My wife says there is no money in running a lawn care business.

There’s no two ways about it, starting a new business is tough. If it were easy, everyone would do it. It’s tough because there is so much to learn. If you give yourself time to learn and you are determined to be the best you can be, there is a good chance you can make it all work. One lawn care business owner found himself in a battle with his wife over his desire to go full time with his business and he asked members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum for any support he could get.

He wrote “I’m in a debate with my wife. I told her that my ultimate goal is to run my lawn care business full time, slowly add to my company, and expand services and size. When I said that, she kinda giggled, and stated that mowing lawns is for extra money and teenagers, you can’t do it full time.

So this got me thinking, how many of you guys are doing this full time and how long did it take for you to make that transitions? I’m about ready to snap off my boss’s head off and am looking for a little hope. Also, for those of you that are doing it full time, is it everything you’d thought it would be? Better or Worse? If you were starting over, would you still choose this path?”

A second lawn care business owner wrote “I wasn’t lucky enough to have a full time day job when I got started. I think it’s been easier to take on more work and do more estimates because I was more available. I’ve been running my business for a while now and the first year was pretty tough. I didn’t pay myself at all that year. With any business venture you need to be ready for that at least for the first year. If you can make it through your first year, you have a better shot at being around a lot longer. The first year really is your trial by fire for many reasons.

There are a lot of lawn care companies out there that both make a lot of money and make a lot of people’s wages. They got there by being focused, making the customer happy, and making profits.

The difference between the business being just for side work and the teenage boy part should be quality. If you intend to run your business full time, you need to treat it like a skilled craft that you keep getting better at. You want your lawns to stand out and look different from those maintained by someone who is part time or just not that into it.

There isn’t all that much money to be made your first year doing just lawn care. It’s the other things, the upsells, that make you the money. The lawn care side of it gets your foot in the door for other services. That is unless you fine tune your route, keep everyone close, and your operations as streamlined as possible. Then you can make quite a bit of money on lawns alone. So I would say do it but just be prepared for a tough first year.”

A third business owner said “I am currently at that stage right now where I can expand to full time which means running all year long.

The following is stopping me to do this :

  • Need a bigger truck
  • Need a plow
  • Higher insurance, so I have to wait until I’m 25 which is in 1 month from now
  • Higher liability insurance

It took me 4 summers of part time work to get where I’m at now. Initially, I didn’t have to buy a truck. I had to buy a trailer, bought a 5′x10′. Currently I now have a 6′x12′ and when I get a chance I will have to upgrade that even further when I get the chance. In my second year I got myself a zero turn mower which really helped improved my efficiency and profitability. I now have 5 schools that I take care of in town. I am putting my bid in again this year for them since my 2 yr contract will be up at the end of the year. In the future I look forwards to continued growth.”

A fourth shared “ultimately we only have so many hours we can work on anything in the day. Whenever anyone works a full time job and is trying to get a business up and running at the same time, they are going to find it a tough situation. It becomes a classic case of burning the candles at both ends.

Can you do it? Yes. Can it be successful? Yes. I think the key to it is to save up a few months worth of money and make the jump and quit the full time job. A problem a lot of new entrepreneurs run into is support or lack of it. If you don’t have people around you that run their own businesses, people tend to poo-poo the idea of starting a business.

If you work at a job, no one wants you to quit it. No one wants you to change what you are doing. People fear change. If you are the bread winner, no one wants to be worried that they won’t have a meal to eat the next day because business is slow.

So all of this has to be broken through and it can be very problematic to do that.

Probably the best way to get through it all is to start slow and slowly make money. As you begin to profit and learn the business, you will find more confidence and people around you won’t be able to argue with you when you are making money and doing what you want.

Or you can always go with plan B. Say F*** it and quit your job and jump into being a full time entrepreneur and take any work you can get your hands on until you are more comfortable in knowing what you want to do.”

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