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A question for the wise....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FM2920, Dec 14, 2001.

  1. FM2920

    FM2920 LawnSite Member
    from HOUSTON
    Messages: 8

    I know you guys may have heard it before. But this is my situation; is the lawn care business worth going into, as a part time job? I currently work as a pool man, from 6am to about noon and thinking about lawn care as a second part time job.

    Money wise for the next 6 months I will have saved for a new 36 wb and other new commercial equipment to start off. With no reason to finance anything and being a solo operator, would this investment be worth maybe 5 to 10 residential yards a week? Would it be too much of an headache being a part timer? I live in north Houston and during the summer months the heat index is near 105 degrees. Is it worth spending $5000 to $6000 ( I already have a truck and 6'X12' trailer)?

    Also, what about pressure washing, do you guys think its a major source of income or just an extra service?

    Thank you for any advise.

  2. FM2920

    FM2920 LawnSite Member
    from HOUSTON
    Messages: 8

    Oh by the way, just to brown nose a little, this is the best website I have come across for lawn care.
  3. scottt

    scottt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I wouldn't do it for just 5-10 yards a week. You could easily do 5 residential lawns after work in one day and be done by 5pm. If you did 10 lawns a week at $30 each and cut them 35 times a year that would only be $10,500 gross a year. That is before insurance, taxes, maintenance etc. If you did about 20 a week then I think it would be worth it. Just my opinion though. We get those hot days around here too. Make sure you get a sulky and have plenty of water.
  4. chicks-dig-lawn-guys

    chicks-dig-lawn-guys LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    If all you want to do is work part time on say 10 yards then really you dont need the big WB. I have been doing about 7 yards a week on saturdays this year. All I use is a little 21 inch rear wheel drive that I got from Home Depot. I bought a stihl weedeater, a good edger, and a walmart blower. Having a lot of equipment for a couple yards is like having like having 100 lb test line to catch bream with. You just dont need it. You save on over all cost and repair is cheaper.
  5. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    pressure washing is better money than mowing. I have a business called Deck Doctor Pressure Washing. The biggest difference is you are constantly looking for customers where the lawn customer is a repeat customer. Some areas require you to get a contractors lisc. to power wash but the lisc. test is mostly about how to write contracts and pay fica, soc. sec. tax etc. It took me many yrs of trial and error to get my system down for profitable power washing. As a pool man you have access to potential customrs for both mowing and pressure washing so why not both? e-mail me for more details.
  6. fireball

    fireball LawnSite Member
    from ne Pa
    Messages: 172

    How come you quit at 12 for pool cleaning. Pool cleaners around here work the same long hours the grass cutters do. The big difference is that pool cleaners are working on rainny days. Just get more pools
  7. King City Lawns

    King City Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I agree with him. Just get more pool accounts, you already have what you need to do the job just expand.
  8. FM2920

    FM2920 LawnSite Member
    from HOUSTON
    Messages: 8

    I work for a pool cleaning company, it's not my own company. They give each person app 8 to 12 pools to clean a day. I bust my butt in the morning so that I'm done before noon and was thinking about the lawn care biz as an second part time job, for the afternoon.

  9. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Seems like thats a question only you can answer. Is it worth it? Anyone can by a mower and start cutting grass. If you want a profitable business do your home work first no matter what the venture is.
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Just my thoughts no real experience.

    Does you boss have a pressurer cleaner. If not talk to him about a % deal. You buy the machine (a good one ) and let him market it to his customers. He should have a horizonal market that would offer you a lot of work. But get the deal in writting because I think he would be very unhappy when he sees how much you can make. I don't think it is right to cut him out and hit on his customers. But if he want no part of it then you can do it yourself. However you will need Insurance and be careful because the cleaning chemicals will kill shrubs. Cover them and wash them down after. I might be all wet so check in out for your self. Good Luck.

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