Up and running for $10,000. How did I do?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by TheTurfTender, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    OK, I decided on the Toro 44" Walk Behind Hydro -

    Here's how my initial investment breaks down (what do you think?):

    These are not EXACT but very close

    PC & Printer $ 650.00
    Commercial Lawn Mower $ 2,900.00
    Weed Eater
    (Using my own Resi
    model - Yikes!)

    Blower $ 315.00
    Rake X 2 $ 20.00
    Shovel $ 0
    Trailer $ 500.00
    Truck $ 4,100.00
    Marketing $ 1,000.00
    2000 Door Hangers
    Adwords - Searchmarket
    Local Ad in Paper for 8 weeks

    Web Site $ 50.00
    Merchant Account $ 300.00
    Boots $ 65 .00
    Safety Equipment $ 50.00
    Green Software $ 80.00
    Accounting Software $ 180.00
    Truck Decals (Not Yet) $
    Hand Edger and
    other misc Tools $ 65.00
    $ 10,275.00

    So my sig will soon look like this:

    94 Chevy 1500
    6.5 X 11 Converted Camper Trailer
    With High Side and Plastic Toolbox
    2007 44" Toro WB Hydro
    Stihl BR 340
    Some Shi**y Trimmer

    Cool, now if someone could just hand over 20-30 accounts in my neighbor hood I will feel really good about it all. I think I am going to do the door hanger thing starting next week. I have no idea how long it will take, but I am giving myself a month!! The newspaper ad starts in 2 weeks, and the Adwords thing almost seems like a rip off at this point, but well give in a month or 2!

    Site is www.theturftender.com

    I have one of the corniest tag lines on the forum.

    Any you guys use service magic?

    Ok I will go I feel the ADD coming on.

    Wait, how many people with ADD does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    I don't know, do you want to go fishing?

    Take care,

  2. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    Let's see a pic of that converted camper trailer.
  3. Grounds Maint.

    Grounds Maint. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thats a pretty decent website you have for $50 dollars. Did you have someone else make that for you?
  4. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    Those axels hold at least 12 pounds!!


  5. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    No, I am not taking the police bike with me on jobs. The couch might not be a bad idea though.
  6. TheTurfTender

    TheTurfTender LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 130

    No, I did it.
  7. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Its a start... Some guys will bash you about some of your stuff. but...

    I started with a residential trimmer, it lasted about 3 months (Servicing 15 accounts per week). Its ok to get you going but think about getting a cheap echo, even the $299 once you have a few dollars coming in, it will at least get you buy for more than a year. Do not use a curved shaft model, it will kill your back and you will not be able to get under trees.

    I would also like to see a pic of the converted camper trailer.

    Also, your going to want some form of year round advertising. Spring is when you will pick up most of your clients, but will get them throughout the year also. People switch because their not happy, guy stopped showing up, ect.

    How much are you paying per click for ad-words?
  8. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    Nice, looks like it should be able to handle the top speed in a residential neighborhood :) Just messing with ya. I think you should get some work with all the work you have put into getting started. I started with a $75.00 Craftsman weedeater and it got me through 20 accounts a week. Good Luck!
  9. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    post up some pic's of the converted camper trailer id like to see this!!
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Well done. I like it all. Use what you have til it breaks, replace what breaks with better. Glad to see that you are really thinking through the marketing.

    I need to know more about Adwords. I don't understand how it works or how much it costs.

    I use Service Magic. It works for me. I limit my leads to mowing in my town only, it keeps out the crappy leads.

    Now my question...does that trailer have a ramp? How do you get your mower on/off?

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