New To LawnMowing Business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RedRockTx, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. RedRockTx

    RedRockTx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Hey guys. I am new to the LawnMowing business and i am wanting some tips and suggestions. I live in texas in a very rural area. There are people all around me needing their 1-10 acre lots mowed. The equipment i have is..

    Dayton 5Spd, 11hp rider
    Snapper 12hp 6 speed rider (not running yet)
    2 Push Mowers (3.5 and 5hp)
    1 non working weedwhacker (will run after i get fuel line)

    The Dayton rider is old but very reliable. I am only 17 but have a drivers license and a truck. What suggestions do you have for me? I just mowed a womans 4 acre lot today for $350. What prices should i charge? I have 5 years of experience in lawn mowing. Thanks for your suggestions in advance guys!
  2. LHSlawnman86

    LHSlawnman86 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 153

    get as many lawns as you can then as soon as you can justify it, buy a commercial mower. never quit advertising.
  3. RedRockTx

    RedRockTx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    this is the flyer i have made up to post in stores and such around the area..its a .doc file so its not pretty but if you want to see the ACTUAL file here it is:
    My Lawn Flyer

    Attached Files:

  4. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    if your gettin 350 fer 4 acres, your doin just fine. Don't change nothin.
  5. AMount

    AMount LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Flyer looks good but you may wanna change "I have 5 years of experience and are very reliable and responsible." And these guys are gonna try to nickel and dime you so I'd take out the ***Prices negotiable to an extent*** part, don't open that door for them. But looks good, and I agree, if you're gettin' that kinda money, you're doin' good so far. good luck
  6. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    the prices on the flyer are outrageously low....

    1st of all, what makes a lawn grass tall & short... maybe your refering to EOW (every other week) being tall grass and short grass every week.... doesn't make sense and its not wise to list prices on flyers.... if you must put a written quote on the yard you've looked @ and put that on the flyer or and doorhanger when your goin door 2 door this summer....

    my only question for u is why do you list the push mower price lower? sure the mower & upkeep is less than the rider, but your having to be overworked to cut 3 acres.... do you know the actual size of a 3 acre lot? 3 acres is 130,950 square feet it'll take you 4-5 hrs to cut 3acres w/a 21'' mower! i wouldn't advise any1 operating solo w/a 21'' mower to tackle any lots thats an acre or more.... for 21'' mowers you should be targeting .75 acres lots and less, b/c it'll take you an hr to do that.... now if you & a buddy tackle some yards w/21'' mowers mow 1.5 acres lots and no larger than that ...

    any1 w/a truck & push mower can say their in business but w/o proper techniques and knowledge of productivity your not gonna get anywhere...
  7. RedRockTx

    RedRockTx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    thanks for the tips! they have really put things in actual perspective for me. I will change things around a bit. I have 2 22" cut mowers but now i understand how long it will take for 1 person to do I guess i should start recruiting my buds to help me out. The flyer was just a test run for me..i am new and dont know anything about advertising and such. If you want to help me on a flyer or anything else please do I am more than welcome to all suggestions and help i can get. Cause i want to start bringing in the payup lol. Good suggestions guys! Keep them comin! Also any suggestions on equipment i have or might want to get would be great.
  8. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    RedRockTx.... if u've got aim or aol hit me up w/an im.... my screen name is MrATVPolaris
  9. William J. L.

    William J. L. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I would have charged $280...but maybe the price of living down there is more
  10. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    RedRock, congratulations on having the incentive to go out and do some work. I know a lot of 17 year olds that don't do anything. As for tips, do the best possible job you can - word of mouth can make or break you. I suggest not only doing it like you would want it done, but do a little better. Keep your mower blades sharp so that your mowers do a nice job of cutting, trim everything, keep a neat appearance to yourself and your equipment (age doesn't matter nearly as much as cleanliness), and you'll find more work than you can keep up with. Then it's time to start looking for newer better mowers. Oh, and if you make a mistake - in bidding or anything, own up to it as soon as possible and live with the consequenses. You can make it up later.
    Good luck.

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