Before running this website full time I used to own a tree service company with my friend from last post.
What do you think about when you think about trees? Well I think about fire wood. I used to work for this guy that had a tree service. We would have jobs that would consume of cutting trees that have fallen through house and trees that’s people just didn’t want in there yard. Well, we would cut in up in pieces and load it up on the trailer. After, that we would grind the stump out until there was nothing there.
This is the funny part of this story. After we cleared all the small limbs, we would head back to has house. This where it gets funny at. This guy had a big wood cutter. We would cut these logs into perfect pieces of firewood. Then have us deliver it to places that had already had orders in, and some were people at there houses. Here’s the punch line. I was only on the clock for cutting the tree down and cutting in up then putting it on the trailer. So, I never got paid for the firewood. He said that wasn’t in the treeservice company time. Man, I couldn’t do nothing but laugh, because I didn’t want to go to jail.
So the next day we went and did another job and he tried to do the same thing , by having us cut it up in firewood. I told him I was off the clock. Lol. That was when I became part owner of the tree service and selling firewood. I own 45% of the tree service and 50% of selling the firewood.
From there we were getting jobs all over Warner, GA. It so big that I had to hire more people and open more locations. We had locations all the way to Huntsville Alabama. I owned 95% each location I opened by my self.
As time goes on I get so big I bought him out and I owned 100% of the company.
One thing you have to remember about starting a tree service business is the seasonality of the work. Early spring and late fall are the times for pruning and thinning trees. Work concerned with trees damaged by strong winds is likely to be in the winter time. While there may be quite a bit of work clearing away trees knocked down by winter storms, the weather itself will make it difficult for you to operate your business. Also bear in mind that you may have to travel in the course of your work. The greater the geographical area you can cover, the greater your chance of getting work.
Tree cutting businesses provide a variety of services, including tree branch trimming and tree cutting and stump removal. Knowledge of common types of trees in your area and common tree problems helps increase your business and remain competitive with other local tree cutting services. Attract commercial and residential customers by providing quality customer service. Referrals from satisfied customers encourages others to choose your services. Depending on where you live, tree cutting services may be needed any time during the year.
I started out with just a pickup truck and a couple of saws and little knowledge of climbing and the proper way to prune trees. I almost killed myself a couple of times because of it. I strongly discourage anyone from following the path I did, even though I consider my business very successful today (20 years later). The ISA and TCIA have many videos and books on how to prune and you could easily spend your $5000 on those alone. A good tree saddle, gaffs (for removals only), ropes, rigging gear, pole saws and pruners, handsaws, pulleys, loop runners, carabiners etc. will easily eat up all of your start up money. You also need to carry insurance. Just one piece of my rigging gear, the GRCS, cost $2500. This is not a business that you can properly equip for $5000. I would strongly suggest you work for a good tree company for at least 3 months to get an idea of what this is all about. You will be able to make a better decision on whether you really want to get in the tree business and if so, what equipment or gear to buy.
The firewood business is better than ever. The high cost of fuel oil and heating gas has created high demand for firewood. Every state will have firewood customers. People in southern states like to have a warm toasty fire to watch and heat their homes as much as those in northern climates.