Be wary of those you take advice from. Especially when it comes from another local lawn care business competitor who has nothing to gain from you being in business in the same town as them. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if people can lead you astray, they just might. Your job is to pick and choose what advice works for you and protect yourself from those that may be trying to get you to doubt yourself and your abilities.
One lawn care business owner wrote “I haven’t re-started my lawn care business yet but I am really considering it. In the past I had operated a small lawn care business about 6-7 yrs ago. I was pretty small. I only had about six mowing accounts but really enjoyed being outdoors, working with my customers, and being my own boss. I am thinking about starting up again but not to sure.
Since my first lawn care business experience, I have since moved and live in a new area. During the summer everywhere you go you can count about five landscape truck and trailers out mowing lawns. It has gotten me to wonder if all areas are just saturated and if there is a place for me in it.
Lately I have been putting out my feelers and asking some questions around the area to get some feedback. A friend of mine works for a large landscaping company and he is telling me stay out of the business. He says it has turned cut throat and EVERYONE is lowballing everybody else out.
I initially got out of the lawn care business due to my own inexperience with everything. I didn’t know anything about marketing or advertising. I placed some 200 door hangers out and handed out a few cards and didn’t get any responses. I was younger and didn’t really have any form of guidance.
Another buddy of mine at the time ran a lawn care business locally. Well I thought he was a buddy. It turns out I was just a person he could dump bad lawn accounts on. It’s no wonder I had such a hard time making a profit. He also bought my lawn care equipment for dirt cheap when I decided to get out. Again, due to my inexperience and lack of knowledge I really got taken for a ride.
I am older and wiser now. Although I am starting to meet resistence from my wife about starting a new business. It’s funny how you run into different issues at different stages of your life when it comes to business. I am currently a career fireman and I am looking for a way to make money on my days off and enjoy what I do. So I can’t decide whether to start my new lawn care business or spend another year on the sidelines contemplating it. Any advice would be appreciated.”
A second lawn care business owner said “I am sorry about your previous bad experiences. You always have to be careful who you take advice from especially when they have the potential to be concealing ulterior motives. When you are asking if you should be getting into the lawn care business and your friend runs a potentially competing business, he is going to be looking to protect his interests and tell you there is no place for you.
Sure there seems to be competition across the map. I know if I had to rely solely on lawn mowing I would probably be dead in the water as there are so many fly by night companies out there. So what I did was what every other business owner who succeeds does. I adapted and changed to find ways to profit in a competitive marketplace. I quickly went at it a different way and offered services the others were not.
If you want to get started you should! Get your feet wet and then ask your customers questions. Ask them what other services they need. Ask them if they know others you could perform lawn care for. Work your social networks and let people know you are in business. Keep your eyes open and you will find more services to offer that provide you with more profit per man hour.
Don’t let anyone dissuade you from doing what you want and running your own business. You can make it happen. The key to success is getting started and being flexible to give your lawn care customers what they want.”
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