say you get everything on credit your profit is going into paying it back. What if work is slow? Now you have an extra payment to deal with. if you can borrow the equipment from your dad I think that is good. When you start making some money you can start purchasing your own. You should put a business plan together whether you are doing this for extra money or a career.
  3. edson

    edson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    thanks noriega i already had the intention to do a business plan but haven't started it yet. And yeah i know in the beginning the profit will be only to pay back the credit card back but i was considering like an investment but like you said if the work is slow it only will be an extra payment. what i have done so far are design for business cards and i am designing a flyer to put around subdivisions. And maybe i will try at first with only the borrowed equipment, i still have until the weekend to decide.
  4. noriega

    noriega LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    How is the competition in your area? I did flyers my first year and I only got 2 calls out of 500 flyers. If you are low on cash you can post on craigslist and find some work there I've got some good customers from there. Bussiness cards are great I keep mine simple just black lettering on a white card. Pass them out to everybody you can (clerk at the grocery store, people at school, etc.) Try bulletin boards in your area school, church, etc. Good luck!
  5. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    You have to be in this for the long haul. Financing any HD crap is stupid. For right now I'd get some used equipment and pay cash.
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  6. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,191

    Two thoughts from me: Do your business plan FIRST, before anything else.
    How else would you know whether the whole idea is feasible? On a lesser note, most folks like to have their lawn mowed FOR the weekend not ON the weekend.
    Good luck. Nice to see people who are willing to work.
  7. edson

    edson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    the problem is that i dont have enough cash to pay for equipment like that, that is why I opted for financing.
    and i do not know too much about equipment, what are brands to stay away from, and what are the good ones that will not be too expensive?
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    You need to do some searching around for equipment before financing.

    My first year of lawns and landscape maintenance, I had a push mower (15 bucks), string trimmer, (10 bucks), used crapsman back-pack blower, (50 bucks).

    I had to work on them a little bit, but nothing major. If you've got a truck, your good to go.
  9. edson

    edson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks for your reply's. I guess i will start small so that i don't get in debt, i will ask my father for some equipment for just a month or 2 and i will start looking for used equipment to buy, after i get some money.
  10. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 736

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2009

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