Starting a lawnmower business is a good way to earn a living while helping others enjoy well-kept lawns. Although you may think starting a lawnmower business will be easy, there is a good deal of work involved in planning and running this type of business. You will have to learn how to do an excellent job with mowing lawns and plan how you will handle the day-to-day operating of your business. With a good plan in place, you may turn your lawn care skills into a thriving company.
1. Get experience mowing laws and handling other lawn maintenance tasks. You may gain experience by working for a lawn care company or even by practicing on your own lawn.
2. Create a list of the services you will offer in your lawnmower business. For example, you may offer just the basics of mowing lawns and trimming weeds or you may offer to trim hedges, reseed lawns and take care of a range of other lawn-care tasks.
3. Call other lawnmower businesses in your area to determine what they charge for the services you will offer. Gathering price information may help you set competitive prices for your business.
4. Prepare a business plan to follow as you start your lawnmower business. It should include your plans for securing startup money, attracting customers and running your business on a day-to-day basis. You may also include plans for expanding your business to offer more lawn care services.
5. Obtain a business license from the department of licensing and inspections or a similar organization in your area. You will likely have to pay a fee for licensing.
6. Make an appointment to discuss your new business' insurance needs with an insurance agent. You will likely need to purchase liability insurance for your new business. This insurance pays claims for property damage and injuries caused by your lawnmower business.
7. Purchase equipment for your lawnmower business. You will need a lawnmower and weed trimmer at minimum. Blowers, edgers and heavy-duty hedge trimmers may prove helpful as well.
8. Set hours for your business. Starting early each morning may allow you to finish each day's work well before sunset.
9. Seek new clients for your lawnmower business. You may do this by distributing fliers in your area and placing ads in local newspapers. Friends and family members may help you attract new clients by providing word-of-mouth advertising. An ad in a local telephone directory may help as wel