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Aviation To Lawn Care

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lonestar, Apr 17, 2003.

  1. Lonestar

    Lonestar LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Posts: 3

    Hello everyone--

    As many of you know the aviation market has hit the bottom. I'm going to consider starting a lawn care and maintenance company. Can anyone give me pointers on what to do and not to do. I'm going after residential and some commercial accounts (have a few friends that own their own business). What is the standard rate per acre or better yet, how do you determine what to charge a customer? Also, what sort of license do you need to perform commercial work in the state of Texas? I already understand the business start-up requirements i.e.. Sales Tax ID.

    Would you recommend I go to an irrigation class?


    Thank you,
  2. glenjr10

    glenjr10 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    In terms of equipment, I was lucky because I had enough money to pay cash for all equipment that i bought. This has saved me money (interest charges).

    I started with a 21" mower that my mother, and a weed eater. I then bought a blower, and a new Gravely mower. Then i purchased a trailer.

    I had a lot of help from family, borrowed Mom mower, and grandfathers trailer.

    TO DO's
    -Keep appointments
    -Go above and beyond (by a little) so the customer will give you a good name
    -Start small, and never look back

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