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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by MDScpr, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. MDScpr

    MDScpr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I have been taking care of a 30 acre estate for a local millionaire since I was 16, nearly ten years, and have worked for a landscaper on and off for extra money. Experience ranges from simple mowing, trimming, grub control and some fertilization knowledge (not licensed and don't plan to offer the service unless it is subbed out) small retaining walls and concrete construction. I also have a full-time job as a Jr. Systems Engineer for a gov't contractor. My hours at my full-time job are 7am-3pm so I am in the process of starting a small landscape outfit with a buddy. We are in Maryland, hence MDScpr, and I am looking for some input from guys/gals in this area. MD, DC, PA. We have starting working for some family members and close friends and will take it from there. My main question is, how many is too many? Most yards around here range from > 1 acre to < 3 acres so with two Z Masters and a JD walk behind, we can get some serious work done. We aren't in it to make a million bucks, more for the fun of it. We both enjoy working in the business and especially like the results of our work.

    Do you guys have any advice for us? Should we set a limit for the number of lawns or just let nature take its course and keep building the business, hire some help and eventually run a crew?

    Appreciate it...
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi MDScpr,

    This sounds like a question of what do you want to do? What do you want out of this. You can do anything you want if you set your mind to it.
  3. MDScpr

    MDScpr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Do you career guys hate guys like me?
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Truth is MD, you and your partner will have to answer the question when you get to that point in the business.
  5. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    you will now when too many is too many. I know. i have a full time job.plust the 30 some odd hrs in the lawns

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