What did you give up to get started?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BINKY1902, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    Just wondering if any of you guys had to give up something to get started, or in order to get started debt free? I sold my Honda Foreman in order to purchase my Gravely ztr. Now I have a great mower, but no 4-wheeler. Good tradeoff though, kept me from having debt. I almost sold my baseball cards, but decided to let the ATV go instead. What have you given up to get the biz going?
  2. tmetz

    tmetz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Key west 17 ft flats boat, yamaha gp1300r

    Oh well still got my Suzuki eiger 400 to cruise the country with
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  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    my other life.
  4. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    I really wanted to buy a Kawasaki Concours this summer. I guess my old Seca will make it a couple of more years. Not that I have time to ride it anyway!
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    lots and lots and lots and lots of time.
  6. jay317

    jay317 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gave up a 1987 Buick Grandnational
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  7. Zak's Pro. Lawn Care

    Zak's Pro. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    gave up playing football jr and sr yr of highschool and alot of time hanging out with friends especially during the summer and still dont have a whole lot of time :( i gained independence and the feeling of having my own money, never asked for any money, never paid a payment on anything (all cash), bought my first 21" with money i saved from using my dad's mower to mow a few yards my first year in the biz, i own my truck, all equipment, a 2001 gp1200r waverunner, 2003 warrior 350, pay for college, insurance etc. and still have a big cusion in the bank. looking back and now i wouldn't change a thing
  8. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    Every last little bit of free time I once had during the day. Which is exactly what I was hoping for.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I guess it might feel like a sacrifice to some but to me
    getting rid of liabilities really didn't hurt but so much,
    age helped me realize materialism is a bad habit plus
    it's more of a trade...

    You see I'm not giving up a liability, I am trading it in return for financial freedom.
    Well, independence anyhow, money still ain't free lol.

    I could agree with that.

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