Newbie all around

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by white1, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    New to the web site, new to lawncare, and new to being self-employed.

    Long story short, Ive been wanting to do this for a few years, have a friend much younger than me making what I do, and he is doing it after school. Used to pressure wash, but only after work. Got laid off from work yesterday so now Im full time lol.

    Bought a 48" hustler super duty, 2 Shindiawa T270's and a Shindaiwa blower (dont remember the model) ended up buying another truck to pull it all with too.

    Just wanted to drop in and say hey, and keep my eyes oper for any tips.
  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    sorry about the tough luck. hope this works out or you. unfortunately i think your jumping the gun. the equipment that you just mentioned is very premature. you have got to cut a ton of yard for the payments you now have. you could have gotten equipment used that would suit you just fine. i wish you the best. and welcome to LS
  3. RossP

    RossP LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    sorry bout the lay off.. good luck with your new venture and welcome to the site! If you have any questions ask away (thats what I do). Most of these people are willing to help a newcomer out.
  4. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Fortunately my payments are $0. I probably should have started with a walk behind, and considered it, and some lesser trimmers, but oh well I went all out. I had planned on a bigger mower, but was advised to stay with a 48 to get in more backyards.

    Thanks for the concern though. The layoff is common in my line of (previous) work, Im happy about it, but not comfortable with it I guess is the best way to say it. It was tough working 10 hours a day, then running home and trying to cut grass. I was only getting one yard done, and wasnt getting home till about 8pm every night. At least now I get more time with the family
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    Sounds like you bought some good equipment...that's the way to go. Now go get some lawns to cut.

    Good Luck.
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    if your already cutting yards then great. i wouldnt have bought all that equipment at once though unless i had 30 contracts w/ ppl that already knew my work so i would know that i had $$$$ coming in for sure. but you know your business and i dont, so i apologize if i was harsh, still seems a little premature, but i wish you the best.
  7. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I didnt take it harsh. And I really did appreciate the comment. This has been something Ive been wanting to start for a few years, and I was financially able to get everything new at one time, so I jumped in with both feet so to speak. I have no payments, so Im not in a financial bind with it, but I will be happy when I get 30 yards so it starts paying me back lol
  8. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Good luck! I hope it works out. How many lawns do you have now?
  9. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    About 8, got my oldest son passing fliers out when he wakes up though hopefully that will net a few more
  10. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 642

    i thinks it cool, you jujst went out and bought a bunch of nice crap , we worked from the botem up, and looking back, i should have just done wat you did, it would have made 2 years of our lives alot easier and funner, but who cares we are all set know!!

    good lulck man, times are tough, stick with it!

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