Looking to start a small business!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Justinp95, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Justinp95

    Justinp95 LawnSite Member
    from ATX
    Messages: 11

    Ok, Im looking to start a lawn business and im starting small. Basically I have a desk job now and im tired of the corporate world! Haha. Im looking at starting a lawn business and start small and just work on the weekends (gotta work 40+ hrs during the week). So far im looking for some free software for invoices and such and I have a truck already (mine) and a like 5x6 or so enclosed trailer for equipment. As far as advertisement I was thinking Craigslist (prolly useless), Flyers on bulletin boards, maybe Austin newspaper (expensive @ $206 per month) and the greensheet ($106 per month). Has anyone ever started just working on the weekends? Advice would be great. Thanks!
  2. Rick Beaver

    Rick Beaver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Invest in QuickBooks. You can use it for business and personally. It will last you a lifetime. It will also help you mange the financial side of your business. Good Luck
  3. GTC187

    GTC187 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I'm in Austin as well and Craigslist is pretty much useless, full of guys advertising any size lawn for $15 and such.
  4. Justinp95

    Justinp95 LawnSite Member
    from ATX
    Messages: 11

    Haha, ya. Where do you use that seems to work?
  5. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    Old people still read the paper. The tech crowd in Austin is huge, I'd look for a computer savvy friend who'll build a website for you. I get several emails/calls per day from craigslist, so it's not completely worthless. Make sure your CL ads are grammatically correct and you'll stand out from the rest.
  6. Justinp95

    Justinp95 LawnSite Member
    from ATX
    Messages: 11

    Ya, i found a place online called intuit.com where you build a website. Looks simple and cheap. I will be doing that. What kind of work do you do in winter for lawn care in Texas? I dont think you can mow year round here?
  7. cre8tive

    cre8tive LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    how do i write out a bid, and a quote.
  8. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    I paid my way through college while mowing, but I have a full time job now. I do leaf cleanups in the fall and winter, general cleanups in the spring and summer, and mow a few accounts when I can. Too bad it doesn't snow here.
  9. PestPro

    PestPro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    If you have Microsoft Word, do a search for templates, and you should be able to fine something on there.
  10. PestPro

    PestPro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114


    Far as a quote goes, I just give those over the phone for my Pest Control business.

    For Bid:
    Just say what you are going to do for the customer.
    Any Extra that is included
    What is your Guarantee
    IF you have Insurance
    How often you are going to do the service
    Will you go back if there is something you forgot to do.
    Or if there is a problem of any kind with your work, What will you do
    When is payment expected
    Do you take credit cards
    Total cost per service, or any extra cost

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