Southern California lawn care business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by anderson2016, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. anderson2016

    anderson2016 LawnSite Member
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    I am starting up a lawn care business in Southern California. I am wondering if there is anyone else out there with experience in this market? Lots of people on here seem to be from the East Coast. I see people charging $30-$50 a lawn there. However, the prices here seem to be cheaper (because of illegal immigrants?). My friend told me that they pay $10 a week for their lawn to get cut by an illegal immigrant. Any ideas on how to compete in such a market? I just cannot fathom how anyone can make it on $10 a lawn.
  2. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Yeah Find A New Profession.
  3. anderson2016

    anderson2016 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    One would think, that with 3 years and over 800+ posts, you could do better than that response.
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would think Cali would have some of the best paying clients, but I can understand the illegals part as well.
  5. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    try to market in more upscale will find out that in some areas,they are more illegals than in others.WE have to deal with that in my area also
  6. anderson2016

    anderson2016 LawnSite Member
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    Thats what I thought too. Especially, since they go year round here. I'm really surprised by the lack of people who post here from California. Seems Texas has a lot of people doing well from what I've read on here.
  7. Sunstate Lawn

    Sunstate Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    Charge $9.00 a lawn and lowball the illegal immigrant.:laugh:
  8. slandscaping

    slandscaping LawnSite Member
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    no ones paying $10 to anyone for their lawn cut in SOCAL, and if so it has to be small. I know in N.Cal, primarily the bay-area has some small properties, worth $10, which take 5 minutes to cut and blow debris off. Im from the East Coast (LI-NY) i can get easily get $30 for a 70X90, southshore.
  9. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah thats my point, to ask such a remedial question about pricing, is mind blowing? DUH? Your the best one to answer that question instead of members on this forum. Why didnt you ask your friend why does he have an illegal cutting his yard, why dont you talk with other LCO's in your area. Be smart enough and figure it out. I guess if it was me I wouldnt targert deadbeat customers who wants their yard cut for 10.00. I hope that helps.
  10. anderson2016

    anderson2016 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    What seems to be "remedial" about my inquiry? I searched this forum for several days off and on and did not find my question addressed elsewhere. If I missed it, perhaps you would be so kind as to point me to the correct forum, as opposed to responding with snide remarks. Surely, you are smart enough to realize the difference in the economies depending on what part of the country you are working in. $30 for a cut in your neighborhood is not necessarily going to be the same as the one in my neighborhood or anyone else's for that matter. Since you have no experience in the Southern California market, you would have been better suited to ignore the post or recommend me to someone who might know the answers, which you are clearly ignorant of. Your remarks were simply loutish.

    Also, just because someone opts to go with someone who charges a lower rate, that does not make them a "deadbeat". That is called capitalism.

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