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Hey guys how much will this benifit me

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bigw, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    Hey guys how much will this benifit me and my company to learn about and get my applicators license for pesticides,is it worth all the studing and reading that the pennsylvania dept of AG just sent to me.I understand the more you know the more you can do but sometimes things just are not cost effective,so would i be wise to persue this. I hope this aint a dumb question.
  2. crazy4green

    crazy4green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Depends on weather at this time you want to put the money into all the equipment to apply it correctly.
  3. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    I should have said other then buying the equipment,i can get most equipment pretty cheap.
  4. crazy4green

    crazy4green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I would get the license. So when a customer asks if you can do this or that you can without any worries about beeing fined and it will lead to more buisness and thats always good.
  5. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    BigW, I've had my business 2 years full time, this past summer I started getting numerous phone calls and current customers asking if I could fertilize/ weed control on their properties, including a few of my larger commercial properties.
    I say, if you have the time (no snow here, I'm taking the courses now, while I have the time) and the funds to get the certification/ register the biz./ buy the insurance, then do it now. As your business grows, and you get busier, it will be harder to dedicate the time to it.
    Another option is to look into the availability of a local outfit that you could sub the fert. to for the first year or two until your business takes off a little. At least in NY, it is quite an investment of time and money to put out, if you dont get the business to return that investment.
    My .02
  6. Fert33

    Fert33 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Central Pa
    Messages: 133

    By reading some of your previous posts, my initial thought is don't do it. I mean your company takes pride in catering to the elderly. In my area most elderly folks are on fixed incomes. Aside from getting there lawn cut, I find that there is not much more money to be thrown at a lawn program. Of course it depends on the areas that you target for business. Don't get me wrong, for the money ferting is where it's at. If you can do it great, those were just my first thoughts. Good Luck:usflag:
  7. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    With you just starting out your going to have a lot on your mind as it is. You can get by for a couple years without doing applications and do just fine. Personally I would wait and focus on building your customer base rather than learning/worrying about spraying.

    I just got my license last year and I don't have that many spray customers yet, but I am spending to much time because I don't have the right equipment. I get my new sprayer on Friday and I hope I will be much more productive for the upcoming season.
  8. AustinLawnscape

    AustinLawnscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    GravelyGuy - what type of sprayer are you getting. I'm curious because I'm looking now myself.
  9. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

  10. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    Thanks for all the advice i am thinking i will study and take the course now that i do have the time, and then i will learn it as time goes on.Then when the time feels right and i am in a good situation i will proceed to the next step which would be to get some equipment.For now i am going to really concentrate on crawling before i start walking and work on my lawn accounts.

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