03-09-2009, 08:00 AM
I have been in the lawn industry for three years. I started off throwing a ryobi backpack blower and weedwacker, along with a sears eager-1 lawnmower in the back of my truck and knocking on doors to get clients. I started off with three and worked my way up to as many as 45-50 houses at one time. Last year i lost damn near all of houses that i was cutting for a contractor doing foreclosed homes on a pretty decent route because he was trying to get over on me, i had a few of my own clients left over but of course not enough to survive on. Besides cutting the foreclosed houses i got some landscaping experience working under my mentor for his business. So this season ive been working on being able to offer more services such as mulching, fertilizing, and shrub/flower planting. Despite losing that route i still got to upgrade my equipment to a 36" exmark turf tracer, haulmark 6x12 enclosed trailer, redmax bcz260 weedwacker and other lawnmowers and tools. I was thinking about getting 5000 double sided postcards and doing bulk mail in 1000 card increments about once a month. Already got the gl insurance, got 1000 new business cards, pens, still working on the website and t-shirts. Does anybody have any advice on anything else i should to make sure i can see a profit and gain a good clientele? Ain't no debt attached to the equipment.