Should you stay part time with your lawn care business or go full time?

Many people dream of starting and running their own business. A handful will actually start one up and even less will be successful at it. If you are running your lawn care business part time, what is keeping you from going full time with it? Here are a few stories from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that will share with you some insight as to how others handled that question and made the jump.

One lawn care business owner wrote “as it stands now I make about $5K per month after taxes so I would need the potential to top this before considering anything full time. Is this to ambitious?”

A second lawn care business owner said “this is the quandary many full time employees face when looking to start their own business.

I feel, first off, if you want to get into the mix, you gotta get into the mix. There is no better way to learn than to do. Mowing is a great way to get a business started. It’s fairly simple to provide basic services. You don’t have to invest much money to get started either.

However, when there is a lot of competition, you need to either expand the services you offer or you need to become an expert and focus on a niche. I am constantly asking my customers what services they need and I look for a way to offer those services. Some of the services require a capital investment and that is good when you have capital because it raises the barrier of entry. A higher barrier of entry cuts back on the number of competitors. With less competitors, I am able to charge a higher price per man hour because there are less choices for the consumer for such services.

A new entrepreneur is not going to be able to jump in and initially find overnight success. But if you get started and you get your business systems running, you will find success if you keep learning and keep asking questions.

So my view is, get in the mix. Start small. Figure out what your customer base is looking for and expand into the more profitable services.”

A third added “this is exactly the same situation I have been in for 20 some years. I have the security and pay check from a full time career however I also have that burning desire to own and run my own business.

The beauty of the lawn and garden business is that it doesn’t take a huge investment to get started and by starting part time, you can feel your way through what works for you and what doesn’t. Ultimately, you will know when the time is right to launch your business full time.

I am finally going full time after 23 years of running my business part time. I sometimes wonder where I would be today had I pursued my business full time years ago however I enjoyed a long career (30years) as a corporate employee making some excellent money and enjoying the field and the job security that it brought. I have made good money in lawn care over the years as well. Some years over $20,000/ year part time. That is the beauty of this business, you can build it into what you want.

The reason I decided to ramp up to full time is because I got laid off last month. My son also lost his job so he will now work for me full time.

I don’t need the income and job security from my full time job anymore because my family is grown and my wife has a excellent job. I have been running a successful part time operation for a long time, so it has been an easier transition.

The path I am following is kind of what I planned and I don’t regret it. My lawn business was going to be my retirement job, I am just starting it a couple years earlier than planned.”

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