Newbie.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RyKR, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. RyKR

    RyKR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Recently I started working with a small lawn crew (3 guys) and really enjoyed it. The jerk that started the business just stopped calling (the crew and customers) and sold his equipment. Anyways, I started throwing my push mower and weedeater in the back of my truck to at least make the customers content. Anyways, I really enjoy doing this. So much more than my other job (welder-good pay, crappy work environment).

    I would like to skim through the season while working my other job and hopefully earn enough money for some good equipment. That way next year I can get a good start in the spring and get a few more accounts. I am now that guy that everyone on this forum seems to hate (junk truck with junk equipment mowing cheap). Most of the jobs I am doing are for realtors so there no real contracts. When the house sells, the job is gone. The other jobs are smaller city lots (50X150 avg.).

    Where should I go from here? I was thinking a 36" walk behind, a 21" mower, and maybe later getting a better riding mower. My current rider is an 80's era POS that is ugly as sin, but it mows great. I am also using a toro mower and trimmer for now.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Like I said, I would like to make is self supporting this year and maybe make some money next year.
     
  2. progressivelawncare

    progressivelawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    you can make it work, definatly bank the money from this year and invest in say a 36 wb if you will target the small city lots. just at all costs do good work every time. i am still up grading old crap (mowers i had or got cheap) into better commercial stuff.

    hope that helps.
     
  3. RyKR

    RyKR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Thanks,
    I am trying to run through all (well a few pages back) of the old posts so that I don't ask a bunch of questions that have already been asked. I have all sorts of questions regarding billing, estimates, equipment, etc... I am finding a lot of answers though.

    I am currently in school to get my degree in business management, so, this is kind of working as a lab for me right now.
     
  4. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    good luck. seriously. look at a 36" w/b or the quick 36". great start out mower for small properties like you mentioned. do good work, make a good presentation. and save and upgrade to better equipment. and DONT LOWBALL!!!
     

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