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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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My husband and I are just starting our business. He is plowing now as a sub-contractor. I know we need to get going getting landscaping business for the spring, but we have no idea where to start. How do we go about getting commercial business? How do we know when they are accepting bids? Do we just call and ask? Or is there a certain time of year that everyone does it? I will be doing most of the lawn care, and he will be doing pruning, hardscapes, anything more difficult. He went to school for landscaping and has been doing it for almost 10 years. I went to school for business, so I'll be taking care of that end of it, but I love to be outside too!

Any advice is appreciated!

Also, any suggestions on marketing? We have very little money to start up, so I don't want to dump money into something that isn't going to give us a return.
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I was responding to a bunch of this in your other post but I do wonder why are you shooting for commercial clients first?

Also read this article. There are plenty others on my blog as well but this should get you started.

How to get commercial lawn care accounts, without commercial references.
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Hi I am Chris. I am the owner of 4Alarm Lawn & Landscaping LLC. I am new at this as well and i am trying to find out what the the going rates are for mowing edging blowing mulching ect. I am out of the northern Virgina area. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Chris,

Welcome to our forum!

Have you considered getting a few lawn care bids from other lawn care businesses for your property or for a local friend?

What got you to start your business?
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I'm with others on this. Getting your feet wet with residential clients is preferable for many lawn care businesses.

If you slightly misbid a residential customer or two you can easily recover. However a bad bid on a large scale commercial account can sink you before you even get out of the gate.

Start small and build gradually. Slow and steady wins the race.

As far as timing for getting clients; right now is the best time. Customers are already beginning to think about late winter clean up of their yards.
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Have you considered getting a few lawn care bids from other lawn care businesses for your property or for a local friend?
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Do you mind if I take you to task for this? ( hope not because I'm going to anyway... )

I personally feel this is a lousy method of determining what the going rate is.

First of all, you are wasting time and expense of others in the business. If you have no intention of giving them business don't make them come to your property to give an estimate...that's just wrong.

Secondly; how do you know what their costs are? If they are lowballers doing $20 lawns will you drop your price to $18 just to undercut them? This method gives a completely skewed idea of the profit potential of lawn care if you provide professional service and they are hacks.

Lastly; this is not a good way to make local friends in the business. How would you feel if you spent 30 minutes of your time driving to an estimate and speaking with the "customer" only to see him the next day with a lawn mower in his truck? It wouldn't make you feel good.

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Do you mind if I take you to task for this? ( hope not because I'm going to anyway... )

I personally feel this is a lousy method of determining what the going rate is.

First of all, you are wasting time and expense of others in the business. If you have no intention of giving them business don't make them come to your property to give an estimate...that's just wrong.

Secondly; how do you know what their costs are? If they are lowballers doing $20 lawns will you drop your price to $18 just to undercut them? This method gives a completely skewed idea of the profit potential of lawn care if you provide professional service and they are hacks.

Lastly; this is not a good way to make local friends in the business. How would you feel if you spent 30 minutes of your time driving to an estimate and speaking with the "customer" only to see him the next day with a lawn mower in his truck? It wouldn't make you feel good.

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss:
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Hi there congrats on starting your own Landscaping Business. We are now in some hard times with the way the economy is and people holding back on landscape project or paying a lawn care company to mow their lawns. This is my 3rd year and so far this month im 15% behind budget. I lost about 10 customers due to the economy not my service but. In these kinds of situation we as Lawn Care or landscaping Co Owner have to try different ways to win a customer. Offering a better price or even offer discounts to get a new client. I've been working on formulas to improve productivity and and produce more revenue.

How much money are you looking to put down to get started?
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