What do you guys think?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Jamesgateslandscaping, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Hey everyone,
    Im 18, and I first strarted mowing lawns in 2nd grade for neighbors. I have slowly grown maybe 1 lawn a year or 2, but not until this year has it really started to explode. I bought a 96 Chevy Silverado last spring in hopes of doing more work than I was but did not do as much as i thought. I started offering snowplowing with our tractor around the neighborhood and got 4 accounts. I broke down and bought a used MM plow for my truck in the middle of winter. With the purchase of a loader for our JD 445, I really got rolling. I bark mulched all spring and picked up 10 lawns accounts. My dad sold our 6x10' trailer and I bought a new 16' trailer, and most recently a used cub cadet WB this fall. Earlier this fall I ended up buying the 6x10 trailer back from the family friend we sold it to . My parents have loaned me a lot of my money for start up, but I am almost paid off all in one season. I now offer new lawns, driveways installation, bark mulching, lawn mowing and the list keeps growing. I will have all of my loans paid off (except truck) and still have a profit. I will become a company this winter and get insurance and hope to start walkways, patios, retaining walls, and synthetic putting greens in the spring.
    Current list of equipment
    96 1500 Silverado Ext cab, 7.5 ' MM
    6x16' trailer
    6x10' trailer
    01' JD 445 w/ 48" deck, bagger, loader, york rake, rear blade, front blade, thatcher
    JD 21" JX85
    Cub Cadet WB 48" deck
    JD straight shaft weed whacker
    RedMaxEB7001 BP blower
    Tons of handtools
    hopefully a dump trailer or dump truck in the spring

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Sounds like you're off and running. Definitely get yourself legit ASAP in terms of insurance, business license, bank account, taxes, etc. Hire an accountant to help you with your taxes, its worth the money, and you can deduct their fees as a business expense.

    Gotta have insurance if your doing landscaping, don't want to hit any utilities.
  3. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi Jamesgateslandscaping,

    Great job so far! Keep going and growing!
  4. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    sounds like a good setup to me

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