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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.
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i am new to the bizz I am finding it hard to get started i have all the eqipment i need i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients . I offer more services then what they did and also offer snow removal i have handed out a lot of cards and flyers and emailed many people i realy need some help any advice is helpfull thank you
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i am new to the bizz I am finding it hard to get started i have all the eqipment i need i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients . I offer more services then what they did and also offer snow removal i have handed out a lot of cards and flyers and emailed many people i realy need some help any advice is helpfull thank you
Thats strange, you bought a business but got none of the clients?
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Can you tell us a little more about your situation? Did you intend to buy the customers along with the business too or no?
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i am new to the bizz I am finding it hard to get started i have all the eqipment i need i bought a business that was already in service but i did not get any of the clients . I offer more services then what they did and also offer snow removal i have handed out a lot of cards and flyers and emailed many people i realy need some help any advice is helpfull thank you
How much did you buy the business for? Do you know if the seller kept the contacts, to continue building another business?
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no i bought all the equipment at a steal !! he dose not have the money to rebuild
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i was told upon purchase of the business that i would receive the rights to the clients i have not received any of the clients info i have tried contact the person i bought the company from no answer. No i did not have the clients drawn up in the contract i did not expect any of this because i bought the business from a family friend and also he can not preform the services for them he dos not have the equipment to do it i bought it all at a steal i know for a fact he has no $ to rebuild . im not sure of what to do

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Sorry but you got screwed by a friend. Put an add in the paper, that's the first thing I would do. Try Craigs List in your area as well. When you get a free moment call your friend and tell him what a douchebag he is.
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How many customers were you told would be included? Did this effect your purchase decision?

Are you going to pursue this or have you decided to cut your losses and move forwards and get new customers?
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When buying any company, there is an onus on the buyer to perform due diligence, part of this is to review income generated and a list of the clients/receivable etc. If you only purchased the equipment I guess I would ask what is in the purchase and sale agreement.

If you have not been supplied with the customer list, who did you hand your marketing material to?
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It might actually be a good thing that you didnt get his old customers in the package ,as its quite possible the guy was having financial difficulties due to his rates being too low ,or customers not paying ,or maybey he didnt do a good enough job .Its often next to impossible to raise your rates without losing customers in this business ,as there is always a kid with a lawnmower willing to do it cheaper .If you got some good equipment for a great price,thats a large part of the battle won ,you then just need to concentrate on doing the work and finding your own customers who you can decide what your willing to charge them ,not having to worry about any old contracts or history .
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