Mowing Lawns For Money
So you're thinking about starting your own business and you want to know what is the easiest business to start. There are many simple businesses out there but my experience has been that a yard care or lawn cutting business is the easiest type of company to start. This type of work is simple and just about every kid enjoyed mowing grass as part of their household chores so the work is familiar.
Mowing lawns for money is simple and satisfying way to earn great cash while you get a workout and a tan. Before you go knocking on your neighbours doors however, there are a few things that you will need to buy to get your new operation off the ground. Don't worry though, the costs are low and you can start with basic equipment.
So what do you need to start a landscaping business?
1. You will need a mower
The bread and butter of most landscaping businesses is cutting grass, and it's very lucrative. You will need to get yourself a good mower to get your business started. You certainly don't need the most expensive model or even a new one, but you are going to need something.
If you're really on a tight budget you may want to consider soliciting your services without equipment. You will have to charge less for this but it is a way you can put a few bucks in your pocket while you save enough for your own mower. Just use the home owners machine to cut their grass while you save to purchase your own.
Get yourself a decent gas trimmer to start, and go from there. These can be bought for less than $150 and you'll need it if you want to do a professional looking job. Just get yourself a cheap one to start with, you can always upgrade to the $500 professional unit later on when you've got some cash flow. Buy some extra string and oil as you will need it when you're out and about on job sites.
Cheap is the name of the game here. You don't need anything more than a super basic 4 cylinder pickup to haul a few things around. If you go too fancy with this, your customers might think you're earning too much. Just get a mechanically sound $500 special. Cheap pickups can be found on Craigslist in your area or even on Ebay.
4. Basic hand tools
Here's what hand tools to buy. Get a rake, broom, hedge clippers, hoe, garden rake and a couple of buckets to put clippings in. Make sure to have the hand tools so you don't have to decline if a customer offers you extra to rake their leaves, trim a hedge or hoe a garden. These are inexpensive so it's easy to have them on hand just in case. You will find you can earn even more extra cash doing other little jobs for customers.
Now that you know what you need to start a landscaping business, let's go over what you do not need. Many guys in the business have the fanciest, shiniest and newest model of everything. All of that stuff equals one thing: they are making less. The more they spend on a toys the less cash goes into their pockets. There will be a time for new things, and you aren't there yet.
What you do not need to start a landscaping business
1. New truck
This is just a waste for somebody trying to get a business off the ground.
Seldom do you see professional guys without these, but they do the same job as a broom and a rake. Blowers are super expensive and if you're a student trying to start up on a budget, it's not worth it.
You do not need a power-edger. They're hundreds of dollars a good quality manual unit will do you just fine for only a few bucks if you find yourself needing one.
Now that you know what you need to start a mowing business, what are you waiting for? Get out there are make some money! Starting a mowing business is not as hard as you may think!