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When starting up your business what method did you use? Take out start-up loan, save up money, or buy a mower, trimmer, and blower and get to work?

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I started dabbling in lawn care with just some flyers and my home owner equipment. Then I decided I wanted to get serious and bought a turn key lawn care business franchise with everything needed including the trailer, uniform, all the commercial equipment, stationary etc. I did that for five years before deciding I didn't like the franchise thing and could do things better on my own. So I started my own company and brand in 2010 and haven't looked back.

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Always wanted to go into buisness for myself. 2015 I jumped full force into Lawn Care and never looked back.
Tough? YES
Scary? YES
Worth it? YES

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
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For me years ago I started with a company in town and I loved the industry I just knew I would be back sooner or later. I started out with a push mower that was gave to me it didn't even have a side discharge so I cut ut a square opening for the discharge needless to say I walked around with a long stick to help the clogs every now and then. I did purchase a used backpack blower and a Brand new Stihl trimmer....I was in business. Times are better know that's for sure.

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I used my tax money.
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I was working for an excavation and electrical equipment company that had somehow managed to find themselves with a very large commercial utility cut. Since I was the young guy, some others and I found ourselves on weedeaters full time every other week. Someone knew what type of work I was doing for this company and asked if they would like to bid on commercial mowing for their business. Well this is not something my boss at the time normally did. Since the last lawn care company that took care of this business's property dropped it for certain reasons, I asked if they could tell me the price they were paying and I would consider matching it. The deal was so great that I was able to go finance a brand new John Deere Z925M mower at wholesale price (since the same company also owns a John Deere dealer) and with 2 hours of my labor each week not considered (for 18 weeks) the deal would pay off about 75% of this mower in year 1. I already had a great trimmer and I had a small blower decent enough to get me through for the time being. I took the deal and financed the mower 0% down. As I started doing this as a side hustle, the demand for my services spread rather quickly and kept me working 2 full-time jobs. The next season I had quit my day job and hired an employee to help. I'm limited on growth potential at the time since I have 1 more year of college 186 miles from my base of operations, although I'm building what I can and ready to take off and build a true business when I graduate for good.
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When I Started up my Business I had two lawn tractors and that was it. I used the money I had to got get a used blower and trimmer that have lasted me till this day. Now that i'm 17 and im doing 8-12 yards a week i'm looking to get all trimmers, blowers and maybe a new or used mower. think it is best to save up and state then getting a loan. If you get a loan you have to pay that back and then some. Also if you have a loan you have more overhead.
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Re:RD_lawncare

I believe you should conduct further analysis as to the extent you choose to lever your operations. With no debt leverage, you can't exceed your business's self-sustaining growth rate. To keep it simple, consider the cash ROI of every investment you make. Examine how each decision would affect your cash flows and start from there. In many instances you will find that you'll receive a greater ROI using debt than you will using your cash in hand. This can be true for expanding capacity, as well as investing in more efficient equipment, tools, human capital, etc. I only say this to encourage you to be thorough in analyzing investment decisions of your business. If you would like to discuss this matter then I would be more than willing to help. Just send me a personal message.
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katterkuts wrote:When starting up your business what method did you use? Take out start-up loan, save up money, or buy a mower, trimmer, and blower and get to work?


May 14th of this year will mark my first year in business. The easiest way to get started is to keep it simple. Here's my story - I already had a $99 murray push mower and an electric blower, weedeater, hedge trimmer to do my place. I literally woke up and said I want to start a lawn care business. I didn't add anything else to my equipment list until I could pay for it on my own. within the first 30 days I made enough money to purchase a straight shaft weedeater for $265 NIB 2cyl engine. Then came the blower and hedge trimmer. Then I purchased a better mower and so on. So now a year later I have outgrown my 5x8 trailer which i bought through making money. Before everything was in my truck bed. Now i have four mowers, 2 weed eaters, backpack blower and hand help, hedge trimmer, chainsaw, tiller, etc all gas and all by putting my money earned back into my inventory. I started with one lawn, Then word of mouth spread like wild fire. I started to get lots of customers and still to this day I haven't spent a dime in advertising or marketing.

Work smart, work hard and communicate with your customers. no short cuts to success!

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You can start normally with what you have and invest in yourself as your business grows. I have found in this business you have to love what you do (it shows in your work / finished product). And you have to posses people skills! The greatest equipment will not make you sucessful...it's your work ethic and people skills.

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JandJLawnService wrote:You can start normally with what you have and invest in yourself as your business grows. I have found in this business you have to love what you do (it shows in your work / finished product). And you have to posses people skills! The greatest equipment will not make you sucessful...it's your work ethic and people skills.


So true ^^
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JandJLawnService wrote:You can start normally with what you have and invest in yourself as your business grows. I have found in this business you have to love what you do (it shows in your work / finished product). And you have to posses people skills! The greatest equipment will not make you sucessful...it's your work ethic and people skills.


So true ^^
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Start with anything you have or can buy used. 90% of what I have is just residential equipment that I just do maintenance on more often than commercial. Just an old craftsman LT2000 riding mower, Ryobi weedeater with hedge trimmer attatchment(Pawn shop for 10$) and my business partner had a push mower and blower and thats it. No its not thousands of dollars of stuff but it's getting us off the ground. Everything we make off lawn care goes back into the business. We both work other full time jobs until we can get to the point where we make enough.
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Start with finding out if you can even fill a void by starting a business in the first place. Once you have that part cleared up then find out who you clients will be, how you plan on getting there business as well as keeping it. What services will you be offering, get you business plan together set yourself apart from others. Here's a true way to start
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Awesome stories guys I am a firm believer on you gotta do what you gotta do to make it. I however really enjoy the stories of businesses making it without loans and hearing the whole start up process.

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