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Starting a lawn care business.

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Hi, I am new to the lawn care business this is just my second summer. Last summer we had a little of 50 residential yards on account and we expect a lot more this summer. We were thinking of purchasing a small office building to look more professional. Do you think this is a good idea? Do most of you opperate out of your houses? And where do you keep your equipment? Any advice will help me a lot.
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I have just over 5 acres and four buildings I keep my gear in during the winter. In the summer excavators and tractors almost always stay on job sites, mowers, blowers, trimmers etc. are parked here at my home at night with the company vehicle, we used to have meeting in the morning here however we have moved to a coffee shop not far from my house, we generally talk for 15 to 30 min about the day ahead and then head out. We used to have the meetings here however I discovered we were picking up business when we met at a public place so that is what we do, there is generally 12 to 14 of us along with four vehicles so it has been amazing marketing.
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I discovered we were picking up business when we met at a public place so that is what we do, there is generally 12 to 14 of us along with four vehicles so it has been amazing marketing.
this is brilliant Andy, what do you talk about in your morning meetings?
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Hi, I am new to the lawn care business this is just my second summer. Last summer we had a little of 50 residential yards on account and we expect a lot more this summer. We were thinking of purchasing a small office building to look more professional. Do you think this is a good idea? Do most of you opperate out of your houses? And where do you keep your equipment? Any advice will help me a lot.
in my opinion with 50 clients, you are jumping the gun big time with thoughts of buying an office building.
50 client will not even support one persons family let alone partners, employees, and a mortgage.

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this is brilliant Andy, what do you talk about in your morning meetings?
We talk about what has to be done that day, the guys are allowed to switch the crew they are on as long as they are trained in each others job, we talk about issues from the previous day, I quickly lay out upcoming jobs in the very near future, equipment issues or questions, quite often our Rep from John Deere joins us, they have delivered coffee to the crews, shirts hats etc, they really treat us well. To me it's all about team building, I am no better than anyone on the team, just happen to be driving ths bus however on job sites we are all equal, it really works.

Then on Wednesday evenings we go to an all you can eat sports bar, I generally have one beer with the guys, something to eat and that is about it, some stay for a while but the guys are all good and take the work for the coming day very serious, I never once had an employee call in sick or not show last year. Very proud of the team.
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I know I am getting ready to piss a bunch of people off with this one...but oh well. This has got to be the ONLY industry that there are tons of people promoting others to get into the business. and to make it even MORE weird; its usally from another competitor, given they may not be a direct competitor, they are infact a competitor. seriously, when is the last time you saw coke or pepsi telling and teaching others to get onto the soda market? this industry is over loaded with ever tom, dick and harry to the point that low balling is the common bid. why do think these guys are on here selling you ideas how to make money in the lawncare business? because they can't make enough cutting lawns to pay the bills. that's why! just what this industry needs... another guy with a mower, so yes what are you waiting for?
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actually with 50 clients he could well for himself. 50 clients at an avg of $45.00 a piece would be $9000.00 a month for 7 months work would come out to $63000.00 a year. not bad for one guy.
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It is true in my experience that Lawn Mowing is one of the cheapest self employed business's to get into, many start in Jr High or High School as they can make more money doing Lawn Mowing than say working at a fast food outlet.

When people become unemployed sometimes they will venture into this business and yes many do not know or understand their costs generally speaking they do not last long.

I have helped many here in various ways, I do this because I want to, to me seeing others succeed is as important as my own success, knowledge doesn't become powerful until you give it away then you will learn more, the more I give away the more I learn and yes it makes me feel good, I am not threatened if someone does better than I do, and one can learn a lot from ideas and samples of others work on these forums.

Could my time be better spent elsewhere? Perhaps as I have two other companies but life is about balance and in the big picture this is part of my balance.

There are ways to make a lot of money in this industry and yes it does take capital, simply raise the bar and offer services that the trunk slammers can not, it's what I did and yes it really paid off. This was to be a retirement business so that I could work with my son in the summer when he is home from University, that was April of last year, by May we had hired 11 of his University friends to keep up with demand as we offer every service a home owner could ask for when it comes to their property. This year we expanded the services to include having the lot prepared for new home construction, from clearing the lot of trees to putting in driveways, digging the foundation, septic field, landscaping with the goal of picking up the property maintenance after the house is sold.

I understand this may not be for everyone, it's a niche market I carved out being a one stop shop. If I were to have relied on just offering lawn mowing, the company would probably be shut down long before now as I am in this to make money, I do not low ball lawn care or any other service, my price is my price.

I know for example the two large tree cutting and wood chipping companies probably look at our quotes that we receive and think we are low balling, we are not, I simply do not have the overhead they do, we make a very good profit and do not gouge the customer, same on the excavation side, we are bigger than the small guys but smaller than the big guys, right in the middle which is where I want to be and where I have found the money is.
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