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Starting a lawn care business.

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Old 02-10-2010, 10:43 AM
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Ok I was doing property preservation but we have lost the contract we had. I was in the process of turning my business in to a lawn care company and have made some good contacts and will have lawns this year, about 20-30. I have been offered my old job back and i have to take it. I also anticipate that i will get more lawns because I havent even advertised yet. I got the 20-30 from a home health care agency. My problem is having the time to mow them. How would you guys go about doing this. My new job will be super busy and I wont be getting off til about 5:30 everyday.

I was thinking of hiring a former wrestler of mine that gets off at 2:30. I have a truck and trailer that he could run when he gets off and I have another mower that I can run when i get off. Is this how you guys would do it?

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I would do it after hours and on weekends to get it done. I always like to be on the job, I don't trust other with my livelihood.

If you get a couple good helpers 3 of you could easily know out 20-30 lawns on a Saturday (as long as you didn't get rained out)
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I agree. No one will do as good a job as you. If you try to run it remotely like that, I think you are going to run into many problems.

If your long term goal is to build up this business you have to spend time on it. I know it's tough to do but if you are trying to bridge that gap from working fulltime to going fulltime into your business, you quite often need to pull double duty.

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That is awesome! How did all that come about? Why would a home health agency be looking out for yards? That is really interesting!
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Well those were my thoughts too. I dont think I will be able to pull double duty. I will work from 8am-4:30pm. Some days I will have to work later. If I do get off at 4:30 I would be heading to the first lawn by 5pm. That only leaves 3 hours of daylight to mow. I will have to work some weekends as well.

Home health agencies take care of people in their homes. So I figured if they cant take care of themselves then then they cant take care of their lawn. So I just did some cold calling there and landed one agency.
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Well those were my thoughts too. I dont think I will be able to pull double duty. I will work from 8am-4:30pm. Some days I will have to work later. If I do get off at 4:30 I would be heading to the first lawn by 5pm. That only leaves 3 hours of daylight to mow. I will have to work some weekends as well.
It is very difficult to do the double duty thing. Maybe you could take on a smaller amount of customers and slowly scale up over time and scale back the job?

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Home health agencies take care of people in their homes. So I figured if they cant take care of themselves then then they cant take care of their lawn. So I just did some cold calling there and landed one agency.
I have to say this is GENIUS! If I had an award now for creative thinking I would give it to you.

I wonder how they would handle the billing. Would they be billed or the customer and how would they be at paying.

This is fascinating!
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Do what you can save up six to eight months worth of wages and go full time mowing and Landscaping. If you can't trust anyone you will never be able to expand past a certain point. I am still a small one man show but I know from working places if the boss can't trust his employees, he will always have to be there, after a certain point you should be able to hire a foreman. Just what I know from experience.
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If you can't trust anyone you will never be able to expand past a certain point. I am still a small one man show but I know from working places if the boss can't trust his employees, he will always have to be there, after a certain point you should be able to hire a foreman. Just what I know from experience
How do you feel your view applies to the concept of hiring someone fulltime to do the job while you are away at a full time job? Is it possible to trust someone will do a good enough job when there is no supervision? Or is that what you meant when you said he should save up and then go fulltime because it wouldn't work out to well any other way?
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Im going to try to do as much as possible but I will have to have someone cover for me sometimes. We'll see how this works out. does anyone know the ratio for putting out 100 signs? about how much could that generate?
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That is a good question about the signs. I haven't seen a % return based on them but I have seen posts on here that talk about where to put them so they don't get pulled. Check out these articles on bandit signs.

When it comes to the customers you got through the home health agency, how they would handle the billing. Would the agency be billed or the customer and how do you think they would they be at paying?
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Quote "How do you feel your view applies to the concept of hiring someone full time to do the job while you are away at a full time job? Is it possible to trust someone will do a good enough job when there is no supervision? Or is that what you meant when you said he should save up and then go fulltime because it wouldn't work out to well any other way"
I'm not sure how to quote so i did it the way I did any way. I feel when you are running a one man show and working full time it won't really work if you have alot of clients. If the business is full time enough to hire someone, you should do the work your self and make the extra profit, and quit your "Full time job" . I am not sure how you could properly run a "full time" Business and work forty hours a week at another job. I work 7 days a week sometime ten to twelve hours and still can't keep up. One of the things that separates large business from small is major tax deductions. home office, Vehicles etc. I take all the deductions I can it's a lot of work but pay off in the long run. I also have to keep track of my maintain for equipment and to save money I do the Small Engine Repair and maintain my self. I also work on my own vehicles to save money they charge 65$ an hour and so do I so to pay them would be point less. I also clean my equipment once a week and wash my vehicles once a week. Sorry for the long post just an explanation why working full time at a 9-5 would make it almost impossible to run a money making business. thanks for reading if you made it this far
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