What is the best city/state to start a lawn business?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by swbluto, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. TheGoat

    TheGoat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    you don't have a location problem. you have a marketing problem. if you suck at sales there you will suck at sales where ever else you go. craft your pitch more carefully and work harder for reasons on why it is better for you to mow their lawn than them. explain the benefits. Convince them it's a good idea for them to pay you to do the work. If you can't do it where you are then you won't do it where you go. it's competitive everywhere, fight or die.
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Are you considering these mansions??? Just curious because ever new development going in up here are houses like this. We call them McManshions, a new street goes in with 12+ houses, 10 might be the size your last two pages and the other two are the size of your first pic. Just curios??

    Gotta love when someone describes a nicea area as "nice paved roads"
  3. Fine Gardens Landscaping

    Fine Gardens Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    You mentioned So Cal but you may want to be cautious about that. I'm pretty sure there is lots of competition from south of the border immigrants.
  4. PL&L

    PL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    not georgia! theres probably 12 lawn guys for every:hammerhead: 1 residence! no joke..
  5. Texas Lawn

    Texas Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    you should have asked where not to go, because thats all your getting. Not a lot are going to say,"My market is great!! Please come here!!!" Good luck though
  6. I'd sell the current business and then reinvest the money into advertising. I advertised at the "wrong time of the season" and didn't exactly put in 8 hours a day into advertising and still impressively built up the customer list pretty quickly, so I have no doubt I'd do even better where there were greener pastures (pun unintended), so to say.
  7. Learning where not to go is one step closer to figuring out where to go, lol.

    But, yeah, it seems the "low skill" segment of the landscaping market is getting flooded by the unemployed, so to stay fairly profitable, it looks like you need to diversify into something that takes education/skill/licensing that not a lot of layed off 7-11 employees are going to get into (Like fertilizer, pesticide, sprinkler repair, etc.).
  8. bebyb

    bebyb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Nashville, Tennessee.
  9. Andy31

    Andy31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    I'd love to have been mowing in Washington this summer. Why not find work over the winter, like snow plowing maybe? I agree with the others on S. Ca. I am sure it is expensive and you will find plenty of low balling competition, just like everywhere else in the country.
    I say Hawaii, Oahu would be the only logical island though. Just remember when you get there: stay Windward and never Leeward, and remember this aint the mainland.
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,136

    Good advice. Stay away from the west side of the island. There is no work there and you are not safe. Plenty of work everywhere else. People are looking for a real lawn care professional. As I said before, lots of people think they know how to mow and install landscapes. There is a paucity of people who know beyond that.

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