is it possible

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JKLC, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. The LawnSmith

    The LawnSmith LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    I am a solo part timer (Weekends/evenings). I started 3 years ago and made a deal with a customer who had a Murray 38" Rider to cut his yard for the rest of the season for the mower. I bought a cheap Weedeater brand trimmer, a Murray 3 wheeled edger, and a cheap Ryobi blower, and hauled everything in the back of my pickup. I thought I was set out to make a killing. All of the equipment died out before the fall of that first year. It was embarrasing to show up to a property and something wouldn't start or crapped out in the middle of the job. I was making some decent money, but didn't quite see the big picture of what it takes to sustain my business venture. My lesson learned was that homeowner equipment won't cut it.
    I am still very far away from owning the stuff I want, but I'm buying better equipment as I can. I read all the posts here from the folks who have been there and done that, and except for an occasional smart#$% comment or two, they know what they are talking about. Everyones situation is a bit different, especially for the solo guys. I have a couple John Deere Riders that I have maintained religously and thay run like they did when I bought them. You have got to upgrade as much as you can, keep your blades sharp, oil changed regularly, and put aside money for the unexpected. I would love to do this type of work full time, and maybe one day I will. Just realize that it takes time not only to have the equipment you want, but as you upgrade your equipment, you are also upgrading your knowledge base of what it takes to be a professional in this trade. I learn all the time about this business through my own mistakes, and from the real pros who do this everyday.

    Good Luck
  2. SoloMow

    SoloMow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    Yes! Sometimes good advice is simple.

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