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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by david2, May 27, 2004.

  1. david2

    david2 LawnSite Member
    from apex,nc
    Messages: 2

    is there enough business out there for everyone?...i'm just getting started ....
  2. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    There is always room for one more, but be professional, this way you'll stick around for awhile.
  3. david2

    david2 LawnSite Member
    from apex,nc
    Messages: 2

    what would be the necessary equipment to get started?
  4. pcnservices

    pcnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    I guess you want to start a lawn mowing bussiness - right?
    Well, you'll need a lawn mower, trimmer, blower, something to haul all of it from account to account and you're set.

    Do the search here on LS - lots of valuable info on types of mowers for types of applications, etc., etc

    Good Luck
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    welcome to the site

    yes, there is enough business. The only concern from current LCO's is that new ones make sure they go through all the legal steps in becoming a business and get the insurance. Nothing bothers a well established LCO more than having someone new come into the scen with no insurance
  6. batdaddy044

    batdaddy044 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Buy the best quality equipment that you can afford.Purchase equipment that will be most efficient in the market that you wish to pursue-if you're cutting large,wide open properties,you're noy going to get much more than trimming accomplished with a 21"push mower.At the same time,if you cut a lot of "postage stamp" yards,a larger mower may turn out to be useless if it doesn't fit in the yard.Make sure you can transport your equipment.Get licensed and be sure to carry insurance.The professional LCO should always be licensed and insured!
  7. glenspot

    glenspot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I have been reading and trying to soak in as much as possible. I appreciate the willingness everyone has to share ideas and thoughts. My question is INCREDIBLY basic.

    I am just starting out. And I want very much to do things the right way.

    When the pro's are talking about licence and insurance... Are you referring to a simple business licence? and Errors and Omissions insurance? or special insurance? and a special licence?

    Along those lines. Does it make any sense to try to not "start a business" right away...but be just a guy with a lawn mower trying to mow some lawns. Then as you get a couple of regulars...turn your "hobby" into a "business".

    I would really like to hear some stories how some well established guys got their start.

    Thank you very much.
  8. celawncare1

    celawncare1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Does it make any sense to try to not "start a business" right away...but be just a guy with a lawn mower trying to mow some lawns.

    I don't think so...you have to start as a business down here not as a "lawn mower guy" otherwise the big guys run you off...and quick! I can't speak with exp. because I am in the same boat as you. As far as licensing all I needed to start was a license through my city. Insurance just Commercial Liability. From reading these posts for almost a year, I think it is different in pretty much every city and/ or state!

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