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.

Newbie In Need Of Help


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 04-30-2008, 12:04 AM
Jarrett89 Jarrett89 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Kansas
Age: 25
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 7
Jarrett89
Default

I'm a to the lawn care business... It used to be a hobby but now I'm going to do it for some extra cash. I'm not looking to get rich out of it just like some extra spending money in my pocket for now and if it does great then I might think about quiting my day job lol.

I live in Kansas and understand that any services done by most lawn care companies are not subject to taxes only if you sell mulch, apply pesticides/herbicides or do landscape work such as decks, ponds etc.

I've been reading about getting bonded and wanted to know how to go about that and what exactly that entails to? Also would like some information on insurance and prices on getting bonded and insurance as well.

I will be the only employee as of now and in the future I would like to get certified to apply pesticides and herbicides.

One last question for now... Should I charge a flat rate for a certain area lawn or should I quote customers different prices depending on there yard? I don't know exactly how much to charge. I don't want to look like an idiot and charge to much but then again I don't want to be taken advantage of either.

Thanks in advance!
__________________
Lawn Tech. Landscaping & Lawn Care.
Coffeyville, KS
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 04-30-2008, 04:07 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Jarrett:

Welcome aboard.

When thinking about bonding and insurance, your primary concern should be in getting business insurance and a rider onto your existing automobile policy.

Bonding is probably not necessary unless you are doing contract work, work that requires specific licensing requirements, or you are hiring an employee. Check with your insurance agent to make sure.

Also, drop by your local courthouse to inquire about a business license.

You asked about flat rate vs. different prices. Unless you are marketing to an area where all yards are the same, I am not a fan of flat rate pricing. If one yard is wide open mowing and another yard of the same size has chain link fence and lots of obstacles, the second yard will take you much longer to complete. Therefore, you should charge more for the second yard.

Have you made your decisions on equipment yet?

Good luck:

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-30-2008, 06:02 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,431
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Jarrett,

Welcome to our forum.

My view is I would simply start small and easy. Go for local yards in your area and scale up.

The less licenses you need when you are getting started, the easier it will be for you to get started. One of our friends on here, Chuck, lives in FL and he is in the lawn care business but can't get a applicators license until he has 3 years experience working under someone else! It was pretty crazy the requirements the state places on applicants. Each state is different though, so I would investigate your state.

What's your biggest hurdle now in getting 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
  #4  
Old 04-30-2008, 07:57 AM
Jarrett89 Jarrett89 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Kansas
Age: 25
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 7
Jarrett89
Default

For equipment I have an old Snapper ZTR, Craftsman Walk-behind with grass catcher and a cheap weedeater from wal-mart.

My biggest hurdle now is finding out what all needs to be done to be legal and then finding clients.
__________________
Lawn Tech. Landscaping & Lawn Care.
Coffeyville, KS
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-30-2008, 08:43 AM
cowboy52806's Avatar
cowboy52806 cowboy52806 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: davenport, ia
Age: 45
Posts: 13
Rep Power: 7
cowboy52806
Default

also check with your state government on sales tax. you might have to collect for providing a service. try checking ur department of revenuve .org web site
__________________
donnie montegna
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-30-2008, 08:44 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,431
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Well to get started I would think all you really need is to register your business name and get some insurance. Or you could simple go with your legal name and then add lawn care. Like Joe Smith Lawn Care and have all the checks made payable to you.

Then as far as getting customers, get business cards and start letting the world know you are in business.

Also have you experimented with advertising on craigslist.com yet?
__________________
- 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 04-30-2008, 02:15 PM
Jarrett89 Jarrett89 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Kansas
Age: 25
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 7
Jarrett89
Default

No I haven't tried craigslist.com yet but I might give it a try. The state of Kansas does not collect sales tax on lawn care services unless you applicate pesticide/herbicide or do landscape works such as flower beds, decks, mulch etc. and if I were to sell plants or similar items.

I'm in the process of registering my business right now and I need to get a business checking account made up as well.

I'm also thinking about getting my applicators licenses so I can legally spray pesticide and herbicide on residential properties.

What kinda services should I offer?
__________________
Lawn Tech. Landscaping & Lawn Care.
Coffeyville, KS
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
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
Yesterday 09:39 PM
Today 08:06 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
2 77
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
Today 07:57 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,167
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 05:42 PM
Yesterday 09:21 PM
by TRV
3 165
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
Yesterday 05:57 PM
by Steve
21 1,881
Real Estate??
tbtigers03
09-30-2014 06:43 PM
Yesterday 05:01 PM
by stevef1201
5 222
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
Yesterday 04:38 PM
by WesleySnips
5 267
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 465
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
Yesterday 02:19 PM
by Steve
5 236
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Yesterday 01:39 PM
by Steve
17 853
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
09-30-2014 07:05 AM
Yesterday 01:38 PM
by jack2048
4 232
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Yesterday 01:30 PM
by Steve
26 1,194
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by Steve
7 417
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
09-30-2014 04:10 PM
09-30-2014 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 17
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
09-30-2014 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,336
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
09-30-2014 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 378
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
09-29-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 303
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
09-29-2014 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 356
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
09-29-2014 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 372
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
09-29-2014 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 490
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
09-29-2014 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 749
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
09-29-2014 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 609
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
09-29-2014 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,621
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,152
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,129
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,362
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 842
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,217
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 787
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,115
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 858
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,483
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,525
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,738
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,172
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,561
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 950
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,138
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,571
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 959
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,329
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 1,084
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,836
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,576
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,763
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,485
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 976
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,102
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,029
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,847
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,572
» Popular Tags
2wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate article marketing bid charge collections subcontractor decorating deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hills how much to charge how to hydraulic installation kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf removal lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mulch estimate new buisness patio install podcast promotion push versus ride redmax savannah scag scag v-ride schedule seo snow snow plowing sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky theft of services top dresser toro tractor auger trailer mate pro turfgrass consulting walk behind walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:19 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:19 AM.

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