Starting up part time in the spring -- what am I missing?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by TheLugNutZ, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    I wouldn't wait on the website. If you get it up now and do what you can to start ranking well on google you might be able to get a good bit of calls from that alone in the spring. Worked well for me this first year, i wouldnt have near as many customers as i do now without the website. Combine that with passing out your cards/magnets and the word will get out there.

  2. TheLugNutZ

    TheLugNutZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Yeah I agree. Im working on a name (have one, just need to register it) and Im going to also register the domain name tonight for the web site. Time to start working on a logo so i can get the site/cards/magnets up and running. I also want to get a few polo shirts made with the logo/name on it.
  3. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    Glad to see it works for others. CL, IMO is a great way get business and FREE advertising.
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  5. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,453

    3 years of only CL and works fine for me

    you must have a nice clean ad to stand from the rest of the crowd

    and a FB page is a must as well with pictures and updates specials etc
  6. TheLugNutZ

    TheLugNutZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Can any of you Jersey guys chime in on insurance costs? Im an insurance agent and we cant do start-up contractors anymore, so I got a quote from a broker local and she only shopped me to Selective. It was like $1300 a year w/ $5000 of mobile tool/equip coverage $1mill liab. Seems a bit steep.. I thought my company wasnt cheap and we would be ~$900 if I was elig.. I know as a start up its going to be more, but I really dont have the time to call 100 different companies, really trying to see if there are a few particular ones I should focus on..

  7. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD/NC
    Messages: 3,051

    I'm in MD and mine is about the same. It sucks. This whole "legit" thing isn't fun.
  8. TheLugNutZ

    TheLugNutZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Yeah I kind of anticipated around a grand. It is what it is.... now just gotta pick up some work. Someone reached out to me this week to spread 4 yard of mulch and clear some brush from a 75x10 area. Only thing that sucks is he is an hour away and I cant haul mulch that far so he is going to have it delivered and im just going to do the labor. I really need to go see it b/c Im not so sure about the brush clearing by hand...
  9. burtle

    burtle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    How's everything going so far ?
  10. HPSInc

    HPSInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    My accountant wanted me to go LLC. Lawyer wanted me to go INC. In the end I went INC. I would probably sell the SUV and get a truck if it were me. I use stihl br55 blowers. They are cheap and work just fine. I just got into backpacks after 4 years and that was to help with fall cleanup. Got a redmax 7500. I doubt I'll bring that out again until next fall. The little handhelds are what I prefer rather than strapping on a big backpack to blow a few blades of grass. I have a stihl kombi. Use it for tall hedge trimming and have a couple other attachments but not as a grass trimmer. I have a couple echo srm-220's also going on 4 years. Much lighter. My liability and worker comp which also covers snow plowing is 6k a year.

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