Can it be done Part Time.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Tony_RHServices, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Tony_RHServices

    Tony_RHServices LawnSite Member
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    I’m new to this and any input would be greatly appreciated.

    I currently have a small Part Time home remolding business that is taking to much of my free time plus some customer shy away from a P/T because they don’t want to wait and it has been tough to get side work because of the commitment needed. I was thinking of starting a landscaping division. I understand that I would my customer base would need to be small. Can this be done part time and be done profitable?
     
  2. jrdean62

    jrdean62 LawnSite Member
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    I do landscape INSTALLS on the side and make good money. I would not try the lawn maint. side of the business due to the fact lawns need to be cut on a regular basis. With installs you can plan around your schedule. It may mean no weekends and long days but I make it work.
     
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Im part time, I take in good money but this year its all going towards equiptment. If you have enough equi[ptment then yes you can be profitable. The biggest problem IM facing is high GAS prices, I can only do 3 to 4 yards an afternoon and have to drive 25 miles round trip, if I were full time I coluse do 8 to 12 yards using the same amount of gas in the truck.
     
  4. mobileboy

    mobileboy LawnSite Member
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    You can make it work within reason. How much do you want to make? I do installs and re-landscapes on the side and make some extra cash. Just about to buy a used Hustler mini z from a guy in Florida to speed up the few yards that I cut (i make a little extra doing that too). I work 45 hours a week at my regular job and with a 2 year old it can be tough finding time to get it all in. Careful planning of time and a strong back will equal some extra money if you're serious.
     
  5. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
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    ditto for me.what he said.
     
  6. brentcausey

    brentcausey LawnSite Member
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    I work FT 8-4:30 everyday and keep up with 20 yards. Yeah, you might work til dark some evenings and all day on a Saturday but it's worth it when those checks come!
     
  7. railman

    railman LawnSite Member
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    yes it is worth it when those checks come in. nice to always have money.
     
  8. railman

    railman LawnSite Member
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    and yes it can be done part time. I have a full time job and 29 accounts which most of the time I cut by myself and I have my 15 year old son that helps me when I get backed up cause of the weather.
     
  9. JacksonLawns

    JacksonLawns LawnSite Member
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    I work full time 7-4 m-f and maintain 15 lawn accounts in the evenings and weekends. I have done 4 good sized mulch jobs this year too. My brother in law has a full time lawn and landscape business but did it part time for many years before going full time.
     
  10. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
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    I currently have a full time job m-f. I do about 30 yards weekdays and weekends. Very profitable for me, but do expect to work long hard hours, not for everyone.
     

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