Love that u worked out of a truck. But some good points there. I started mine without anything. I had experience just not the equipment. But yeah. Ur looking at say 4/5 k for a decent mower . Trimmers. Blowers. It all adds up pretty quickly. I bought a 33 inch walk behind no velke. But by the end of the year I had 30 yards. Don’t be afraid to fail. As In not making a lot money. It takes time and hard work. Networking. And doing quality work. Good luck .I'm assuming your target is 1/4-acre yards?
I started my mowing biz out of the back of an old rusted out SUV.... beat the streets handing out flyers door-to-door. Built up to about 4 yards per day rather quickly (making roughly $180 to $200 daily).
My advice is don't go crazy in debt and buy equipment as needed to increase efficiency to keep up with demand.
Don't be the cheap guy. Call around and see what guys are getting and start somewhere in the middle.
First image is my starter setup 7 years ago.
Second image is my 3 trucks I run now (2 mowing trucks and 1 pressure washing rig)
If people are struggling to get by why you think they stay? Scared? Or don’t want to work for someone else. It is a tough biz to get into. I guess every biz is. Wonder why people assume it’s so lucrative? I think a lot of people are not honest about their business with themselves. And want to impress others I guess. But I wish I could really tell someone how to get into the business and be successful. Go work for someone and learn the business is my best advice. A full season for a big outfit will do u wonders.Step one : buy Prius
Step two: jam mower in back
Step three: choke on rotten grass and gas fumes
Step four: give up and find something to make money for a guy that owns a Prius
Lawn maintenance isn’t lucrative
Most people struggle at it just to make a living
Many fail going into debt and bankruptcy
Just because a select few do well in it doesn’t mean it’s something you can just go do, like deciding to get a gym membership one day.
It’s much more like body building
THAT GUY over THERE got huge and buff in 18 mos...
It’s better to find something where there’s a lot less competition
Right now in America , skilled labor is rare, entrepreneurs are a dime a dozen expendable
You’d be better off joining a labor union and putting in your dues
In ten years you’d have something
If you like Texas Holdem and want to play big stakes with no experience in a field full of people trying to take your money and ruin you?
You’ve found the right place!
What was ur next steps? Did u buy equipment before u had any clients? Did u know u could get clients.. referrals? Or wa it I’ll start this business and see what happens.. that’s what I did after working for a commercial company for 2 years and then losing myLow overhead to get into the business initially. I spent about 7k to get started.
It’s only lucrative if your better than your competitors. By “better” I’m not talking about how good you can cut grass, I’m talking how good you can run a biz. From the call, you’re image, estimate, knowledge, service, and billing - for it to be really “lucrative” you better be on your “A” game and provide the best overall experience for the customer, otherwise, you’re no different than the kid down the road mowing for $20.