How much debt is safe to carry?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by 32vld, Jul 5, 2013.

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  1. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    no i just think i might take a few years, being a newer company there essentials to buy once they are paid for then i see no issue with that idea, it sounds like a really good idea. any company that is pricing stuff right, and that has self control, should be able to do that. maybe by their 3rd or 4th year i would think.
  2. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    that's good, but I wouldn't be bragging about that. And if you have been doing this for 40 years and that is all you have to show for it......
  3. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    it took me 10 years. and when you save money... you pay taxes. I could have bought another house with the taxes I had to pay.
  4. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you not pay yourself and take the profit out of your business?
  5. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
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    It has worked for you but in 2002 (August 2nd, couldn't be a worst time) I was in a vehicle accident that crushed my left leg and 5" of bone had to be fused and put back together. 16 weeks in bed and 6 months of rehab. 3 months of back to work and then broke my right foot getting out of bed of truck. If I only had 3 months in the bank I would of been sunk. Did have a good employee at the time that kept things half way running.
  6. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    yes I am an s-corp and deduct my salary among many other things(I own my commercial building outright and I lease it to my business etc), but I still got nailed...
  7. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Some of the stuff said in this thread cracks me up.

    There's either alot of kids living with parents, guys who's wives make ALOT of money and pay all their personal bills (IE home/auto/utilities), or alot of people that don't grow much per year and hang on to equipment for 15-20 years and continually bandaid it to get by. Not saying there aren't some people that are debt free or can purchase equipment cash but geez EVERYONE on here is that way? Lawnsite must be only the smartest most business minded LCO's out there, because from what I've seen in the real world, LCO's are usually idiots that charge too little. The 50% of gross in savings is probably my favorite. Most guys don't even make 50% profit on jobs lol, explain how they'll have 50% saved!

    I just can't believe EVERYONE on here purchases their trucks and everything cash and never finance a thing, unless we're all running trucks for 20 years, mowers for 10-15 years, especially with the cost of equipment these days. I financed my mower, and paid it off in the first year just because I didn't want to be out 14k in one hit. I financed my new truck, but I was smart about it and bought a left over and got them 15K off msrp and will pay it off in a year and a half because it was only 20K. If for some reason I have to sell the truck guess what, they had 2 year old used trucks on the same lot for 7K more than I paid new, so I think I'm safe.

    No debt is good debt, smart debt is acceptable, some debt is real life.
  8. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just for fun, what are your gross sales that you have half of in a bank?

    Entrepreneurs know the term bootstrapping...
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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    it makes for entertaining reading.
  10. RWI

    RWI Banned
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    1.5 mil... Although i had one really good year and did 2.7 mil.
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