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Newbie Question and Advise

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by TopCuts, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. TopCuts

    TopCuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Just looking for any advice that anyone can offer. I have decided to start up my own business. With research I have figured that I can get everything I need for about $6200. This includes about $1000 for door hangers and business cards. I plan on putting out the hangers starting in the next couple of weeks. The equipment I am looking at is a 36" Hustler Hydro walk behind with a double wheel sulky, another Echo trimmer, Echo stick edger, and an Echo backpack blower, the Echo stuff will be under $1000. I already have a truck and trailer. Also, within a 5 mile radius around my house is anywhere between 3000 - 5000 houses mostly with privacy fences on lots from 1/3 to 3/4 of an acre. I'm also looking into getting my pesticide license to apply fertilizer and other treatment. I'm thinking of charging between $45-$70 depending on the yard. The only other cost should be for insurance which I am trying to find out about now. Any advise on anything that I haven't thought about would be greatly appreciated. The only thing I am worried about is the amount of other lco's in the area.
  2. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    Sounds like you got yourself a business. Dont forget about lettering your truck.
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Sounds good and should get you started.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,451

    So have you done an investigation concerning whether your prices you intend to charge are reasonable? I would do that before putting up $6K if you know there is a lot of competition....
  5. TopCuts

    TopCuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks ed for the advice. Thinking of spending the money for advertisement first to see how many accounts I can get before I spend any serious money.
  6. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    Try to set a monthly rate If possible.Lets say you charge 40 a cut,but If they go monthly you give 5 bucks off a cut.This works well In the south because we can get 52 weeks a year as long as you MAINTAIN the place for 52 weeks.
  7. TopCuts

    TopCuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks Ck I'm hoping to go ahead and get some seasonal accounts so I know that I at least have some money coming in consistently.

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