Is it just me?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by plantzpropertymanagement, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. plantzpropertymanagement

    plantzpropertymanagement LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Or is everybody and there mama trying to start or already have a lawn care buisness it's like every where i look somebody's pulling a trailer with a mower believe it or not i saw like 10 different co. Sometimes i just feal like hangen it up. Oh yeah is there anybody from the Niles, MI area/granger, in?
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,366

    There are almost 1000 companies in our market, it is not an easy business since the cost and expertise to get in is low.
  3. plantzpropertymanagement

    plantzpropertymanagement LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Yeah thats true but i dont know about the cost
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    several people probably thought the same thing when they saw you lsat year.
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    It amazes me that I get as much business as I do, there seems to be an LCO on every corner. I even do a few who have a neighbor that runs an LCO, how wierd is that?
  6. hillndale

    hillndale LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 214

    Our local paper has more ads this season for lawn services, than I have seen in 3 years. I too have a customer right down the street from another LCO. The market is crowded this year. Just gotta stay visible and get your name out there. I'm not quite up to capacity yet with customers either. But things are just starting here.

  7. Dupesy

    Dupesy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Just like in the snowplowing biz around here. Everybody seemed to buy a plow truck last fall to make some quick cash, but the lack of snow has them all selling their trucks now. It's good for me, I want a couple more trucks for this winter, and I can get em a little cheaper now. Same forces should work for the pop-up lawn care folks too.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It is like this every single spring, everybody and their brother thinks they want to make some money so they come out of the woods like an army of the living dead. But don't give up because come July, as soon as the temps soar into the high 90's or better, every one of them flees the map, and the coast is clear.

    They make a tentative comeback around September, but as soon as the first leaf falls, WOooooSH !!!

    What some fail to understand is that to earn the good bucks in business, you can't just jump in anytime the guys are saying the money is good. In real life, this business and any business is a bit like the stock market in that you have to stay in for the long haul, full-time, or you will miss the opportunities.

    It wasn't so bad last year, and last year was real good... This year is a leaner year so far for me, and gee, here they come ... Why? Well, they heard the money was good (as in: yes the money WAS good, and they're a season late). So they all jump in and the competition stiffens and everybody has a hard year so then by July most of them are left holding their sore tails, while for those of us who are in it for the long haul, we slowly start on our way back up.

    Maybe next year will be good, but you never know unless you stick with it so that when it hits, you're already in place to reap the benefits because if you're not, you will be too late.
  9. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    I know the feeling. It's crazy how many guys I see daily. 95% of them are just using an old beater pickup truck with a little trailer and a ZTR on the back. I probably see a good 10-15 of them each day. It's discouraging.
  10. E&MLandscapeServices

    E&MLandscapeServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    You have to look at the need for the services as well. I heard on the news that new home sales were at a 13 year high (I dont know if that was local or national, I missed that part) - more homes means more demand for lawn care services. I know in my city that there are numerous subdivisions going up - most with starting prices around $200K (average home price is about $158K). When you hit the $200K market, those are the people that will use lawn services more than the lower home price market.

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