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I have been getting asked to give some pointers on having a buisness. There is alot of info to be said so I will start with this. For people who want to start a landscaping buisness, here is what you need to look into.

As the header indicates, there are lots of variables to consider. And you will get plenty of "Opinions & Free Advice." Only "you" can decide what you can afford and need. Need is based on what startup services you will provide.

Just mowing and edging and or including minor hedge and bush trimming. Which than determines the intial equipment needed. Basic 5-6 items than needed.

For the initial startup business on a low budget, commerical quality is not a must have. Commerical grades will last longer and come with a warranty. Non commerical grade equipment used commerically voids warranties. Budget controls equipment choices.

Therefore, two considerations of prime importance. Equipment quality and budgets. Upgrading can be done over time but not too long a time span, since non commerical grades not likely to last as long.

Equipment needed? Again, varies.
Mower
String Trimmer
Hedge and Bush Trimmer
Blower
Hand trimmers, hoes, racks, etc.
Water Hoses (and Accessories)
Fuel cans.
Extra Blades

Optionals:
Blade Sharpener and Balancer
Edger...(Optional)
Grass seed and fertilizer spreader(s)

Equipment Brands:
Your choice and based on the budget.

Permits? Very likely. Inquire at local city offices.

Advertisement(s). Must have some form of advertisements. Can't have a going business if no one knows you are in business...

Expenses. All businesses have expenses. Advertisement is only one of many. Plan on having plenty of unplanned expenses.

Side Notes:
Not to be concerned with "Lots Of Questions."

Being prepared, knowing ones budget, knowing what serivces will be provided, hourly charges, expenses and general overhead, etc all need to be known and or considered prior to beginning a new business.

Planning is key as are several other important facts. Flexibility is also key. Not all customers have the same wants and or needs. Adapting to each is a key factor as well as having your limits, time control and management.

What you are providing is strictly a service. A highly competitive industry. Which makes the business more difficult to control and manage.

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Be dam if I will eat soup with a fork. Going home tired and broke is no fun at all. Broke means lots of work for very little profit. Buying oneself a job is no fun. Neither is no profits. Total daily hours spent, minus expenses, equals profit.

"My Two Cents"
 

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I really don't want to discourage you, but if you are laid off, and go into debt on this new equipment, and it doesn't work out...then where do you stand? It can be done. I tried a time or two to start a business, but I didn't have any money to support me through the beginning stages. I couldn't find enough work to pay the bills because I hadn't been in business long enough to build a customer base. I got deeper into the hole and finally got a regular job. Then, I had to use all the money from the new job to try and catch up the unpaid bills I accumulated while trying to work for myself. I was blessed, and got a job with someone who let me have an informal time schedule. I could come in when I wnated, and leave when I wanted. So... I started the business I have now. I started off taking long lunch breaks to keep up my business. Soon I was working half-days. Then half-weeks, then one or two days a week, and now I don't need the other job.

I wouldn't have made it easily, if at all, had it not been for the fact that I was able to depend on the regular job to pay my bills while I got my business going.

To start a Small Engine Repair Service. You use the same guidlines explaned in these two posts. The only difference is you won't be buying landscaping equipment, instead you will be buying small engine repair equipment.:)
 

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Your welcome...

I am going to post a link to a website that has a book on how to start a buisness. I was happy to give all of you information on how to start a buisness, but I will not become a buisness answer machine.LOL:D Click on this link bellow. If I get asked buisness questions in PM's, I will give you a link to this page.

http://sbdc.deltacollege.edu/startup/

Good Luck!
 

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jbetts,

Check this out for your new parts business.

BTW, how's it coming along?

Greg
 

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You won't become a business answer machine?

Shucks, I was hoping that would become your new role in life.
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Your moto is very long and insightful there -----

Be dam if I will eat soup with a fork.

Wow, you must have like $$$$ ten of thousands of dollars tied in that business. What type of truck/trailer do you use for your work? Figure you must have a boatload of cash to pay for all of those tractors, implements, tools, trailers, trucks, advertising, marketing, permits, city/state taxes, WOW! And your expenses are such that you can charge $25/hr. That is really incredible. Looks like you are on an unlimited budget!

Tell us more, business master. :D


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Most people make the mistake of spending there money. I save every bit of money I make. Thats the only reason why I make so much money. But, I really don't make that much more than the other guys. I don't buy anything, that is the key. The big thing that took alot of my money was the 4710. Lately, all I have been doing is adding the money I make and inserting it into the bank. And as far as 10s of thousands of dollards, you are mistaken. I save my money, thats why I do so well. That is the key to success! When I was younger, which would be my kid years, I had not learned that lesson yet. So, I spent all my allowences on petty things and never had any money. Then once I had a job at true value hardware in my teenage years, I saved my money. Can you believe that just doing part time, I had saved up 2000 dollars? The key is saving. OK don't mean to beat a dead horse:D Have fun all!
 

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Did you buy your 4710 for $2000? Wow, I thought they were pretty expensive. How much if you don't mind me asking do you have into 4710 with all attachments? I am just curious. Saving is key, insightful.

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That is a subject that does not rest well with me:D But I spent way over 20,000 Lets, just way, I went even over50,000 But it is biting me in the butt. I am in recover point right now. Took me long time to save up that much money. Have no plan to be spending anymore money!:D
 

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Wow, $50,000! Amazing that you were able to pay that off (5 payments of $10K) with part-time hardware work, lawn cutting and computer jobs. I would have thought you would have tossed in a truck and trailer in there before the $ was finished being spent. Recovery point? I bet you are recovering from all of these hallucinations and expenses! Wow, that is a lot of cash my friend.
Hope your tilling work picks up soon. I am getting my shovel now!

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My part time drug business doesn't "net" me that much....

Hmmmm. Am I doing something wrong?
 

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You must be selling the wrong drugs. When someone buys perscription medisone, is it not like 1000K to buy unless you have medicare to pay for most of it?
 

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:question: :question: :question: :question:

DID I MISS SOMETHING? IS THIS LIKE THE WIGGLE CREAM?

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Ahhhhh.... prescription drugs. Dang, wish I'd thought of that. Thanks for the tip. I'll run this by my supplier and my insurance guy.

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Thanks for all of the great business advice! ;) :D I am going to have to try it out so I can start making money hand over fist like you! :spinsmile
 

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Hmmmm. Am I doing something wrong?

Greg, stop using the drugs yourself and send Terminator some to help with his headacches:furious: :furious: :furious:
 

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Originally posted by admin
:question: :question: :question: :question:

DID I MISS SOMETHING? IS THIS LIKE THE WIGGLE CREAM?

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I think its Giggle Cream. Quality stuff! :thumbsup: I just might try some out on the wife. ;) :D
 
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