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What would you do?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jajwrigh, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Here is the scenario...you have $4000 cash to start a pesticide business next season and you have a back pack sprayer and nothing else. What do you spend your money on? Explain your answers...
  2. B&B

    B&B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Dinette--- Harley----Dinette----Harley??? I think i would go with the killer Dinette!!
  3. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Personally.... I know this will not jive with quite a few, but I'd buy a ride on spreader.

    At $4000, you're close to having enough for a PG, or wait one more year where you'd have enough for a Z-Spray, but it'll save you so much effort and time, not to mention that you can spray and spread in one unit.

    But then again, you could buy a skid sprayer for $2000 or so, if you found one like mine that's 2 years old and just sits in the shed, and buy a powered spreader from Lesco for $500 or so, and you'd have the $1500 for ads or your pocket or a casino, or whatever.


    Personally I'd spend it on a ride-on unit, but I like having the "new" equipment available.
  4. MrBarefoot

    MrBarefoot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Do you have a vehicle of any kind?

    If you do, what do you have? Pick-up truck, Van, what size is the vehicle?

    Are you willing to push a spreader and backpack spray lawns, or do you have your heart set on getting a ride on spreader?

    Do you have people who you can make into clients right away? If so how many?

    Do you have any accounting or book-keeping skill?

    Have you ever managed a business operation before?

    Do you know how to write a business plan or a marketing plan?

    And most important, do you have all necessary licenses and credentials to apply pesticide commercially?

    When you answer these questions for me, I will be able to answer yours.
  5. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Youv'e allready blown your budget on Insurance and Advertizing.
  6. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    i would take the 4k and bank it, use it as working capital,

    then go to a bank that does SBA loans with my business plan, explaining exactly what equipment I need, with the cost, explain my marketing Ideas and what they cost and borrow as much money I can to get the ball rolling.
  7. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

  8. MrBarefoot

    MrBarefoot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    OK, I think with your $4,000 you can give it a shot, but it won't be easy.

    Since you have a handle on the basic's of business operations (including business plan). All you need to do is develop a seasonal program, and a pest control strategy. That sounds easy, but it is harder then it sounds. You will need to decide what you want to apply, when and what pests you want to try to control (and how much to charge for you service). Your local Lesco can help you build a plan and give you some idea of the costs involved.

    There is some good advice in the previous posts about insurance. You will need to check into this and find a policy that works for you. This will be a significant expense so shop around.

    I don't know how you can solve the "refilling the backpack" issue, I have a tank mounted right inside my van and I use a perma green so its real easy for me. You may need to buy a tank and mount it in your van, but if you do that, then you might as well spray from your tank.

    You will need to buy a spreader, (about $300.00), and some fert and weed control product (scaled to your demand) and you will be "in business".

    I suggest that you also buy a spill containment kit from your local Lesco, and make sure you know how to use it. Keep a broom and dustpan in your van. If you have a fert spill you can use empty fert bags to hold what you sweep up, if you can't put it into a spreader.

    If you already have a system to track your customers and invoice them for your work, handle receivables, payables, billings, deposits and all the clerical work then that is one more thing you don't need to invent. You should check with your state Dept of Ag. to make sure that your application records are in compliance with their regulations.

    Some graphics for your vehicle will help promote your business.

    If you have more questions feel free to email me Dan-at-properlawn-dot-com (sorry spammers).
  9. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    I just started my business this year. 1500 cash......already had my pesticide license.. insurance paid quarterly. business license paid up front.. bought a spreader 300 --financed a 50 gallon sprayer...got a no interest credit card thru next year and a line of credit at lesco. paying for things as I go. just bought a box truck 4 grand. advertising was word of mouth (free) getting incorporated on Sept 1 and hired and accountant

    the secret this year was keeping my full time job and servicing 100 accounts on the side next year I go for broke and quit my full time job.

    bottom line is your 4 grand will go pretty far if you do things the right way.

    being your own boss.........priceless
  10. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    Send me the money and I'lll tell ya

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