Im 16...Where Do I Start?!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by SheltonJMac, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Start by getting an education and a truck.
  2. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    I agree with taking a job with a contractor or local parks and get some guided work experience while you put some money in your pocket and get some movement toward a vehicle.

    If you simply can't commit to a summer job, go as a gardener. There is an endless demand for pulling weeds, planting flowers and shaping shrubs. It can have a flexible schedule. All of your tools can fit in a bucket and carry a hoe or shovel (including on a bus). No need for power equipment to get going, just some willingness to work the dirt and learn what is and what is not a weed in the yards you service.

    Under that path, you can develop a customer base with a niche service that is in high demand in California that next to no one wants to do. Next season, with more cash and some business experience under your belt, you can turn them into mowing customers and make the commitment to all the costs that entails, or just keep gardening.
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Well, clearly you are not familiar with CA.
  4. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,237

    I agree with this. Enjoy your teenage years. Find a local company and ask if the are hiring. Like Jacob said, you get the experience plus a little extra money in your pocket. It's basically like there are paying you to learn lol
  5. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    Get a job with another company. Consider it paid training for your own business. Call the local small guys, see if they need part time help. Build a relationship with the owner and perhaps they will help you get started next year. As for your partner? Skip it. Don't have a partner. Go solo or be an employee for someone else. The single best thing you can do is NOT have a partner.
  6. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    All of California, probably not. But my brother runs out of southern Cal (just north of San Diego) where, according to him in every conversation over the past 15 years, people are not nearly as concerned with their lawns (if they have them) as they are the rest of their landscapes. Yes, the preferred term is to refer to yourself as a gardener there when you are, in reality, doing everything on a property, but as far as actual gardening duties, outside of mowing, there are generally only two types of people that want to do that for homeowners.
  7. SheltonJMac

    SheltonJMac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks guys! :)
  8. HDLLandscaping

    HDLLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    Buy a wagon of some sort you can load with alot of your equipment, depending on the type you get you could put the mower on it as well as gas cans, trimmers and possibly a rack to hold other things.
  9. SheltonJMac

    SheltonJMac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    What type of wagon? beecause thats a great idea.
  10. JaysLawnServices

    JaysLawnServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Ok, so here's my $.02, I'm 17 and have been doing this for 5 years or so now. What I've done is just use my parents push mower and get accounts that are close enough for me to walk to. I've also just asked to use their mower and trimmer. You can easily make $200 a week, and in no time you'll have enough for a car. Don't get a car right away though, it isn't essential. Save up for something nice, and something that will last. I've finally saved up enough and I was able to buy a push mower and trailer. Good luck my man. Don't forget to have AMAZING customer service. You need a good reputation and the ability to network to get enough accounts when you start from nothing. Since you also have basically no overhead, charge less to begin with. Get them in the first year and gradually bump it up as overhead and experience increases, basically like a crack dealer. But not...

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