Great post! At this point I think we're really only mowing for 2 main reasons....1. It's steady and predictable even though the profits are low. 2. We upsell our clients on our other services. If they don't want our other services, they are likely getting dropped after their initial season with us.To the original poster -
your question is a good one, but as some made suggestions, I read your responses as being defensive.
you asked a question that then becomes a catch 22. You want to find a solution to a situation that your kids presently have, but build processes for the future. I think it’s great that your thinking ahead for them, but that still doesn’t change the answers that some gave.
Mowing is the absolute worst, least profitable section of the landscape industry. Most companies that have actually made it, turning a profit, only mow so that they can sell enhancement work like bush trimming, weeding, clean ups and installs. To make that worst your indicating that your area will not even buy weekly services or contract services. It’s going to be very hard to sell these higher profit services if your correct on that.
Anyone that has major success in business would suggest that you have to analyze the market you intend to enter. Some markets don’t have a solution, the answer truly is don’t start a business in a given area.
so in my opinion I would either let the kids do their thing locally, not worry about much, knowing that a lot would change if they decided to go full time...or.... build for the future but know that you need a plan and things may not seem ideal like driving 30 mins.
all that said, the fert side of the industry has mush better profit and is more forgiving. And I think it has a lower cost to entry.