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My Plan

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by AkJohn, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. AkJohn

    AkJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Hello all let me first say i love this site been doing a lot of research lately

    I have been doing lawn care for about 3 years as a crew leader and i have come to the point where i want to run my own company.

    I plan on just starting as a one man crew untill i gain enough clients

    I just baught a 2004 silverado 1500 and i should have around 6,000 for equipment
    I live in Anchorage AK and most of the lawns in my target area are small to medium so im sure i can get away with a 21'' to start anyway

    My thing's to buy list

    2.Honda 21''
    3. Stihl or Honda trimmer
    4. probably the Stihl br600 back pack blower
    5. a trailer

    besides the insurance i should be able to get equipment for right around 3,000
    cheaper if i can find a deal on craigslist but i dont see commercial equipment on there very often.that leaves the other 3,000 for extra blades,filters,gas can's trim line and marketing oh yea and insurance to waiting on a quote for that

    is there anything i may be forgetting i want to do this right
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Might want to get some forthe snow this time of year lol
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  3. AkJohn

    AkJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Im still working for another company this year since i wont have the funds till right around December plus ive never done snow removal before i know it cant be that hard but it will give me a edge on bidding job and what not

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Operate out of the back of your truck instead of getting a trailer for a 21" mower. Wait until you get more money and bigger properties, then get the trailer. You will then need it for a zt.
  5. AkJohn

    AkJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    i was considering that as well
    I did get a website up I'm sure it has some error's in it ill have to double check it

    also it seems every single company up here uses the 21'' Honda's Should i fallow there lead and do the same or is there some other options i should consider as well

    I think I'm forced to go with Stihl blowers as I'm not sure there's any other dealer in the area
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I would wait on the trailer. Cabella's sells metal ends that bolt onto 2x8 or 2x10 and turns them into ramps.

    How small is small? Sf please? How long does it take to do these small lawns?
    Do people have gates fences or are the properties open so you can use larger mowers?

    Not pro or con on Hondas. But remember whatever brand you buy make sure there is a dealer that can locally service them.

    After two weeks once the lawn growing season is over what would you do till next summer?
  7. AkJohn

    AkJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    not sure on the footage but i should be able to get one done in 30 to 40 minutes by my self most back yards are gated 36 to 40 inches just guessing there some with wide gates you could back a truck into

    my currant company uses a 48'' walk behind and just on my route for the week ill do probably 70 lawn's and ill use the 48'' 12 to 15 times per week

    i was thinking a 36'' would get a lot more use and that would probably one of my next investments when some money start's rolling in

    as for the off season ill probably pick up a couple snow blowers
  8. AkJohn

    AkJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

  9. dontsayit_sprayit

    dontsayit_sprayit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    i didnt see any contact info on your website? i dont know if that matters or not. also, i wouldnt lime in the spring time...
  10. Aaronnc

    Aaronnc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7B
    Messages: 354

    You can google "Cheapest way to accept credit cards" and read for weeks. The traditional method is starting up a Merchant Account with whoever you bank with. Preferably with whoever your business account is with, if you have one. Wells-Fargo: https://www.wellsfargo.com/biz/merchant/options/gateways/ima/index Fees will vary.

    Also, software like "Service Autopilot" will let you accept online credit/debit payments. http://www.lawnservicesoftware.com/ Runs $30-$80 a month. (It also offers a WHOLE lot more, so you can check out their different services and everything it entails.)

    Lastly, if you own a smartphone, their are different "readers" you can attach and swipe a card right there onsite.
    ProPay (Wells-Fargo): http://www.propay.com/
    Square: https://squareup.com/?gclid=CKDW_caxlKwCFY9b7Aod3meLng
    Fees Vary, but the ProPay "flash reader" looks to have the lowest rates. You swipe the card, and it stores 71 transactions, and then when you get back home, you upload it to your computer and get paid.

    Good Luck.

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