Is There Money In The Lawn Care Profession

by Nate on October 21, 2010

Is There Money In The Lawn Care Profession

If you find a good lawn care provider who treats your lawn as he would his own and at a good price, hold on to him as long as you can. But, from his standpoint, why would he treat your lawn with such care? They’ll do this mainly for two reasons. One, is that the best lawn care professionals really love their job – they like being outdoors, love talking to the people in the neighborhood, and love working with plants and landscapes.

The number two reason that they have for treating your lawn so well is that they are running a business and they are good businessmen. They realize that if they baby your lawn and care for it that you’ll not only continue to give them business for years to come but you’ll also recommend them to your friends and neighbors.

People can make quite a bit of money in the professional lawn care arena. Although it is by no means an exciting and glamorous job, and no one will ask you for your autograph, it can be a good living. It may require manual labor on your part, even if you’ve hired a crew, but it’s steady work, even in an economic downturn where you might possibly have to cut your prices a bit. The price you can charge will, of course, vary depending on the location where you’re at and the level of competition there. But, here are some simple basic numbers.

Assume that your charge for simple, basic lawn cutting services, for an average sized lawn, come to fifteen dollars a week. Also, assume that each day, you have ten customers and that you are working a five day work week. That comes to fifty customers each week. So you’ll make 0 a week or 00 a month. Now, admittedly that’s not a huge amount of money, but cutting 10 lawns a day is really a part time job. And 00 a month for a part time work is nothing to sneeze at. Of course, if you have a crew, you can do more than 30 or more lawns a day and still work part time.

You can make a lot of money in the lawn care business by catering to residential customers. But the real money, in professional lawn care is in eventually providing your services to commercial customers. Commercial customer will always pay more than residential customers. The contracts are usually long term as well. And many times, with commercial customers, you can have year round income. In the colder winter climates that have snow, it’s not unusual for the professional company that’s providing lawn care services in the summer and spring to provide snow removal services in the winter, and fall clean-up services in the autumn.

So what exactly are the hurdles in this business? Interestingly, the main hurdle turns out not to be the garden work itself. The biggest hurdle is the marketing of the business. Luckily, there you can find many lawn care courses that will walk you through the process of setting up the business, buying the lawn equipment, and hiringĀ  help. Some will also have ready to go sales letters and brochures where you can simply plug in your company name and you’re ready to go.

The best courses will also have examples of the various forms that you will need. These include things such as invoicing forms, cost estimating forms, and the like. These days you will probably find these on CD-ROMs making it very easy to modify and print out. Some wishing to have everything prepared for them in a ready to go packet will choose a lawn-care franchise package. But, truthfully, while they may give you the benefit of a good brand name, most of them are so overpriced that you’d be better off either buying a course or going to your local library and check out books on starting a lawn care service.

At one time, in the not too distant past, the dream for many people was to work for a company who would give you a nice salary for your work. But with the companies shedding jobs at a faster pace than at any time since the great depression, people are going to have to start to depend on themselves to bring in the income. And for some of them, a professional lawn care service will be just the ticket.

Alex Murphy is webmaster and writer of lawn care related issues. Please visit his site for information on zoysia grass plugs, Scotts grass seed, and additional lawn care topics.

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