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wanting to go legit!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Bamafire1, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Bamafire1

    Bamafire1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Guys and Gals,

    I have been mowing for about 2 years part-time but it was not a legit business. Not very big, a few yards for xtra cash. But now I want to go all the way with it. However, in doing the math, it seems almost impossible to make a good profit. I know that I will need to hire help. But how do you hire help before you have the customers/income and how do you get the income with the additional help?

    There are so many costs associated with a legit business. Such as Taxes, licenses insurance, employees salaries, xtra equipment/supplies.

    So, my main question is how do I do make this business a success while making a good living? I'm thinking around 5-6k/month for my salary.


  2. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180


  3. Bamafire1

    Bamafire1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Thanks Bud. I appreciate both the honesty and sarcasm. However, I posted this question in the "Just Starting in Business" forum which, is the correct area for advice on subjects such as this. I was actually looking for constructive advice to assist me in building a successful business. If you have any such advice I would respectfully listen.

  4. parafighter4

    parafighter4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Go legit without hiring help for a few years to set some money back and gain larger accounts. No since in hiring/sharing money unless you have to.
  5. parafighter4

    parafighter4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    sorry about my english.....sense
  6. EnvEdge

    EnvEdge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20


    Can you cut in TN all year round or is there a dry period?

    Your best bet is to get 40 hours a week of work for yourself then hire a part timer to work a day here or there.

    You can call around for insurance rates.
  7. Doh!

    Doh! LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    to make that kind of salary after you pay the bills is gonna be tough by yourself. If you stay by solo, learn and do landscaping installs, stonescaping, ponds...anything with a better profit margin than mowing. Keep your mowing route tight to keep from driving around all day. Consider getting an applicators license so you can put down chems. like roundup, for re seeding jobs in the late summer. Mowing pays the bills, but its the extra work that will build your business and allow you to pay a crew.
  8. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    After being in this business for about a year I've come to the same conclusion as DOH.It's very difficult to make any serious money working solo and just doing basic lawncare maintenance because there are so many people out there doing it.I believe you have to expand into other areas like landscape design,irrigation systems,tree removal &stump grinding,etc. and hire some good people in order to really do well.That's just my opinion.Good luck!
  9. Bamafire1

    Bamafire1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I want to thankk you guys for the responses. I am going to take this year and try and get a few more mowing accounts while learning other trades such as the landscape installs, etc. I have been reading this site for a while now and have already learned alot. You vets out there have been a great help to many newbies on this site and I commend you on your willingness to help out.



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