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TIPS, Do's and Don'ts tips for the new guy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Eric ELM, Apr 16, 2001.

  1. aracad

    aracad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    Here is a good tip for anyone in southern Ohio MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Since I started (this year) the weather has been ridiculous. We no longer have grass....

    Does anyone want to water southern Ohio for me????

    On a serious note MOVE!!!!!!!! As long as I am trying to get this mowing businesss up and running, Southern Ohio has no chance of rain!!! LOL!!

    I went up to northen Indiana yesterday and man it was a pretty sight to see GRASS!!!!!!!!! I didn't think there was any left in the world..
  2. IXR

    IXR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    No no no, Think of it as an operatunity...
    Get into sprinkler installs also!
    No rain? No problem, create rain for them!
    Maybe some seeding later???
    Lemons to lemonaid :)

    Chin up, don't give up now!
  3. aracad

    aracad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I am pretty handy. Any suggestion on how to get started in that field?
  4. IXR

    IXR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Get some books, TALK to people in that business.
    If you have a neighbor with a sprinkler system...ask to look it over, get a feel of how/why things work.
    I have a book or 2 here I can send you.
    I used them to pass my block exam and get my master irrigation installer lic.

    Have a great day!
  5. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    never never clean jammed grass from under your deck while blades are running!!! learned this from the movie the ringer lol... great movie.

    no honestly you all are giving great advise,, thanks for all the help!!!
  6. IXR

    IXR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    hahaha, that sounds like good advice Sangerlawn! I'll remember that :)
    I just happen to luck onto this site and found tons of great ideas. (yours being one of them)
    Keep reading and posting...someone will use the info to help them out, I know I will.
    Hope your having a great season, Jim
  7. cman3899

    cman3899 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    IXR, I am moving to Wichita and am thinking of starting a lawn care service. How is the market? Is there room for more competition? I would like to get some info from a professional in the area
  8. IXR

    IXR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Hello cman3899,
    Of course there is room. Google lawn care in Wichita and you'll see a bunch listed but there is always room for another. I figure if a guy does a good job and doesn't hose his customers he will retain them. VERY big tip: research the name you will use!! I have a guy just putting an "S" behind the name I am using, my company name is service writed (sp) like "tm". He thought it was funny when I called him... he isn't laughing now :)
    Alot of places do their contracts in the fall for the next year so you better get a move on.
    How far are you from here now? When do you think you'll get here?
    Get packin' son, times a waistin'!
    Best of luck to you, Jim
  9. cman3899

    cman3899 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    IXR, Thanks for the input. I have googled lawn care and looked at yellowpages.com. I've done a little research. I'm in Topeka now and won't really have any time to start getting contracts this fall due to training for my new job, so I'm going to have to try and pick up scraps this spring and gear up full bore next fall. I think that will give me a good chance to start slow. I have no intentions of being a lowballer, I hope to be an increase in quality for the local market. I will already have a decent paying job and am using lco to pad my income. I want to grow slowly and gradually so I can be in it for the long haul
  10. SouthShoreLandscape

    SouthShoreLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    My first post!
    Hey guys, nothing important to add really.
    No matter how well prepared you are, and no matter how much extra stuff you bring, something will go wrong on something you dont have an extra for.

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