The Basics of a Starting Lawn Care Business
A lawn maintenance business is a great way to take your talents and love for making lawns look great and turning
it into a way of making a living.
They say that if you do what you love for a living, you never have to go to work because every day is like play.
And if working with lawnmowers, trimmers and performing lawn care in the healthy out of doors is what makes you
happy, getting your own lawn care operation up and running may be the right next step toward making this your
living as well as your passion.
The basics of running a lawn care business comes down to a very basic understanding that lawns
and equipment is not the heart of the business. Lawn care enterprises make it or fail not because they have great
equipment but if they have great people. Lawn care is one business that will never be automated or turned over to
robots. It is a human task because not only do you have to have the physical dexterity to perform a very physical
task, you also have to have a feel for what looks good and a little bit of the artist in you too so you can put the
finishing touches on great looking yards for your customers.
It is understood that you are going to get the best equipment possible and that care and maintenance of that
equipment will be a constant part of what you do. But to assure your lawn care business is a success,
always start your evaluation of whether you have what it takes in your people. And the first team member to
evaluate as a suitable lawn care professional is you.
First of all, to offer your services as a professional lawn specialist, your skills and the outcome of your work
must be a cut above what any dad or teenage boy can do with a yard. This means you have a high level of mastery of
your lawn care equipment and how to take a lawn that is in poor shape and leave behind a sculpted masterpiece. But
it also means you have an eye for detail and an insistence on perfection that means you won't walk away from a yard
until it is perfect. That emphasis on quality means happy customers who will bring you more customers as well.
If you look at any lawn care specialist, they are always in great physical shape. So you and anyone you hire not
only must be in great shape, you must sustain a lifestyle that is healthy so you can get up early every day and do
your jobs well. It takes stamina to work on yards all day long, especially in the middle of the summer. Do you have
the body of a worker and the mind of a businessman? It takes both to be a success running your own business.
Don’t be nervous about becoming a businessman. There are lots of people who can help you. Your local small
business association has volunteers who offer classes where you can learn the basics of accounting, billing and
business management. Just remember that thousands of successful business entrepreneurs did so without a single hour
of business training. Be patient and never stop learning and add that outlook to hard work and the talents you
already have to create magnificent yards and you have the perfect combination to become a huge success running your
own lawn care business.