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.

Landscaping New to me


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 02-07-2011, 09:35 AM
rpiolends rpiolends is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 6
rpiolends is on a distinguished road
Default Landscaping New to me

My partner and I are looking for a business we can join together and to stop working for someone else. In our area a lawn care business is for sale, and we are thinking about buying. The problem is we are concerned we do not know much about lawn care. My partner is a sucessful office manager, and I am a computer programmer.

Growing up I'm mowed my parents lawn and some of the neighbors for a couple of bucks. My partner can run a business but probably would have a hard time simply starting a lawnmower.

Should we be concerned that we may not know alot about the physical lawncare, or maintence of equipment. Even though we have the sales and office management down. Is that going to be sufficient to take over an existing lawn care business?
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 02-09-2011, 08:12 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,039
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Welcome to our forum!

You have a lot of great questions there.

First off, what got you to consider purchasing an existing lawn care business vs starting one from scratch?

Can you tell us a little about this potential business you might buy?
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 02-10-2011, 03:07 PM
rpiolends rpiolends is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 6
rpiolends is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Welcome to our forum!

You have a lot of great questions there.

First off, what got you to consider purchasing an existing lawn care business vs starting one from scratch?
We were leaning on buying an existing business, presumable the previous operator, knows or has learned which equipment works, and has right sized the hardware to what the business uses.

Secondly, we are looking for a business we can transition to without losing are lifestyle in the transition. By acquiring a company, there will be accounts, employees and cashflow in place to allow an easier transition.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Can you tell us a little about this potential business you might buy?
It's a mostly residental lawn care business with 100 or so accounts 2 large trucks and grossing 300k or so per year.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-11-2011, 04:52 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,039
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How much does he want for this business?

Also, why is he getting out of it?

What are some of your thoughts on this business so far?

The thing is when you are looking to keep your lifestyle going, which I can totally understand, you will need to potentially spend quite a bit to get a business where the income is similar to what you are used to. However the downside to this is when you spend that money, it is gone, and these businesses at times look good from the outside but when you get them and look inside, they have the potential to be rotted.

There is always another option of using that money you would have spent to maintain your lifestyle until you are able to get your own business started up.
__________________
- 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

Tags
buying, existing, experience, taking over

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
CT Landscaping TaylorsCornerLLC Starting a lawn care business. 1 07-20-2010 02:23 AM
Landscaping with a CUT picframer General Talk 6 06-17-2010 06:19 PM
pga landscaping pgalandscaping Introduce Yourself 1 04-23-2010 10:21 AM
First Landscaping Job Totally Green Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 32 04-16-2009 02:12 PM
C&K Landscaping candklandscaping Introduce Yourself 7 04-10-2009 12:33 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Today 12:42 AM
by SC93
9 534
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
Yesterday 11:36 AM
by joshp
17 2,839
fert/lawn programs
joshp
Yesterday 10:43 AM
Yesterday 10:43 AM
by joshp
0 107
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
Yesterday 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 722
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-27-2016 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,829
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,165
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,924
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,113
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 522
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 495
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 478
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 475
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 468
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 767
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 465
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 734
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 475
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 593
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 730
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,663
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,834
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,300
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 639
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 697
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,803
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,951
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:09 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:09 PM.

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