Looking professional right out of the gate?

When to start? Is it better to start your lawn care business in the spring, summer, or fall? Should you wait until next year to get started or get started now? Is it important to look professional right out of the gate or can you just get started with what ever resources you have access to? These are some of the questions a new entrepreneur had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and he got quite a few answers.

One new lawn care business owner wrote “I’m currently looking into starting my own lawn care business with a family member, but since we’re both new to this (besides our personal yards), I’ve turned to the Internet for some more information and help.

Currently, we have access to a mower and a trailer, for the low cost of keeping a relatives lawn taken care of. I figure that gives us a chance to save up and purchase our owner mower rather than starting out in the hole (too much).

I’m in Connecticut and am contemplating if we should dive head first into the remainder of the season, or save and plan to make a strong showing next spring.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.”

A second lawn care business owner responded “A famous procrastinator once said - Never start today what you can put off until tomorrow. He NEVER GOT STARTED!!! You have a mower, a trailer, I hope a line trimmer, edger, and blower. GET TO WORK. FLYERS, ADVERTISING, put it on facebook (Your friends and family are a great source for start up jobs) ask for referrals from them. JUST GET STARTED.

Everyone wants to look professional right outta the gate. But no one, hardly ever, just walks into a full set up and has all the best of the best. Start slow and work your way into it. Start immediately. Do a craigslist ad for your area, and make two or three ads and keep re-posting them daily. Make up flyers and door hangers and hand them out in your spare time. Get a couple of shirts made with a logo and name. These are all inexpensive ways to market yourself in the beginning.

Don’t worry about the guy driving next to you in a $40k truck with 3 ZTR’s and a walk behind on the trailer. I bet you money he didn’t start that way. Focus more on the absolute best quality you can do and it will pay off. Quality not quantity is key when starting. If you do crappy work, you won’t have to worry about getting more jobs. Be smart and don’t lowball. Be competitive but not don’t sell your efforts short. And by all means know your costs. Knowing how much you have to make to just break even is essential to staying on the road and not becoming a fly by night outfit.”

A third shared “you said you are new to the field other than your own yard… Maybe take the remainder of this season and work for another company and learn the ropes!!! There is a lot you can learn that will get you ahead and stay a float! That’s my advice, also, don’t pass out flyers, waste of money!! Make business cards ( even magnetic ones ) that potential customers can put on fridges, tool boxes etc. The flyer will be glanced at and tossed. The business card can be given face to face and tell them ‘I’ll be in business next year, call me for a free estimate, I’m looking to establish a customer base so my prices will be fair.’ Don’t take it the wrong way but if you don’t have a truck yet, you don’t need to be starting. Get some experience and save some cash brother! Best of luck.”

A fourth added “I wouldn’t start anything without a truck. You mentioned snow removal. Even to shovel someones driveway you need 4×4 to get there. There’s no money in shoveling anyways, for that matter doing driveways.

And for leaf cleanups the ‘blow it in the woods’ jobs are few and far between. The majority want the leaves hauled off.

If I had a good paying office job I would’ve stayed there. This business is cutthroat. If you tell a client on Tuesday you can’t mow their lawn until Saturday, you won’t get the job. If you are working just weekends, you’ll be lucky to cover your expenses.

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