How Did You Start Out?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by MJS, May 4, 2008.

  1. TylerJohnLandscaping

    TylerJohnLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    i started age 14 with a little jd tractor 42" now 17 taking it up a step
    48" wright stander
    36" exmark wb
    13hp billy goat
    and the other **** that goes on and on
  2. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    Got started mowing a neighbor's lawn when i was about 10 years old, used her 21'' lawn boy and after 3 years when she moved to Florida she gave it to me. Mowed with it into high school and picked a cheap green machine weedwacker and homelite blower. Quit doing lawns while in college, but worked for a landscaper days I didn't have class, used that money to buy a 48'' bobcat wb after I graduated and was able to mow again. Since then I've upgraded to a 61" procat to speed things up a little and still use the 48'' as well. Bigger trailers, trucks, and all the equipment for hardscapes, and helpers have come as well.
  3. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    And by the way, the neighbor who gave me the lawnboy has since moved back into the area, and I'm mowing her lawn again, just a different property and a bigger mower!
  4. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    little red wagon, ya know the ones you pull your kids around in. tied to the back of a off brand 42"mower. echo trimmer and stihl blower. drove it down the road to neighbors houses.
  5. thewall

    thewall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    while in fulltime employment i secured a 10 day hedgecutting job at a stately house ihad no truck,trailer,hedgetrimmer,rakes i had nothing,so i hired somebody with all the equipment and with the money i made brought some tools to get me going.
  6. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    That's being creative! With credit not as easily gotten as it was, more people will start out in ways like that. Probably a good thing.
  7. thewall

    thewall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Thanks mate:drinkup:
  8. mowgirl

    mowgirl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I started out by working for another guy...happened to be my boyfriend at the time. I had just been divorced and had been a stay at home job in years. After working w/the dude for a few months how saw how much better a job I could do w/my own biz. He said sure, gave me five accounts, and watched me grow. I bought a 36" Snapper new...then a sulky. Weed eater, blower, and edger were all Echo--new.
  9. Texas Lawn

    Texas Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    I started out with a mower and a dream
  10. mowgirl

    mowgirl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    That's funny. I started my lawn because my original dream (of a perfect marriage) was shattered! So my NEXT dream was lawn care!!

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