starting a residential mowing business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by T'S lawncare, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. T'S lawncare

    T'S lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    hi all, i'm a high school student planning on starting a lawn care service. nothin fancy, just for the city where i live. I'm gunna do mowing, landscaping, tree trimming, etc. I have a simplicity 48" wb, truck,trailer, weedeater, and blower. Looking to buy a used simplicity rider for the larger lots...

    any advice for a young entrepenurer?
  2. jinx 88

    jinx 88 LawnSite Member
    from ozarks
    Posts: 44

    The only advice I have is to stay as small as possible with your equipment and stay away from realloy big stuff. I wish that I had just stuck with small residetial lawns.
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Advertise Advertise Advertise!!! O yea Please stay in school!
  4. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Whats wrong with the big stuff jinx? lol thats what i wish i had :(
  5. jinx 88

    jinx 88 LawnSite Member
    from ozarks
    Posts: 44

    if you stay with smaller lawns you don't have to buy the large, expensive equipment that it takes to maintain the larger areas. For example, I mow a campground and I have to have the bigger stuff. Those little mowers won't hold up.
  6. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    DON'T buy more equipment then you need. It SUCKS to work your ass off, to watch all the money disappear paying for junk you don't need.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I'd only buy the rider if you think you'll have a lot of use for it...being in school you won't be working full unless most of the lawns are really large I'd stick with the 48.'re in high school. Have fun with it and stick with what you're good at to start.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Spend some time reading various sections of this forum, and keep reading.
    There's so much stuff here that nobody can use it all, but it helps.
  9. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    Sounds like you have all you need for just starting out. Work with what you got till you build up some accounts then add as you need to. The worst thing is to buy equipment and then not have enough accounts to make a profit. Stay smaller until you need to expand and grow.

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