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Old 07-06-2013, 05:40 PM
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Starting a lawn care business

First off let me introduce myself, Im Dave from southern Ohio. I recently left my job to open up a lawn care service around me. I was driving 120 miles 1 way to work and a lot of time away from my family. My wife is a nurse so she makes enough to keep the bills paid till this takes off. My background with grass is decent. Worked with a triple A baseball team for a few years keeping the grass looking all so pretty . Learned allot from them. Ive worked a few golf courses mainly for free tee time but i still learned from it.

After i left my job i went out and bought the equipment i felt i needed and will add if needed. 60" cub cadet recon with 242 hours 2009 model, 48" cub cadet tank with 366 hours, 36" exmark walk behind, 2 225 echo trimmers, 1 265 echo trimmer, 1 echo back pack blower, and a 22 " push mower. Ive had the trailer 7x14. I have the hedge trimmers and chain saws from previous.

Im here asking what else do i need to get started. The average yard here is around 1/2 acre. I plan on charging 50$ a acre or somewhere in that ball park. Of course depending on the yard and how much trimming i need to do. What kind of insurance do i need to get. Ive heard all kinds of different numbers what to get just curious whats to little and whats to much. Right now im just offering lawn care and not landscaping, but that's subject to change if i find that's what the customer wants. Im all ears for any information any of you guys are willing to give.

Thanks Dave
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:32 PM
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Hi Dave! I'm new to the site as well. I think learning how to get a consistent flow of customers is your number one priority. What are you doing for marketing right now? I need some help in this area as well.

I'm doing flyers, referral program, and a small ad in a local paper. Its working OK but not life changing.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:40 PM
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Dave, contact SCORE. See if you can apply for a mentoring program.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:01 PM
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$25 for a half acre is too cheap.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:08 PM
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Don't be "that guy." Now what i mean is, don't go around low balling. You need to find the right costumers to pay the right price. Today I got a new client, all we did was weed trim, edge, and trim some hedges on a half acre. I told her $45, she was more than happy to pay it because we did a good job. (We actually got 60, because my worker got attacked by yellow jackets. lol)
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:27 PM
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Thanks for the reply's everyone. Im not trying to be that guy. The going rate from what i found around here is around 40-70 a acre. Theres been a few higher and a few lower. Ive had 3 different people give me quotes on my grass last year when i was out of state working (3 acres) and the lowest guy wanted 150 and the highest wanted 210 a week. The 3 clients i have right now im going right at 60 a acre because of the layout of the lawn.

What do you guys charge per acre if you dont mind me asking. I might be that guy. The company's last year that i got quotes from ive never seen there work. I just seen there cards at the local pit stop and called.

What im doing right now for advertising is Craigslist, cards at the pit stops, local messenger, and facebook.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:41 PM
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Thanks for the reply's everyone. Im not trying to be that guy. The going rate from what i found around here is around 40-70 a acre. Theres been a few higher and a few lower. Ive had 3 different people give me quotes on my grass last year when i was out of state working (3 acres) and the lowest guy wanted 150 and the highest wanted 210 a week. The 3 clients i have right now im going right at 60 a acre because of the layout of the lawn.

What do you guys charge per acre if you dont mind me asking. I might be that guy. The company's last year that i got quotes from ive never seen there work. I just seen there cards at the local pit stop and called.

What im doing right now for advertising is Craigslist, cards at the pit stops, local messenger, and facebook.
Im not sure how big my largest yard is, id say larger than an acre. I charge 65 for cut, weed trim, and blow, trimming his hedges is 125. the smallest yard i have to cut is very small, i do it for 40. It sounds like your pricing about right.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:46 AM
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Thanks easy lift guy.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:54 PM
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First off let me introduce myself, Im Dave from southern Ohio. I recently left my job to open up a lawn care service around me. I was driving 120 miles 1 way to work and a lot of time away from my family. My wife is a nurse so she makes enough to keep the bills paid till this takes off. My background with grass is decent. Worked with a triple A baseball team for a few years keeping the grass looking all so pretty . Learned allot from them. Ive worked a few golf courses mainly for free tee time but i still learned from it.

After i left my job i went out and bought the equipment i felt i needed and will add if needed. 60" cub cadet recon with 242 hours 2009 model, 48" cub cadet tank with 366 hours, 36" exmark walk behind, 2 225 echo trimmers, 1 265 echo trimmer, 1 echo back pack blower, and a 22 " push mower. Ive had the trailer 7x14. I have the hedge trimmers and chain saws from previous.

Im here asking what else do i need to get started. The average yard here is around 1/2 acre. I plan on charging 50$ a acre or somewhere in that ball park. Of course depending on the yard and how much trimming i need to do. What kind of insurance do i need to get. Ive heard all kinds of different numbers what to get just curious whats to little and whats to much. Right now im just offering lawn care and not landscaping, but that's subject to change if i find that's what the customer wants. Im all ears for any information any of you guys are willing to give.

Thanks Dave
What part of southern Ohio are you in?
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:05 AM
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What part of southern Ohio are you in?
Just south of Athens.
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