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Old 10-29-2002, 07:01 PM
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lawn business start up book?

Hi guys, I would like to find book that has info in regard to starting a lawn maintenance business. I have looked at some online, but I was curious if anyone knows a GOOD one. Not so much in the area of actual maintenance tips and such...but more along the lines of legal issues, pricing, accounting, hiring, advertising etc........thank you
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Old 10-29-2002, 07:38 PM
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How to start a home based landscape business-Owen Dell
Pretty good

Lawn care and gardening, a down to earth guide to the Business
Mickey Willis

Best source is search feature on this site
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Old 10-29-2002, 07:50 PM
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Personally, I'd say your time is much better spent just reading old threads here on LawnSite. With a book, you get just one person's experience, insight. He may be very successful but there are a ot of different ways to build a LCO business. Further, there are a lot of issues that are specific to your region, the size of properties you'll be maintaining, the kind of equipment you'll be using, etc. that you just can't find in a book.

IMO, the Lawnsite is about as good as you can get for learning this business. I think you have to be careful who you take advice from here. But there are many many successful LCOs here who I think, combined, offer about the best advice there is on the subject.
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Old 10-29-2002, 09:05 PM
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I would have to go with Jim on this one. Before I found this site I had purchaed that book that Bob mentioned, "Lawn care and gardening, a down to earth guide to the Business" and like he's ok. I later found this site and had no need for the book. Check with your local SBA. For more information, go to then go to your states page. They offer a lot of free seminars, especially one on business start-up and tax informations. I went to one last week on writing business plans and tomorrow I am going to one called " Low and No Cost Marketing Ideas". Also, check with your local SCORE assoc.

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Old 10-29-2002, 09:44 PM
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I'm with Jim too.
Lawnsite is a tremendous resource if you go through the threads.
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Old 10-30-2002, 08:48 AM
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bill phagan has some good books he is in your area i went to one of his classes last year found out I used to work for him it was a pretty large operation, I havnt purchased all of them yet but it has helped a great deal
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:23 AM
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Another benefit of these threads is the information is up-to-date, not four or five years old.
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