A brief guide on how to start a lawn care business.

Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here to talk about starting your own business. To be more specific, we’re going to talk about why and how to start a lawn care business.

My own experience has always been in the lawn care industry—also known as the green industry or the “beautiful business.” But my background isn’t the only reason why I’m such a big fan of lawn care as an entrepreneurial pursuit. A lawn care is easy to start, easy to maintain, and easy to run with systems.

Now, to clarify, I don’t mean landscape construction or fancy installations. That type of work has big startup costs and big overhead. You need machinery, specialty equipment, and expensive tools. Plus, you’re lucky if your customers hire you more than once. If you want to keep your doors open, you’re constantly hustling for new customers.

Lawn care is simple: 

Mow, blow, and go. (And yes, maybe a little trimming, even though it doesn’t rhyme.) Grass never stops growing, so your customers will always need you. And since you’re doing the same thing over and over, your startup costs are low.

If you play your cards right, your startup costs can be virtually nothing. You can start off by mowing other people’s lawns using their own mowers. Once you’ve got enough cash, you can invest in your own mower. Eventually, you can create a turnkey system, hire an employee or two, and become a complete business.

Here’s the best part about starting a lawn care business. Eventually, you can walk away entirely—and your lawn care business will keep earning money for you. It may sound like a trick, but it’s entirely possible. In fact, I wrote a whole series on how to start a lawn care business that will earn you money forever.

Managing seasonal labor as a lawn care business owner

Of course, lawn care is not without its challenges. The seasonal nature of running a lawn care business can be challenging if you don’t have a strategy.

One possible approach is to offer cold-weather lawn maintenance services once the temperatures drop. If you’re in Canada or the northern states, you might consider snow removal for driveways, sidewalks, and even parking lots. All-season services mean you can keep your crews busy and paid all year round. This is great for both cash flow and employee retention. If you’re in a warmer part of the country, there’s a lot of other work that needs to be done.

You might also just hit “pause” on your lawn care business for the season. If you earned enough money and you’re smart about saving it, this is a very attractive option. Of course, you might have to go through the same hiring rigmarole once spring approaches. But for some folks, it’s worth it.

I know a lot of lawn care business owners who have done incredible things in the off season. I’ve heard of people traveling or doing a few months of mission work or taking a long trip. I’ve even heard of folks who biked across America and down to South America, just for the adventure.

The beauty of the lawn care business. 

You’re going to work like crazy in the spring, summer, and fall. But in the winter, you can slow down, unplug, and do what’s important to you. Whether that’s travel, charity work, time with family, or something else, there’s room for it in your life.

If you have more questions about how to start a lawn care company, take a look at everything we’ve written. Our website is full of resources, handy guides, and helpful times on starting a lawn care business.

And whether you’re just getting started or growing your operations, you can count on CLIP. CLIP is top-notch lawn care business software that makes everything easier, from job costing to route mapping. I designed it myself to include all the features I would’ve loved to have when I started my own lawn care business. And now it’s here to help you start yours.

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