Start a lawn mowing business now and begin reaping the rewards by enjoying the outdoors along with turning overgrown lawns into well-groomed works of art.
This is another one of my ideas which requires very low start-up costs especially if you already own a mower and some small power yard tools.
Many mobile business ideas are easy to start on a shoestring budget and this is definitely one of them.
You can provide needed services to the elderly and busy professionals who want their yards to be in terrific shape, but don’t have the time (or interest) to take care of their landscaping.
Starting a lawn mowing business allows you to offer a variety of specials including weekly landscape maintenance (mowing, edge trimming, weeding) along with seasonal and clean-up services such as aerating, bush/tree trimming, fertilizing, planting perennials/annuals, and even sprinkler system services.
If you’re interested in landscape design, provide design services to your clients and put in new landscaping or sprinkler systems for home owners.
Start a lawn mowing business yourself and keep it a one-person show or expand to provide services to commercial accounts by hiring employees and purchasing industrial equipment.
This business will allow you the flexibility to work part-time or you can grow it to become full-time work.
To encourage all-year income, expand your mobile business ideas to offer snow removal (if you live in a region that gets snow!) or set-up holiday lighting displays.
Resources: A good quality lawn mower (or riding lawn mower), yard edger, leaf blower, bush trimmer, and saw. Obtain a pick-up truck or trailer for convenient hauling of equipment and yard waste.
Work with your local wholesaler to receive discounts on plants, fertilizer, mulch, and other yard products. Develop knowledge of costs for landscaping materials and disposal of yard waste. Skill in scheduling and estimating time required to complete a job.
Here's a pretty inclusive list of lawn tools which may be helpful to add to your lawn mowing business. You may be able to rent a few of them if the need arises.
Time Required: 5-15 hrs/week; can work full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: Obtain landscape care/design training from local home repair stores, recreation centers, greenhouses, landscape companies, or your local college. Consider attending a class on scheduling and inventory control at the local community college.
Market: Home owners, Landlords, Property Managers
Home Based: Yes
Start-Up Costs: $300 - $5,000
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: Start a lawn mowing business using your personal landscaping tools (e.g. lawn mower, shovel, rakes, power tools, etc.) Make sure to invest in quality tools to minimize the time required to complete your jobs, avoid damaged tools causing down time and additional purchases. For larger landscape jobs, require partial payment upfront to cover the cost of the materials.
Talk to your neighbors to let them know you’re available for mowing and light yard work, advertise on local bulletin boards, and at senior centers. Also, let your local greenhouses and landscape companies know you’re available so they can recommend your services to their clientele. Look for “freeware” or “shareware” to meet your scheduling needs and to receive credit cards for payment.