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State paying for my Business, but i need help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by moose203, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. moose203

    moose203 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    First off hello to all i am new to the site for posting but have been lurking around for awhile so here it goes.

    I need a business plan format if anyone has one, don't need one to copy but an outline. I am in a very odd situation for most people but i will be getting funding from the state threw the State Vocational Rehabilitation Department, They help individuals with disabilities( i am a bellow the knee amputee) find gainful employment and small business start up. i am 30 yrs old and just recently left the fire department from being a front line fire fighter but the last few years i was there i cut grass like many other firemen do but had to stop cutting to keep city benefits for 2 yrs. any way i have about 1 yr left to get things in order ( plus the state is super slow) i have already passed all the preliminary steps. i still have all my other mowing equipment---48in WB, small trailer, trimmers and blowers. I will be employing 1 or 2 guys from the start and the funding will be in the 30,000.00 ball park. I want to offer full service estate care, what equipment do i need to ask for keeping in the above figure in mind. i also have a crew cab 1ton flat bed in good condition so i don't need a truck. Thanks for your help in advance, glad to finally be posting

  2. Oak Forest Lawns

    Oak Forest Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Well it seems as though you have all of the basic equipment down, but will you be physically working? If you are then you are going to need a rider. People with 2 legs even have a hard time walking all day....

    What services do you plan to offer? That will dictate what you need to purchase.

    Do you need to pay the 30k back?
  3. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Most people that own Wb's also own sulkies. I think he would be fine on a sulky. Besides, he has one less foot to get tired.
  4. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

  5. moose203

    moose203 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    i will be physically working for the first couple years, and a little after that. i used the sulky for 2 years as an amputee so no problems there i am just not going to ride one every day now. i want to do it all mowing, mulching, landscape, fall clean up, hardscape, irrigation, the works--i will work into stuff like hardscape and irrigation as it presents its self. i do not have to pay back the money, the state will buy the equipment so no tax in those regards. customer base will be residential and commercial.

  6. moose203

    moose203 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    any one else?
  7. wooley99

    wooley99 LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. moose203

    moose203 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    bump bump bump
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    hay moose sorry to hear of your issue.

    sometimes we people who have all our limbs, sure take health for granted.

    I was thinking about your situwation all day. " I read your post yeaterday"

    not sure how you want to structure the Co. But I personally know of 2 people who are owners that never get there hands dirty.

    True you would have to put togather a team, hire someone who is trustworthey to run the outdoors part.

    you then would be responsable for getting jobs to keep them busy.

    you simply would be taking a managers type roll, this would allow you to take on diffrent types of jobs that otherwise you may not be able to handle.

    doing this requires a little diffrent type of structure than most of us here used

    We simply got a mower and went to work, and Grew from there.

    It sounds like your on the right track, I have used several Government agencys from time to time for knowlege,

    The programs are out there,

    you would require more up front money's with taking longer to see a return.

    Hope this helps you Good Luck
  10. moose203

    moose203 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    bohiaa thanks for the reply , it's not that i don't want to get my hands dirty because i will, and i enjoy it but there will be a time that i will not be in the field every day and my role will be more administrative do to my leg problems. i really need some opinions about what i need one must have is ZT mower but other than that not sure. the county i live in can support a ton of mowing companies but there are just not a lot of do it all companies the work is there and i just want my share and get it though good old fashion hard work and a quality service for the money. lots of leaves to clean up and new construction for blank landscapes.


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