When I started out I would do anything a customer asked me to do that I thought I could do well enough to charge them for. That included painting houses, pressure washing, plumbing and running errands. After 20 years, though, 85% of my gross is mower related(mowing, leaf cleanup, etc.) with the other 15% pruning, mulching, light landscaping.
It is my opinion that if someone wishes to remain solo it is to their advantage to focus on a few things that are profitable to them, that they like to do, that they are good at and are able to do without prematurely using up their bodies.
What this looks like will differ depending on each individual's abilities and preferences as well as the dynamics of their market.
This year I plan to start out a solo operation, at least part-time. I would love to be able to grow to full time that i can make a living and support my family. My full-time job is ok, but not what i plan to make a career out of, and I want to be my own boss. The sooner I get started the better. This site has provided more information and insite into this industry than i could have imagined finding in one place! Good luck to you all in the up coming season.
i mostly mow,trim,edge,blow and go. i do a few mulch or shrub trimming jobs if they are small. i also do leaf cleanup. my first year i took on some big cleanup jobs and big shrub trimming jobs. you can see them in my picture thread posted in my signature. it was at that point i realized being solo i can't do everything. i have to pass on the bigger jobs and let bigger companies do those. i stick to the smaller jobs that can be done by one person without working myself to death. being solo you can't do everything or you will die very young
Solo for now but it seems when people see your truck or trailer with a naame & ph # on it you pick up yards to mow fast.
With that said this will be my first year back after being off for 7 years.
I offer weekly or one time cuts to home owners/strata/commercial/realtors.
Additionally I am a certified horticulturalist so I do lots of pruning.
Fertilizing, aerating, power rake, sprinklers, and more.
Can I still call it a 'solo operation' when its the wife and I? She has the mowing and her own truck now... we file separate Forms Schedule C...
I understand where you guys who specialize are coming from, in that one person just can't do it all... I do everything on a few properties including huge cleanup jobs, but only in the one neighborhood...
Sometimes the hardest part of the job is turning down prospective clients when they ask. We've agreed to 2 more properties in the last 15 years...