too late to start?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kutnkev, Aug 6, 2000.

  1. kutnkev

    kutnkev LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    i havent been able to get started yet for several reasons but i still want start my business. when is it too late to start mowing and promoting fall,snow,and spring services.also ive decided to go w/lesco 32 belt,lesco trimmer and edger. would like input ,thanks.

  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 10,859

    It all depends on how much competition you have in your area. What kind of advertising you plan to do. How many job openings their are. How fast you need the money. How much savings you have to make it until the money starts rolling in. You have a better chance if you are going to have a winter income. Of course the best time to start is in march. Customers usually waite til then to make a change in contractors.
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    It is possible to get started in the mid summer, just ask Barkleymut. He did it. Early spring is the best, but it can be done at any time. As Charles said, it depends on lots of factors. Good Luck Kev
  4. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Hey Kevin, I think you should start getting your name out there, even if you can't pick up any lawn accounts at the moment. When the time comes, start advertising for fall and winter services you offer. For now, theres all the landscaping jobs, etc, you can be doing. And hopefully this will lead to full service customers. There are plenty of people that arent on a contract, those are the ones you need to go with for now. Hope it all works out!!

    GOOD LUCK :)

  5. Bill K

    Bill K LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I'm presently chasing customers with new sod. If there is any new construction in your area, that's a good place to focus your marketing at this time of year.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,492

    Hey Kevin! You are just about in time to hit a peek time for business. I you've gor that equipment, you are able to do some good cleaning up for the fall. Be prepared to run a small ad in your local newspaper for fall cleanups and your phone will be ringing. Also, just drive around your area and look for some places that need help.They're really not hard to find. Present yourself (professionally) and be positive! Good Luck! Runner
  7. jcoat

    jcoat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    I'm in the same boat. I work 40+ and have family responsibilities, but this fall I'm taking the plunge. I have already scoped out my neighborhood association and I spoke to a realtor friend of mine. Soon I will be pushing fall cleanups.
    As far as certifications, they're on the agenda for the future, however I will be incorporating in the next month.
    I look @ it this way, if I can get my association for next year (cutting only), I'll have a steady stream of revenue to cover the bills while I establish my customer-base... eventually it will take off and I can make a decision as to what I want to do: current job or lmo.

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