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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by zimm4, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. zimm4

    zimm4 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Just starting out. What should I expect for the first season? For example. How much business? I want to cut grass and do landscaping.

    How would you all start if you had it to do over again?

    Thanks for your responses in advance.
  2. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    How much business?? = How much are you willing to work??

    I found that the first couple of years, I had smaller equipment that got me by until I built up the business. Make sure to do quality work as your work acts as a good advertisment. One other complaint from customers I have heard is the lack of companies returning phone calls.
  3. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,194

    Read the "Tips" thread by Eric Elm in this forum, lots of good beginner advice there and read the rest of this "Just Starting" forum.
    If you'll read every thread in it, not only will your current questions get answered, but many others as well.
  4. zimm4

    zimm4 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Thanks guys time to get busy. I have been researching this biz too long. Time to just do it.

    I agree too many companies do not return phone calls.

    The one advantage I have is a client list from carpet cleaning biz.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Posts: 8,745

    I would suggest working a part time job before you go full force into the business. And like mentioned above, "How much are you willing to work to get the business?"
  6. zimm4

    zimm4 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Hey Tiedman I have a carpet cleaning business that keeps me going.

    I want to day lawn care and landscaping full time as soon as possible.

    Thanks for the reply.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    zimm, I would start right now getting a customer base for next year. I know that this may sound bad, but I would try to get as many of customers as you can. You can slowly weed them out next year or as the years go on.

    The one thing that I would be careful of is though, buying too much equipment. I did that my first time out, and I had to get out of the business (sell my equipment), and start a new. That is one of the things that I regret.

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