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Would like to start my own tree service. Need ideas on how to begin.

Discussion in 'Tree Services Directory' started by Manofstihl066, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Manofstihl066

    Manofstihl066 Pinnacle OPE Member

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    This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time but simply have not had the time or funds to pursue. I farm, working for my dad and uncle so the large equipment ( semi truck, heavy equipment trailer, and tractors and loaders) I work with technically aren't mine. The saws I myself own are echo 355t top handle, Stihl ms 290, Stihl 661r, and Stihl 064/66. I also own a echo pole saw.
     
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    Lightning Performance Knuckle dragger swinging member

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    Get that knuckle. Wishing I bought one decades ago. Might still grab one some day if it pops up. Very universal rig. I'm out for the most part now. Time caught up with me so I'm told.
     
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    I agree with some of the other post. Go work for a Tree service in your area. Gain some skill from people that have been in the business for a while. I would be prepared to invest the time. I would say 3to5 years to climb under someone else before you make the leap to your own stuff. I would work for one guy for 2.5 to 3 years then go work for another Tree service. We all have different ways of doing a Tree and gaining knowledge from multiple companies will make you a lot better. Hope this helps. I have been climbing and timber falling for 13 years and been on my own for 4 years.
     
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    OR, just pick and choose the jobs that you want. lol
    You might not get the big money jobs, but there is a place for people who do the small jobs. The easier ones.
    I do small jobs that are easy. Lol. No overhead. Most homeowners love the lower prices. I do know my limitations. I only take on what I can do.
     
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    I like this right here.
    OP you already have full time work it sounds like. Get some liability insurance and start doing what you can. Watch a few thousand videos and stop and talk with as many tree crews as you have time to.
    If you can't make money with the equipment and skills you have now you won't make money with more, that's why I asked what you have now.
    Once you are out and about and actually doing it you will understand more and more of what everyone here is saying, and more and more of what the videos are showing. If you are watching videos about knots, have a rope in hand to practice. Most all of the companies who sell tree gear have tutorials on knots and all the ratings are right on their ads with links to videos.
    Is it rocket science, no, but there is a lot to it. Start with what you have and then invest in what you need.
    Remember most businesses go under within the first year, the most common effect is debt/making no money. There are many reasons for that, but if you don't buy anything except with cash, maintain your equipument, and have insurance you will not go under because of that which takes you out of the highest failure for start up companies.
     
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    Great advice guys, thanks a lot.
     
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    Have saw will cut wood for $$$$ LOL.
     
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    Manofstihl066 Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Haha I may give it a shot this winter when there is down time. Trying to take on a few small jobs with what I got sounds like a good place to start. I do fine where I'm at farming but this is a dream I've had for a long time. Running saws, cutting and shaping trees are a passion of mine and if there's a way to do it as a profession, well that'd be great.
     
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