Lawn Care Business Questionnaire

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jepper, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. jepper

    jepper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I have been lurking on this forum for quite a while and love it...

    I'm now doing a career research paper on running a lawn care business and have some survey questions:

    1. How did you get your first commercial account?

    2. Do you have a minimum charge rate?

    3. What type of equipment did you start with?

    4. What are the best benefits from running your lawn care business?

    5. What are the worst negatives?

    6. What has been your biggest challenge?

    7. Do you employ others in addition to yourself?

    8. What percentage of your accounts are commercial?

    9. Do you give special rates to the elderly or people in need?

    Thanks in advance to any who contribute to this thread!

    Jepper
     
  2. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    1. flyers
    2. yes
    3. WB mower, trimmer, blower, truck and trailer.
    4. time off
    5. employees
    6. employees
    7. not any more
    8. 40%
    9. no
     
  3. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,383

    1. Don't have any.
    2. Yes
    3. Craftsman mower, Ryobi trimmer/edger, Ford Bronco II
    4. Self determination
    5. I have to run my business
    6. Pushing on when I don't feel like it
    7. Yes
    8. 0
    9. Not generally. But I have been known to do lawns for free on occasion.
     
  4. Eho

    Eho LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    1. Don't have any
    2. yes
    3. I started with about a $350 lawnboy mower and homelite blower and weedeater( at the age of 14) I worked my way to a toro commercial grade and echo within my first three years
    4.Being my own boss, working when I want, Working outside, MANY MORE
    5.No income in the winter, sitting around on rainy days
    6. There are those days when you feel like you dont wanna be out there mowing a lot of lawns in the hot hot weather, but most of the days it doesnt bother me at all
    7.No
    8 None
    9 Yes, an elderly lady who was my first customer when I was 14 years old( I charged her $15 b/c all i did was mow, nothing else, plus I had no clue how much to charge....I still do everything, mow, weedeat, edge, and blow for her for $15)
    hope this helped
     
  5. steve122

    steve122 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 208

    1. How did you get your first commercial account?
    Where I have found all of my large,well paying accounts- the legal section of local newspaper. Cemeteries, municpalities, state and county units advertise for bids.

    2. Do you have a minimum charge rate?
    No, have done yards from $10 up.

    3. What type of equipment did you start with?
    An old, wornout Grasshopper and a used Snapper walk behind.

    4. What are the best benefits from running your lawn care business?
    Only have to answer to myself. I like working by myself.

    5. What are the worst negatives?
    Paperwork, paperwork and paperwork

    6. What has been your biggest challenge?
    finding GOOD employees

    7. Do you employ others in addition to yourself?
    yes, down to 2 full time, at peak had 6

    8. What percentage of your accounts are commercial?
    90

    9. Do you give special rates to the elderly or people in need?
    yes, on a case by case basis. I think we should all help someone who is less fortunate or able than we are.
     

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