My husband & I are new members. I accidently stumbled onto this site and I think it's very interesting.
About 3 years ago, my Mother-In-Law called my husband and said one the lady's at church needed some lawn clean up work done, for this she would pay $85.00. We were stunned at how much $ you can make working 3 or 4 hours. From that day on, my husband has added accounts, both residential and commercial. He quit his job after 2 weeks and is now grossing about $2,000/month. He has 4 commercial and 2 residential year around. He probably works about 10 hours/week or 40 hours/month. When he isn't doing lawncare, then he is helping me take care of our 4 young children; 3 weeks, 2 years, 4 years and 6 years old. I'm still making someone else rich, but I hope to join him in his lawncare biz.
We are currently trying to obtain more commercial accounts.
I think the best thing to do is look for places under construction, find out who is in charge of obtaining a Landscaper. (Do this in person) If the landscape is just being installed, find out if they are accepting bids to maintain it. If so, walk the area and try to determine how long it will take you to mow, edge, trim, blow of clippings etc..., then give them a proposal outlining exactly what you will do and for how much.
Also we have obtained some residential accounts by passing out flyers in surrounding neighborhoods. My husband still has the same 6 that he first acquired through this type of advertising. We tried valpac mail out, but never obtained a single account.
I've probably told you things you already new and left out some things that you would like to know. However, I have gone on long enough, let me know if there is anything else you would like to know.
Eric & Shannon Harris