03-04-2006, 09:39 AM
Input is greatly appreciated. I am looking to get into lawn care part-time, on my days off from my full time firefighter position. I have worked for other landscapers and groundskeepers through college and with my schedule it makes it very hard to schedule a part time job, so I am thinking about going it alone. My thoughts are to start out small. W/ My truck, a 36" commercial mower, a commercial backpack blower, and trimmer. Numerous hand tools a good attitude, and good customer service. We all know that attitude and how you do your job and treat your customers will make or break you. I thought that I would expand to a trailer over time. Start with lawn care, mulch, stone, edging and general lawn maintenence and small landscaping projects that I can handle on my own to keep my overhead low and to increase the amount of jobs that I can complete and complete well to get word of mouth out. I guess what I am asking is this a good starting point, what I have, my attitude, insurance and a good work ethic,oh also competitive pricing so not to bring the market down, 1$ a minute or what the market can handle right, no lower than 30-35$ if I want a future in the line of work, I want to make some money and not bring the market down. Any info and any thoughts on business plans would be appreciated!