another business idea?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by fromTEXAS!, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. fromTEXAS!

    fromTEXAS! LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    if i was to start another business what would you suggest that will be stable and provide income since im out of the business now feels weird that im not working at all!!! im itching to go out mow but cant sucks big time. so this time i would have to take a much larger risk in taking a loan from a bank since i live with my parents dont have anything to worry about it makes it soooo much better plus i help them around the place all the time whatever they want me to do without complaint of course. gotta respect them anyways. :) :rolleyes: :sleeping:
  2. SellOut

    SellOut LawnSite Member
    from Zone 8
    Messages: 101

    I would suggest starting another company you maybe could tie in with your current landscaping business.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I've always thought of a limousine business ...
    I'm good mechanically so that would be cool, and same basic principles:
    Regular customers, regular routes, regular payola!

    From what I hear, you need like 3 limos:
    One standard, one stretch and one super stretch.

    Then it wouldn't hurt to have a 4th one around in case one of the 3 mains breaks, I guess another stretch. Now you got insurance on 4 limos but you CAN buy used limos in decent shape for 5-10k each.
  4. AMount

    AMount LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    (Edging is for folks who don't know how to use a weedeater.)

    Can we see some pics of your weedeater edge?
  5. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    I was thinking the same thing, But I have a twist that I'm not going to tell. After a while all limos look the same.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yes you may but I will tell you I do NOT do straight edges, I do 45-degree angles (or so) to be different for one but it's easier as well.
    The trick is load the weed-eater motor on top of your right shoulder and you HAVE to wear hearing protection, then let it hang down and use your hands as guides: It's like having a weedeater on a tripod.
    Here's a pic of the weed-eater: (notice the off-center handle)
    And, some edge:
    (the pic is a bit blurred, if u look close u can see the angle)
    Also here's 1 with stripes + edge:

    The last one you can still see a crop-circle (from before I got into striping) and the corner has a rough spot on the edge.
  7. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Just a quick response to the edging comment - my employees do use edgers.
    When you have two miles of concrete sidewalks that require edging at least twice a month, dedicated edgers are much faster than handtrimmers.
    I have even used the edgit guide-works well but doesn't last in the soil conditions my company operates in.
  8. Triple R

    Triple R LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244

    To be honest those aren't very good edges, especially along the walkway.
  9. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    That's just trimming...not edging
  10. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    I would have to agree that the edges along that walkway are atrocious.

    Here's some two day old edges done with an edger. Edging walkways and driveways with a weedeater is for people who are too cheap to buy an edger.


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