From Iowa to Houston

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by greenedge, May 8, 2004.

  1. greenedge

    greenedge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    When I was about 10 I had about 7 customers in Marcus Iowa. By the age 18 had only 2. Thought I was too cool to be mowing yards- Went to work on a farm.( The farmer made me mow there too!) Went to work at Gateway Country selling computers after high school. Did that for 9 years. Sept 20, 2003 quit Gateway and handed out 500 flyers and got 2 calls. 1st call became a regular. She did not mind my electric weed eater (Grass hog-Home Depot $36) and let me use her electric WeedEATER Blower. Lawn crews laughed at me as they drove by my 150ft extension cord. I now have about 20 regulars and 5 off and ons. When I graduate from College in 3 weeks plan to really hit the streets for more business. My degree will be computer networking yet I prefer to do lawn care. O- by the way, the blower was returned to the first cutomer who let me borrow it. It was replaced by a used ECHO which I now have two. The weedeater was thrown in the trash and replaced by a ECHO. The mower is yet my only at this time. It looks to be about 20 years old but cuts like new, also starts on first pull everytime.
     
  2. jgarciasr

    jgarciasr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Great story greenedge. I'm wanting to get started too and your story gives me confidence that I may be able to pull it off and be succesfu.l I would say 20 yards in year is doing ok. I'm not too far from you I live in Baytown, to your east down I-10. I saw your other post in the Network forum, I guess the LCO's from Houston don't like to exchange ideas. I see the DFW LCo's have tons of posts. Maybe we can change that. Well if I ever really get going. I realize it might be too late this year. I hope you don't mind I sent you a PM.
     
  3. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    I am glad to see more locals here. I am starting a fert & squirt out here. So far I am up to about $33k in debt and haven't launched yet. Cross your fingers for me...Drew
     
  4. kipper

    kipper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 191

    What is the average you guys get for the lawns in the houston area? My dad lives in Galveston and works at Johnson Space Center.
     
  5. greenedge

    greenedge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    Most of mine are $25.00 or $30.00 for corner lot
     

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