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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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here are some reasons why someone might want to become a business owner:

they might hate what they currently do
they might hate the people they work with
they might hate what they can't do because of work
and more

reasons why people shouln't beome a business owner:

you make more money where you are right now
you can stop working for people you don't like
f#$&ing headache
lots of work not too much on the monetary return for the first 5 years or so'

i would recommend you do the following and see how it goes:

find someone who u can trust and employ them as soon as you start the lawn care business, give them minimun wage and tell them once the company has grown enough he/she will get a raise. the person who you employ will want to at least work par-time so at least give them that, if you currently don't have enough homes to pay him take it from your current job to pay him. what he/she will be doing while he is not maintaining lawns he should be passing out fliers pamphlets or business cards around the neighborhoods you decide to work in, make sure you get this material professionally made. employ this person partime and make sure he does deliver all the material and make sure he doesn't just dump it once he gets it. you will start getting properties to maintain you should get at least 15 the first year, make sure you charge enough to cover for gas, equipment maintenance and empoyee pay. example if you spend 30 minutes in a property and $5 on gas in that property and the equipment upkeep and how much you want to make per hour add all this and see how much u should charge each one of your properties. now when you get more homes then u can handle without taking away time from your current job you can hire one more person and have the current one drive the truck give him/her a raise and send them to do the properties on their own.

if you have a business plan set up this should be easy, you should get a business plan put together before you start get a professional to help you make one and walk you through the process this makes its way easier, u will pay but it will be wise to pay upfront then to pay at teh end...

now you can keep your current job while making extra income on the side eventually you will make $75k from the current job plus another 60-100k on the side without you even sweating it good luck man
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You bring up a lot of great points but I wanted to focus in on this for a moment. I bet a lot of new entrepreneurs get started because they want to stop working for people they don't like.

Can you tell us your view on why this is something you feel is inescapable no matter what you do or where you go? Or do you feel there is a way to move beyond this that you just have not reached yet?
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