Just mowed my first lawn!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Hardwareman, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Hardwareman

    Hardwareman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Well my wife and I just mowed our first lawn. It was roughly 20ftx20ft and took all of 10 minutes! We only charged $10.00 dollars for it but it was fun. I sure hope we can get more today!

    There were a lot of yards that needed lawn maintenance but no one seemed to be home (wish I still had my job but got laid off), so I ran home real quick to print out some flyers to leave at the homes where no one was.

    Man I hope this goes well. It seems like there is definitely money to be made in this trade so long as you build up your clients.

    Well off I go! Wish me luck! Later!



    Allen
     
  2. chrisludwig

    chrisludwig LawnSite Member
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    I recommend that when you talk to each of your clients and they let you know you did a good job...ask for a referral on the spot. I used to tell my customers I would give them a free cut for every referral they gave me that stayed with me over 3 months. (the 3 months catch is to keep them from referring people who dont really want a lawn service but she wanted a freebie) Worked like a charm. One lady got me her whole street.

    Hope this helps a little,
     
  3. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    $10 for 10 mins work.

    2 people = $5 each

    After tax you are getting $3 for 10 mins work. That means $18 per hour. And you still have to pay for your fuel, licences, truck, the flyers you were just making...

    You may want to rethink how much you charge. Set up a minimum charge. Because at $18/hour you might last in the business 2 months tops.

    Good luck
     
  4. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    but before doing that, i would recoment making your business legit first.
     
  5. lawnguy268

    lawnguy268 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    Is this post a joke??
     
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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  7. Hardwareman

    Hardwareman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Just got home from doing a couple more $10 dollar lawns and passing out a ton of flyers. Getting quicker at it too. The last $10 dollar lawn took less then 5 minutes!
    It's my wife that I'm working, and we are just testing waters right now really. Believe me, if it's not self sufficient for me to do this, I'm outie! Actually I just left a small apartment complex and spoke to the manager about the lawn on the pemises. He said "we already have someone who's supposed to start here soon" so then I asked "how much"?

    He then replied "$500 a month", so I told him if it does'nt work out to give me a call and I'll do it for $450 a month. He actually said he may call me back just because he liked the way I carried myself and approached him.

    As for getting legit, I plan on going down to the courthouse sometime next week and applying for the license to do business within the city limits. It's like $20. If all goes well then I'll actually apply for a tax number with the IRS.

    I'm going back out tomorrow for a bit to see how things may pan out so I'll keep y'all posted. Thanks for any advice and support you have given.




    Allen
     
  8. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    either your a troll, or have absolutly no clue and will have some troubles....
     

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