Getting into the business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lwoods, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. lwoods

    lwoods LawnSite Member
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    I am thinking of getting into this business in Texas. I currently make around 70K per year but I am in fear of a layoff after the first of the year. Is it possible to make that kind of money in this industry. I am currently trying to obtain some startup capital for this venture but it has been pretty tough. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,563

    You can make $70k after you spend $200k to $300k and have been in business for at least 5 years, and your gross income is in the 2 to 3 million range. Buying a trailer and a couple of used mowers and putting out some fliers and door hangers will get you maybe $10 to $20k your first year. Second year you may be up to $30k if your lucky. That's gross not net by the way.

    Depends on your location, the amount of illegals in your area. The amount of people laid off in your area. Your own drive, the amount of money you can spend for advertising.

    Can a blind squirrel find a nut, yeah once in a while.

    Can you make $70k? Maybe, but don't think it will be easy and don't think its going to happen in a year or two. Don't believe the bull that gets thrown around here daily, most of these guys are young kids and the rest are just making ends meet. This isn't the best business to get into, you need to do alot more than cut grass to make any real money, and that takes boo koo Denero.

    I would look at other ways to make a living if I were you. This business is saturated with so called landscapers and illegals, if you don't believe me well come on in the waters fine!

    Dave...
     
  3. lwoods

    lwoods LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info.

    Lance
     
  4. Father&Daughter Lawn care

    Father&Daughter Lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats right. You can make some decent money at this but you have to spend to make.
     
  5. lwoods

    lwoods LawnSite Member
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    Anyone else?
     
  6. Lawn Man Dave

    Lawn Man Dave LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is the rule for any buisness... you have to spend it to make it.... if you gross 2-3mill and olny make 70k you must be putting A LOT into savings.........., 6 figure range would be more accurate with grossing in the mil range but it does take a while to build it..... the smart guys start out part-time then go from there.

    In TX I am sure there is illegal's all over.... more then up here and I am sure it will be harder to compete then in most states.....
     
  7. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
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    This is a good part time job. I lied. Its not even a good part time job.
     
  8. Lawn Man Dave

    Lawn Man Dave LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it was me I would get a nice snowblower and offer to do peoples driveways for like $20 with the snow coming....... there is a kid in my neighborhood that does it and I am sure does pretty well. THat will get income coming in untill summer comes.
     
  9. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Posts: 1,818

    There are plenty of well established families around here that own lawn co's, some small and some fairly large. There are 4 other co's in my storage units alone that net 70k or more, but they are established guys all in business for 5,10, 15 years...can make decent money but definately not overnight.
     
  10. Father&Daughter Lawn care

    Father&Daughter Lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bought a medium size snowblower the other day on Craigslist. I got it for $65 and it runs well. I wanted a bigger one but I thought I can easily make my money back at $60 and after that it's all good. If it last just this season that's OK. I know that come spring I can get a better one at a really good price. It's all about overhead.
     

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