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spend my 10k

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by globalhog, Dec 21, 2003.

  1. globalhog

    globalhog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm a newbie in 2004 and have 10k to start a lawn care biz. What would you get to start? (truck, trailer, mowers, trimmers, etc.). List the equipment you'd purchase and a ballpark price next to the item. Thanks for your input.
  2. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    I started in January of 2003.

    I put $30,000 into the business. Had to get rid of the Taurus. Spent $15,500 on a truck. $1,500 on a custom trailer, $2,500 on one mower, $1,100 on another, $700 on a pair of back back blowers, $300 on a spreader, $500 on five 4 gal backpack sprayers, $700 on a stick blade & line trimmer, several hundred on fert & herbicide inventories...the list goes on and on.

    Also, there's billing software programs, advertising, insurance, truck lettering, company logo'd tee shirts, cell phones...lot's of stuff.

    You'll also need some working capital too, unless you already have a decent customer base that can cover your fixed costs.

    The list goes on and on. If you don't already own a truck, I don't think $10K is gonna do it.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    All the above + the etc which would be ins. lisc. spare parts and the list keeps going.

  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Like the others said....10K is not gonna get you started. Methinks you will be visiting a bank in the near future if you want to go into this business.
  5. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    Not impossible to jump into this business with only $10k. For $2500 you can get a truck that looks decent and will get you by. You can get a smaller trailer and hand tools like shovels, etc. for about $1,000. $4,000 will buy you a brand new hydro mower. That leaves $2500 for your trimmer and blower and other miscellaneous startup expenses.

    Sure $30-40k would be nice to start with, but not everybody has that luxury. Plus if you only sink 10k into the business and decide it's not for you, that's that much less money you are out. And you can always grow in the future as your customer base expands.
  6. glenjr10

    glenjr10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I have spent $10,200 in my first year and four months of business. Granted I do not pay insurance for my truck out of my business, due the policy that I have, but here is my equipment.

    Trailer 7' X 16' - $3000
    Gravely ProG 13HP 32" $2800
    Insurance $ 500
    Fuel for Truck $1000
    Power Tools ~$1000
    Software $ 400
    Truck Accessories $ 200
    Professional Shirts $ 200
    Miscellaneous Exp $ 500
    Advertisement $ 300
    Parts $ 300

    These are my expenses Year-to-date.
    I watch each and every penny that is spent, and I make sure that the equipment that I purchase, will be used, and can pay itself off.

    Good luck with your business.
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Where did you add in the cost of a truck?:D and businesss ins.payup
  8. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I'm guessing your going in full-time. Well I'm in part-time and have spent way less than 10k and got by well.
  9. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    12th year in I spend about $30,000 in insurance alone!!
  10. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 952

    You can easily make a decent income with 10k to start. Most guys dont even have that much they put it all on credit.

    I would set you up like a residental route that we run

    6.5x12 trailer 700.00 with ramp
    36" walk behind hydro 3400.00
    2 trimmers echo 600.00
    1 hand held blower 200.00
    1 backpack PB650 475.00
    Trimmer line, extra heads 120.00
    Push mower 500.00
    fuel cans 25.00
    Trimmer rack 150.00
    water cooler 20.00
    rakes, shovel 40.00
    Liability approx 500.00yr
    Used small pick up 2500.00
    Hedge trimmer 350.00

    And the only other thing you need is some good residental accounts and maybe some small commercial accounts.

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