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What would you do with $1000

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by MightyMower, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. MightyMower

    MightyMower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I'm just starting out, I have 4 customers lined up for spring. I found an investor for my company. He will give me $1000. I have printed up some fliers, so I don't need to worry about that. I have two crap mowers, two trimmers, one edger. I don't have a trailer yet, but I have a Chevy Silverado 2500. What would you do with this money if you were starting out?
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    give it back
  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Find 29 more investors, so you have enough for equipment, insurance, advertising, ect.
  4. MightyMower

    MightyMower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I know its not much money at all. I am going to give it back, he is asking for 5% return in five years. Im asking, what would you focus on first? More fliers, Business cards, A trailer, A truck magnet. I'm looking for a prioritized list. I do have my own ideas, I just want some advise from guys who have been in the business a while.
  5. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    36'' wb mower, handheld blower then advertise the rest! JMO
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    where do you live? what do you have for mowers? need more info. Have you done landscape maintenance?
  7. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    used commercial walk behind. you can find them under 1000. and what about a blower...
  8. randosh4

    randosh4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    Buy more BEER
  9. sawinredneck

    sawinredneck LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 157

    Use what you've got to get what you want and don't play with other peoples money! Two of the hardest lessons you will ever learn!
  10. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    Giving back the $1000 is a good move. If all they can afford to give you is a grand than more than likely they would have been on your butt wondering how their investment is coming along. Plus, the second you would have taken that cash you work for them!

    First off if the mowers you have aren't going to produce a great cut than you better get that squared away. Plus a blower, can't do it without one really. After that:

    Get all your equipment as clean and looking good as possible
    Business cards (need these to get referrals)
    Truck lettering (professional appearance plus get your truck as clean as possible and fix any little things you can on it so you are not driving a piece of **** around)
    Shirts/other for professional outfit
    Spend extra time at every stop every time, referrals will be your lifeline.
    Any licensing if required (depends on state and could be done first depending)
    If you can get all this done season one and not starve great job!

    This assumes you have nothing to start with besides what you mentioned for equipment and that you can't afford incorporation, licensing and insurance as the very first things.

    Season Two: Trailer, other equipment upgrades and things to make you more efficient plus a possible a web presence as well as other marketing/advertising tools. Also consideration of additional service add-ons.

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