Newbie lawn care business start up tips.

New start up lawn care business owners normally have many questions to ask. Here are a few questions that were asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

One new entrepreneur wrote “I am 21 and will be graduating from college in August with a business degree. When I started to think about my future I wasn’t sure which direction to go. Should I go work for a bank? I don’t think so. Instead, I’m looking at starting my own lawn business instead with every intent on expanding as big as I can over time. In my area it seems about 95% of the lawn care business is coming from small lots.

Being that I have no idea what I am doing, I have a few questions. What kind of lawn mower should I be in the market for? A walk behind, a ride on, or a ztr? And what size? Considering I will have about $4,500 cash to start up, and taking in account the size of lawns, it seems I could start up by buying a used walk behind without going into debt. I have a truck and tools. I need a trimmer, blower, and trailer.

Also, how do annual lawn care contracts work? Should I be paid up front or monthly? I think I would like to stick with a per cut basis.”

When you are getting started with anything it is important to keep things simple. In fact it is always better to keep things simple. Most don’t bother with using lawn care contracts when you first get started. Why? Because it’s tougher to sell them when you are new. Who wants to sign a contract for a year of lawn care, with a start up landscaping business that may not be around next week?

As far as payment terms, anytime you can get paid in advance, go with that. Chasing people down for payment is a time sucker.

Equipment, start small and start cheap and scale up as you need. Who knows what you will think of this business until you get into it. So keep it cheap at first as you feel it all out.

Here are some thoughts from other lawn care business owners who have been where you are at now.

“Craigslist is really helpful for buying used equipment. Most of the best deals are available around the end of summer, when guys who wanted to get into the landscaping business figure out they hate it and sell all their stuff.”

“That’s not too big of a startup budget but I am sure you can try and make it work. I would assume you’ll be buying all used lawn care equipment. I would recommend a walk-behind lawn mower as it is a great money maker. They usually have a low price tag and can put out the same productivity as a rider (depending on the user). My only recommendation would be to try and find one with a hydrostatic drive rather than a belt driven model. Hydrostatic mowers are smoother and more responsive. The flip-side though is they cost a bit more.”

“I didn’t use lawn care contract when I first got started but now, all of my lawn care contracts are just general contracts with a 15 day notice for termination. They are invoiced 1 week before the first service of the month and are due before any work is done. That’s the way I learned to be the easiest for me. The lawn care customer is billed once per month which makes it less hassle for me and most importantly, I’m not waiting for my money the rest the month. As you go in this business, you will learn to make things easy on you or you won’t be around for long.”

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