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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Commonwealth LC, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. Commonwealth LC

    Commonwealth LC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I have just got my business licenses for lawn care a few weeks ago. ive been doing some research for as much info as i can before i start work in march/april. what kinds of information should i be looking for? i know how to cut grass, weed eat, and blow, ive been doing these things to my yard and friends yards for years. does anyone have any suggestions for books or webpages for basic information?
  2. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 987

    Ok here we go.........hold on tight........

    First........congratulations for deciding to take the first step to happiness.

    Second.......You are starting out right by doing reasearch....I have been in business for 6 years and I research every single day.

    Third.......There is work that you can do before March......spring cleanup is a good one.....I ususally start around Feb.

    Fourth.......You "know how to cut grass"...I thought this too. But as you will learn you must learn how to cut grass for money. In other words you will learn tricks of the trade that will help you to be faster and do a better job than you ever have before. This is a must!

    And have found one of the best sources for knowledge that you are going to find. There is a wealth of information and experience here that will help you on your road to success. READ READ READ and then.....READ some more. Most people think that this business is "just cutting the grass" but there is soooo muc more to it.

    The most important things to remember is to promote a professional appearence, carry insurance, PAY YOUR TAXES, and ALWAYS do what you say you will do. If you do quality will have more work than you can handle!

  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Welcome to the best source of info you'll find on the web. :waving: There are a lot of good books out there, can find on ebay lots of times but the best info is the business info that you can't find in a book, like how to deal with non-paying customers, pricing, estimating, where to find stuff, you made a good desciion starting here. There is a special forum called Just starting that will have a ton of info for you. Think of stuff you specifically want to know about and in the green bar up top there is a search tool that can find related threads for you. Also you can just browse around through the site and lots of info will be discovered. Feel free to ask questions as they come up too. Enjoy!
  4. Commonwealth LC

    Commonwealth LC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I really appreciate the replies and welcoming. I will do much research on this site. I will try to find everything myself, but in the case that what im looking for is not in the forum, I will ask. Just wanted to add that I just started advertising by word of mouth only (going to do more advertising in the future) and have had 2 people that were really interested! Its great! I look forward to learning from everyone, and hopefully becoming skilled enough to share information. Thanks, -Josh
  5. Commonwealth LC

    Commonwealth LC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    Just wanted to thank you guys for the help, ive been reading my ass off and have learned a heck of a lot more here than from books and other sites... GREAT SITE!!! Will continue reading for as long as it takes and then some! again, thanks guys
  6. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    I would hit the library and read as much as you can about the business, from pricing to services to types of grass etc...

    Next.....use the search feature on this site and learn learn learn....great site.

    Lastly, start part time. There is a HUGE difference from doing your lawn once a week and cutting for 8 to 10 hours a day, every day, during June July and August.

    Good Luck
  7. Ol'time Lawncare

    Ol'time Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 497

    you will find everything you need to know about the lawn industry right here on! this is the key to your success.
  8. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    This site is an AWESOME source of information, the best on the web. You will also want to subscribe to the industry magazines too. Their free and each has a website that you can request a subscription. Start here:

    Also get:

    Landscape Management

    Pro Magazine

    Turf & Irrigation

    That is just a couple and they are all free.

    Welcome to the business!
  9. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,125

  10. mowboy1

    mowboy1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Congrats on starting your own business! I hope it's everything you hope it is.

    You get great support here... as you have already seen. Supplement your forum reading with business books. There is a thread going now that mentions quite a few excellent ones.

    Good luck!

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