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jsmith
08-05-2012, 04:53 PM
Hey everyone! Ive been doing lawncare for the past 4 years now working for a company. My boss has been great with teaching me the ins and the outs of mowing. So i have decided its time to try and go out on my own next year and start up a small lawn care business. So any advice or input from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.

CHEESE2009
08-05-2012, 05:58 PM
Hey everyone! Ive been doing lawncare for the past 4 years now working for a company. My boss has been great with teaching me the ins and the outs of mowing. So i have decided its time to try and go out on my own next year and start up a small lawn care business. So any advice or input from anyone would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.


Don't tell your boss.


Your boss will make everything sound more difficult than it truthfully is - it'll demoralize you to hear.

The labor is the easiest part, the rest is a living nightmare that wont ever go away until you find yourself at the bottom of a bottle of Jack, and that's only a temporary fix.

-

My best advice, don't lose touch with the outside world (friends). Starting a company can be a lonely place if it's all you keep on your mind, and if you push people away.

I pushed my entire social life away for this, don't make the same mistake!

mark123
08-05-2012, 06:07 PM
I wouldn't quit if you're making good money. My first year I grossed about $6000. Can you live on $6000?

jsmith
08-05-2012, 06:38 PM
haha thanks for the input. But my boss is a nice guy and a family friend and i honestly think hed help me out a little bit. And im sorry to hear that cheese about losing touch with the outside world. But i actually have a couple friends that have some mowing companys of their own so im sure we would always have something to talk about. But thanks again for your input i appreciate it.

jsmith
08-05-2012, 06:49 PM
I wouldn't quit if you're making good money. My first year I grossed about $6000. Can you live on $6000?

well the mowing company i work for right now we only work in the late afternoon because my boss works a full time job in the morning...so my plan was still doing that and then starting mine up on the side and doing both for right now and then just planing it by year.

Big Al
08-05-2012, 09:33 PM
I think its great you want to start doing it for yourself, just remember that your success depends on you and you alone. If your ready for it then get out there and start busting *** and making cash! Good luck bud

krzys666
08-05-2012, 10:00 PM
haha thanks for the input. But my boss is a nice guy and a family friend and i honestly think hed help me out a little bit. And im sorry to hear that cheese about losing touch with the outside world. But i actually have a couple friends that have some mowing companys of their own so im sure we would always have something to talk about. But thanks again for your input i appreciate it.

if you are still working for someone learn your numbers.
what i mean by that;
set up a excel spread sheet with every property on that list.
then put the lot size, and turf sq ft, triming time, blow off time.
how long does it take to spread mulch, plant flats of flowers, weeding ect...
track the time for each one every week.

if possible find out what your boss charges.

you will have an average amount of time required for certain tasks. it will help you a lot with estimating assuming you are using similar machines.

zillow is great for lot size

mark123
08-05-2012, 10:31 PM
well the mowing company i work for right now we only work in the late afternoon because my boss works a full time job in the morning...so my plan was still doing that and then starting mine up on the side and doing both for right now and then just planing it by year.

That's a much better plan than just cutting off the old job and trying to start a new one. What a weird situation where you only work in the late afternoon.

Your boss is going to have to realize that the jobs you've been hired to do take precedence over the jobs he's been hired to do. Making money for you is more important than making money for him. It's just logical sense. He's probably not going to like it though.

SECTLANDSCAPING
08-05-2012, 10:55 PM
I had a guy that did side jobs work for me before. It wasnt just lawn stuff but handyman jobs. I didnt mind until he borrowed my snow blower to clear driveways and found out he was telling customers he would work for them for what I pay him to work for me.

Your walking a thin line trying to start a business while working for someone in the same field. You should talk it over with your boss before he finds out from someone else.

jsmith
08-05-2012, 11:11 PM
well my boss has taught me pretty much everything he knows and hes been mowings lawns for around 13 years or so. He doesnt do any mulching or planting just strickly mowing. and as the pricing goes for mowing he doesnt get to complex about it, he just charges one dollar per minute for how ever long he thinks it will take us to mow the yard. And my friends that mow for a living they do the same thing when it comes to how much to charge per yard. Thats the way my boss has taught me to price yards and it works well for him. and mark what i was getting at if i started doing it on my own i would try and mow in the early mornings and then just go work for my boss in the afternoon so our schedules wouldnt interfere...at least for a little while unless my company took off. Oh and thanks big Al for the encouragement!

LawnBoy0311
08-06-2012, 05:31 AM
thats a hard call to make. you could be stepping into a hornets nest, or it could work out really well. you plan to start a company and mow in the same area your boss has his company? then in the afternoon start mwoing for him? it sounds a bit sneaky, and if i were your boss and i found out, i'd fire you real quick. but i don't know the relationship you have with your boss either. on the other hand, it sounds like he may be happy where he's at, because he has a full time job and cuts on the side. so he may not even care because he can only take on so much business. in this case it may work out for you!! have you ever thought about being a partner with him? you want to do it full time, and he can't do it full time. he has all the equipment too! it sounds like he's established too! just a thought...

jsmith
08-06-2012, 06:23 PM
im not planning on steping on his toes or anything. my plan was he can only handle so many lawns cause he just does this on the side so i was going to venture into towns that he doesnt mow in. And the reason he doesnt go to these other towns trying to pick up work is because he says he already has all the work he wants. So i dont think he would have a problem with it. Like i said before in an early post he is a family friend anyway so we do have a good relationship. But i would never do anything along the lines of trying to take work from him or take possible yards you could have in the towns he already mows in. And the partnering thing well thats a great idea, but im just wanting to try it for my self and on my own. I think it would help me learn alot more. It would also give me more responsibilities that im willing to take on and i just think it would help me mature alot more so to say in a way i guess. And im also on my way to getting a degree in business management, so i think it would benefit me there as well.

hawthornelawncare
08-06-2012, 09:07 PM
Hey there all i can say is network with your fellow friends and all. Have a social life and just run your buisness like you want. Only do it to where you feel comfortable and not over whelmed or you will get burned out..

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
08-07-2012, 07:13 AM
Good Luck too you, Just be smart and don't burn bridges behind you...