How Hard To Start Mid-Season

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JMiller08, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys im looking to start a landscaping business but i am currently still in school untill the end of may and i also work 4 nights a week. I was wondering how difficult it would be to get in to the business at the beginning of june?
     
  2. mobileboy

    mobileboy LawnSite Member
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    it's easy. just gotta get out there and try, I started in Sept last year and got buried in 2 weeks.
     
  3. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks man..how did you advertise?
     
  4. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
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    no, personally I don't think it would be that EASY. 'Most' home owners are 'shopping' for lawn services March - May. Cuts starting in April-May.
    'Most' home owners are signed up by the end of April - Mid May. If not contracted, then at least verbally contracted with a lawn service. The most you could hope for is the fly by nights bailing out and/or pissing some owners off causing the homeowner to look for someone else. Commercial work, forget it. Those contracts are usually signed by June.

    Can it be done? Sure.
    Will it be easy? No.
     
  5. CreativeEdge

    CreativeEdge LawnSite Member
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    I agree with carolina cuts, you will be able to get some accounts and hopefully enough to cover costs of your equipment unless you already have some. This season will be good for you in the long run by getting your name out there. More than likely the customers that you get mid season will stay w/ you for next if you provide them good work. It will not be easy, but a start is a start, you will still be 6 mo farther along than the guys that start next spring.
     
  6. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When I started a couple years back, it was in July. Getting business will be tough and you will have to take what you can get. But it will be a good learning expirence. I am glad I started during that time, because I only had to live with my mistakes for only a few months instead of a whole season. During that short season, I learned alot about bidding on yards, what equipment I needed, and what advertising and areas I wanted to focus on for the next year.
     
  7. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the help guys..what do you think would be a good way to advertise in the middle of the season?
     
  8. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Flyers, newpaper, biz cards....
    continuous advertisement is the best advertisement. I never do it, but I should.
     
  9. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im thinking of doing door hangers any suggestions on where to get them fairly cheap?
     
  10. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I get all my stuff from gotprint.com
    pretty fast, good quality, inexpensive.
    Think I got 5000 4x6 full color postcards for $160- or something last year.

    Customers loved them.... durable, small enough to hang on the fridge.
    I was getting calls last year 3 months after I sent em' out... customers said they kept them for future reference. So they worked out well for me.
     

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