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What $3800 Got Me

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by willjones4, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I have close to 20 accounts and I havent spent a dime on marketing, except business cards (around $50). I knocked on doors and passed out cards when the moment was right. I spent about $3800. I got:

    srm-230 Echo Trimmer $300
    pe-230 Echo Edger $300
    pb-251 Echo Blower $175
    BOP Quick 32 Samurai $2759
    Jungle Jim's Triminator II Trimmer Rack $96
    Folding ramps $60
    gas cans $20
    gloves, hat, hearing protection, safety glasses $40
    1000 business cards from vistaprint.com

    Im working out of the back of my truck (which I got for $1500 a couple years ago). Everything fits perfectly and I didnt have to spring for a trailer. Im doing 98% residential.
  2. BW Landscaping

    BW Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    now all you need is license and insurance
  3. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    to each his own..good luck :waving:
  4. RWS

    RWS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Good Job, I have had good luck going door to door and handing out business
    cards also.
  5. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    Yeah, I got those, too. Just didnt count them as equipment...
  6. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    rock on!:weightlifter:
  7. willjones4

    willjones4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    :cool2: I just wanted some of the other new guys to see that you can get a decent start without going in debt or spending 10 grand...:usflag:
  8. thefed

    thefed LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 350

    so....98% residential means you have one commercial account and 49 residentials....looks like you've been busy
  9. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    I started with a snapper pro hydro 36 in w/b, shindiawa m242 with trimmer and edger attachment, echo pb 200 and a 12' x 86" single axle trailer for a little less than 5,000. So roughly the same amount as you, just with an extra 1200 for a trailer. Good job bud, great minds think alike!!
  10. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    What do you think would have happen IF you put an ad in the local news paper ?

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