View Full Version : moving to south carolina.good idea?

09-28-2010, 11:31 PM
Hello everyone.
I live in the west suburbs of Chicago.For personal reasons,my wife's family moved to South Carolina near the greenville area.
Everyone is asking me to move there and how nice it is.
My question is how is the lawn care side of things there,I know the season is longer,but how about rain,grass type,customers who prefer lawn service,,,
Chicago west suburb are great for this kind of business,but competition and lawballers are left and right.Believe it or not ,it is normal to see four or more landscape companies at traffic lights.Me and my helper counted over 150 lawn trucks on a Thursday.Plus the season is 8 month only
I am willing to work for a company for a year or so until I know the area and surroundings
So, I don't know if the greenviile,SC area ( kind of 20-30 miles radius) would be a good move or not.
What do you think.

09-29-2010, 01:10 AM
Greenville has its pretty upscale neighborhoods if you like the trees and a warmer climate than chicago you would be in a great location for opportunity. By the way i know you will ask how i know my grandparents lived their for over 50 years.

Southern Pride
09-29-2010, 01:15 AM
I'd imagine it is just as good as Chicago man. I've heard it is more expensive there and there are alot of upscale neighborhoods which translates into a excellent customer list. My friend won't shut up about Greenville and how nice it is there (Memphis guys) That's where he plans on moving fresh out of school.

09-29-2010, 06:06 AM
Saturated with LCO's. You could probably get a job working for one of them. That is better than being an upstart in a sea of owners. You would definitely need deep pockets for the time it would take to make it a profitable business.

09-29-2010, 06:49 AM
Pretty much anything is better than Chicago.

Richard Martin
09-29-2010, 08:30 AM
That is better than being an upstart in a sea of owners. You would definitely need deep pockets for the time it would take to make it a profitable business.

I agree with this. We have the same types of areas here. Lots of upscale housing but it's difficult to break in. I flyered one of the most affluent areas this past spring. 1 permanent customer came out of it. In MD I had a good customer base after 2 years of flyering. Next year will be my 4th year of flyering and I'm hopeing it'll be my last.

Florida Gardener
09-29-2010, 10:51 AM
I disagree. You already have your equipment, why go work for someone else?? Get a marketing campaign, stick to it, and bust your ass. What is working for another company going to teach you? You already know how to cut grass.....

09-29-2010, 06:42 PM
BY working for someone else I wanted to learn
1-the area better
2-where are all the dump sites.believe it or not they are getting scarce here
3-Weather patterns,heard leaves fall twice or something like that
4-where to find good help
5-licensing and regulations
I do know the work pretty well ,all the ins and outs.Just a totally new area would need some getting used to.
It took me 6 years here to service 70-80 customers other than the once a while cleanup and trimming ones.Lost a lot and gained a lot during this period.but seems by May it averages back to the above number.
How long will it take there to get a customer base like that ( I advertised in the paper once for two months and that generated one customer)

09-29-2010, 07:36 PM
Just realize you won't have the snow money in the winter. Many northern guys move down here not realizing two things:
We don't (on average) make nearly as much per hour
There is NO winter work, I know a lot of combines up there really rake in the $ doing irrigation blowout/ snow plowing..... Not here, you hopefully have work in the spring fall and weather permiting through the summer rain is a factor, you'll have to make enough through those seasons to get you through the winter.
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09-29-2010, 07:55 PM
Brandon V said it right. This is NO WINTER WORK down here. Spring is big, summer is slow and sometimes you get a fall job. Spring is KING here. I live 2.5 hours from Greenville, SC and been there many times. What I saw it's a college town, so scout it out first before giving up your business. I was actually looking up to your area to move out of here sometime. I have family in Zion, IL and I'm tempted to get to a bigger market.

A&R Enterprise
09-29-2010, 10:25 PM
I live in Easley S.C. ...30 min From Greenville.Every year theres 5-6 more new guys giving it a shot because there are no jobs.
I am sure its like that everywhere but it does seem like there is a whole bunch of LCO's around.I moved down here 6 years ago from a small town called Parish N.Y...30 miles from Syracuse.
I love it down here.The heat sucks but other than that I love it.
If you move here let me know and we'll have to meet up and talk shop.


09-29-2010, 10:59 PM
thanks for the input guys.
A&R,I'll let you know if I decided to move there.In the mean time,I may be planning a trip to the expo if business slowed down a bit.