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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jsprouse, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. jsprouse

    jsprouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I have been doing a bit of research here lately on the lawn care business trying to decide how to go about getting started in the business.

    I currently have a full-time job, but would love to own and grow my own business.

    I have no equipment currently. What do you guys suggest I do to get started. What equipment do I start with, license and insurance requirements, marketing suggestions, etc.

    Any advice would be helpful for me at this point.

    Thanks!
     
  2. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    I started with my homeowner equipment - 21" Toro, Weedeater trimmer and blower. Just threw it in the back of my truck and off I go. (I still use the Weedeater trimmer - she runs great) Gradually I started upgrading my equipment. I would suggest you start with anything you have now, even if it's homeowner stuff. Don't spend thousands on commercial stuff just to find out you may not be cut out to be an LCO.
     
  3. BLKSS

    BLKSS LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 82

    thats how i started 21" craftsman mower, craftsman convertible weed trimmer/edger, stihl blower. all together about $500. I have got all accounts by flyers. now im looking into getting a 32-36 inch walkbehind.
    good luck.
     
  4. jsprouse

    jsprouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    BLKSS you said you got accounts by distributing flyers. How did you go about distributing them?
     
  5. BLKSS

    BLKSS LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 82

    just hit my area really hard with flyers any house, in walking distance. Then on Saturdays i would have my fieance drive me in the car looking for overgrown lawns, hop out leave flyer and head to the next one.
     
  6. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    check out iprint.com. have some 4x6 post it notes made up. they are so much easier to pass out than flyers. just pull off from the pad and stick it on the door. you can easily pass out up to 100 per hour (1/4-1/2 acre lots). i think i got 2000 for about $75.00. of course the more you buy the more you save.
     
  7. jsprouse

    jsprouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Post it notes sounds like a good idea. Do you think people would mind to much if I just walk up and stick something to their door? That is legal to do, right? I know I can't stuff their mailboxes.
     
  8. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    I've passed out several thousand with no complaints. It's not illegal. I do not leave any if the have "No Soliciting" on the door. Also, in some areas i think you need a permit to do it (rarely), so just check with local government first. Other than that you are good to go.
     
  9. jsprouse

    jsprouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    How much response can I expect from passing out flyers/post-its in my local neighborhoods? 10% 20%?
     
  10. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    it's usually anywhere from 1%-4%. remember, those are responses, not actual customers. you should only be getting about 1/2 of your bids. otherwise you are too cheap or too expensive.
     

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