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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by firehoyt, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. firehoyt

    firehoyt LawnSite Member
    from Bham AL
    Messages: 15

    Let me start by thanking all of you who participate in making this forum what it is! I've got several friends in the business but trying to get them to take the time for friendly advice is like pulling teeth. I've gotten most everything I've needed from this site. I'm a fulltime firefighter/paramedic and I'm getting into this as my second job. I've purchased a 36" Toro Belt drive floating deck with a 17hp Kohler, and a 21" toro. I wasnt sold on Toro and was leaning toward Gravely but I went to a "PRO DAY" sale in Birmingham and the Toro salesman was great! Still waiting for funding for my Stihl blower, trimmer, and edger. All pulled on a 5 X 8 trailer (parking issues at home). I should have my business cards back in a few days and I'll put one up for ya'lls opinion. The hardest thing I have found about starting out is just that, getting started! Everyone I talk to say...references, references, references....but you have to get a few yards on your own in order to establish those references. Any ideas on how to do that? Going to try flyers, door to door. So if anyone has any business in the Birmingham area, hit me up! I need it! Again thanks in advance for all your help!!!!

    Mower 4 Less
  2. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Good Luck, I am in the same situation on seacoast NH, Full Time FF. Looking to do this on my days off. I also just purchased a 36' Pro Line as well. Any info that you would like to share or would like to get I am more than happy to help with. Good Luck!
  3. RobertVF

    RobertVF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    All the best and welcome to the site!
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Welcome!from me too
  5. SamTheLawnMan

    SamTheLawnMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    I'm a Fire/Medic as well.... GREAT second job/income.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!
  6. salandscape

    salandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Try unconventional approaches, everyone gets a yellopage ad, to expenseive somewhat effective. try the flyers, spend a little extra and have them professionally printed, it will give you creditablity. For your message for the flyer post it up here and ask for feedback, you'll get tons!
  7. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Good luck I know a lot of FF's that engage in this as part time.
  8. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    Good Luck! Welcome to LS.:)
  9. medimac

    medimac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Welcome to the site. I am a flight paramedic in MD and the type of schedules we work should allow you to make a pretty good go at it. This will be my 3rd year in business with 2 years previous experience working with a friend. What we did our first year was prior to the season begining we hit the target neighborhoods that we wanted to be in with flyers. We also ran ads prior to and during the season in the locals papers. Before the season started we had 9 customers lined up. By season end we had 35 customers. Our second year we finished we 75 customers with 3 of them being commercial. This year we should break the 100 customer mark.
    My advise to you is if you can pick up a few customers now before the season begins you should be alright. Just make sure to be meticulous and pay attention to detail on every yard you do and in no time you should have customers coming to you just from the neighborhoods that you are already in. If you are reliable and show up every week, perform quality work at reasonable prices ( don't undercut yourself trying to get the work) and communicate with your customers you should have no trouble having more work then you can handle by yourself by mid season.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Welcome to the site. You best bet would be fliers, and soon you will have too much work:) Good luck

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