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Old 03-16-2002, 04:26 PM
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Starting my lawn business need help from whom ever can answer my questions?

When is the beginning of the season? When Should i post flyers?
How could i get clients from realestate agencies? What are some names that i could call my company? Please help open to any suggestions!!!!!!
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Old 03-16-2002, 08:29 PM
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Don't go into business without the following-
1 Superior knowledge of the service you plan to sell. Work for another landscaper first, or go to school, or better yet-both.
2 A well thought out business plan. Already covered, press search.
3 The proper equipment. Beg or borrow, don't steal.
4 A back up plan AKA a way out if you fail.
5 Enough money in your savings account to break even or lose money for a while- just in case.
6 Most importantly-CUSTOMERS- Nothing will work without some of these. If you don't know where you are going to get them then you had better figure it out.



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Old 03-16-2002, 08:44 PM
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welcome to lawnsite, in addition to "site"'s advice i reccamend putting flyers up before and during the beginning of the season and whenever else u want, when season starts depends on when the grass starts growing and when landscape work needs to be done, also depends on where u live. best reccamendation is to search search and search some more on this site, the amount of info u will learn is great.
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Old 03-16-2002, 10:30 PM
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oh i know 1 use your brain 2 do some research 3 see the search bar at the bottom of this screen use it..... oh buy the way good luck... thats what i got when i found this sight and you know what i thank each and everyone who taught me the ropes




if theres one thing ive learned if i was lazy and wanted everyone to give me the answers then maybe i better pick another business, cause friend this is hard work to start a LCO business. i started my business back in november and have been bustin my ass ever since.... hope this helps




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Old 03-16-2002, 11:45 PM
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i started my business back in november and have been bustin my ass ever since....
Amen, same here.. never thought it would be so involved. more i learn the more I get pumped to learn some more..

Talk with some of the senior members.. They are very unselfish with knowledge and time for questions (if researched).

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Old 03-17-2002, 02:48 AM
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Everyone pretty much summed it up. I wouldn't bother with Real Estate Agencies, but that's just going off the experience I've had with them. Good luck with your business.
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Old 03-17-2002, 08:47 AM
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Re: Starting my lawn business need help from whom ever can answer my questions?

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Originally posted by Cashmonysonny
When is the beginning of the season? When Should i post flyers?
How could i get clients from realestate agencies? What are some names that i could call my company? Please help open to any suggestions!!!!!!

Beginning of season? That depends on where you are. The name of your town doesn't tell me anything. The types of grass you'll be cutting will also determine when you would start.

Start the flyers yesterday! The more you get out the better. Start walking the streets putting them out. You need to put of thousands if you want to build a good customer base. You'll get junk calls and good calls. Over time, you'll learn to weedout the junk.

Personnally, I would forget real estate agents. Many times the homeowner is responsible for paying the bill. If they have moved 500 miles away you may never get your money.

Company names should give a description of what you do. I don't think "John's lawn service" is a good name. Be more creative.

Call around about General Liability insurance. Don't work without it.

Start reading everything possible from this site. The amount of info here is staggering. You'll learn more from the members here on this site than you thought possible.

Equipment-Go eXmark. (had to throw that in)

Look over the types of properties you will be mowing. You need to find the right size mower for your situation. eXmark makes all types and sizes.

Now, hit the search button and start reading!
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Old 03-17-2002, 12:08 PM
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do you have a buss plan?
what are your costs?
an accountant?
lawyer?
any expectations?
short term goals?
long term goals?
or do just wanna know what to charge?
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Old 03-17-2002, 12:10 PM
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and one other question is that antioch by rogersville ?
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Old 03-18-2002, 03:58 AM
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You are in high school now? or are going into high school? Here are a few courses that I would suggest you take as they will help you out later in life.
1) earth science
2) botany
3) a field science class if offered
4) entomology

also take a few years of basic math, english, business, and computers.
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