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Old 02-11-2014, 06:53 AM
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Just starting

I am curious as to what you guys think the best jobs to start out doing are, both ease and pay wise. The basic mowing, leaves, clean up, tree trimming, cleaning gutters, etc. Some info: I will be working in my off time and by myself most of the time. I have not done much research but am looking here to get a base of what I need to start to look into.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:18 AM
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Fertilizing/weed control pays much more.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:25 AM
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I should also mention the county I live in its 25,000 people and 12,000 live in our biggest city.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:36 AM
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yea,

I used to live in place like that.

Mowing is the most expensive to get into, from scratch.

People want to do it because they think it's easy.

But the easiest thing to get into business wise, and the least competition, is gardening. Pulling weeds, cultivating beds, dunging gardens, pushing a wheel barrow around and spending most of your day on your knees.

It's not glorious, there are few bragging rights and you don't get to flash your cash around and talk about you big engine and your flashy red paint, and how you company is better than everyone else's because you store your machine in a climate control shed, but mow in hail storms.

If there wasn't cool equipment, people wouldn't mow either. They take far too much credit for something the machine does.

I would start out offering gardening services, and building raised planter beds.
look up and del educated on topics like square foot gardening.
Raised beds aren't hard to make with 4x4's and they increase the yield of personal gardens in northern climates because the soil warms up faster than at level beds.

You can also offer to build composting bins and encourage clients to compost (because it helps their gardens)
Whether growing herbs, flowers or vegetables, there are plenty of people willing to pay for that kind of service.

along the way, you will gather up some money and wander into somebody willing to unload a decent mower, usually in exchange for not having to do their lawn any more.

Educate yourself on what a decent mower actually is, in the mean time. I would not just "poof" start mowing.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:24 PM
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yea,

I used to live in place like that.

Mowing is the most expensive to get into, from scratch.

People want to do it because they think it's easy.

But the easiest thing to get into business wise, and the least competition, is gardening. Pulling weeds, cultivating beds, dunging gardens, pushing a wheel barrow around and spending most of your day on your knees.

It's not glorious, there are few bragging rights and you don't get to flash your cash around and talk about you big engine and your flashy red paint, and how you company is better than everyone else's because you store your machine in a climate control shed, but mow in hail storms.

If there wasn't cool equipment, people wouldn't mow either. They take far too much credit for something the machine does.

I would start out offering gardening services, and building raised planter beds.
look up and del educated on topics like square foot gardening.
Raised beds aren't hard to make with 4x4's and they increase the yield of personal gardens in northern climates because the soil warms up faster than at level beds.

You can also offer to build composting bins and encourage clients to compost (because it helps their gardens)
Whether growing herbs, flowers or vegetables, there are plenty of people willing to pay for that kind of service.

along the way, you will gather up some money and wander into somebody willing to unload a decent mower, usually in exchange for not having to do their lawn any more.

Educate yourself on what a decent mower actually is, in the mean time. I would not just "poof" start mowing.
Good advice. I'll look into the gardening side of things. Thanks.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:23 PM
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Nobody I know has ever asked for gardening service and can't imagine who would want/pay for that service, however, please let us know if you have any luck with offering it.
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