In recent weeks I started a lawn mowing & garden care small business. Includes Landscaping Solutions and Pressure Cleaning. Before I started I sourced a good lawn mower trailer on Gumtree with ramp and cupboards each side. Had it sandblasted and sprayed. Then had signwriting applied each side. Came up really well. For me, I had to look professional so the trailer ticked that box. Then organised a uniform for myself (and wife). Just not done the logo and embroidery/screen printing yet. At this point in time I run a Masport President 3000, Stihl FS110 whipper snipper/blower/trimmer and good quality cyclone hand tools. I'm at a point now, even with only a handful of customers, of needing back up equipment as I'd be stuffed if the Masport blew up or any other equipment for that matter. So I'm off to double up what I've got...with commercial gear though.
It's been interesting to read the forum particularly with other start up lawn rounds. One of the hardest things for me to do was pricing various jobs. I was pleased to read some of the prices people said for hourly rates etc. Seems I was right in the ball park there. In the last 2 weeks I've had requests from clients about charging $25 per hour...there is simply no way I'm wasting my time for that pittance....and neither should anyone else. It lowers the bar for everyone involved in this business. I think sometimes you have to do an hourly quote and sometimes price up the job in total....no two jobs are the same! Anyway, that's me....looking forward to Spring!