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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by John P., Nov 30, 2004.
For the first year and starting with just the basic equipment what services should i offer?
Keep it simple to start. Mow, weed-eat, edge, blow and go!
What about mulch and some small landscaping????? Do you think that's to much for the first year person?
Tulsa has it right. Mow-Trim-Blow and go. "Stick and Move" was what I kept telling myself for the first few years. If my mower, trimmer or blower is running I am making $$. I KNOW this to be true. This may sound weird... but you need to just keep yanking the $$-making lever until you learn what you are capable of doing but more so... what you are willing to do for what price.
Example: You get all your calls, bids, estimates, quotes and schedule done. It's April and you are cutting now. If you want to do some light landscaping, keep a day open like Saturday. Saturday is for landscaping only. That way you can tell a customer YES!, I'll do it and I'll be here Saturday. Or something like that.
I like to have a schedule and keep the schedule, no surprises. You can always rearrange your cutting schedule and free up a day or half day and do L-scaping on two days.
Light landscaping isn't too bad, you don't need much more than a good wheelbarrow, shovel and rake. Watch your outlay of $$/Time for equip and running to get the bulk mulch and other materials. Take the neighbor kid along to fill and dump the wheelbarrow and slip him $10-20, he'll be pumped! You can make some good cash doing that sort of stuff, watch your time.
Just my 2-cents.
I started doing mow, trim and blows. If a customer asked me if I did landscaping, I told them I do light landscaping; as in mulch installation, plating shrubs, flowers, plants etc. I do not have access to a bobcat and I don't do design. I never advertised landscaping until last year and it brought in a few overseed jobs and countless mulch installations. Landscaping is where the money is, but as a beginner, I'd stick to the basics till you get your feet wet
I have to agree with what Expert says.
Just offer the basics for now, and deversify as your business grows.