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Adrian Noble replied to Darren's discussion New Start Up Venture
"As your just starting this up and you have no experiance of pricing and costing, I would advise you to go as a sole trader and see how it pans out. If your still doing it in a years time, then think about changing to a ltd company.
As far as pricing…"
21 minutes ago
Adam Pilgrim replied to Darren's discussion New Start Up Venture
"There's a lot more to being a ltd co than simple separation of assets etc. As a new ltd co with no trading history you may find suppliers refuse to give you credit accounts for a few years. Also a ltd co is becoming less and less tax efficient (what…"
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Vic 575 replied to Darren's discussion New Start Up Venture
"You don’t need to break down costs for the client. It is better to give a total fixed price, but if the job involves removing waste and/or other tasks associated with the job at hand, you can list these tasks involved but not a breakdown or list the…"
3 hours ago
Darren posted a discussion
Morning all, Another start up venture post.....apologies!I have spent some time reading through the various posts on this site which has led me to sign up and post myself. I am currently reading Paul Powers how to book and it makes for very good rea…
4 hours ago
Sean Clarke replied to Alan denton's discussion multi tools
"I've never really been much of a fan of Stihl 2-stroke kit. When I went solo nearly 5 years ago I bought myself a Honda Versatool and blower. They're 4-stroke, so I treat them to an oil and filter change every year. Neither have once let me down, no…"
19 hours ago
Billybop replied to Alan denton's discussion multi tools
"The Stihl HSA94R is a more heavy duty hedge trimmer better suited to tough stuff than the HSA86 whereas the 2 long reachers HLA65 and HLA85 are fundamentally the same as each other mechanically [except for the length of reach] and could be damaged i…"
20 hours ago
Richard Shelton replied to Richard Shelton's discussion Stihl kit - Starting issues
"Great tip - thanks Graham 👍🏻"
23 hours ago

New Start Up Venture

Morning all, Another start up venture post.....apologies!I have spent some time reading through the various posts on this site which has led me to sign up and post myself. I am currently reading Paul Powers how to book and it makes for very good reading however he runs his business as a sole trader, whereas I would like to run as a LTD company to separate personal finances assets etc from the company. From the other threads I understand it's far better to price per job than to quote per hour,…

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3 Replies · Reply by Adrian Noble 21 minutes ago

Hayter harrier 41 pro

Good morning, a dealer near me is advertising the hayter harrier 41 pro 2019 model at £600 inc vat. It has a honda engine which i know to be solid. I could do with a roller mower to add to my kit but have no experience of hayters apart from using a customers hayter 48 last year. Anyone been using these? Is it possible to fit a mulch blade? Any help would be much aporeciated, regards, Martin. 

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2 Replies · Reply by GaryRK yesterday

Stihl kit - Starting issues

I and my team are big fans of Stihl. Robust machines that get the job done year in, year out. We run FS400/450 strimmers, BG & SH85 blowers, Kombi's, andvarious hedge cutters. One area of frustration though is starting issues, particularly on the blowers and strimmers. We alternate getting them professionally serviced and servicing them ourselves, with little difference to this problem. Occasionally we have had to replace carb's or coil packs. Does anyone else else suffer this issue, and more…

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13 Replies · Reply by Richard Shelton 23 hours ago

Getting undercut and shoddy workmanship

I put up a post a month or two ago re a summerhouse base I was quoting to put down, plus the assembly of the summerhouse on top. I gave two quotes: one for a slab base with all the usual trimmings, and one for a wooden frame. Anyway, it was too much for the client (a regular of mine), so she went with someone else. I was initially a bit annoyed, but on reflection thought I'd probably underpriced it and wouldn't have made much on the job anyway. My annoyance soon turned to relief.On arriving to…

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5 Replies · Reply by Sean Clarke yesterday

Payment advice

Hi. I am currently in discussions with a customer who lives in Canada about helping him sort out his sisters garden.She has unfortunately gone into care recently and her front and back gardens are now completely overgrown and he wishes the gardens to be tidied up so the house doesn't look empty. How do I go about the payment for this work as he will be paying me from abroadThanks

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11 Replies · Reply by James on Friday

Mower Help

Hi Guys,I'm currently in the process setting up a small part time garden maintaince buisness and could do with some advice on the machinery front.I have a rough budget of around £300  to spend on a mower, however I could be persuaded to increase that price to around £350 I have narrowed it down to the following:STIHL RM248TORO 20945HONDA IZY (16 inch)Hayter Osprey 46If I'm honest I'm leaning to towards the honda but could do with some of your expert knowledge!Thanks! Scott  P.S could someone…

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14 Replies · Reply by Scott Peter yesterday

Turfing lawn to existing lawn

Hello , i am re-turfing an area of approx. 6×4m.where previously there was a children's play area . Once membrane and chopped rubber was removed the ground sat about 3 inches below existing lawn . I have dug over to a forks depth and I'm currently breaking down surface to a fine tilth and the area is now only about an inch below existing grass , I was planning to lay a fine layer of topsoil over the top but may not now have room , I am doing the foot shuffle over whole area . My question is do…

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5 Replies · Reply by Vic 575 on Wednesday
"An open association like LJN is just a remarkable place. What you pay per year for what you get out of it is astonishing, and speaking personally, LJN has helped guide me from a new start up business into 5 years of profitable trading and I don't think I could have done that without access to the forum and the great contributors to it." Simon Land

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