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.

Start-up Advice...


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 06-05-2007, 06:25 PM
bogilvie bogilvie is offline
Members
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 8
bogilvie
Default

Hey Guy's, Looking for some solid advice. Here is the deal. I Have been working towards my goal of owning my own LCO for some years. I have a steady government job in the evenings and live in a house with roomates who own a very sucessful tree service!

Its June and my thoughts initially were to begin next season with incorporation and the whole nine yards, while aquiring the needed equipment up til' then.

I have a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, paid for. I have a 6x12 landscape trailer, paid for. I have a Honda 21 in top of the line mower, paid for and I have a Stihl Commercial backpack blower, and two Kawasaki Trimmers. All bought at pawn shops in very good condition! ( gotta be smart!)

MY question begins: I have a roomate that is anxiously awaiting me to get flyers so he can get me some clients "right now". I have no commercial mower, but with the prospect of having clients this summer, does it matter if I pull up with my limited rig and have to use my 21 in residential?

My Jeep is green, no graphics and other than a few dents is good. I live in an upper middle class plantation of a few thousand houses or more, so does it make sense to plug along this late in the season and possibly recoup the expenses I already have incured and start strong next season?

I am hungary to get out there and have clients. I am just scared of the unknown really. I hope to have a first class operation eventually with uniforms, ad's in the paper and web site the whole nine yards.
So long as I do outstanding work, should it matter much what I use to mow the grass if it is profitable?

Any input would be great, Thanks!
__________________
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country
6x12 foot Single Axle Custom Landscape Trailer
Honda 21\" Self Propelled *
Stihl and Kawasaki trimmers
Echo Backpack Blower
Echo Stick edger
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 06-05-2007, 07:20 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,511
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Brian here is my take. Get started now. Do everything you can to get started now. Roll with you got and make it better as you go.

Will some customers care if you have a big mower or not? I don't think so. There are thousands upon thousands of lawn care companies that got their start walking their mowers from house to house. You have a car and a trailer so you are ahead of the game. Get your flyers out today and start mowing tomorrow.

My only concern with the small mower is that it will take you more time to mow, but as you get the customers you can always scale up as needed.

Don't wait to have a first class operation. These things don't just happen from the start. They are created over time.

Put together your flyer, show us what you are thinking about doing with it and get business cards made. We will give you our feedback. Then start your name out there!

You know what I think would be awesome. If you contacted Make A Wish Foundation and asked them if there are any kids in your area that always wanted to be taken up in a plane and flown around. Then do this and promote the heck out of it with your local media and plug Pilot Lawn Care as well. Do something good for the community. Reach out to a veteran in your area and help them fix up their yard. If you do anything like this I will personally help you come up with press release material to help you push your business further.

Now get started!
__________________
- 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 06-05-2007, 07:47 PM
bogilvie bogilvie is offline
Members
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 8
bogilvie
Default


Wow,
I am continually amazed by the encouragement and help I recieve from great people on this site!
Who am I talking with and arent you guys based in Michigan or atleast AMW graphics is right?
My home town is Livonia,Michigan!

Just had My Mother give me the " i wish you would have gone to college" talk again today. Although she did recant that "yes, infact I have always had a strong work ethic and a great knack for keeping up with chores and lawns igrowing up, she still doubted me.

I told her that I am positive that witht he drive and motivation I have, I will one day prove her wrong and that just because I may have a college degree dosent mean sucess in anything.

My father is a realestate Attorney in Ann Arbor. Infact he is very well known in his field. Yet, he gets bogged down at the office and years to be out on the golf ourse or something with the family instead. He is sucessful to him. He is a hard worker and proven all around great guy!

I have a definition of sucess that says I wont be truly happy until I satisfy my quest's, not what others vision for me. I have served six years in the Air Force, I have achiecved great goals of becoming a pilot and have Solo Hiked 50 -70 mile portions of the Appalacian trail at times.

Thanks for the suppot and for the encouragement and for everyone who shares the American dream. There are too many people who have "settled" on sucess rather than chased thier own definition. Those who have sought and found thier own version of sucess often are memorialized as visionarys and people who lived life to the fullest. They often paid great sacrafice for thier choices they made. Some divorced, some were lonely, some were laughed at ETC....the taste of achieving that long awaited dream come true is PRICELESS!
__________________
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country
6x12 foot Single Axle Custom Landscape Trailer
Honda 21\" Self Propelled *
Stihl and Kawasaki trimmers
Echo Backpack Blower
Echo Stick edger
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-05-2007, 08:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,511
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Brian,

Yes Tony from AMW is located in Michigan. So are a bunch of our other members. We are in Jersey.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Just had My Mother give me the " i wish you would have gone to college" talk again today. Although she did recant that "yes, infact I have always had a strong work ethic and a great knack for keeping up with chores and lawns igrowing up, she still doubted me.
I think so often when you are dreaming of starting a business or when you are new to the entrepreneur world, you think of things as can I make it? I don't know. Maybe I have what it takes and maybe I don't.

But ask those who have been in business for years and they will tell you there is no magical quality some people have and others don't. It's simply a matter of do you have a drive and passion to make it work. If you do then you will find your way through the obstacles that present themselves and you will grow.

The fact you have a roommate who is already servicing the same customer base you want to, gives you such an advantage over the average person just starting up. You should be co-marketing with him. Have his tree business on one side of a flyer and your lawn care business on the other. Get his customer list and have him send out a letter introducing your lawn company and have him recommend you. Give the customer some type of trial incentive and you will be up and running.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]My father is a realestate Attorney in Ann Arbor. Infact he is very well known in his field. Yet, he gets bogged down at the office and years to be out on the golf ourse or something with the family instead.
This is another great resource! It also reminds me of the book the E-Myth. How it tells you to work on your business and not in your business. Many business owners get so wrapped up in the day to day they are never able to break free.

As you grow, you really need to work on your business so you can develop a staff and procedures to allow you to delegate tasks to free up your time for future strategic planning.

What are your next steps and when are you going to do them?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 06-05-2007, 10:57 PM
bogilvie bogilvie is offline
Members
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 8
bogilvie
Default

Just had a queston pop up what do you think?

I was thinking because my jeep is still being tweaked out (IE removing dents, replacing bumper and needs an altenator and a lack of trailer hitch at the moment)

Would it be unsightly weird to hook my 2003 Pt Cruiser up to my 6x12 LCO trailer? After all it has the towing capacity just barely, it is newer and looks better for the moment!
__________________
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country
6x12 foot Single Axle Custom Landscape Trailer
Honda 21\" Self Propelled *
Stihl and Kawasaki trimmers
Echo Backpack Blower
Echo Stick edger
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-06-2007, 08:22 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,511
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I think whatever you use is fine. This is your bootstrap startup phase. It wouldn't matter if you had your mower in the trunk of your car.

I know of million dollar lawn care operations now who got their start by having their mother drive them to their different lawn jobs.

So whatever you have to do to get rolling is fine. The best part of it is you are aquiring no further debt. The less debt you have, the better your chances are of business survival.

When will you be getting your flyers out?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 06-06-2007, 12:12 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey, do you mind if I relate your question to an experience that happened to me this past weekend?

I went on a fairly serious mountain bike ride of 120 miles with a couple of friends. I wasn't too worried about finishing but this was my longest ride to date and I was a bit apprehensive.

We used GPS to make sure we didn't lose our way and had basic tools to fix flats etc.

At mile 70, my friend tagged me hard in the rear wheel and warped it horribly. The thought of giving up the ride didn't even cross our minds as we jumped on the wheel a few times to "straighten" it out as much as possible. Also, I had to remove the rear brakes (dangerous) so the tire wouldn't consistently rub.

It wobbled like crazy but I rode that bike the last 50 miles like that. Other people unrelated to our group on the trail laughed at me until they realized that they just got passed by a guy with a crazy wobbling wheel.

We finished the ride and had a blast.

So, here's what I'm saying to you: GET OUT THERE AND DO IT. Don't worry that you don't have the best equipment (or that you might have a wobbly wheel). Don't worry that the guy with $40,000 of top of the line equipment might laugh at you. Follow your dreams and don't be deterred.

Best of luck to you:

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-06-2007, 06:23 PM
bogilvie bogilvie is offline
Members
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 8
bogilvie
Default

Thanks guys and thank You kieth.
The encouragement is Awesome! I will be sure to post and let everyone know of my progress, hurdles and achievments.

I remember wanting so badly to learn to fly. I was dedicated, washing lanes on the weeknds for a chance to experience what I felt was pure adventure and freedom in a whole new world. I learned and soaked every ounce of info I could. It was almost six years before I had the oportunitty to become a pilot.
I learned in an ugly duckling of sorts, it had faded orange 1973 paint and oil streaked sided. It looked like ####. When I finally recieved permission to Solo and took it too the international Airport and parked among the multi million dollar jets, I believe I was the only one looking back studying the moment and proud as could be.

I recently repainted that old bird, myself. It is seen on my other posts in the graphic design discussion.
I understand all too well your encouraging principal's!

__________________
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country
6x12 foot Single Axle Custom Landscape Trailer
Honda 21\" Self Propelled *
Stihl and Kawasaki trimmers
Echo Backpack Blower
Echo Stick edger
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-06-2007, 06:42 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,511
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Will your roommate be working with you a lot to help you get going?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 06-06-2007, 08:20 PM
bogilvie bogilvie is offline
Members
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Charleston,SC
Posts: 49
Rep Power: 8
bogilvie
Default

Yes and No.
I live in the "Arborscape house", we call it. Everyone is related some way to the company. I currently dont work there, but stop by and am part of the scene often. My roomate Jhon is a killer sales person. He alone averages around 10-12K a week in sales. His specialty is jusr plain old door knocking. He get leads from our office, but maily follows the crew and will introduce himself to the neighborhood all day.
He will be working on my behalf on Saturdays in our huge complex of upper middle class neighborhoods in Crowfield Plantation, Goose Creek, SC.
He also got the thumbs up to go ahead and pitch my operation while working for Arborscape as long as we arent in competition in services we provide. I plan to pay Jhon $50.00 per signed customer up to 40 customers this summer. I am not sure how to compensate him in the future, if he is so valuable in sales, without making him a partner.

My roomate David, who owns Arborscape is busy growing his company. He has given me a lot of leads and even gave me a copy of a local area LCO contract to review and edit to make my own. He based his fert contracts from the same contract. Other than that he is busy being the "man". He meets with a business consultant regulary and his silent partner.

He said that if he gets involved he wants atleast 50% of the operation. I am not so sure It is worth it, coinsidering I believe that I can achieve equal or greater sucess on my own in time, just as he did. The tree company had near $92,000 in sales last month alone. Thier biggest month yet I believe.

So I am kinda alone, yet have somewhat of a learning curve ahead, but have some safety lines attached if needed. Thats how I look at it.
www.arborscape1.com
__________________
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country
6x12 foot Single Axle Custom Landscape Trailer
Honda 21\" Self Propelled *
Stihl and Kawasaki trimmers
Echo Backpack Blower
Echo Stick edger
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:20 AM
Today 06:51 PM
by Matther777
4 156
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Today 04:49 PM
by WesleySnips
3 261
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Today 01:47 PM
by The Hunter
3 419
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 01:41 PM
Today 01:39 PM
by Steve
5 167
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Today 01:33 PM
by Steve
9 730
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
Today 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 356
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
Today 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 328
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 01:59 PM
Today 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 103
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Today 01:17 PM
by Steve
9 266
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Today 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,466
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
Today 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,287
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 613
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 462
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,311
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
Yesterday 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 224
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,770
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,277
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 187
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 260
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 704
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,150
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 441
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 279
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 625
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 926
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,280
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 658
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,031
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 373
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,467
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,486
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,567
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 509
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 672
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 506
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 858
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,491
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 820
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,633
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,047
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 952
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 595
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 584
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,117
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
10-09-2014 04:19 PM
by Just for Cuts
25 2,994
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
10-09-2014 02:21 PM
by Steve
25 3,631
Changing Scag Freedom Z...
maggiedavidson
10-06-2014 12:24 PM
10-08-2014 06:34 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 836
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 02:45 PM
10-07-2014 04:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 815
Good Mower
jack2048
10-04-2014 05:34 PM
10-07-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
7 895
Mulching fad killing...
Tree geek
10-06-2014 08:37 PM
10-06-2014 08:37 PM
by Tree geek
0 710
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore auger billy goat brushcutter bush care charge deliquentaccounts equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive fundraiser gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf removal lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness ordinance podcast promotion property management company pto redmax scag scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walk behind walker wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 PM.

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