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  • mowandblow1980
    started a topic Start My Own Business?

    Start My Own Business?

    I figured I'd start a new thread instead of hijacking the 2016 Business Goal thread. Here's my situation: I already have a full time job. Last season I started working for a lawn maintenance company. The work was on Saturdays and Sundays. They were usually 6 hour work days. I've been considering starting my own part time doing lawns closer to my house. I live in Pike County, Pa. Their are a lot of gated communities here. Some summer homes, mostly middle class. Most yards are 1/4-1/3 acre of lawn surrounded by woods. I already have a pick up truck, all the handheld equipment I'd need, a few 21" push mowers, and a 36" Bunton gear drive mower. I would have to buy a trailer for the 36" or just start out with the push mowers. Yards are pretty tight here so I couldnt see anything much bigger then a 36". I've done some research on the community I'm in and a few around and there are around 1600 homes just in the 3 communities I checked out. I'm waiting to hear back from 2 other ones nearby for home many homes are their. I guess in this long winded post I'm asking should I try to do my own thing, or keep working for the other guy? I wont be competing against him at all because he doesn't cover the area I'm in. Thanks guys.

  • Steve
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    Keep us posted on how the score meeting goes.

    Also, are you going to be doing any advertising for leaf cleanups?

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  • mowandblow1980
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    Ok, update. I did end up going back to work for the other landscaper this season but I am already regretting it. I wasn't picking up enough work on my own so I went back to work for him one day on the weekend. I have been looking into insurance/taxes/licensing and I contacted SCORE and have to schedule a meeting with them. I'm hoping to pick up enough fall leaf work to be able to leave the other job.

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  • mowandblow1980
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    Do you know who your first 10, 40, 100 customers are? Should know that ahead of time.
    Could you explain this further?

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  • Andy S.
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    Pull the trigger! Go for it!

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  • DanielThomas
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    know your customers

    Do you know who your first 10, 40, 100 customers are? Should know that ahead of time.

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  • Brownieboy
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    Do it!

    Marketing in any business is most of your work. If you can do lawn maintenance that's great but it won't get you customers unless they know you can.

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  • mowandblow1980
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    Ok, I have an update. I decided not to go back to work for the other landscaper. I've been starting to pick up some odd jobs but nothing major. I'm going to grow slowly since it's only part time for me. I did a power washing job for my father-in-law and a small tree removal and pruning job for my wife's aunt. I also got a job hauling junk out of some ones yard that my wife got from one of the face book groups she belongs to and I picked up a one time mowing job from a community face book group I belong to. Overall it's been slow but I'm hoping I can pick up at least a few weekly or biweekly mowing jobs by me.

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  • Steve
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    With your wife understanding how to use social media, I bet you can get a bunch of customers in no time!

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  • mowandblow1980
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    It took about 2 weeks of running someone else's mowing business before I decided it's too tough of work to be doing for $13/hr. I've started my own and I'm billing $60/hr.

    My plan is by next year have 40-60 hours of mowing that I can put 1-2 guys on and I will do the fert applications and other services. I'd like to get this business generating 60-90K profit in 3 years.
    That's what I've been thinking. Except I was making $10/hr. I can make a lot more even after taxes and stay closer to home.

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  • tannerduncan
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    It took about 2 weeks of running someone else's mowing business before I decided it's too tough of work to be doing for $13/hr. I've started my own and I'm billing $60/hr.

    My plan is by next year have 40-60 hours of mowing that I can put 1-2 guys on and I will do the fert applications and other services. I'd like to get this business generating 60-90K profit in 3 years.

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  • mowandblow1980
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    I contacted the county and got a number to call to see what kind of licenses I might need. Have to call my insurance company to see what liability/commercial truck insurance will cost. I think in Pa as long as I only do maintenance I don't need a contractors license. I have to find out also if I put my name on my truck I might need a commercial license plate. My wife is pretty good on social media so she should be able to help get me jobs.

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  • Steve
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    Ok I understand what you are saying.

    If you are leaning to starting your own business then why not take the steps needed to get yourself going. Get your advertising ready. Start utilizing your social networks and ask around to see if anyone needs help with their property care this year.

    Otherwise, it will be another year before you make the jump and by then, who knows what else will pop up that will keep you from doing it.

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  • mowandblow1980
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    Ok with that said, how difficult would it be for you to get some first hand experience with someone local until you felt comfortable starting up your own company?
    I worked for someone last season. I'm trying decide whether to go back to work for him or start my own. I'm really leaning toward starting my own this season.

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  • Steve
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    Ok with that said, how difficult would it be for you to get some first hand experience with someone local until you felt comfortable starting up your own company?

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