What’s the best age to get your lawn care business started?

Starting your own lawn care business can be a dream that you ponder all your life and never get to or it can be something you jump on and make happen. To share with you the perspective of a business owner who waited until later in life to start his business, I want to point out a great story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, a business owner points out a couple of great business and life lessons.

He wrote “my son and I finally got around to starting our very first business venture together. It has been a long time coming! I live in an area of the country that has been hit the hardest by this recession. Our local unemployment rate is currently over 18.5%. I am a former worker for a major auto manufacturer, which had closed it’s factory doors. I along with thousands of my fellow co-workers had been back laid off and I became determined to make something positive out of this situation. My son, is himself a father, and has been unemployed for the past two years. Thankfully my daughter-in-law has been working.

The business we decided on is a lawn service business. It is something my son and I just came up with and ran with. We both needed something to do and needed income. Now since getting started, we have learned it seems by targeting the right clientele, we can make a healthy profit, even in our current economic state. Soon we feel confident that we will be able to hire other dislocated family members as well.

Many decades ago, my brother had started a lawn-care business. Soon afterwords he moved out of state and I ended-up doing the work for him for the remainder of the season, to honor his contracts. At the time I had a job of my own and three little kids to worry about. I did not think about taking over his business then. However, I have often wondered why and it has haunted me for years.

When I was helping my brother out, I guess I thought I needed stability and that a job in a big company was sure to bring that. Now middle-aged, I am looking back thinking, I am doing now what I should have done then. I was actually rather good at it too. I had regular referrals coming in that I had to turn down because I did not think. So after spending many years kicking this idea down the road, I thought it be best to share with you a life lesson.

I will say the experience gained from the business world, has helped me quite a bit. I also hold a BA in Business Administration – Human Resources, and presently am working on my masters. My education and background has helped a lot with the backside of this business. Allowing me to structure this business in addition to knowing how to handle the human element with both customers and future employees is really a benefit.

So to the younger readers, don’t neglect a good education. Don’t wait 27 years to think about starting your lawn care business. Get it started today. No matter how small your start is, taking that first step is of the utmost importance. Don’t wait until you are an old man to start living your dream, begin living it today.”

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