Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Just Starting


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-30-2009, 02:06 PM
xulcuz xulcuz is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
xulcuz is on a distinguished road
Default Just Starting

I have come to this forum in search of advice and knowledge. I have decided that I want to start a lawn care business. I am a freshman in college and I have always loved mowing lawns and always thought it would make a great job. As the end of this school year approaches I decided that instead of working hard and getting nothing, I would work for my self and take in the money. I have mowed lawns for years. Through out high school I mowed three commercial buildings. Recently one asked me if this year I could mow another of their buildings. This is what sparked my idea.
I have all the tools, got a trailer, and I have a truck. For tools I have a Z-master, a weed wacker, a back pack blower and Im thinking Im going to invest in a gas edger. Is this reasonable? Also if I am just starting like this do I have to register as a business? Or could I wait till it expanded? Next I am in the process of designing flyers to hand out door to door. Any thing I should for sure include in those? Another thing I question is my ability to price things out? Any tips on that? Any other light you guys could shed on this would be great.
Thanks
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 03-30-2009, 02:47 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
First off good luck, you will no doubt do well as you already have a lawn care customer base.

I too started this year full time, decided I had enough of the corporate world and lawn care/landscaping is something I love to do.

My son is a University student, we had all the equipment last year and he and two friends went at it and made a pile of bucks, it seems customers prefer hiring students to help them out, I have also read this elsewhere.

This summer I will focus on landscaping and excavation while my son and his two friends work on lawn care and tree cutting, they will do well.

What they found and what I have been finding is while working at a site, neighbours, people walking by ask if you would do..........or can you come over when you are finished...etc. This has happened to me personally a lot in the past few weeks and I have weeks worth of work as soon as our weather clears up a bit. What I also find is the lettering on the truck and trailers while parked has people asking, I dropped my daughter off at her friends Sunday morning, the next doo neighbour was reading the side of my truck then waved for me to come over which I did, we talked about a few services he wants, I dropped a quote off later in the day and he agreed to it, as soon as it warms up.....another snow storm hitting here tonight

I do not know your laws where you live but 99% of the time you have to register your business, you will also need commercial insurance, if you opt to not go this route and you had an accident for example with your truck, it is very possible you would not be covered.

I recently attended a home show and watch the local web based advertisements, it seems like a ton of people are getting into the lawn mowing at crazy cheap prices, mainly from what I have found, high school students, so you need to offer services they do not, better quality work or leverage your contacts. Personally I decided to diversify into areas of service other companies were not offering, so far so good.

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-30-2009, 03:23 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi xulcuz,

Welcome to our forum!

Have you thought about a business name you would like to use yet or are you just going to use your name? I don't think you would need to register your business name if you go with your name. Like "Bob Smith" lawn care as long as you have the checks made out to Bob Smith.

Ultimately though, if you are going to make a go of it, registering a business name is very simple.

What are some of the next things you are focusing on and working on?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-30-2009, 04:10 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb Starting a lawn care business.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xulcuz View Post
I have come to this forum in search of advice and knowledge. I have decided that I want to start a lawn care business. I am a freshman in college and I have always loved mowing lawns and always thought it would make a great job. As the end of this school year approaches I decided that instead of working hard and getting nothing, I would work for my self and take in the money. I have mowed lawns for years. Through out high school I mowed three commercial buildings. Recently one asked me if this year I could mow another of their buildings. This is what sparked my idea.
I have all the tools, got a trailer, and I have a truck. For tools I have a Z-master, a weed wacker, a back pack blower and Im thinking Im going to invest in a gas edger. Is this reasonable? Also if I am just starting like this do I have to register as a business? Or could I wait till it expanded? Next I am in the process of designing flyers to hand out door to door. Any thing I should for sure include in those? Another thing I question is my ability to price things out? Any tips on that? Any other light you guys could shed on this would be great.
Thanks
If you bid commercial mowing jobs, you should go legit by becoming licensed and insured. You will find most businesses that hire you will require liability insurance.

Properly pricing your jobs comes down to a set of 3 rules.

1) Know your costs

2) Know your customers

3) Know your competition


Check out the post located at:

http://startalawncarebusiness.com/bl...lawn-care-job/


Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-30-2009, 08:16 PM
xulcuz xulcuz is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
xulcuz is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the advice guys. Right now I know Im kind of late as far as signing spring contracts but Im working on getting my flyer template made out so that it can get printed tomarow hopefully. From there its just trying to get customers. How much does it ussually cost to register and liscense a new business?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-30-2009, 08:29 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 66
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 8
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Depends on where you are

Quote:
Originally Posted by xulcuz View Post
Thanks for the advice guys. Right now I know Im kind of late as far as signing spring contracts but Im working on getting my flyer template made out so that it can get printed tomarow hopefully. From there its just trying to get customers. How much does it ussually cost to register and liscense a new business?
Here in South Carolina my business license coat $216.00, My landscaper license cost $324.00.

It varies from state to state and county to county.
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-30-2009, 11:07 PM
SuperiorPower
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

My friend you have definitely come to the right place. There is plenty of information to be picked up here.

Are you talking about having a business license through the County or having your business name registered through the state (these are 2 seperate things)?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-31-2009, 11:11 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,574
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
How much does it ussually cost to register and liscense a new business?
To register your business name at your county courthouse, it could be less than $100. You may or may not need a license depending on your area and the services you are offering.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
just starting spring 09 peter6668 Starting a lawn care business. 14 03-03-2009 06:48 PM
Starting In 09' walkerlawncare09 Introduce Yourself 16 01-07-2009 11:06 PM
Just Starting! Need some help! dieselsmallengine Introduce Yourself 2 01-06-2009 09:37 PM
Just Starting out...... firedawwg Starting a lawn care business. 13 06-16-2008 12:10 AM
starting out jbrewer Starting a lawn care business. 2 01-07-2008 03:05 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
09-01-2015 11:01 AM
Yesterday 09:04 PM
by Chilehead
5 186
Sample commercial bid
burtle
09-02-2015 06:02 PM
Yesterday 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 88
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Yesterday 08:50 AM
by Sunpointair
15 4,986
best way to.....
Wolf4dk
09-02-2015 11:35 AM
Yesterday 06:45 AM
by Chilehead
4 91
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
09-02-2015 07:45 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 137
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 105
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 659
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 451
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 471
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,838
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,520
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,074
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,803
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 147
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,286
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
16 1,668
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 201
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 619
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 454
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 418
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 289
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 1,060
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 521
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,571
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 644
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,291
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,577
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 245
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 458
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,132
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 407
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 392
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,883
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 582
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 561
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 578
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 476
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 401
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,797
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 289
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 509
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,204
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 433
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 675
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 471
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush contract help curb appeal services demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:52 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:52 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy