Easiest way to start a lawn mowing business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Alex G, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'll also leave you with not everything you are told is going to be accurate. I would not expect the county clerk to know anything beyond "the book is over there, if your name if clear you leave me your check and this form." Stick to actually documented items from verifiable sources. There have been a few times I have been given "advice" from government employees that was not accurate. I've even been given the "I know because my son has a lawn business like you" answer, but she was still wrong.
     
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. Davis Landscaping

    Davis Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Hey man i am 17 as well and i have no licensing or anything like that. i started in my grandparents retirement development and have expanded through word of mouth and passing out flyers. Your a kid trying to make some extra cash and thats what im doing. i turn 18 this august so at that point i will deal with the legal stuff. if you have experience and know what your doing and can be careful, there will be tons of people that will allow you to mow their lawn. just pring out some flyers, pass them around the neighbor hood, talk to people and get people to know who you are and that your a trustable person. Dont worry about legal stuff, just get some lawns and get to work and make some cash, and people will stay loyal.
     
  6. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Best advice ever Davis. There is nothing preventing Alex from owning a business legally. The only issue is that any contract would need to be backed by his guardian.
     
  7. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much work do you currently have, what size yards, what equipment are you using? If you are only using a 21", I would say just fly under the radar for a year. Next year, when you have the ability to go legal, then get insured, run larger mowers, etc. As far as advertising this year, tell every friend, family member, neighbor in sight about your service.

    Congrats on having the drive to start your own business.
     
  8. crevinalandscapingllc

    crevinalandscapingllc LawnSite Member
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    I'm 17 running my business in northern jersey. I've been running mine under the radar for the past 4 years and just this year made it a LLC. I has no problems with starting it even though I'm under 18 though I do have the license and insurance if that helps
     
  9. Alex G

    Alex G LawnSite Member
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    I went to a local lawn care company around the corner from my house.. he is very nice and gave me a number to his lawyer and such and I am going to call him on Monday..
    New2thegreenindusrty.. i have done this for the last 4 years and already have 15 returning clients for the spring which i do with my friend but he is starting to pull away from this business. but we already have sthil trimmers and blowers and i dont know what kind of mower he has but i believe it is a 42 or 48 inch walk behind. I also bought a 99' ford f150 4x4 this season. i am trying to just expand on my own which is why i believe i should go legal because i already have customers lined up and am trying to get more.
     
  10. Alex G

    Alex G LawnSite Member
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    Crevinalandscaping could you tell me where you got your insurance? i been getting quotes roughly in the 700 dollar range which is high according to the prices i see people saying they get on this site.
     

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