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Zero cost, free lawn care business startup.

by: Start A Lawn Care Business

If you are starting a lawn care business in the near future, you are probably already thinking about how much commercial lawn equipment to buy and how much money it will cost. After you buy the equipment, you have to consider maintenance, a truck and a lawn care equipment trailer to haul it around, and insurance on your commercial grass cutting rig.

While I normally write about traditional methods of financing landscaping equipment, today I am advancing an idea that won’t be suited to many lawn care companies. If you are looking to start a zero-cost lawn care business, this idea might be suited for your business.

A few years after becoming established in the green industry, I was servicing my lawn clients in a subdivision. I had several clients on one street. Stops with several houses are always good because you only have to unload your equipment once and drive time is minimized.

On my way into this subdivision one day, I noticed a teenager walking the street with a red gasoline container. Several minutes later, as I finised my first my first lawn, the teen was mowing a small yard across the street with a small push, residential lawn mower. Since he hadn’t had a lawn mower with him before, I assumed he was mowing his own lawn.

Later that morning, as I was exiting the subdivision I saw the same kid on a different yard. This time, he was cutting the grass with a riding lawn mower. Intrigued, I turned my truck and trailer around and visited the house where I first saw him mowing.

The homeowner told me that the kid did not have his own equipment. He carries his own gasoline and uses the homeowner’s lawn mowers. The homeowner told me that they didn’t have a string trimmer and hired my landscaping company to stop by while I was doing the other lawns to trim and blow grass off the driveway and sidewalk with my backpack leaf blower.

If you don’t have money to start your own lawn care business and you don’t have any equipment of your own, there is always the potential of using homeowners’ lawn and garden equipment to start your business, earn money, and eventually purchase your own commercial lawn care equipment.

If you want to take a more traditional route to your own successful lawn care and landscaping business, think about purchasing our complete lawn care business package available at:

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Professional lawn care. What does it mean to be “professional?”

by: Start A Lawn Care Business

Have you seen them? Have you seen the shabby looking pick up trucks with push lawn mowers in the back driving around your town looking for grass to cut for extra spending money?

While there is nothing wrong making extra spending money mowing grass during the summer months, many lawn care business owners want to step their businesses up a notch and turn part time on-the-side landscaping work into full-time professional careers in the Green Industry.

What separates a professional LCO from a part-time operation?

Knowledge:
Professional lawn care business owners have the knowledge to perform jobs correctly and recommend solutions to difficult lawn care related problems. Most anyone can grab a lawn mower, get customers, and mow yards. However, professionals know what types of grass they are cutting and at what height it should be cut. Professionals know how to perform soil tests and interpret the results. If a customer’s lawn needs fertilizer, professional lawn care companies know which formulation to recommend and they know how to apply it correctly.

Lawn Care Equipment:
Guys with beat up lawn mowers inevitably have equipment failures. Professional landscapers purchase commercial equipment and they maintain their equipment properly to reduce down time. Lawn mower blades are kept sharp. Sharp blades reduce ragged tearing of grass blades which causes stress and browning. Well maintained lawn mowers do not leak oil and they run cleaner since their air filters and oil filter are changed regularly. Customers (and potential customers) notice professional equipment.

Time Management:
Full-time commercial grass cutting companies manage their time diligently. Their customers never have to wonder if the grass will get cut on schedule. If rain prevents grass cutting, professional mowing outfits are able to get back on schedule quickly and without much notice by their clients. Professional lawn care companies know their customers rely on them 12 months per year. Lawns don’t need to be maintained during cold months but there is always other work that a LCO can take care of. A professional lawn care business makes money year-round.

You might be happy making a few extra dollars in your spare time cutting grass. However, if you are looking to step your business up a notch and eventually turn it into a more profitable and professional business, our lawn care business package can help you reach your goals.

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