Thinking of starting a Job

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by huntercook33, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. huntercook33

    huntercook33 LawnSite Member
    from Orando
    Posts: 42

    I've been thinking of starting a company/job in lawn care. I was thinking to start, 40 lawns. Twice a month. $40 - $50 per lawn. Between 2 people. The lawns would mostly be 1/4 acre plots including the house. So maybe about 1/8 of an acre that is actually mowable grass. I have a jeep cherokee to tow and a trailer. I was thinking of a stihl edger and backpack blower, and just someother type of weeder. What kind of mower should I be looking at? I've seen some $800-1500 walk behind mowers on ebay by Scag and Exmark and Honda. Around 32'' - 52''. I have a pretty reliable push mower for the areas that would be too tight to get with the big main mower. I would plan on buying all used equipment. Trying to stay under $1500 for the mower. What do you guys think would be a good size and brand for this type of job. Also what types of edgers, weeders, blowers, hedge trimmers should I be looking around at? I'm 17 and looking for something that I can make some money doing but not be in it full time. So I can see if this is something I'd like to do just for now, or something I'd like to do for a real career/business. Keep in mind only 40 lawns because I'm still in school.
  2. adam underwood

    adam underwood LawnSite Member
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    how do you propose getting 40 lawns to start?
  3. huntercook33

    huntercook33 LawnSite Member
    from Orando
    Posts: 42

    Half friends parents would like me to do it and the other half low balling at about $30.
  4. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    How about do the half for friends and family and then just pick up a few more without lowballing. Same income less work and you wont be hurting the market.
  5. huntercook33

    huntercook33 LawnSite Member
    from Orando
    Posts: 42

    Not stealing peoples clients, but getting new ones. What would be the average price for a 1/4 acre lawn including house?
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    $40-50 is a little steep for ¼ acre lots (especially if you are not going to be using top notch equipment). I don't know what the market is like in your area, but $45-50 gets 3/4 acre, and $60 gets an acre lot over here.

    I would say $30-35 for a ¼ acre.
  7. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 987

    well you have good ambition....I'll give you that. ;)
  8. huntercook33

    huntercook33 LawnSite Member
    from Orando
    Posts: 42

    Thanks, me and my friend passed out 40 flyers to people. They were really really crappy, the print job was horrible, you could hardley read the numbers on them. We got 1 call but I accidently hit 8 (erase message) insted of 9 (save message). And the prices were pretty steep ($100/month). So I was just working on some decent looking flyers and made the price $70/month. Made it look and sound a bit more professional. You can see the flyer in the picture section, yes I now notice I misspelled edging and monthly. We're about to print out 500 and hand them out personally. It will take a long time, 2 weeks probably but I expect a much higher turn out. I'm really just hoping to get 10 or 15 customers.
  9. Wreak

    Wreak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I would definately get a 36" walk behind, anything bigger you may not be able to fit through the gates to get to back yards. Edger, trimmer, and blower would also be a necessity, the blower doesn't necessarily need to be a backpack blower, I use a simple Echo handheld blower and Echo stick edger, and trimmer from Home Depot.

    2 mows per month for $50 doesn't sound too bad especially this time of year with yards down here only needing done that much but once the next mowing season comes around then I hope you bounce that price up a bit and do like a 7 day mowing cycle. LCO's over here near Tampa are charging anywhere between $75 and $100 per month with $75 being for a small yard that takes 9 minutes to do between 2 people.
  10. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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