New to site and thinking of starting company.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JoeMayo, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. JoeMayo

    JoeMayo LawnSite Member
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    Hello fellow board members.
    New here and looking maybe to start my own lawn service business.. I'm only 22 and am in the process of selling my car to pay for my truck,trailor,equip. I have to ask what is the profit you could make say in a week,month,year? Would it be better for a enclosed trailor with the business name in vinyl. Also would it be better to do also advertise landscaping? I don't have much experience in this besides my own yard.
  2. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
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    One of the biggest pitfalls i usually see with new lcos

    overspending.... overreaching

    Devolop a buisness plan, study the market... the biz (here is a good group to start with..

    Start small... don't listen to people that tell you "you should buy a new truck mower and everything at once...

    maybe try working with an established company full time and starting a part time biz

    you employer may even throw you some reffereals he cannot/will not service

    Good luck and feel free to contact me if you get in a quandry

  3. JoeMayo

    JoeMayo LawnSite Member
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    We'll I still live at home. I'll have 19k to use after my car is paid off. I always have my back up plan on airforce if something doesn't work out. I don't really see much lawn care companys around here besides the big ones for the local casinos which have like 20 Illegals working for them. But now with the casinos and the recent hurricane katrina alot of people are starting to move on the coast and houses are popping up.
  4. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 533

    you would be surprised at how fast you can spend 19 grand

    Read as many books as you can.use the search feature on the top of the page.. mowing your own yard and someone elses is really diffrent belive it or not..trimming bushes and shrubs has to be learned.... its really not just as easy as buying equiptment and people come running to use your service...

    I'm not trying to be a %ick, its just not as easy as most think

    Good luck
  5. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,461

    Bank your money, and join the air force.. this will wait, and likely will be a better business to be in when you get out.

    There are some scary things happening with the economy right now, and it's not a good time to blow all your money, unless it's your only option..

    If you could get a decent position in the air force.. definately do it... you may regret it if you don't
  6. JoeMayo

    JoeMayo LawnSite Member
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    Oh it doesn't bother me man. I think my local junior college has some classes about this stuff..I just hate working jobs even though I make 3k :(
  7. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    If this is what you want to do than go for it....have a plan...keep your start cost as low as possible and do a good job....and most of all don't let other people tell you how to run your business...especially ones that try to make you feel like this is an impossible task.....Good luck...:clapping:
  8. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 439

    i would suggest you work for another lco for at least a year before you try to start your own business. there's a lot more to mowing lawns than most people realize. i'm not saying it's impossible, but without any experience it will be a steep uphill battle to make a good living at it.
  9. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 439

  10. M&SLawnCare

    M&SLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    I'ld avoid advertising for landscaping unless you have some experience. Anyone can mow grass, theirs really not a lot of skill needed to be learned, but landscaping you need to know what your doing.

    As far as equipment you have a very nice starting amount. That should be more than enough to buy everything you need if your smart. Buy a used truck and ztr, open trailer (if you don't have a place for the equipment or theft is an issue, buy the other stuff first and see what you have left over for an enclosed), and new 2 cycle stuff. You want to start out debt free if at all possible because theirs no garenteed income when first starting out, and the last thing you want to have is a monthly bill looming over your head all the time with no clients. Thats the biggest thing IMO that kills new LCO's. They can't make enough, fast enough, in their first year or two to cover expenses so they fold.

    The hardest part for you will be the bussiness side (estimates, prices, schedualling, marketing) so do a lot of reading and researching on these forums and in your area to help you there. Once you have the accounts mowing them is the easy part, atleast thats how it was for me.

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