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I started my own bus back in 1990. We paid $50 a month for a corner in a warehouse. One spray truck, bulk water tank filled by a garden hose, and dry fert to mix. Mid 90's, we bought a commercially-zone property (one acre with a "house". We lived in the house and used the rear portion for our offices. The following year, we built a 5000 sq ft warehouse in back which we still use today. It houses 8 pickup (300 gal) spray units and an 850 gallon tanker (split tanks/stainless steal). We can also pack in 80 ton of dry fert, snow plows, etc. Then about 6 years ago, we bought the property next door -- heated garage & office (it used to be a print shop). We subcontract our mowing...he rents a 4000 sq ft warehouse near downtown Des Moines. Many years, lots of hours, low pay, and alot sweat, but it paid off. Good thing, cuz I'm getting too old to do it all over again. LOL
Right now we keep our rider in the tool shed/ workshop that I built a few years ago, and all the other equipment in a small vinyl lawn shed right behind it. It's a huge pain in the a*s, though! Loading and unloading is a huge pain, and is very time consuming. We can't just back our trailer into the garage, bc we don't HAVE one! And we can't leave our equipment on the trailer bc it would get stolen! We are looking into a storage facility, and eventually want to build onto my workshop to store everything in there. Of course, it would be REALLY awesome to get big enough to afford to buy commercial property! But that's a few years down the road, I think!