Hello I am new to the business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn Neophyte, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I'm seriously considering entering the lawn mowing profession. I enjoy outdoor work and working for myself.

    I would really appreciate if someone can critique my "business plan":

    1) I will purchase a zero turn mower, trimmer, and blower.

    2) I plan on working on residential properties in my neck of the woods.

    3) I still don't know how much to charge, but $25 per cut seems fair here in Palm Bay, FL.

    4) I don't have a clue about licensing and such. Any help on advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks. I would be more than willing to answer any questions.
  2. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    Get yourself a tax ID. #, & Insurance. Get the clients ,try to keep your route tight. Nothing wrong with getting a used ZTR. GOOD LUCK.
  3. Turfrific

    Turfrific LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    $25 is low balling unless your just going to mow it. $35 and up
  4. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    I think in FL 25 is probably pretty decent since they get a lot more cuttings in a season. Hell 25 still seems to be the price stuck in everybody's head here, and we get like 24 weeks of mowing.
  5. Turfrific

    Turfrific LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    well i can't see myself doing the edging and trim then use my blower for under $35. unless you have several lawns to mow in the same area.
  6. Lawn Neophyte

    Lawn Neophyte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Thanks for the responses guys.

    The reason why I want to charge $25 per cut is because the competition charges less for more.

    I know a guy who charges $18 per cut, which includes mowing, trimming, and blowing. If I were to charge 35 and up I might not get a lot of customers.

    But who knows, it maight just work.
  7. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    I charge $35 minimum. The only time I'll charge less is for those little side jobs when a neighbor of an account asks me to weedeat around the driveway because their weedeater is broken...or haul off a tree limb. I'll do little stuff like that for $10 sometimes. I can't remember EVER having anyone say $35 was too much.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,374

    Why buy a big ZTR unit if you are doing a few yards....why not a decent size WB that will be far less money. I assume the lawns are the standard 10K size like most big cities have. And the price seems okay for highly competitive areas.
  9. DaveinSWFL

    DaveinSWFL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    The average lot size here is 80x125 and $25 is the going rate for mow, weed eat, edge and blow. I also have seen guys that are doing them for $15. Gave a bid to a lady today that was paying $15 from her privious guy. Said he is no longer in business. Imagine that. I told her $25 and she said that she couldn't afford that my such so I wished her luck on her search. There are I beleive 67 counties in Florida. In my county we are ranked 64th lowest in terms of employment opportunities. I don't see things changing any time soon. Forclosures, budget cuts, lack of work is really killing folks down here.
  10. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    You can't make money at those prices; find something else to do. JMO

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