Going on my own

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JimD40, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. JimD40

    JimD40 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I decided to pull the trigger and start my own company. I'm funding it, so I'm starting small, as needed equipment. Basics I have except back pack blower, hedge trimmer, extended hedge trimmer, and rear tine roto tiller. Oh yeah, and a truck. That's another story. Need blower and hedge trimmer. I've never bought new, nor used new. There's a limited number of equipment companies around, so the prices are high. One dealer is Stihl, Exmark, John Deere, Cub, and the other is Echo, Husq, Shindiawa, Toro. I've done a ton of homework, and one thing I've discovered is some used equipment is solid, others aren't worth the asking price. Also, my clientele and potential clientele feel appearance has a direct representation on themselves. So I'm leaning towards new, solid, yet reliable. Thanks for your time.

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  2. Whittaker's Lawn and Snow

    Whittaker's Lawn and Snow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    I just started my business on march 22, 2014. Eh I bought almost all my hand tools new. There all stihl. Blower, trimmer, hedge trimmer, chainsaws etc. My mower I.bought a nice used john deere gt.275. Am in the process of buying a truck, and have recently bought a trailer and fixed it up with lights, paint, and deck.boards. whats your.budget?
  3. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    If I just started my first year just doing lawns I would starve. I worked on cars until I had enough business.

    What I don't get is how some guys can get 50 new lawns in one year. Around here if you get a extra 15 lawns your doing great. If I pick up 5 more lawns this year I'm happy.

    Maybe its the one town I work in there are way too many landscaping companies.
  4. S&S Lawn ServiceLLC

    S&S Lawn ServiceLLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    I am with ya on this.
    I worked for a body shop and put my notice in last year, they didn't want me to leave so we agreed on me working half days.With that being said they knew without me telling them I would be leaving for good and going on my own.
    I couldn't ask to work for better people.
    Back to it, I agree, no way would I go on my own with only a handful of clients. How would I pay my expenses right?!
    Good luck to everyone this year and stay safe.
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  5. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    On Sunday night me and around 5 other landscapers in town get together and talk. Last year nobody picked up 50 new lawns in fact nobody picked up 20 new lawns. Average here is 10 and then you in loosing a few.

    I'm keeping my clients in the land of landscapers by the hundreds and I'm going to go and get a few new ones in the next town and pick up fresh blood.

    Can someone tell me how to get 50 new clients this spring and If it works I will mail you a get out of jail free card.
  6. S&S Lawn ServiceLLC

    S&S Lawn ServiceLLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    Yeah I'd be happy with 10!
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  7. JimD40

    JimD40 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    My budget is shoe string. 10k. Company is legal, insured, website, accounting, lawyer, etc. is paid. Now need a couple pieces of equipment. I'm avoiding being on a mower all day. So far, so good on landscape renovations and clean ups. I don't even have a lawn to mow actually.

    ALC LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    If memory serves me correctly my first year I picked up 30 new accounts. My price was low and I was very aggressive, after 3 or 4 years I had 160 accounts all in a 10 mile radius. My only source of advertising was flyers and word of mouth. In 2001 I sold my lawn business and went strictly into hardscaping, now im back in the lawncare business starting all over again.
  9. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    ALC do you regret selling all your lawns.

    Jim good on you at least your legit company and your doing it right.

    I'm like you guys I pay insurance and have coverage. I'm pretty much a solo operation and only cut Thursday and Friday.
    Monday to Wed I do trees, stumps, interlocking, sod jobs and so on. I do get help when the going its tough I'm 42 and I feel it now after work.

    The thing I like about lawns is you get a ton of side jobs all year. So I figure when you price a lawn and get it you may get a lot of extra jobs with it.
  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,076

    it' simpleĀ… charge $17.50 per acre and spring cleans ups for free! you'll have tons of new business!:laugh:

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