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Starting out in Lawn Business

Lance587

LawnSite Member
Location
Roswell, GA
Hey my name is Lance Blocker. I am 17 years old and in high school and I want to start a lawncare business when I get out of college. My question is what type of major should I take in college that will help me out in business when I get started. Also, what locations in the U.S. are looking like pretty good areas to start out and if you have any other tips you think would be helpful, just let me know.

This year will be the third year I've been cutting. I have 7 customer accounts and will often get vacation cuts to make it a total weekly 7-9 lawns. My average price is $30. That includes cutting, edging, and blowing off the driveway and sidewalk. I am also undertaking a big job to get 186 mailbox stands painted with Rust-o-leum gloss black paint. I will be hiring my brother and we'll get this job done for $17/box.

Thats pretty much it and if you have any feedback about college, please let me know.
 

KL Squared

LawnSite Member
Location
Cartersville, Ga
I suggest something in Horticulture specializing in landscape design and installation. The natural progression in this business does lean towards landscaping. A minor in business would help. Good Luck
 

fga

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.I., NY
Take any minor Spanish class if you haven't already. Trying to communicate with my new worker is frustrating. I'm going to buy a pocket dictionary tommorrow.....
 

onelegjohn

LawnSite Member
Location
Mercer, PA
Any science major (chem or Biology) will give you a technical edge over everyone for chemical treatments. There is big money in lawn chems. A business minor/major is always good useful stuff.
 

impactlandscaping

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Morgantown, WV
Originally posted by fga
Take any minor Spanish class if you haven't already. Trying to communicate with my new worker is frustrating. I'm going to buy a pocket dictionary tommorrow.....
LMAO Adam!! Try this--- " You mow-o for diner-o, I pay-o"...<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/26/26_9_1.gif' border=0></a>


Seriously, try babblefish.com, and you can translate almost any language. Type in a sentence in english, and get it in Spanish. PM me sometime..long time no talk-o..
 

sheppard

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Tallahassee, FL
Dittos on the horticulture and/or science major. If you want to get employees dittos on the spanish as well.

However...you can make lots of money, have lots of fun doing it without a degree from a university. Saves lots of money too!

If I had to live my life over again I would have NOT spent money and time on a bachelors & master degree. I would have started this younger, had fun, started a family earlier and enjoyed life.

College has become, IMHO, another obsticle on the road to maturity and productivity. All it does in create debt and delays maturity.

Cordially,
S.
 
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