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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.

With out a doubt this is the Most important thing to do when you are starting out.


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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Cool With out a doubt this is the Most important thing to do when you are starting out.

Hey guy's,

What do you think is the most important thing to do when you are starting out your lawn care business?

I'll give you my two cents worth...

The number one thing to do is create some sort of business plan.

Cringe, Cringe, Cringe. I Know!!

I recon most people don't do this 'cause they crap their pants in Terror.

LOL!!

The truth is that if you do it you will grow your business like a bazillion times bigger! (Okay so thats a tiny bit of a exagration: If you believed that word for word then no doubt you belive in those magical flying unicorns too!!)

But seriously it will make a huge difference!

Here is the business model that I have used susessfully for a long time now.



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Anyways, I'm Curious. Does the Gopher gang agree with me?

If not, then why not?

What do you think is the most important thing to do when you are starting you lawn business?
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There are several very important things but if you had to narrow it down to one, I would have to agree with you 100%. Without a plan of action nothing else you do really matters. (Not to mention if you have to borrow some money one day, you'll certainly need a business plan!)
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There are several very important things but if you had to narrow it down to one, I would have to agree with you 100%. Without a plan of action nothing else you do really matters. (Not to mention if you have to borrow some money one day, you'll certainly need a business plan!)
Wow, Great!
Good to see some one agrees with me.... Make's a change from listening to my misses NAG at me, (Um, I mean "share her differing point of view with ".)

... I'm Very glad she doesn't go on this forum..
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I don't agree I have lots of friends with large landscaping companies and none of us ever had business plans we just put in a lot of hours to make or business suceed not saying a plan doesn't help but I did not need one
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I don't agree I have lots of friends with large landscaping companies and none of us ever had business plans we just put in a lot of hours to make or business suceed not saying a plan doesn't help but I did not need one
Hi Thomas,

Cool, Cool!!

I agree with you on the "put in a lot of hours" part. Dedication and hard work are an absolute must.

I'm a bit curious though. Did you have no plan at all or did you simply not have one written down?

Like I mean, did you go to sleep at night with a million ideas running through your head?
Such as...
"tomorrow I have got to do this, this and this. Next week I have got to do this and this. And next month I need to do this."

Cheers mate.
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No plan at all I still have no plan I just go with the flow and run 15 people
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No plan at all I still have no plan I just go with the flow and run 15 people
Thats great stuff mate! Keep it up.
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It's a real great question.

The tough part about creating a business plan early on, especially if this business is your first one, is that you have no idea about nothing. You don't even know where to begin.

You have no idea on how to project what you will make.

You have no idea what your expenses will be, what you will be require to purchase or anything.

Ultimately, the most important thing I think to do when starting out, is figure out a way to make money at it and do it. Then once you got that going, you can move forwards.

But on the flip side, if someone can start with research and a business plan, they will probably hit the ground running and do great.

This might come down to a difference in methodology. Some people like to plan, and to those I say great! Do it. Others like to wing it and have more fun living their life by the seat of their pants, for those I say, do that too.
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It's a real great question.

The tough part about creating a business plan early on, especially if this business is your first one, is that you have no idea about nothing. You don't even know where to begin.

You have no idea on how to project what you will make.

You have no idea what your expenses will be, what you will be require to purchase or anything.

Ultimately, the most important thing I think to do when starting out, is figure out a way to make money at it and do it. Then once you got that going, you can move forwards.

But on the flip side, if someone can start with research and a business plan, they will probably hit the ground running and do great.

This might come down to a difference in methodology. Some people like to plan, and to those I say great! Do it. Others like to wing it and have more fun living their life by the seat of their pants, for those I say, do that too.
Good points Steve. I think you need to get a good balance some where in the middle. Some people spend their whole life planning..... and never actually doing anything.

Where as others keep on moving forward with out actually realizing that they are actually walking around in circles. Balance is the key!
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There are several very important things but if you had to narrow it down to one, I would have to agree with you 100%. Without a plan of action nothing else you do really matters. (Not to mention if you have to borrow some money one day, you'll certainly need a business plan!)
Yep I agree with you Simpkins. Planning is the key.... But it's not like you sit down once and work every thing out in one go.

Planning should be a continual process. I actually dedicate one whole day a week to marketing and planning. Because of this my business have grown to a great size in only a year and a half.
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