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When I started my business I went to local shop asked about products and he give me a package deal 48" hydro mower, trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, edger for $4700 we paid cash. I never was a fan of bills so I wait into I have money to buy anything.
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Used some savings I had. My goal this year (my first) is to make back all the business start up costs. (on track to do so in the next two months!) The only debt on the company is my Big Dog Alpha 36" zero turn mower, which is 0% over 48 months.

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What is a good insurance company to go with in Pa for a tree company
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As a startup, I too didn't want to have debt, which I know is not what everyone is in favor of. So I used some of my savings to get my initial gear, (Zero turn, 22" push mower, trimmer, blower, edger, trailer). In hind sight if I had it to do over again, I would definitely go the route of purchasing a used zero turn from a dealer. You can find them relatively inexpensive & they're usually serviced by dealers prior to reselling. Another do over again would be not buying a backpack blower my 1st year. While trying to get your start up business off the ground, a hand blower works great & in most instances, the backpack blower is too much for most residential properties anyhow. For what I could have saved by not buying the backpack & just getting the hand blower, i could have also purchased a hedge trimmer, chainsaw, or other more viable tool for day to day usage.
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Boomerfullerton wrote:As a startup, I too didn't want to have debt, which I know is not what everyone is in favor of. So I used some of my savings to get my initial gear, (Zero turn, 22" push mower, trimmer, blower, edger, trailer). In hind sight if I had it to do over again, I would definitely go the route of purchasing a used zero turn from a dealer. You can find them relatively inexpensive & they're usually serviced by dealers prior to reselling. Another do over again would be not buying a backpack blower my 1st year. While trying to get your start up business off the ground, a hand blower works great & in most instances, the backpack blower is too much for most residential properties anyhow. For what I could have saved by not buying the backpack & just getting the hand blower, i could have also purchased a hedge trimmer, chainsaw, or other more viable tool for day to day usage.


Echoing the advice on the blower (see what I did there?). The few minutes you might save per yard isn't worth the extra $200-$400 you might spend on a top of the line blower. In your first year, you will probably have more time than yards. No sense upgrading the efficiency of your blowing until you are at a point where having more time means you can do more yards.

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GREAT TOPIC - I just started putting together video series called (so you want to start a lawn business?) Each Monday or Tuesday I upload a new video and we are now in week 3 as of this week. The first week talked about first getting your mindset before you even start, The second week covered using a calendar, having a note book, small book for customer info list. This week we talked about 3 key points you need to know when starting up with yardbook.com 1-register, 2-customer entry, 3-creating invoice and a bonus 4-using dashboard. next week we will be covering where and how to look for lawn equipment without leaving your home as each week we are moving further and further forward in the business.

I haven't found a video series by one person that covers step by step and starting with only what you have or very little.

I am going to post a new thread and all videos moving forward will be in that thread.

it will be named (so you want to start a lawn business?)

Motivational talk up and getting the brain wired to start
https://youtu.be/JKc2JXnoW7c

Step 1
https://youtu.be/AhY0A5DkdYc

Step 3
https://youtu.be/o3CdM8mTX0c

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TexasVeteranLawnService wrote:GREAT TOPIC - I just started putting together video series called (so you want to start a lawn business?) Each Monday or Tuesday I upload a new video and we are now in week 3 as of this week. The first week talked about first getting your mindset before you even start, The second week covered using a calendar, having a note book, small book for customer info list. This week we talked about 3 key points you need to know when starting up with yardbook.com 1-register, 2-customer entry, 3-creating invoice and a bonus 4-using dashboard. next week we will be covering where and how to look for lawn equipment without leaving your home as each week we are moving further and further forward in the business.

I haven't found a video series by one person that covers step by step and starting with only what you have or very little.

I am going to post a new thread and all videos moving forward will be in that thread.

it will be named (so you want to start a lawn business?)

Motivational talk up and getting the brain wired to start
https://youtu.be/JKc2JXnoW7c

Step 1
https://youtu.be/AhY0A5DkdYc

Step 3
https://youtu.be/o3CdM8mTX0c


Nice that sounds like a good video that people could use

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I literally started with nothing. My first mower and trimmer came off of someone's trash. I used my wifes broom to clean up.

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wow that's a tough one

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Southernstripeking wrote:I literally started with nothing. My first mower and trimmer came off of someone's trash. I used my wifes broom to clean up.


keep pushing forward brotha and good things will come your way
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katterkuts wrote:
TexasVeteranLawnService wrote:GREAT TOPIC - I just started putting together video series called (so you want to start a lawn business?) Each Monday or Tuesday I upload a new video and we are now in week 3 as of this week. The first week talked about first getting your mindset before you even start, The second week covered using a calendar, having a note book, small book for customer info list. This week we talked about 3 key points you need to know when starting up with yardbook.com 1-register, 2-customer entry, 3-creating invoice and a bonus 4-using dashboard. next week we will be covering where and how to look for lawn equipment without leaving your home as each week we are moving further and further forward in the business.

I haven't found a video series by one person that covers step by step and starting with only what you have or very little.

I am going to post a new thread and all videos moving forward will be in that thread.

it will be named (so you want to start a lawn business?)

Motivational talk up and getting the brain wired to start
https://youtu.be/JKc2JXnoW7c

Step 1
https://youtu.be/AhY0A5DkdYc

Step 3
https://youtu.be/o3CdM8mTX0c


Nice that sounds like a good video that people could use


ya i am hoping it can find it's way to some folks who need a little more detail in learning from ground zero.
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Sauce73 wrote:What is a good insurance company to go with in Pa for a tree company


here you go bro, their price is great. of course it s a little different for everyone but you can get a 1 million policy that covers damage to customer property for about $600 a year

their website for that insurance company

https://www.hiscox.com/partner/geico

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I purchased 100% used tools. From my mower to my hand tools. Saved money as I was doing this on the side to begin with to slowly start building what I really wanted.

I still don't have EVERYTHING I want. But working every day to get there.

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I'm new to the ECHO Means Business Forums. Happy to be here and to meet y'all.

I am just starting my business this year. I have Insurance lined up, Business Cards on Order, working on a logo for Truck Magnets, a couple of customers set up. I am starting out as a Sole Proprietor/Solo Operator not looking for business loans. I will start out part time as I will be working to build a customer base. I hope to have 10-15 customers, maybe 20-25, by the end of the season here in GA.

Initial Services I will provide will be the standard Mowing, Trimming/Edging and Blowing. I need to find a good mower(walk behind Hydro-Drive) and trailer then I am off and mowing.

A question I'd like to ask would be : Do I need a business plan before I start out?

What do y'all think?
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I think it's good to have one but to be honest mine's only half way done

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