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Thinking about starting a leaf clean up business, Input needed please.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BobbieB, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
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    Sorry that you see constructive criticism as character bashing. I guess the truth really does hurt!
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,360

    Why does it seem that everybody that does a project in their own yard automatically think that makes them a pro capable of running a business.
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  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well he's obviously doing something right if he can clear leaves from 90 trees in just over an hour.

  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    Could you please advise me where to get dump trailers for $3,000 and leaf vacs for $1,800. Even used you'd have a hard time finding a dump trailer for that.

    If you've already got ALL the equipment to use I could see doing just leaves to make some extra money. But to go buying equipment that is going to sit around for most of the year, I just can't see it. Maybe you could do the cleanups minus the removal part? Team up with someone who has a vac unit? You get them to the curb and he/she takes them away...that kind of deal.
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    May want to check the news there the northeast is getting hammered with a freak snow storm. Its about 6 weeks early so the reason I am home is were in the middle of a winter storm and our leaves are not even down yet which is bad since they are too heavy now and breaking as we speak. But even if I had worked today I still would of been nice and helped with your questions when I got home.

    I'll fill you in on something I do not give estimates for leaf clean ups I do not accept any from non customers why because I can not fit any more and have trouble doing the 100 plus I do every fall. As for riding high and getting rich nothing could be farther from the truth its just turning dollars. A necessary evil as part of our business. You hear the dollar amounts and get excited never realizing that lawns and the warm weather jobs are significantly more important to us. The days are shorter and colder and the jobs less routine and the result is 50% less revenue per month for Nov and Dec and that's when things go well sometimes its even more of a cut.

    As for how I run my business start your own before you comment on someone that does a quarter-million a year in this tough highly competitive trade.:)
  6. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
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  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    BTW - I think a V-6 Ford Ranger pulling a dump trailer with a full load of wet leaves is a great idea, lol.

    And you really have a truck that you wouldn't want to put ANYTHING in the bed? Really? And I don't get it...you warm up your truck to drive 10 feet...what to get the newspaper out of the driveway? Please help me out here because I don't get it.
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I heart noobies!
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  9. BobbieB

    BobbieB LawnSite Member
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    Look on Detroit craigslist, there's a few trailers in the 3-3500 range and several leaf loaders for 1,800. You can also work with people to get the prices lower.
    There's no reason not to be working on a Sat at 4:30 when winters right around the corner?
    Idk how much you know about Diesel's but mine is modded, and it is reccomened that you warm it up somewhat before you drive it. I didn't literally mean 10 feet, I mean if I want to run to the store, it takes time to warm it up, gas vehicle "beater" hop in and go.
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  10. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
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