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HawkDiesel
10-06-2009, 08:18 PM
First of all...great forum. I feel really lucky to have come across this.

With that being said, I am hoping one of the veterans can help me out a little.

I am considering starting a lawn care business. But the catch is I don't know anything about lawn care. I am considering hiring everyone for the jobs. I simply would like to oversee and do the marketing. I live in Fresno, California and would need to purchase the equipment. Can anyone tell me if it is worthwhile and what all I need to get started?

I am considering putting a ad in the newspaper for employees but what would I pay without any accounts as of yet?

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

JB1
10-06-2009, 08:23 PM
First of all...great forum. I feel really lucky to have come across this.

With that being said, I am hoping one of the veterans can help me out a little.

I am considering starting a lawn care business. But the catch is I don't know anything about lawn care. I am considering hiring everyone for the jobs. I simply would like to oversee and do the marketing. I live in Fresno, California and would need to purchase the equipment. Can anyone tell me if it is worthwhile and what all I need to get started?

I am considering putting a ad in the newspaper for employees but what would I pay without any accounts as of yet?

Thank you for taking the time to reply.



since your new and don't know anything, you have come to the right place.

HawkDiesel
10-06-2009, 08:24 PM
Ha Ha Ha...thanks man.

juventuscadillac
10-06-2009, 08:52 PM
start buying used equipment from craigslist.

buy a used walk behind mower, trimmers and a blower also get a small trailer.

You'll probably need to look for potential clients before hiring anyone.

HawkDiesel
10-06-2009, 08:56 PM
I do have a push mower...but trimmer and blower I would need.

This is one thing I have debated...if I look for customers and can't yet do the work, isn't that bad?

HawkDiesel
10-06-2009, 10:26 PM
JB1...nice website by the way.

HawkDiesel
10-06-2009, 11:02 PM
Sorry man...wrong profile. LOL

Please guys...I could really use some help.

HawkDiesel
10-07-2009, 12:53 PM
You guys are killing me!!! :)

steelie man
10-07-2009, 12:59 PM
Go back to school and go into a different line of work. If you are not doing the work, you won't make the money.

Lawn Shark prop mgmt LLC
10-07-2009, 01:26 PM
I think you should pick up used equipment and start working the company yourself. As you pick up more accounts you can then start hiring some help and go from there.

HawkDiesel
10-07-2009, 01:31 PM
Do you think it is possible to make money with the situation I proposed? I can't even mow my own lawn. LOL

HawkDiesel
10-07-2009, 01:32 PM
Thanks Steelie Man.

steelie man
10-07-2009, 01:38 PM
You are welcome Hawk. When you sell you service to a customer, the customer is hiring YOU, not the the high school kids you got working for you. If you sell the job, they expect you to show up, if you don't, the first problem you will be dropped.

HawkDiesel
10-07-2009, 01:43 PM
I would not be hiding the fact that I wouldn't be doing the work...but I understand where you are coming from.

tsimmons27
10-08-2009, 03:52 PM
Why are you even wanting to go into the lawn care business? There are plenty of other lines of work out there to choose from. If you have no desire to get out there and get a little dirty to get the business running then there is no reason to even start the business in the first place. And that is true for any business, not just lawn care.

HawkDiesel
10-08-2009, 03:58 PM
It was just a thought. I have brain lesions that they can't yet diagnose so my vision is pretty blurry. I owned an offshore sportsbook in Costa Rica that I pretty much run online and have some free time. I always see so many people running around cutting grass here that I thought it might be something I could run and make a little cash off.

Jay Ray
10-09-2009, 11:41 PM
As you say, if you don't know a lot about lawncare, how can you lead employees?

Work for someone else to learn the ropes, or go solo to the school of hard knocks. With some experience you can make a better decision about when to bring in employees.

HawkDiesel
10-09-2009, 11:47 PM
I am more of a marketing person. I do not want much to do with the actual labor.

Jay Ray
10-10-2009, 01:18 AM
Then you need a very experienced foreman or leadman and will have to pay him a good wage, good enough he will stick and not go on his own.