Top 10 Reasons To Get Into The Business Of Lawn Care

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by next12mj, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. next12mj

    next12mj LawnSite Member
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    My dad doesnt support my descion to try to get into it next season. Give me some reasons i can give to him. I dont think he understands the money in the industry and is scared for me to invest money into a mower.
  2. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    #1-#10 = $60+ hr
  3. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    Some of the most wealthiest people would not be who they are today without having to take risk.
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    You can hire unskilled labor.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,207

    You would have done better to ask for the 10 reasons not to get into lawn business. I don't think good work ethics are being learned any longer when people think they can make $60/hr, more than most educated professionals. But over the long haul.....not going to continue the big bucks in a very low skill highly competitive environment without expanding and very few are able to do that. I would guess that less than 1% stay around to make full time living for life.
  6. geckos

    geckos LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    went through this 2 years ago with my wife
    #1 more money than working for some one else
    #2flexibility of hours/days
    #3 working outdoors is better than inside
    #4 mowing keeps you in shape(or gets you in shape)
    #5 it doesnt take long to pay off your investment if you dont go crazy buying
    #6 winter time off unless you plow and then you get more money
    #7 it is a field that will always be needed
  7. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    Same as any business I think.
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    Just what I was thinking, too !!
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    Pretty much it boils down to what do you offer that is different than other LCO's?
    As with all businesses education is an important factor.
    So, what do you know about turfgrass, the varietal types and maintenance practices?
    Kentucky is in the transition zone for C3 and C4 turfgrasses.
    Provided you are willing to make a commitment to understand the environment you are choosing, grounds maintenance isn't a bad way to make a living.
    I, for one, cannot offer you reasons to stay in the turfgrass industry unless YOU understand what you are doing.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,923

    next12, ... how old are you?

    The $60/hr rate is attractive? Really? For those of us mowing for primarily for residential customers, those folks are doing a whole lot better than that. Their income makes it possible to hire somebody to do the mundane task of lawn mowing. There is much more to the story than making $60/hr for short bursts. That argument is highly misleading.

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