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Right time of year to start a lawn service?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Charles Jackson III, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,376

    How long do you think you will continue to be employed by the city?. How much do you have presently saved towards this new business?. Besides a truck new or used, will you need a trailer as well?. Are you earning enough money now to cover your expenses to live?. You do understand that when you go into business for yourself you will have no guarantee of work, benefits, retirement funding, paid vacation time or sick leave.
    Just realize that if you want to be a Solo operator be prepared for many changes and what ever you do
    make sure you have enough money in reserve to cover all of your daily living expenses for 18 months.
    Some members believe this is to long of a period of time. I believe if you run out of money to cover all of
    your daily living expenses, not business expenses within the first 18 months you should seriously reconsider
    this business venture. I would recommend contacting score.org this organization can help you create a business plan and help advise you moving forward with starting any new business. There is no charge to participate and I believe you can gain a really strong appreciation of what starting and running a business is all about.
    easy-lift guy
     
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Get a BR 600 you will need that power for clean ups.

    Can your current auto pull a trailer? Small 4 x 8 trailer from Harbor Freight and you can get by without a truck for awhile.
     
  3. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,179

    I make 30-40 an hour. Solo guy. I'm 16. Going solo can certainly get you more money per hour, but as another guy said, there would be many changes from what you are doing currently.
     
  4. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    i don't like dodge. FYI, i started in my car. I folded 21" mowers in the back of my hyundai. I really didn't have a choice; it was sink or swim. I think a little fear is a good motivator.
     
  5. Charles Jackson III

    Charles Jackson III LawnSite Member
    Male, from Montgomery,AL
    Posts: 110

    I am not quitting my current job no time soon. I can save a good bit of my earning to. I live at home with my parents.
     
  6. Charles Jackson III

    Charles Jackson III LawnSite Member
    Male, from Montgomery,AL
    Posts: 110

    I know I will need a trailer. But I am trying to start off small for my first year. Yes we use a Stihl BR600 blower for leave clean up in the fall.
     
  7. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    You'll get there , just keep sight of your goals. You may be able to pick up a used 36" walk behind for less than a commercial Honda or Toro Turfmaster, though those are both very nice mowers. The Honda leaves a very nice finish. I'm a part timer my self, and know it's daunting getting started. If you can get a few small accounts, you could get by for a couple of seasons with a Honda homeowner model. They leave a very good finish, are fairly robust, and at $400+/- it will pay for itself quickly. I wouldn't ordinarily advocate buying homeowner equipment, but at the volume you'll likely be doing I don't think it'll be a problem. I mean, the Honda and Toro commercial models are over $1,500.
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  8. Charles Jackson III

    Charles Jackson III LawnSite Member
    Male, from Montgomery,AL
    Posts: 110

    I tried mowing with the Honda homeowner models they just don't last.
     
  9. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,376

    At 16 you may be running a business, however if you honestly believe that going Solo can get you more money per hour you are sadly mistaken IMHO.
    The OP I believe has a full time job and more than likely receives benefits
    and perks that most FT Solo operators could only dream of just getting started with a new business. The OP while working for the city ATM has very low
    overhead in comparison to Solo operators that have many expenses and no guarantee of work, benefits. I hope for the OP'S sake he thinks long and hard
    about his future employment opportunities.
    easy-lift guy
     
  10. pazzaneselawncare

    pazzaneselawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    Definitely start working in Spring, but if you are just doing a small lawn service I would start organizing and getting things ready in the late winter, so when work season comes you have everything all prepared.
     

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