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How did you start?And what year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by workaholic, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Just curious about how some started in lawn& landscape business. Did you start out slow and bought equitment as you needed or did you go all out and spend a small fortune and hope you got enough work to cover your operation?
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Started part time to offset child support small and added a I grew. Full time now 11 years later
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Started full time in 94 after full medical disability discharge from Fortune 500 company...spent a ton of clams too in case you're wondering.
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    There's an entire forum for telling your story and how you started. Lots of good stories there. Mine story is here. I started part time, slowly, and in my 3rd year went fulltime. I bought the equipment as I went, as I could afford it. I've seen too many guys spend too much at first and lose their shirts.

  5. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Started part-time after my fulltime high paying job just up and moved to another state. I was working p/t for my father-n-law
    and he started me off with about 12 accounts and I just grew from there, have been F/T for two years now and I love all of it except the the occassionl "low baller" or "scrub" but overall have no regrets.
  6. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I started my business in Jan of 1999. I feel very blessed to have started with good commercial accounts, commercial insurance and new commercial equiptment. It did help that I had about $7000.00 dollars in the bank from the sale of a Chevy 4wd truck that I sold right before we moved down here. I am NOT bragging, I just feel fortunate.
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Started spring of 75, quit working at Ford on sun. Mortgage house on mon and started to look for work tues waiting to get the $$$ from the second mortgage took a few wks { no computers then}
    Had a few jobs lined up and bought new equipment and never looked back. Not alot of competition back then only the rich and commercial ever used a "landscaper"

  8. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Started PT a few years back and bought more equipment as time went on. Went full time 1 1/2 years ago and things have been going great.
  9. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Just got tired of corporate politics.
    Started 3 years ago, got serious 2 years ago and plan on making it a career this year.
  10. sgallaher

    sgallaher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Started last year as a part time business. Have been cutting yards (family, neighbors) for since I was about 14. This year I am going to try and go full time. Once I reach a comfortable number of customers and signed contracts stating a comfortable amount of income I hope to quit. I am hoping that by mid summer I should be able to. We'll just have to see. This year I took out a 1/3 page ad in the Yellow Book. It comes out around May. A friend of mine in the business around my area said that was the best advertising he did, his phone rang non-stop and had to turn people away. He's been in the phone boof for a few years now.

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