16 yr. old starting lawn service

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by next12mj, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. next12mj

    next12mj LawnSite Member
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    I want to start my own lawn service and try to get around 20-25 yards a week before school is out.

    Is this a pretty good advertising method...
    1. Ad in the classifieds
    2. Every week go out early and put flyers in doors
    3. put up flyers on high traffic roads


    Another thing is that im kind of hesitint to buy a 2,000 mower because what my bussinuess doesnt take off like i think it should or somenthing like that.

    last thing is
    My dad wants me to keep my job at the golf course which i will till the end of the season but next season is when ill start. and he thinks its a bad investment to do so....how can i convince him to support me and help me finacialy
     
  2. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    Welcome to the lawn business. I started at your age, and I'm thankful I started then and not now. Your 3 methods of advertising should help you get plenty of yards. You may not pick up as many during this part of the season but by the end of this fall and early next year, the calls should start rolling in. But that's not to say you shouldn't go ahead and start advertising now.

    You'll be best off starting with used equipment, all for the sake of what you mentioned, if the business doesn't turn out to be quite like you thought it would. May need to start with a 21" push mower, weed-eater, and blower and you'll have to work hard but once the money rolls in, you'll become more and more motivated to work harder.

    Getting in this business is NOT a bad investment. The good thing is, your young, and if you don't like this line of work, you can always move on to the next job. But I hope you stick with it for at least a year and give it a shot. I am blessed and my dad helped me get started. I also started mowing my grandmother's yard at age 16, with her 21" Craftsman, and she ended up paying me to do her yard (even though I did not want to charge her) and she gave me the push mower. I then realized I could go somewhere with this type of work. And now I'm here today. Good luck bro and I'll be praying that you dad at least helps you out financially. I'm sure you haven't had much of a chance to start earning/saving money. But this is a great way to start.
     
  3. bgladstone

    bgladstone LawnSite Member
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    My son started our business when he was 14....that was six years ago. The business jumped from the very begining, I resigned from a company that I worked with for 23 years and we now work together as a family. The best advertizing he did was walk from door to door in the neighborhoods and give free estimates for cutting their yards. We still hear our customers talking about the "14 year old boy" coming to their door and asking for business. People are impressed with the personal touch and effort put forth to actually talk to them in a professional manner. He had more than 25 customers in less than a week.
     
  4. Lohse's Lawn Service

    Lohse's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from US
    Posts: 213

    That's a great way to start the business! Sounds like you guys have a lot going for you. Glad to hear it. Keep up the good work and I hope you and your family continue to be blessed.
     
  5. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe you should save the 2,000 if your gonna start up next Season ? Read all you can off this site it has some Great info. And some not so great.. What do go to school for ? Show Dad how motivated you are and dont disrespect him. Putting up the flyers and door to door is a great way to start.
     
  6. next12mj

    next12mj LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys for all the replys

    I wont be able to start till next year because of school but im sure if i wanted to do this then they would let me start during school next year

    Right now i have about 1700 saved for car insurance but i think i might work weekends and try to get in as many hours as they will alow me and try to save up to 2000.

    Do you think that could buy me a quality riding mower ?

    How did you do the hands on approach just walk the neighboorhood and if you see somebody tell em you'll do there yard for so many dollars ??

    For my dad to be satisified with me doing this i would probley have to make atleast 200 bucks a week because that what i do now


    Thanks again all for the support
     
  7. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would start advertising for next year, get the customers and then buy the mower...or vice versa. I started when i was 13 and it was the best decision i have made in my life! Advertising is everything when you first start out! + making the few lawns you start out with look like a million bucks,(better than the neighbors. I have found out that in some towns it is a competition on whos lawn looks the best, which will benefit you very much. Good luck and welcome to working your A$$ of, but making alot of money while you do it!
     
  8. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    200 hundred a week should not be a problem. You could probably make that in a day, depending on how big the yards are? Be aggressive with your addvertising . GOOD LUCK .:waving:
     
  9. next12mj

    next12mj LawnSite Member
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    Around late Febuary Early March my plan is to go out every weekend and put out about 500 a weekend and then once mowing season is here do it early in the mourning on some days i work and then on days im off too put out about 500 a week.

    If i could break 20 i would be really happy.

    I think one thing is that my dad doesnt know what kind of money is in it. I told him if i charged $25 bucks a yard I would only have to have 8 yards to break what i am now and that would be a min. fee. and he told me well nobodys going to pay $25 for you to do there yard....i laughed

    Do you think that 2000 could buy me a good used zero turn
     
  10. acm8705

    acm8705 LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like your set on a zero turn. A walk behind will be just as efficient and be cheaper. Start off with a 36" that way you will be able to go through gates. In my area you can get a 36" walk behind belt driven for 1,000.
     

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