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Very nervous beginner!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by 326442, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. 326442

    326442 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm about to take the leap of faith into the landscaping world! My father/mother did it over 20 years in Miami....but very "Mom & Pop" and yes they put food on the table, roof over our heads....etc!!! Now that I am on the verge of following in their footsteps, I'm wondering if I should!? Guess what I'm asking is????? Can you make $$$$$ as a solo/owner and do well enough to support a family,home,2 children,wife, all the usual responsibilities?

    Package startup:
    2005 Chevy Trailblazer EXT
    52" Gravely Rider
    Stihl edger
    Stihl trimmer
    Stihl blower
    5 x 10 or 12 trailer
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    I would say yes. But a very basic life, no high dollar luxuries. But I could be wrong.
  3. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    you answered yourself!!!
  4. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    i dont know but i would not get a rider your first year you dont know how good of a year you will find out and then u can see if u can make that investment. i also may get a gravly 152Z myself.
  5. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    Start learning as much as you can about turf care and maintenance. Get A large walk behind (it will keep costs down)blower and weedeater. I hope you already have a truck. Get your prices set so you know what you need to make and hope all your advertising goes well.gl

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    I understand that FLA. is not as high paying as some of the other places. So Check into the area you are in as to if it can support another LCO.
    Can a sucessful LCO pay the bills-----YES,

    Does it take a lot of work to get there, and investment of time and money, and even a few years of living thin. Yes again.

    Sit down and really plan what you need, what you think you can make, (after doing some study in your area), and what you can invest--time , money, sweat, knowledge, and what you think the return will be.
    Go to a "good" dealer and talk about what the investment in equipment will be and than sit with your accountant and see if the numbers work.
    Plan Plan Plan-- Just for fun do this, Cut income in half, and double the cost to operate, now decide if it will work for you. This is close to real life!
  7. MO TOYS

    MO TOYS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    3264 I hear ya buddy i was also very nervous when i first started up but all that changed when my equipment made me my first dollar then it all turned to determination. Don't worry yourself to death buddy if you are a hard worker determined to succed than the possibility is endless but be smart with your dollars what you do now could come back and bite in the rear so be smart and think every little thing you do with your buisness through good luck.
  8. Julio Medina

    Julio Medina LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 22

    This was the best idea to post a thread and I really appreciate everyones input, what is the best way yo get things started.
  9. 326442

    326442 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    You give me a hope instead of dispair! Some feed backs just give no encourgement. I have all the $$$ to startup, so that's not the concern. It's just about not being able to produce on the return! Thanks again!
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    from what i understand, florida is a VERY tough market, but you do get to mow all year, follow PM's advise, and dont forget to start with a business plan.....:)

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