thinking about getting in to the lawn care business.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hero419, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Make sure you have plenty of money in the bank to last you at least 5 years in monthly bills. You can thank me later.
     
  2. I agree too. I think all these people lI've the idea bc it's a low start up cost and they think it is going to be so easy. It takes a long time to have a successful business, especially this one. If all you are gong to do is mow, I think you are going to have a rude awakening. Do yourself a favor and keep your job. This business isn't for everyone. Most are in it for the money and a lot trick themselves into believing they love it.
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  3. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 751

    Sell your plasma instead.

    This business will suck out your soul and make you hate every person you see with a beat up Toyota Tacoma pulling a janked up trailer around town because you realize they're your competition and that they don't bother to have insurance or a DBA so they're able to undercut you and steal the food out of your children's mouths.

    What's worse is that your potential customers don't give a crap if your competition has insurance or not. They'll choose a $3200 bid from a company without insurance before they choose your $3500 bid from a legitimate company.
     
  4. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 3,563

    Testify brother testify.

    I'll be heading out in a little bit and I will pass by at least 15 LCO's in a 5 minute time frame and most of them are illegals or illegal businesses.

    Got to love it.

    Dave...
     
  5. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    Yeah, I don't cut my own either. I'm looking into being a banker. I love to count money and I know how to write checks. I'm am so tired of riding around all day on a mower. Trimming this, blowing off that. Hiding flowers that I accidently cut. LOAN APPROVED!
     
  6. hero419

    hero419 LawnSite Member
    from NEPA
    Posts: 3

    So I guess nobody new is allowed in your club? It's an impossible job that only a few can do?
    OK then, did not know that, carry on.
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  7. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 751

    No, you're welcomed to join the club. We're all just trying to tell you that it's not as easy/fun/simple as cutting grass and getting a nice tan.

    New customers will not just roll in begging to pay you top dollar for your services. You will have to practically beg people to let you work for them, then some jamook will come behind you and get the job because he bid $100 less than you because he didn't bother to get insurance, a uniform, etc.

    Look, this is a hard ass business and if I had to make the decision all over again, I would not be doing this. It's an industry dominated by drunks and illegals.

    Do you and your wife a favor and consider looooooong and hard before you decide to come down this path.
     
  8. Big Money

    Big Money LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I'm in the same boat as Hero419, I have a full time job and make a very good living, and I to am looking to start a lawncare business part time. My goal first year is 12-15 lawns and I fully expect to work hard as hell and make no money for at least the first couple years as any profits would go right back into the business. I have limited experience in lawncare other than working for a lawncare service company many years ago when I was a kid, but my question is, how much experience did all of you have?? Are you saying that mowing, blowing, trimming, mulching and clean up for my customers will be vastly different from my yard? Sure I'm going to make mistakes as I'm sure each and everyone of you did, but hopefully I will learn from them and move on.
    Was lawncare my first choice of businesses, no I'd rather own a chain of McDonald's but if I had the start up money for that, I'd probably just retire. The start up costs for a lawncare business is fairly low and yes, I think it is something I can learn on the job. (If Mexicans can do it, right??)
    My goal is to see if this is a business that I can grow into something. And yes, I do currently like cutting my yard and hopefully I will continue after I start my business, but if not, that's what my kids are for!
    My goal will be to pick and choose the customers I want since I'm looking for only 15, but if I do come across one of you and I underbid you by $3.00 - $5.00 on a residential lawn, I will service the hell out of it! Because if they left you for $3-$5 I will have to make sure they wouldn't leave me for that small amount. How? I will provide excellent service along with developing a relationship with my customers, so they see the added value I bring and they turn away the next guy who under bids me by that much. I'm sure you're thinking, "He has no clue, I currently provide great service and have a good relationship with my customers" but it's just not true. If you did, no way would they leave you for that much difference. (I'm basing this on a $35 - $40 customer)
    If you're losing business for that much, maybe it's you who should look to do something else, and let us new guys try it for awhile!

    Look, truth be told, I may post at the end of next year and tell all of you I'm throwing in the towel, I can't make the business work, but at least I can say I tried. Or, maybe, just maybe I post that my 1st year in business was an awesome experience and all indications are I will meet my 5 year goal in growth!
    You know, I have no idea what I'll post, but if I don't try I'll never know!
    I mean if Mexicans are doing it, how hard can it be?

    Your friend,
    Juan Valdez
     

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