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Mowing For Money - Forget The Daily 9-5 Grind

Dec 7, 2007
When most people think of the lawn care business, they refer back to a time when they were in their teens trying earn some extra spending cash by cutting their neighbors lawn. Over time of course, people that were around us then and now most likely convinced you into thinking that it was just a small job that could, in most instances, never be used to sustain an adult led lifestyle. The fact is, mowing lawns can make you more money than any other type of job in the marketplace.

An independent lawn care specialist can earn up to $100k a year, while a commercial lawn care operation with a staff of 5 or more can pull in up to $500k+ after their first year in business, of course, all Dependant on how active they are in attracting new clientèle.

By running an independent or commercial lawn care operation, you will be able to schedule your own jobs and hours, and ultimately determine when and where you want to work, which jobs want to take and the ones you don't. Forget the 9-5 jobs and the dreaded graveyard shifts. As a lawn care specialist, you will work less and get paid more than if you were to work an all day shift at a store, restaurant or office.

This is a cash only business. No taxes are taken out, as you will be the one who declares to the government how much you earn. What makes it even better, is that when it does come time for filing taxes, you can write off all of your expenses, including food, gas, equipment & supply costs.

Some tools you may need to complete your jobs are walking or riding mowers "depending on the size of the property", fertilizers, blowers and general gardening tools. All of which can be obtain for no more than a few hundred dollars through newspapers, online auctions and rental centers looking to liquidate their equipment.

If you are worried about finding your first clients or communicating with them, there is no need to worry. There are currently dozens of free-to-low cost avenues of publicity you can take advantage of. Some, but not all are: 1.) Listing your Business in the Yellow Pages, 2.) Distributing Flyers in the mail or door-to-door at places of businesses or residential areas, 3.) Community T.V. Bulletin Boards, 4.) and Web Sites which you can develop for FREE plus many others.

Startup costs are minimal due to the fact you can purchase your equipment used, and for commercial business startups that require a storefront, government grants are available.

Aside from the unlimited growth potential of your operation due to the gradual increases in referrals, it will never be boring.

Unlike working in an office or indoors, you will be outside meeting people, cutting & watering lawns. Everyday is an adventure. If you are concerned about the difficulties and physical toll it takes to run this kind of business, again, there is no need to worry. We live in a world of technology & machines that make our life easier. Just hit the switch and go.

Job security is another important factor for those looking to mow lawns. You will never be laid off, whether the economy is booming or in a recession. These jobs need to be done.

If you are interested in this line of work, please keep in mind that you will have the ability to choose which services you offer. You can concentrate solely on mowing lawns and light landscaping work, or you can offer a variety of options for your customers, such as: mowing, weeding, mulch work, pruning, leaf cleanup, gutter cleaning, seasonal plantings, irrigation maintenance and consultations and even snow removal.

Also, to be successful in this business, you must have the proper documentation to run your business on hand, including but not limited to licenses, forms and permits.

If you're looking for a more secure, lucrative and dependable business to engage in, then a lawn care business may be the ideal option for you. You can start work almost immediately, there is minimal risk and but huge income potential.
About the Author
Eric Znoj is a professional online publisher of niche industry publications designed to assist people to achieve their personal & financial goals quickly and easily without the associated headaches. Visit his site at: Start A LawnCare Biz.com
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